From the Publisher’s Desk: Our place in history

As you’ve probably heard by now, Edmonds is celebrating its 125th anniversary next Tuesday, Aug. 11 — complete with an afternoon of live entertainment, a time capsule dedication ceremony, cake and an evening street dance. My Edmonds News will be there to capture the day with video and photography, and we’re pleased to report that…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Beyond 5 Ws and the H

This Friday, I’ll drive to Ellensburg for my high school reunion. I can’t comprehend it’s been 40 years since that rite of passage, which launched me out of my small-town comfort zone into college and career in the “big city” of Seattle. I credit my high school journalism teacher, Steve Rogers, for inspiring me to…

From the Publisher’s Desk: What I’d say to my dad

My dad didn’t finish college, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a successful small business owner and community leader. He died in 1991 at the age of 81. I was in my early 30s when he was diagnosed with leukemia, the kind that strikes older adults. While 81 may seem like a long life,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Walk this way

Ever since I moved with my husband to the Lake Ballinger neighborhood nearly 30 years ago, the scenic road that winds along the Edmonds side of the lake has played a key role in my life’s story. Married without children, I often walked the route with our two cocker spaniels. After my son was born,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: No exit strategy here

Last week, an acquaintance of mine from North Carolina, publisher of two online community news sites there, surprised the online publishing community when he announced that, after nine years, he was ceasing publication, effective immediately. After reading David Boraks’ farewell message, I have to say that his reasons for leaving weren’t at all surprising. In…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Everyone needs a dugout

My son played baseball from T-ball through college, and I became very familiar with the camaraderie that developed among the players sitting in the dugout. Not only did those players cheer on their teammates and engage in (mostly) good-natured heckling of their opponents, they also became problem-solvers, helpers and even arbitrators of unacceptable behavior. Over…

From the Publisher’s Desk: There’s no place like home

A sense of community. When I describe to people why I love living in Edmonds, that’s the phrase I return to. People really do, as a rule, take care of each other here. The importance of community really struck me during the short trip I took to New Orleans last week. I had a chance…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Connecting the dots

I used to be a busy parent of young children and I remember the juggling act between working full-time, preparing meals, helping the kids with homework, driving them to sports practices, meeting with their teachers, taking them to the dentist, and on and on. I barely paid attention to anything outside that family- and work-focused…

From the Publisher’s Desk: The small-town lesson I live by

On Sunday, I had lunch with publishers of two other Puget Sound-area online news sites: Exit 133, which covers Tacoma, and the West Seattle Blog. Both of these news websites have been around a lot longer than My Edmonds News, which celebrated its 5th anniversary last October. It’s always good to exchange “war stories” with…

From the Publisher’s Desk: It’s a marathon, not a sprint

I’m not sure who coined that phrase, but it’s one of my favorites, along with “It’s not how you start but how you finish,” and “You never learn anything in life unless it costs you something.” I thought about my personal marathon as I was sitting at the Edmonds City Council meeting last Tuesday night,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: True confessions about the lousy job I do

For the past five years, I have been able to wake up each day and say, without reservation, that I love my job. I’m able to write about the community where I’ve lived for 30 years, where neighbors and friends kept a watchful eye as my kids grew up and celebrated their transition into successful,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: March madness (basketball and otherwise)

Earlier this month, the Edmonds School District watched yet another of its high school teams bring home a state championship. The Lynnwood Royals girls basketball team March 7 did what the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors girls soccer team did last November: win the State 3A championship for their respective sport. It’s an incredible achievement, and what makes…

From the Publisher’s Desk: llamas, that dress — and what our readers told us

The power of social media continually amazes me. Thursday, I received a text message from my 22-year-old daughter, working in Washington, D.C., asking if I had seen the now-viral YouTube video about escaped llamas in Arizona. A few hours later, Facebook and Twitter were abuzz with opinions about The Dress (I see white and gold,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: What’s in store for 2015

Several months ago, I pledged to start writing a regular column — and I failed miserably at keeping that promise. I’m making another attempt, and this time, I hope to stick to it. The problem is, I’m lousy at self-promotion. I’d rather be writing about someone else’s news than my own, but the truth is,…

From the Publisher’s Desk: What Little League dreams are made of

In the past, I’ve tried — and failed — to make a publisher’s column part of my regular routine. I was inspired though by a reader who — like me — was watching our local Pacific Little League team, representing the Northwest Region, play its inaugural game in the Little League World Series Thursday. When…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Help us do MORE — subscribe today!

Why do you read My Edmonds News? What one thing would you change, if you could? Those were among the questions I posed to all of you in a reader recent survey, and the responses ran the gamut, from pats on the back to very helpful suggestions to honest criticism. As I reviewed the survey…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Social media, local teens and trouble

Last night, a Seattle radio station aired a report about three of our local teens who made poor choices that may haunt them for a lifetime. Since then, I have been struggling with how to report about it. The story involves two Edmonds-Woodway High School brothers who, sources told me, took a photo of themselves…