From the Publisher’s Desk: You can tell it’s election season

Dear readers: Every two years, we have city elections and every two years, I see the following behavior as the ballots hit mailboxes: — A flurry of letters to the editor from supporters about candidates’ accomplishments or opponents of certain candidates about their wrongdoings. — Accusations of campaign signs being stolen or vandalized. — Comments…

Just Around the Corner: This place is a zoo

I dare you to come here and say out loud: “Wow, look at these crowds. This place is like a zoo!” The Woodland Park Zoo is in full swing. But be ready to hunt for a parking spot, as they are as rare as some of the species. I also recommend strollers or wagons for…

Edmonds Booktalk: Nonfiction choices for summer reading

For those of you who enjoy all things true, as well as those of you who enjoy mixing it up, we are pleased to present: Summer reading — the nonfiction edition! A few staff recommendations to start: Mary Kay recommends: “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer.  Mary Kay agrees with Jane Goodall! “[she] has written an extraordinary…

EPIC Poetry Group: Poet’s Corner — Distances, Ah Liberty, Deciding Bones

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group. DISTANCES Distance I Five antelope, a clearing– Onrushing express– Hard to escape the dashing. Distance II No Godot yet . . . Like waiting for justice . . . Still no Godot . . . Distance III My nose ends, yours…

Under the Weather: Dry stretch continues with no rain in sight

I’m back! A lot has happened these past couple weeks, namely one of the strongest heat waves we’ve ever seen in Western Washington. Believe me, I definitely felt the heat—and so did my husband. We had to take wedding photos outside at the beginning of the worst of the heat, donned in our full wedding…

Recommended Reads: Ghosts and romance in ‘Sweet Dreams at The Palace Hotel’

Sweet Dreams at The Palace Hotel, by Stella Jayne Phillips Do spirits in a haunted hotel show glimpses into the future, or merely reenact the past? It’s a question posed in the first book, Sweet Dreams at The Palace Hotel, in the paranormal Creekside Dreams series by author Stella Jayne Phillips. With a mix of excitement,…

The Writer’s Desk: How many drafts do I need?

Recently I attended a workshop by Allison K. Williams on writing powerful sentences. You may recall my previous column on sentences and correctly assume I’m a bit of a sentence freak. What makes a great sentence? Her answer is, “Words in combination with each other and their layout on the page.” Before I reveal more…

Edmonds Art Beat: All about the (live) music!

 Live chamber music returns to Cascadia Art Museum  Music in the Museum  July 17 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $12 Members | $18 Non-Members  Cascadia Art Museum is resuming its well-loved classical chamber music concert series, Music in the Museum, on Saturday July 17 at 5 p.m. and repeated at 7:30 p.m. The program…

Good trees for urban gardens: For beautiful blossoms, consider dogwoods

Dogwoods are a spectacular tree in the Northwest. Starting in May we enjoy their bright blossoms.The eastern dogwood, cornus florida, and our native, cornus nuttallii, are among the first to appear on the scene. It can be difficult to choose just the right one for our gardens. In May, “Eddie’s White Wonder” shows its large blooms. In June…

Edmonds Art Beat: Local artists to see and hear around town this week

Kristine Cooper’s newest showcase at Caffe Ladro Local artist Kristine Cooper is currently showcasing artwork at the Caffe Ladro in Edmonds, located at 8403 Main St. The show will be available through September 2021. Cooper has been creating art since she was a child, starting with sidewalk chalk, and ending up majoring in studio fine…

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…