From the Publisher’s Desk: Grateful to be recognized, but…

Earlier this week, I was sitting with a group of women — all past presidents of a professional association that I’ve belonged to since college. We gather once a year and everyone takes a turn describing highlights of her life since our last meeting. As it grew closer to my time to speak, I began…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Talk is easy. Listening is hard

A month ago, I had an opportunity to observe a group of people learning how to listen TO each other, rather than talking AT each other. It wasn’t easy. Jim Henderson and Jim Hancock of the 3 Practices Group Method invited me to observe the session in preparation for a similar event I am co-sponsoring…

From the Publisher’s Desk: The joy of being present

Before my grandson Reese was born, several friends told me about the joy of being a grandparent. I was skeptical — how could it be that special? Now, almost two years in, nothing could have prepared me for way this role — and the unconditional love for this little boy — fills my heart. The…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Embracing the words of Fred Rogers

Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered . . . just one kind word to another person. — Fred Rogers Last week, I was listening to a local radio program and the topic was the legacy left behind by the late Fred Rogers. Colleagues who worked with the founder…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Let’s talk about transparency

During nearly nine years of covering Edmonds City Council meetings, I’ve heard many discussions by both elected officials and citizens about the need for government transparency. One of the fundamental issues, related to council meetings, is how do citizens learn what is happening if they can’t attend? Let’s face it, unless there is a hot-button…

Teresa Wippel

From the Publisher’s Desk: Pardon our virtual dust

Eight and a half years ago, I launched My Edmonds News with the goal of creating an online gathering place for people who live, work or visit here. The original site was simple. There was no customized design. No advertising. just me, my laptop and some basic technology skills. Today, after going through several site…

From the Publisher’s Desk: We all can do a ‘little bit of good’

On Wednesday, I attended the YWCA’s 20th anniversary Snohomish County luncheon, featuring keynote speaker Naomi Tutu. The speech was amazing on many levels, coming from a Tutu, the daugher of South African religious leader Desmond Tutu. As a black woman who grew up under apartheid rule in South Africa, Naomi Tutu spoke passionately about supporting…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Local graduates making a difference

Much has been written about today’s young people, and a lot of it hasn’t been terribly positive. Pampered. Spoiled. Unmotivated. Self-centered. The criticism goes on and on. But if the alumni who spoke at Mountlake Terrace High School Friday morning are any indication of the next generation, we are in good hands. I was one…

Teresa Wippel

From the Publisher’s Desk: Why Net Neutrality matters to local news

It’s likely you’ve seen soundbites lately on Net Neutrality, and an upcoming FCC vote on whether to repeal it. Let me assure you that this is more than a national headline on CNN or Fox News. The threat is very local and very real. On Monday, I was proud to be included in a statement…

Teresa Wippel

From the Publisher’s Desk: The art of the ask — and the reply

One of my favorite activities at the annual Edmonds Center for the Arts gala is the Heads or Tails contest. Common at many fundraising auctions, during this event participants are asked to place their hands on their heads or their behinds. The auction emcee then proceeds to flip a coin and announce whether it lands…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Saying farewell to the Sound Live Sports Network

A year and a half ago, I wrote a column about how our efforts to live stream local high school sporting events were being compromised by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), which governs high school sports in our state. At the time, I said this: “I am certain nothing will change as a result…

From the Publisher’s Desk: All the news that’s fit to print post

I’ve been thinking a lot about print journalism these days, and what the future holds. I remember being 10 years old in my hometown of Ellensburg and creating my own “magazine,” using sheets of paper and a pencil. I remember my mother — a news junkie in the best sense — reading the Seattle Post-Intelligencer…

From the Publisher’s Desk: We ♥ our sponsors

Let’s talk about love, shall we? It’s almost Valentine’s Day, after all, and there’s no better time to show some love to those who make online community news possible in Edmonds. I’ve been giving love recently to our subscribers — those who contribute financially on a regular or one-time basis to support our work. (Learn…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Let’s get ‘ReadyTogether’

Many of you know that disaster preparedness is one of my favorite causes. Last spring, I worked with Snohomish County Fire District 1 and other organizations to sponsor a “Count Me in When Disaster Strikes” presentation at Edmonds Community College — with the goal of starting a conversation with Southwest Snohomish County residents about preparing…

From the Publisher’s Desk: I have no words…

On Saturday, the mail brought the usual assortment of credit card offers, a postcard notifying me of an upcoming retirement seminar (as if!) and a single envelope addressed to My Edmonds News. Since I’ve started our subscription drive, it’s always an adventure to open the mail. And it’s not just because readers are sending money…

From the Publisher’s Desk: It’s all about trust

Since starting My Edmonds News in 2009, I’ve attended numerous national seminars aimed at helping journalists become more entrepreneurial. In recent months, I have come to realize that much of what I learned is the reason why journalism is in such trouble. Nearly all of us in those seminars — funded by prestigious national journalism…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Shopping on Prime Day? Make sure to use our link

Amazon Prime Day is this Tuesday, July 12. If you are planning to shop for deals on that day — or on any day — here’s a reminder to use this link — and help support My Edmonds News writers, photographers, editors, designers and technical support folks. We get a small commission on your purchase(s),…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Thank you!

Dear Readers: Since I made my appeal last week asking for voluntary subscriptions to My Edmonds News, MLTnews and Lynnwood Today, I have been gratified by the responses. I have nearly 60 new online subscribers, bringing us close to 175 total. In addition, more than a dozen more have sent subscriptions or one-time contributions through…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Jesse Jones takes on WIAA sports broadcast issue

A few months ago, I wrote about my growing frustration with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, which governs high school sports in Washington state. See: From the Publisher’s Desk: The WIAA’s takeover of high school athletic broadcasts. To recap, for several years I have partnered with Mountlake Terrace High School’s journalism and broadcast programs to…