Fitness Corner: A New Year’s note

There’s a collective energy in the air at this time of year. Wafting all around us are feelings of freshness, motivation, potential for change, new opportunities, and chances to make ourselves and our lives better — promoted and perpetuated by newspapers, magazines, books, social media, our friends and family, and of course, ourselves. I’m a…

Edmonds Kind of Play: 365 days of art, starlight beach walk, lacrosse clinic

On the last Saturday of holiday festivities in Edmonds, we decided to fully partake, if you will. Leaving the kids at home, we went to the Holiday Market, where we bought ornaments from Mountlake Terrace Technology Student Association and photos of street art from Oaxaca from ArturoTorrresPhotography.com. We took advantage of a special at Fire…

Poet’s Corner: Sunset Detour, 576 Typhon, Not There Yet

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group Sunset Detour As I take a quiet stroll to a familiar place I make a visit to a favorite stop The day is quickly waning towards its crescendo this moment seems worth a detour Over the quiet lake, clouds erupt into…

Behind the scenes: Meadowdale Beach Park’s history as a homestead and country club

On Saturday, Jan. 7, Snohomish County is set to reopen Meadowdale Beach Park after an estimated $15 million refurbishing of the estuary, including a new underpass connecting the park with the beach. Although the two-year project is not totally completed, pedestrians will be allowed to access the beach from the parking lot at 156th Street…

Under the weather: Storm systems continue through the weekend

Happy New Year, everyone! The start of 2023 has been relatively dry thus far, but as we head into the first full weekend of the year, the rain is expected to pick up thanks to a train of several systems headed our way. Compared to what we saw toward the end of December, these storms…

Travel notes: Exploring Egypt’s temples and tombs

Egypt had beckoned me for years — the Pyramids of Giza, pharaohs’ tombs in the Valley of the Kings, incredible history going back 6,000 years — and of course, I envisioned myself riding a camel in the desert. Egypt’s antiquities proved as amazing as anticipated, but the camel ride… not so much. I finally experienced…

Looking Back: Discovering there really are monsters living among us

The 1930s was known not only as the decade of the Great Depression and the ending of prohibition, it was also a time of high-profile kidnapping-for-ransom of children with well-to-do parents. The most nationally-publicized kidnapping case was that of the 20-month-old son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh in 1932 — a case which ended with…

Gardening through the seasons: What to do in winter

Here’s the latest quarterly column, “Gardening through the Seasons,” by Edmonds Master Gardener Barbara Chase. When the snow arrived right before Christmas, we knew winter was here. It seemed such a short time since the Japanese maples were showing off their bright fall color. Then it happened. The temperature plunged and heavy patches of snow…

Planting Edmonds: Indoor landscaping

Planting Edmonds is a monthly column written by members of Edmonds Floretum Garden Club.  Hello, fellow plant peeps. I am here to talk about my favorite subject: Plants! I have been into plants my whole life, but I found my calling, passion and niche about 27 years ago in an industry called Interior Plantscaping. My company….

Under the weather: Gradual drying expected as we march closer to 2023

The month of December has given us quite a bit of excitement this year. We’ve had significant snowfall, rainfall, wind and even a historic freezing rain event. I don’t ever recall seeing what I saw last Friday with the freezing rain. When I stepped outside, it was literally like stepping onto an ice rink. Even…

Art Beat: Ring in the New Year with an art exhibit, an author talk and an audition

I’m waking from the post-Christmas, pre-New Year fog to share some art-related events to look forward to in 2023. Cole Gallery hosts Plein Air Washington Artists juried exhibit Opening Reception – Friday, Jan. 6, 4-7 p.m. Art Walk Celebrations – Thursday, Jan. 19 and Feb. 16 (The People’s Choice Award will be presented during the…

The Writer’s Desk: ‘Tis the season to be writing

The weather outside is frightful, but as a writer, the weather can always be balmy on the page. This time of year, I just want to stay curled under my duvet where it’s warm, where dreams can take me to the Bahamas or the Mediterranean, but life forces us to face the cold, cloudy world….

Restaurant News: Korean cafe Pot + Pan complements Olympus Spa experience

I have to say that this is an unusual review for Restaurant News because Pot + Pan, the Korean cafe inside the Olympus Spa, is only available for women over 13 years of age. That’s because the Olympus Spa on 196th Street Southwest in Lynnwood is open only to women. It is a magical place. I’ve…

Art Beat: Cascade Symphony Orchestra concerts and a call for art

As we head into the last few weeks of 2022, here is some art-related news to put on your radar for the coming year. Cascade Symphony Orchestra Presents “Capriccio Espagnole” and their Children’s Concert: “Ferdinand, The Bull” Monday, Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m. – Capriccio Espagnole Saturday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m. – Ferdinand, The Bull Edmonds…

Recommended reads: ‘At All Costs’ a thriller with high-speed action and surprises

At All Costs: The Volya Series, by J. Robert Kinney Evil and ruthless terror spreads worldwide from the Nasha Volya, a dangerous and illicit organization growing stronger than ever before. Their reach is worldwide. Can a U.S. congressman be working with them too? Franklin Holt and his small team of three freelancing federal agents vow to…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Potential

Something moved in my gut! I’d just put on a uniquely beautiful set of rings and whoa, they’d made a physical impact on me. What?! I repeated the process to verify what happened. Confirmed. I walked away bewildered; what happened? Walking on the college campus to pick up (?) grades perhaps, and coming toward me…

Under the weather: The chance for snow returns as we inch closer to Christmas

The words “snow” and “Christmas” oftentimes go together like “peanut butter” and “jelly” unless you live in Western Washington — then they are more like the words “oil” and “water.” If you’ve lived in the area for any length of time, you know to not hold your breath for that “white Christmas” (which is meteorologically…

Home + Work: Finding calm in the holiday chaos

My husband and I (Whitney) share an office. And when I say we “share,” I mean our desks face opposite walls in the same room that he mostly hogs while he’s on calls. All day. Every day. Thankfully for both of us, one of my clients is Workhorse Coworking, so I mostly work from there….

Travelogue: Greece ’22, Part Seven — Goodbye Athens

Publisher’s note: This is the seventh installment of Edmonds resident Nathaniel Brown’s travels to Greece. You can read part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, part 4 here , part 5 here and part 6 here. At the end of my last travelogue, on leaving Crete, I promised to try readers’ patience with one more…