Recommended Reads: A touching memoir of caring for aging parents until the end

Loving the Enemy, by Catherine Fransson “Hang in there. We’ll make it.” Author Catherine Fransson shares a touching memoir about a time in her life that so many people struggle through. It’s a time as an adult, when you are juggling your own life responsibilities, and at the same time caring for people you once depended…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Antiracism resources for families

On Saturday morning, Mountlake Terrace High School’s Facebook page shared a letter from Principal Greg Schellenberg to Mountlake Terrace High School students and community members. Schellenberg formally denounced the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, adding “There is no room in the Mountlake Terrace community for racism, misogyny, bigotry and hatred.” Schellenberg…

Between Assignments: 100,000

Stunning, simply stunning! How many of us are able to initially comprehend the loss of life of America’s citizens in that magnitude? The combined number of fatalities we have experienced exceeds the combined total of American deaths in the Korean War and Vietnam conflict. 100,000! And by the time you read this, there will be…

Edmonds Art Beat: There are blue skies ahead

Birds bringing cheer to Main Street Local artist Mona Fairbanks was recently contacted by developer Michael McMurray to do something creative on the construction fence at Main Street and 6th Avenue South. Mona is a very busy artist in the community, teaching art at local schools for the last 25 years and being on the education…

Restaurant News: While continuing takeout, eateries eye plans for reopening to diners

Although no one is quite sure when, and it probably won’t be anytime soon, restaurants will be reopening their dining rooms again. When they do, things will be different. At one point, the State of Washington was prepared to mandate contact information for every restaurant patron. They’ve stepped back. Information given by patrons will now…

Re-imagining Retirement: Consequential happiness

I recently was putting serious time into trying to come up with a new name for a project I was working on, when I came up with consequential happiness, as a possibility. I liked the ring to it; however, it would probably need some explaining, right? I’m actually amazed and disappointed, at the same time,…

Bird Lore: Northern Saw-whet Owl

Owls come in all sizes. The largest North American owl, the Great Gray Owl, is 27 inches in length. The Northern Saw-whet Owl is only eight inches in length. It has been seen very few times in Edmonds, but is probably much more abundant than records suggest. As a nocturnal owl, it is generally quiet…

Looking Back: Charles Robert (Bob) Lutton, Jr. — MIA, WWII

This year, Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 25.  However, because of the present health issues, there will be few, if any, gatherings of people for public ceremonies. Instead, I hope the day will be a quiet time, filled with personal reflections. In Edmonds, because it has been 75 years since the ending…

Edmonds Art Beat: Farnsworth Guitars, locally handcrafted and ready to rock

Farnsworth Guitars calls Edmonds home Edmonds local Brian Farnsworth has been building guitars for six years now. He was looking to learn how to solder guitar pickups — a transducer that captures or senses mechanical vibrations — so he could swap pickups on his own gear, and he connected with a luthier instructor. Brian picked up many…

Kids Are Bookin’ It: Kids of Lake Meadow Series a lyrical breath of fresh air

Kids of Lake Meadow Series, by Brandon McAlister Illustrated by Sydney McAlister Recommended especially for Young Readers ages 6 – 10 I’ve been to the cheeriest of places, and had the sunniest of fun, playing with the Kids of Lake Meadow. These lyrical books invite their readers to come along with them on every day…

From the Publisher’s Desk: About those T-shirts

As we navigate how to best support each other during a time of great uncertainty, one thing is clear: Now, more than ever, kindness matters. Granted, I have always — to a fault — expected that people were mostly motivated by good intentions. Many of you, I’m sure, can cite examples to prove otherwise but…

Edmonds Booktalk: Book ideas for mom, delivered to your door

We made it to May. So that’s good. Edmonds Bookshop is still closed and we will be for at least a while longer, but we are still able to get books to you! Order online on our website www.edmondsbookshop.com, quickly sign up for your free account, and we will have books delivered directly to your…

Teresa Wippel

Now more than ever, community news matters

Community takes on a different meaning during a pandemic. For more than a month, we’ve been telling the stories of COVID-19 and its impact on our community. They are stories of compassion. Of caring. Of survival. Of resilience. How schools are making sure kids in need don’t go hungry and how food banks are feeding families….

Edmonds Art Beat: Creating art at home with help of Cascadia Art Museum

Hygge tea light jar workshop Cascade Art Museum is now offering Virtual Family Art Exploration Workshops. The first is this Saturday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features hygge tea light jars with artist Lynn Hanson. Lynn Hanson, artist and owner of Lynn Hanson Gallery in Pioneer Square, has been doing research…

Healthy Eating: Two comfort food recipes to enjoy and share

It is hard to believe that we’ve been staying home since the middle of March…at least I hope everyone has been staying home. I venture out each day to take my miniature schnauzer Mia for a well-deserved long walk. Well deserved for both of us I think. I am grateful that I have a backyard…

Looking Back: Katrina Bagley of Tulalip — a woman to remember

Much like the Biblical Job, during her lifetime, Katrina Bagley endured one loss after another. Through it all, she never faltered in her love of life, her church, nor her love for her family. While talking with three of her grandsons, I learned much about this indomitable lady and her enjoyment of life. With that…