Under the weather: Fall storms ahead as we finish up October

At this point in the year, we are no strangers to storms and the rain and wind that tend to come with them. If you’ve lived in Western Washington for any length of time, you are likely familiar with the idea of “storm season.” Even if you aren’t familiar with this concept, you’re about to…

Good trees for urban gardens: Plant now for spectacular fall color

Fall has so much beauty that a walk in the neighborhood is a joy. It is also a great time to plant trees. If you are inspired to choose a new tree, you are in luck. For the maples, find a spot with some dappled shade. They do not enjoy hot spots Liriodendron needs lots of room and…

Edmonds Art Beat: A peek behind the scenes at Edmonds Center for Arts

Interview with Liz Dawson, ECA director of marketing and business development  Like every other arts organization (and businesses in general), the Edmonds Center for the Arts has worked hard over the last 18-plus months to stay afloat. The focus during that time was to engage the community when live, in-person performances were not allowed, and…

Looking Back: Revisiting the abandoned Edmonds burial grounds

“There was an old abandoned cemetery on the hill east of Ninth Ave., in the vicinity of Walnut Street.  It was overgrown with briars, salal, and small evergreens.  The few remaining markers were so weather-beaten, they were completely illegible.” Among the many memories she had of early Edmonds, Esther Amy Kingdon Knowles, in 1986, shared…

Edmonds Art Beat: Halloween stories, Edmonds Diversity Film Series and upcoming shows at ECA

New Halloween children’s book with an Edmonds connection Children’s author Catherine Gorski O’Connor has a new Halloween book available at the Edmonds Bookshop. Her most recent book, The Bear’s Halloween Ball, is dedicated to the bears of Washington state and specifically to Catherine’s sister and brother-in-law, who loved bears and were long-time Edmonds residents. The book…

Recommended Reads: Angels of light and darkness battle in new fantasy novel

Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven, by Danielle M. Orsin What’s it like to be abandoned, locked out from your home and left to find your own way? The angels on earth must reconcile their feelings as their beautiful wings decay, and they are locked outside the gates of Heaven. After the great war…

Sponsor spotlight: Five tax-loss harvesting tips

Though the markets have been up strongly this year, your investment portfolio could have a few lemons in it. Using the tax strategy of tax-loss harvesting, you may be able to turn those lemons into lemonade. Here are five tips: Tip #1: Separate short-term and long-term Your investments are divided into short-term and long-term buckets….

EPIC Poetry Group — Poet’s Corner: Read My Lips, Wandering, Contests

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. Read My Lips If what you say is only mouthed without a sound does it become less important? If I don’t understand the soundless movement of your lips will we enter a moment of confusion and mistrust? When words are quiet…

Under the weather: Dry start to weekend before October rain returns

The month of October is so amazing—not just because my husband and I both have our birthdays toward the end of the month. It’s such an awesome time of the year—the leaves on trees are vibrant colors, the fall festivities are going full steam, and there’s a good mix of rain and sun to make…

Bird Lore: Black-necked Stilt

A Black-necked Stilt appeared in the Edmonds Marsh in May 2007. This species is regularly seen in summer on Eastern Washington ponds. While it is rare in Western Washington, a few have been seen regularly in the last few years, including in Snohomish County near Snohomish and Stanwood. So it is time for bird watchers…

From the Publisher’s Desk: How do you ‘like’ Facebook now?

In past columns, I have lamented the financial impact that Facebook has wrought on the local news ecosystem. But what about the social and civic impacts? On the money side, the statistics are sobering. The total estimated advertising revenue for the U.S. newspaper industry in 2020 was $8.8 billion, down 29% from 2019. Facebook’s worldwide…

Edmonds Booktalk: Spooky books suitable for the season

Greetings and happy October! We are already being warned about “supply-chain issues.”  So, we are passing the warnings on to you, and recommending that you make plans to shop a little bit earlier than usual for any of the holiday festivities in which you plan to partake: October is the new December. As cliché as…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Feeling invisible

The transition into retirement often holds several momentous “aha’s. One is when you realize you no longer have a reason to get out of bed! Another is who do you socialize with during the day, when your colleagues are all at work? Here’s a tough one: How do you know if your day was productive?…

Edmonds Restaurant News: Aloha — it’s part of our community

Readers, I know my column is supposed to be restaurant reviews, and there is mention of food in the text, no worries – but this post is also a love story. Multiple stories of love, sharing, and caring; a way to expresses my esteem for the camaraderie that exists in our community. Local chefs, cooks…

The Writer’s Desk: Adding details to strengthen scenes and sentences

I’ve heard it said when writing a book, you’d better like your story because you’re going to reread it more than a hundred times. That may be an exaggeration, but if you want to get the words right, you’ll need to refine it over and over. In my July column I discussed how it takes…

Looking Back: The story of Edmonds developer Zophar Lanning Howell III

The people who came to Edmonds when it was still a developing small town, came from various places and backgrounds.  Some had very little money and others were lucky to have a substantial bank roll. However, one thing they all seemed to have in common — hope for a good life in an evolving young…