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Edmonds Kind of Play: Helping Boys Thrive Summit comes to Edmonds May 24

Edmonds Kind of Play: Helping Boys Thrive Summit comes to Edmonds May 24

We didn’t find out the gender of our first baby before he was born. I just assumed it’d be a girl — I was a girl, all my cousins are girls, I am very good at French braids. To me, there were lots of reasons not to find out what we were having. I was never going to have a super gender-specific nursery and besides, it was just fun to guess and hear people’s guesses. In retrospect, there was a ... »

Artfully Edmonds: Interim director says Art Walk ‘better than ever,’ so stop by Thursday night

Artfully Edmonds: Interim director says Art Walk ‘better than ever,’ so stop by Thursday night

In an exclusive interview with interim director for the Art Walk, Denise Cole (owner of Cole Gallery on 5th Avenue), Artfully Edmonds has learned that “wonderful momentum” continues for this monthly Edmonds event. In its survey of Edmonds’ galleries and shops planning to participate in this evening’s Art Walk, I noted a fresh synergy and exciting changes on the horizon the arts community invested ... »

Bird Lore: Ring-necked duck

Bird Lore: Ring-necked duck

As with most ducks, the ring-necked duck drake (male) and hen (female) look distinctive because of different feather colors and patterns. The question that troubles many viewers is the name of this duck. Where is the ring around its neck? The drake does have a dark violet band around its neck. It can be seen in some photos but its visibility varies with light. It is well observed by those who have... »

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Injury management

Edmonds Fitness Corner: Injury management

Last week I injured my heel. I have to yet to figure out how, but the pain manifested on my daily walk. Forced to cease walking for almost a week, I had plenty of time to contemplate injury management in general and how difficult it can be to accept an injury and support your body in recovering. As a trainer I am well-versed in how to advise clients on managing an injury. But it can be so frustrat... »

Designing Landscapes: Using landscape fabric as weed blocker

Designing Landscapes: Using landscape fabric as weed blocker

There is often debate as to whether landscape fabric is effective as a weed blocker. Here I will discuss my experience with the material. What is landscape fabric? Landscape fabric usually comes in two forms. One is an actual woven fabric made from synthetic fibers such as polypropylene. This fabric has a weave through which water and air can pass through. This is considered the heavy duty stuff. ... »

Artfully Edmonds: Back Stage Pass to Edmonds Center for the Arts, Part 3 — Performance and reception

Artfully Edmonds: Back Stage Pass to Edmonds Center for the Arts, Part 3 — Performance and reception

Part 3: The performance and reception Artfully Edmonds is featuring a three-part series on what it’s like to have a backstage pass – even be a star performer on Edmonds’ premier main stage, Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA). This behind the scenes feature continues with Part 2. (You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) Stepping onto the Edmonds Center for the Arts stage must fill one with exhila... »

Recommended Reads: Book sheds light on secrets to a happy life

Recommended Reads: Book sheds light on secrets to a happy life

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, by John Izzo What does a happy life, a life well lived, look like? That is the question this author sets out to research. This book is a description of what he learned from interviewing over 200 people ages 60 to 106. Each person had been identified by friends and family as “the one person they knew who had found happiness and meaning.” It turns o... »

Edmonds Military Wire: PTSD suggested as cause for Fort Hood shooting

Edmonds Military Wire: PTSD suggested as cause for Fort Hood shooting

As investigators scramble to determine the “triggering” event behind the April 2, 2014 shooting at Fort Hood that claimed the lives of four individuals and injured 16, some are quick to suggest that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health related issues were the cause. United States Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the youngest recipient of the Medal of Honor, is on record for battl... »

Recommended Reads: The secret spy ring that saved the American Revolution

Recommended Reads: The secret spy ring that saved the American Revolution

George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger Here is an historic example of ordinary people living extraordinary lives. These people acted with heroism and patriotism that they had to keep secret from their friends, family, and community. This book is centered on General George Washington’s persistence to win New York back from B... »

Bird Lore: Brant

Bird Lore: Brant

The Brant is a small, dark, compact goose that rarely ventures far from salt water. Because it breeds throughout the polar region, it is considered circumpolar in its distribution. It can be found in Siberia, Europe, and the North American arctic regions. This species overwinters along both coasts of the United States. Two to three hundred Brants can be seen in Edmonds marine waters during winter.... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Spring break is next week — ideas for keeping the kids busy

Edmonds Kind of Play: Spring break is next week — ideas for keeping the kids busy

This week is the first week that both of my kids have been in school full-day, at the same time. Even though it’s happening, and right there in writing, it is still very hard to believe. Most people who know me have been asking what it’s like. The best way to describe how I feel is, you know how when you see a marathoner or sprinter cross the finish line and do that thing where they hunch over, lo... »

Real Housewife | REAL Cooking: Cooking with kids

Real Housewife | REAL Cooking: Cooking with kids

Cooking is a creative outlet for me and I honestly couldn’t imagine if I wasn’t able to do it. I can remember having my grandmother teach me how to make Mexican food, standing next to her in the kitchen as she showed me how many coffee cups of flour to use for tortillas. She also showed me the temperature of the water to use by feel, not using a thermometer. Whenever I make tortillas I... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate National Poetry Month

Edmonds Booktalk: Celebrate National Poetry Month

Happy Spring! The sun, when it makes an appearance, feels warm. The tulips in my flower pot are blooming. And it is light out — clear until after 7p.m., even! Don’t you love that part? April is National Poetry Month. And we will be celebrating at The Bookshop. For our Third Thursday Art Walk festivities we will have many poets in the house, reading their very own poetry, live! To us! See jus... »

Artfully Edmonds: Backstage pass to Edmonds Center for the Arts, Part 2 — Waiting for the curtain call

Artfully Edmonds: Backstage pass to Edmonds Center for the Arts, Part 2 — Waiting for the curtain call

Part 2: Waiting for the curtain call Artfully Edmonds is featuring a three-part series on what it’s like to have a backstage pass – even be a star performer on Edmonds’ premier main stage, Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA). This behind the scenes feature continues with Part 2. (You can read Part 1 here.) You are unpacked and your on-stage wardrobe is hanging in the Principal Dressing Room. Maybe y... »

Edmonds Military Wire: New laws provide additional protection to veterans and military families

Edmonds Military Wire: New laws provide additional protection to veterans and military families

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson successfully championed two bills on behalf of military and veteran families that received Governor Inslee’s signature on March 27, 2014. The new laws, which will take effect on June 12, provide economic protection for military personnel and veterans when on active duty as well as legal protection for elderly veterans against pension poachers. The eco... »

Recommended Reads:  ‘The Violets of March’ all about family secrets

Recommended Reads: ‘The Violets of March’ all about family secrets

The Violets of March, by Sarah Jio Psssst. I have a secret. When you hear those words, especially with a lowered voice, it gets your attention. This novel is all about family secrets. The story holds added fascination with most of its action set on beautiful Bainbridge Island. Vivid writing brings the Island to life, as if it’s another character in the novel. Sarah Jio lives in Seattle with her fa... »

Bird Lore: Anna’s Hummingbird

Bird Lore: Anna’s Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird has become a common year-round resident in the Puget lowlands, the Washington coast, and the Vancouver area of Clark County. The range of the Anna’s is limited to the West Coast, Arizona, and parts of New Mexico. When a treatise titled The Birds of Washington State was published in 1953, Anna’s was not listed as a species that could be seen in Washington. Now m... »

Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Part 51: Heading Home While visiting with my brother and his family in the desert near Cave Creek, Arizona For a couple of weeks Charlize and I reveled in sun, warm temperatures and one “gully washer” consisting of heavy rain and hail. Then we made the now easy drive to Carlsbad, California for a visit with my son and his family. More sun and warm temperatures and Charlize and her pal Bentley were... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Youth football and cheer — and glass camp!

Edmonds Kind of Play: Youth football and cheer — and glass camp!

When I was a new parent, I was baffled at how everyone seemingly just knew where and when to sign up for kids sports. We have tried our fair share of avenues to find the right thing for each child; I guess we are always kind of working on that. Once you meet other Moms, start getting The Craze in the mail, and have your kids in public school (flyers for this stuff magically come home in backpacks)... »

Artfully Edmonds: We take you backstage at Edmonds Center for Arts, part 1

Artfully Edmonds: We take you backstage at Edmonds Center for Arts, part 1

The next three installments of Artfully Edmonds will feature quick peeks of what it’s like to walk out onto stage amidst the uproar of applause at the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA). Whether it’s the Indigo Girls, or Lily Tomlin (doesn’t the ECA book the best?) or any number of headliner acts – ECA rolls out the red carpet. Backstage Pass! Have you ever had one? The VIP credentials that allows ... »

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