Looking Back: Taming a town while still having a good time in Edmonds

When the little village of Edmonds incorporated as a fourth-class town in August of 1890, even though there had been some hard times, the residents must have been filled with hope that the final decade of the 19th century would bring prosperity, growth and some needed culture to their community. Certainly, at 5 o’clock in…

Just Around the Corner: Edith Macefield House

This house is like the one in the Disney animated movie, Up. In that movie, an elderly widower refuses to sell his abode to a developer. The widower latches balloons to his house, and the audience watches it float up to the sky, to new adventures. In reality: This century-old house was owned by a…

Playtime: Activities to nurture your kids’ artistic side

Having a kid who wants to try a little bit of every extracurricular activity is often helpful for me in doing this column as I am exposed to many more options to share. Most of the time when he’s moved on from one activity to the next, there is an option in Edmonds, if not…

Art Beat: Featured radio show Dead Electric – vintage synth finds its home

Looking for something new and entertaining for your ears? Here it is, a radio show playing the “sounds of past futures.” Dead Electric, a show you can hear on independent public radio station 90.7 KSER in Everett and 89.9 KXIR on Whidbey Island, showcases vintage synth, space and new age music from the ’70s and…

Healthy Eating: Have your cake — and carrots too

Carrot cake screams springtime to me. Maybe it’s because all I see around my neighborhood is an overabundance of bunnies.  Regrettably a few of the “cute” bunnies ate the tops of our newly emerging pea and carrot plants so we had to plant again.  Carrots are one of the vegetables from my garden that are…

Hands in the Dirt: MLT Gardening Tips for June 2021

In a rare turn, June actually feels like summer this week. Most garden veggies can be planted now without extra protection. Basil, cucumbers, and both summer and winter squash can all still be direct sown early in the month, and can even outpace seeds sown last month that may have stalled in cooler weather. With…

Just Around the Corner: Sweet news for Aplets and Cotlets

Sweet! It looks like the century-old Liberty Orchards, maker of Aplets and Cotlets, will not wrap up business after all. A potential buyer is in negotiations to keep the business blooming. Earlier this spring, Liberty announced it would cease operations in June after three fruitless years were spent trying to pick a buyer. The core…

The Writer’s Desk: The right words in the right order

Poets and musicians know the importance of cadence, yet music of the line is equally important in prose. In drafts, where you’re pounding the story out quickly, sentences will be comprised of weak verbs, wordy construction, and poor cadence. One of my critique partners pointed out how this passage in my current manuscript, “lacks oomph….

Just Around the Corner: Remembering the fallen at Evergreen Washelli ceremony

Sunny skies greeted over 150 people this morning who attended the Memorial Day service at Evergreen Washelli Veterans Cemetery in North Seattle. Although I missed the bagpipes, I had the opportunity to watch 5,000 flags being handed out, one for each service member’s grave. “This past year, more so than others, has given us all…

Under the Weather: Memorial Day weekend expected to be warm and dry

May is just about wrapped up and meteorological summer is just around the corner—officially starting June 1. It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly here… and that 2021 is almost half over! In my eyes, Memorial Day oftentimes signals that summer is upon us, and here we are. The final storm of May passed…

Under the Weather: Dry spring continues despite some rain in the forecast

We are one month away from the start of summer (even less if you consider meteorological summer, which starts June 1)—time has just flown by! Some of you are probably already counting down the days. Usually, spring in this area is characterized by showers, but this year, those showers have been more sporadic and not…

Kids Are Bookin’ It: Middle grades will enjoy this STEM-inspired adventure book

The Antidote, by Susan McCormick Recommended for Middle Grades and Older This adventure book is further proof of how fun STEM information can be, and how important to have that knowledge when you wage battle against an evil paranormal being. Alex discovers that he’s different than the other kids at school. He has powers that he…

Mother’s Day essay: The Clean Gene

Descriptions for a humorous Mother’s Day essay theme called My Crazy Family  fit like a glove. A rubber glove. The kind one dons when serious chores are to be performed. Quirky, wacky, the words describe life with my mom and her obsessive, passionate desire to clean. Insanity due to family genetics, I plead guilty by…