Fitness Corner: A ray of sunshine, gone

Once upon a time there was a girl named Amy Fuller who worked at Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo. Harbour Pointe (or HP as the regulars call it) is a beautiful and challenging public golf course in our very backyard. It also has the distinction of hosting vibrant Men’s and Women’s Clubs filled with…

Recommended Reads: Whales at center of taut thriller ‘Lost Frequency’

Lost Frequency, by Barry Swanson Barry Swanson has written a taut, suspenseful thriller about an international race to discover a communication tool to translate a Lost Frequency into a language. How will such a tool be used by the victor in this race? Will it sustain good or diabolical purposes? Clues to this discovery lay…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Celebrate Harry Potter with upcoming library events

Last summer, we piled into the van and headed to the Granite Falls Library for Hogwarts Summer School. We ate snacks, watched a magician, and the kids made Harry Potter-themed crafts. Since it was about a 45-minute drive, we turned it into a bit of a day trip, stopping on the way home at Funko…

Bird Lore: Chipping Sparrow

Common over much of North America, the Chipping Sparrow has adapted well to landscapes altered by humans. In the 19th Century it was the common sparrow of cities until introduction from Europe of the House Sparrow. It is an uncommon migrant in Western Washington and even less so in Edmonds. But occasionally it has been…

Service Club Corner: Lynnwood Kiwanis

Welcome to this new column aimed at showcasing the work of fraternal and service organizations in Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace. Our first profile is on the Kiwanis Club of Lynnwood. Founded in 1963, the Kiwanis Club of Lynnwood is branch of Kiwanis International, which started in Detroit in 1915. They are a club focused…

Healthy eating: How to combat food cravings

Have you ever stared at a pile of cookie crumbs or a nearly empty potato chip bag, with a belly full of shame, and wondered, “How did I let this happen?” I can relate. I think almost anyone can relate. Besides driving you to eat, cravings can drive you nuts—making you feel like an out-of-control failure who…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Options for kids who want to give tennis a try

After my middle schooler suffered a concussion in his main sport this winter, we found out just how important exercise and, additionally, a team sport/group activity was for him. He went from hour-long practices twice a week and a game on the weekend with locker room time before and after, to not only no sports,…

Fitness Corner: An Edmonds Kind of Homecoming

Years ago, the man I fell in love with lived in — and loved — Edmonds. So I moved here, a place I only knew previously as the home of the Kingston ferry. In time, Edmonds and I forged our own connection that I could not have predicted or expected. This sweet city stole my…

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…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Fun ways to keep your kids reading this summer

This week, I am writing my column about summer reading inside the library. I’d like to say that it is because I am going to cover all of the local summer reading options and the fun Sno-Isle Explore Summer events and I wanted to immerse myself in the environment that I was writing about, but…

Art Beat: It’s Edmonds Arts Festival time, plus Driftwood does Sherlock Holmes

Live Music The Edmonds Arts Festival fills multiple stages during its three-day event beginning Friday. The City of Edmonds’ Frances Anderson Center at 700 Main St. is home to the Anderson Center Playfield Amphitheater, the Plaza Patio and the Arts Festival Gallery. These venues are packed with performers through the festival, ending on Father’s Day….

Recommended Reads: ‘Mercy River’ a gripping mystery thriller

Mercy River, by Glen Erik Hamilton Welcome to Mercy River, Oregon where you’ll “feel a growing energy in the town like kids before summer vacation. Or maybe animals before an earthquake.” Author Glen Erik Hamilton shares a gripping mystery thriller where friendship is tested, and dangers surround criminal actions that threaten a person’s belief in…

Military Wire: When you kill a fellow soldier — the death of Pat Tillman

Most don’t wear their struggles on the outside. We keep them buried. But we all struggle with something. Unfortunately, some allow those struggles and the difficult experiences to shape and define who they are — and that becomes a heavy weight to carry. Imagine if you were most likely responsible for the death of a…

Edmonds Booktalk: Highly recommended memoirs

I have been on a memoir kick the last couple of months. Completely unintentionally, they all ended up being by women.  All quite different, from completely different points of view, different times of life, all quite good, and all highly recommended. Alphabetically by author: “All You Can Ever Know” by Nicole Chung.  A young woman…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Many options for summer basketball camps

All it took was hearing that a friend’s third-grade daughter has been playing basketball in their driveway to get me woozy at the thought of her signing up for a basketball team. I loved playing basketball and being on that particular team in 9th and 10th grade. What is different about my basketball experience and…

Bird Lore: Nashville Warbler

The Nashville Warbler passes through Edmonds on its way to breeding sites in the Cascades and other mountain ranges of Eastern Washington. Look for it in second growth forests in summer. In May it can pass through any of the forested parks of Edmonds. Although it is not reported every year in Edmonds, it is…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Summer meals, Meet Me in the Park, Back to School Fair

The Edmonds School District 2019-2020 Family and Community Calendar was released Friday. This is the one with all the shapes denoting which days are holidays, half-days, teacher conferences, or the snow days we are using all of this year. I print this calendar and post it in the kitchen every year, and while I still…

Re-Imagining Retirement: Legacy

I just finished reading Marc Freedman’s new book How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations. Wow! I’ve heard of Marc over the last couple of years, but hadn’t given him any real consideration, ‘cause I doubted his impact, due to him looking so young!! (What makes him an expert?) Well, like…