Looking Back: Gwendolyn Shakespeare — a teacher forever remembered

Over 86 years ago, when I entered first grade in the Edmonds School District, I certainly never had any idea that so many years later I would still remember many of my school teachers. A few are remembered in special ways. My first four years were spent at Alderwood Manor Grade School, and there I…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Remember to thank a teacher

In my generation of journalists, nearly everyone I know was influenced by a great high school journalism teacher. Someone who lit a fire under us. Who saw some raw talent and encouraged us to develop it. In my case, that journalism teacher was Steve Rogers. Steve started his teaching career at Ellensburg High School after…

Coffee with a Splash of Kindness: Celebrating the goodness of others around us

Hello again. I say again because it’s been two years since you and I first met here via My Edmonds News. And three years since I was told, “I’m sorry Ms. Sabounchi. You have stage IV terminal cancer. It’s spread to your brain and to your bones. A genetic mutation of lung cancer. The same your mom had.”…

Edmonds Art Beat: An update on Graphite, plus sparkling holiday experiences

Yes, the Graphite project is alive and well. That’s the word from Edmonds business owner and artist Tracy Felix, who along with Mary Olsen is planning a new arts center on the former Mar-Vel Marble site at 2nd Avenue South and Main Street. It has been two years since Olsen and Felix announced their plans…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Love, Play, Listen

Years ago, I was drawn to the marvelous work of Bernie Siegal with his book Love Medicine and Miracles and his others. In recent times, Elizabeth Gilbert wrote of her quest in book. Today I propose a new title of Love Play Listen! I want a simple easy recipe for isolation and Love Play Listen…

Edmonds Booktalk: Gift-giving ideas, plus upcoming events for book lovers

December arrived even faster than usual this year. Edmonds Bookshop is here to help. The biggest news is that you can now buy gift certificates online! Any denomination you would like. We can send them to you, we can send them to the lucky recipients, or you can pick them up in the store… all…

Edmonds Restaurant News: Checking in on a couple of fledgling restaurants

Calypso, the Caribbean-themed restaurant at the foot of Main Street, has just installed its new bar and it’s kind of surprising how this addition has completely changed the dynamic of the restaurant. A custom-designed, full-service bar now rises out of the back center of the space. It’s in addition to the “front porch“ — which is…

Bird Lore: Laysan Albatross

On the morning of Dec. 14, 2015, an unlikely visitor appeared in Edmonds offshore waters — a Laysan Albatross. This albatross, a West Coast species, is rare but regular within sight of land. It is even rarer on inland marine waters such as Puget Sound. A number of birders got to see this albatross in…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Choose your food treats wisely during the holidays

Are you still feeling full from your Thanksgiving feast? Did you eat a piece of pie for breakfast the next day? That’s OK because it probably has pumpkin or apples, maybe eggs, butter and milk, flour and spices — all ingredients that a healthy breakfast might include! But… remember most of us gain weight between…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Gratitude

It’s hard to believe, but we are almost at the end of 2019. And what a year it has been. Since January, we have been recognized for our work in numerous ways, including MLTnews being honored as 2019 Small Business of the Year and Publisher Teresa Wippel being named Edmonds Citizen of the Year for…

Art Beat brief: Meadowdale HS improv team competing for Hogan Cup Nov. 25

Did you know that Meadowdale High school has an improv team? They do, and they are really good. The MHS improv team recently qualified for the Hogan Cup finals for the second year in a row. The Hogan Cup is a Northwest high school improvisational competition put on by Unexpected Productions in Seattle. Meadowdale students…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Many options to see Santa this season

It took more than one try to get our first picture with Santa, now 13 years ago. I used the trick where you hand the kiddo to Santa while keeping eye contact and smiling while the photographer jingles the bell for further distraction. Santa is picture perfect and my son is mostly smiling. Over the…

Fitness corner: In November, my thoughts turn to men’s health

When November rolls around every year, I think a lot more about gratitude. Thanksgiving has a way of reminding us how much we have to be grateful for, and I often find myself telling people “I’m thankful for you” and that sort of thing. And when Movember rolls around every year, I think about my…

Kids are Bookin’ It: ‘Trombone Shorty’ a magical, musical adventure set in New Orleans

Trombone Shorty, by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews Illustrated by Caldecott Honor Winner Bryan Collier Recommended especially for Young Readers ages 6 – 8 Where y’at? This fun, true story will transport you magically into the midst of a New Orleans neighborhood. This wonderful book describes the city in such exceptional language it stimulates your imagination…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Holiday events just around the corner

Christmas movies turn up on the Lifetime and Hallmark channels ahead of the holiday. Though of the two Lifetime channels we have, one is still playing a movie that involves a cheerleader who murders or a mom who murders or — as in the movie I checked right now to make sure I wasn’t exaggerating…

Looking Back: Does anyone remember Pleasant View Hospital in Edmonds?

The Reporter was a newspaper established in August of 1949 and published in the community of Lynnwood — before the city’s 1959 incorporation. With its office located at the crossroads of State Highway 99 and 196th Street, the newspaper covered happenings in the Alderwood Manor, Lynnwood and Edmonds areas. Founded and edited by Seley Alvin…

Recommended Reads: Thrills abound in international action novel ‘The Eighth Sister’

The Eighth Sister, by Robert Dugoni Mystery surrounds the sisters. Their identities are unknown even to each other. Trained from birth to penetrate Russia’s foreign intelligence service and report to the CIA, suddenly they are disappearing. Three of them are dead. What is it about this intrigue that appeals to ex-agent Charles Jenkins? What convinces…

Travelogue: Signing off — and airline adventures

Well, the knee ganged up on me. I’m back in London sorting out hotel cancellations, changing  and canceling flights, etc. Robert arranged for me to have a wheelchair in the Newcastle train station. Not totally necessary, but awfully nice, not least as the two helpers (one for the chair, one for the bags, tip refused)…