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Foreign Correspondence: It may not be Vilnius, but Edmonds could use a cat café

Foreign Correspondence: It may not be Vilnius, but Edmonds could use a cat café

Lithuania is a little like the Edmonds of the globe. It’s a small, scenic nation with a temperate climate and a bit of coastline; its overgrown neighbors have often threatened to swallow it up; and, while lovely, it’s not exactly a hot tourist destination (sorry, Edmonds). This past July I bucked the trend and spent some time in the capital, Vilnius. Perhaps it lacks the sweeping grandeur of Paris... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Edmonds Heroes of the Military – See their stories

Edmonds Military Wire: Edmonds Heroes of the Military – See their stories

Do you know who you are standing next to? When I was a young boy, my dad would take me to Fort Richardson in Alaska, where he worked, and introduce me to a number of individuals in uniform. I remember them all – whether it was true or not – as friendly and encouraging. They all had some story that was captivating to an 8-year-old boy who loved playing Army…and it was for that reason – those storie... »

Bird Lore: Cooper’s Hawk

Bird Lore: Cooper’s Hawk

The young Cooper’s Hawk featured in LeRoy’s photo was hunting at the Edmonds Marsh one morning a week or so ago. It perched on the boardwalk railing long enough for close-up photo opportunities. This medium-sized hawk of the genus Accipiter is a year-round resident of the Puget Lowlands and much of the Olympic Peninsula except the higher elevations of Olympic National Park. In both the... »

Recommended Reads: Care for a cup of tea with that murder?

Recommended Reads: Care for a cup of tea with that murder?

Chamomile Mourning by Laura Childs This author serves up a savory blend of herbal teas, pastries, and murder. This novel is just one in a series of “cozy” mysteries that revolve around Theodosia Browning who owns Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina. I’m such a fan of the series, I’ve read them all. I’ve read some of them more than once. Chamomile Mourning is early in the series, and one ... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Hook’ with Robin Williams is Swedish Movie Under Stars Friday

Edmonds Kind of Play: ‘Hook’ with Robin Williams is Swedish Movie Under Stars Friday

I am pretty much a closet lover of all things Back-to-School except for maybe the actual first day back to school. Even though most stores’ big signs and coupon-y trickery are annoying, I have always loved a new backpack, lunchbox and school box. I get teased all the time because I just want things to put things in. It can be hard to navigate all the sales and I can’t help but feel like, eve... »

Artfully Edmonds: Local author looking for ‘kickstart,’ and SO many events around town

Artfully Edmonds: Local author looking for ‘kickstart,’ and SO many events around town

This week provides so many varied and exciting ways to get involved in the Edmonds artful scene. From cheering on an up-and-coming innovative, imaginative, author from the sidelines, to “invites” from our local playhouses, and then on to opportunities for authors and art students o grow and hone their skills – Edmonds has a wealth of offerings and opportunities to chat up this week. “I... »

Edmonds Military Wire: Learning to read just became fun in 21st century

Edmonds Military Wire: Learning to read just became fun in 21st century

Many moons ago when I was in grade school, I remember my passionate 1st grade teacher, Ms. Wells, who — much like a drill sergeant — taught me to read by pure intimidation. The “Dick and Jane” books were cool because of the pictures, but sounding out those words made me sweat — I remember getting stuck on what an “A” was supposed to sound like — “Jane” was a long A, but “Ap... »

Bird Lore: Osprey

Bird Lore: Osprey

All of you Seattle Seahawk fans will be thrilled to know that the Osprey inspired the Seahawk name. This fish-catching raptor summers in Edmonds, as it does across most of North America, and then retreats to northern South America for the winter. The Osprey has become dependent upon human structures for its nest sites. Look for nests on specially-constructed platforms, the tops of pole lights, cel... »

My Edmonds Restaurant News special: Simon Majumdar returns to American Brewing Company

My Edmonds Restaurant News special: Simon Majumdar returns to American Brewing Company

Simon Majumdar, a best-selling author and national food celebrity, worked the grill at American Brewing Company in Edmonds last evening. Simon cooked up some shrimp, chicken, and salad on skewers. I confess to being star struck… I’ve been watching The Food Network long before Emeril Lagasse uttered his first “Bam!” Food-focused television programs like Iron Chef America, make my saliva glands work... »

Artfully Edmonds profile: Lynnwood 17-year-old already making mark in opera world

Artfully Edmonds profile: Lynnwood 17-year-old already making mark in opera world

One of the most impressive performances by a promising young artist will take place on Aug. 12 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square Occidental Park. The event is free and open to the public. Usually “Artfully Edmonds” does not travel so far from the Edmonds vicinity as downtown Seattle with its mentions. But this performance is by an Edmonds-area musical prodigy with so much international-star power potent... »

Edmonds Kind of Play: Can it be? Start of school just around corner

Edmonds Kind of Play: Can it be? Start of school just around corner

There is just under a month of summer left, but if your mail is any indication, it may as well be Labor Day weekend. I was just out of town on a “vacation” with the kids and our neighbors picked up our mail. When we went through the haul, it seemed like bills, back-to-school ads, and the Fall Craze. I had to actually check the calendar for the first day of school to see if I was as far... »

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Edmonds kind of dining deals

My Edmonds Restaurant News: Edmonds kind of dining deals

Dining out can put demands on our wallets these days. A recent feature on My Edmonds News listed out various Happy Hour the offered at many Edmonds locations, a great way to stretch your dollars. Acting on some advice overheard at a local restaurant; “Look for places frequented by folks of a certain age…” I started paying attention! Our Savvy Seniors know the best spots in Edmonds to save and savo... »

Artfully Edmonds: The wondrous arts of summer

Artfully Edmonds: The wondrous arts of summer

This (Thursday) afternoon you will find me with two of my six grandchildren, at Brackett’s Landing beach, practicing – what else! – the wondrous art of sand sculptures! Yes, summertime brings all variations of art form to Edmonds and most definitely creating the perfect sand sculpture –one worthy of the coveted “Golden Bucket Award” on Tuesday takes thought, design, and execution. But, the arts an... »

Bird Lore: The back story

Bird Lore: The back story

Edmonds is a great town in which to see birds. Those of us who pay attention to species numbers have documented 261 species inside the city limits and along the waterfront. (Washington State has a little more than 500 bird species.) Much credit goes to Ted Peterson and other expert birders whose 20+ years of record-keeping is the foundation for two different lists of bird species. Edmonds has vari... »

Edmonds Booktalk: Summer reading fun — books that are also movies

Edmonds Booktalk: Summer reading fun — books that are also movies

One more month of official summer! One more month of reading anything you want! [not that you have to have an excuse to read whatever you want, whenever you want, but in case you do …!] How about getting caught up on books that are being turned into movies? “Divergent” and “The Fault in Our Stars” have already opened in theaters – and the books are definitely worth reading! And here is a partial l... »

Bird Lore: Rufous Hummingbird

Bird Lore: Rufous Hummingbird

The pugnacious little bundle of energy that is the Rufous Hummingbird passes through Edmonds twice a year. In Western Washington the Rufous can start showing up as early as late February, but mid- to late-March is more typical. Its arrival is timed with the emergence of blossoms on red flowering current and salmonberry, two of the earliest red bloomers among our native plants. The timing of its ar... »

Artfully Edmonds brief: Single tickets available for 2014-15 ECA performances

Artfully Edmonds brief: Single tickets available for 2014-15 ECA performances

Just a reminder! Friday, Aug. 1 is a big day if you wish to purchase single tickets for the Edmonds Center for The Arts 2014-2015 season. Single Tickets will be available at noon either online, in person at the ECA Box Office, or by phone. The ECA Box Office is located at 410 4th Ave. N. The line-up of 7:30 pm performances will include Los Pinguos, Richard Thompson, Ethel and Kaki King, Nitty Grit... »

Artfully Edmonds: Summer stretches on with fabulous artsy market finds, festivals

Artfully Edmonds: Summer stretches on with fabulous artsy market finds, festivals

The next two weeks in Edmonds will be one of the most exhilarating seasonal stretches of the summer with the popular well-attended Edmonds Museum Farmer’s Market stretching its arms in welcome from 5th Street from Main at the fountain to Bell and east up Bell Street around Centennial Plaza. Then, the Taste of Edmonds nibbles at our interest as the second weekend in August dances in with music, att... »

Artfully Edmonds Brief: Write on the Sound Conference registration now open

Artfully Edmonds Brief: Write on the Sound Conference registration now open

Exciting news for writers and authors! Registration for Write On The Sound (WOTS) Conference opened Monday. The 29th annual Write on the Sound Conference is set for Oct. 3-5, 2014. Presenters and participants come from all around the Northwest, the U.S. and abroad. The keynote speaker this year will be the celebrated science fiction author, Robert J. Sawyer, who will take attendees on a travel thr... »

Recommended Reads: Book explores the strengths of introverts

Recommended Reads: Book explores the strengths of introverts

Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference, by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD “Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man,” is a quote from Iain Duncan Smith, British politician. The quiet one in the background used to be in the shadow of the attention getters in the world. This book insists those introverts can be highly effective influencers when they make the most of ... »

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