Recommended Reads: Cozy up with a murder mystery set in San Francisco

The Fog Ladies, by Susan McCormick An ominous suspicion creeps into the minds of the resident ladies at the Pacific Heights apartment building as they watch the fog bank inch its way over the Golden Gate Bridge. There had been a number of grave accidents in their building recently. It’s suspicious. None of the group,…

Looking Back: Robert Earl Bonney — A local hero, veteran and Medal of Honor winner

What did former Edmonds and Alderwood Manor resident Robert Earl Bonney, and famed aviator Charles Lindbergh have in common? The answer: They were both awarded this country’s Medal of Honor for their heroic actions during peacetime. Chief Watertender Robert Earl Bonney, U.S. Navy, was honored for extraordinary heroism in saving the life of another crewman…

Bird Lore: American Dipper

The American Dipper is gray and plump, an aquatic songbird that inhabits western rivers and streams from Alaska to Central America. This is a bird that can’t stand still. It is usually noticed by its continual bobbing while standing on a rock at the edge of or in a stream. The dipper is a permanent…

Travelogue: Bad British breakfasts, glorious old ships

Part 2 London, after a seemingly endless disembarkation and bus ride to the capitol. Cunard does everything so well, but the trips are always bookended by an impossible website and a disembarkation process that borders on ridiculously inefficient. When the bus group was called to disembark 45 minutes late, with no information about what was…

Edmonds Booktalk: Holiday gift ideas for book lovers on your list

November! The chill is in the air. Time for sweaters, mittens and cozy boots. And to make your lists! Our annual Holiday catalog will be out in the middle of November; in the meantime, here are a few ideas to get you started: Fiction: All recently published and staff recommended “A Better Man: Chief Inspector…

Looking Back: A history of garbage collection in early-day Edmonds, Part 3

Part 3 of historian Betty Gaeng’s series on the history of garbage collection in Edmonds.You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Entering the second half of the 20th century, the Edmonds waterfront slowly began changing — especially with the closing of the last shingle mill in June of 1951. Another major change was…

Travelogue: Across the U.S. by train and back on the Queen Mary 2

Part 1 Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. – Mark Twain. I am sitting in my stateroom on Queen…

Day Trip Discoveries: New Burke Museum now showcases active research

Where can you peer up at an ancient mastodon skeleton? Watch paleontologists examine a 60-million-year-old, T-Rex dinosaur skull? Admire a vintage, Coast Salish whaler’s hat and enjoy frybread at a Native American-themed café? The new Burke Museum opened Oct. 16 to offer such experiences — designed to engage as well as educate visitors. It is…

Good trees for urban gardens: Overlooked trees for fall color

The month of October is so gorgeous with all the fall color.  The cooler weather helps it along. We know about the color of maple trees whether it is Japanese maple or the Bowhall Maple which graces Main St. in downtown. But some trees are overlooked.  One of these is the smoke tree (cotinus coggyria)….

Fitness Corner: Beating the winter blues

Winter may not be here yet but it sure does feel like it’s on the way. Born and raised in sunny Southern California, I found the coldness and darkness of fall and winter in the Pacific Northwest challenging every single year. Even here in Texas, where it is undeniably sunnier and warmer further into fall,…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Calendar-worthy Halloween events

When my kids were small and the costumes were still toddling spiders or mini firefighters, my main goal was to get as much use out of costumes as possible with the most amount of pictures. Once the kids started school, their yearly school event added an indoor option, which has a photo booth, so I…

From the Publisher’s Desk: Our virtual dust is starting to settle…

Dear readers: Thanks very much for your patience during the past week as we’ve been working out the glitches that occurred during our website redesign. We still have a few more wrinkles to smooth out, but I want to assure you that the reason for doing this — in the end — is to provide…

Looking Back: A history of garbage collection in early-day Edmonds, Part 2

You can read Part 1 here. In April of 1930, when North End Disposal Co. of Seattle began its weekly door-to-door garbage pickup service in Edmonds, it seemed as if the town’s long-standing problem of rubbish disposal had finally been solved. Whether it was because of the financial troubles of the Great Depression, when perhaps…

Edmonds Healthy Eating: Delicious recipes for nutrient-rich pumpkin

Far too often relegated to Halloween doorstep décor and overused as a coffee drink marketing device (think Pumpkin Spice Latte), pumpkin and all its health benefits deserve so much more. Pumpkin calories clock in at just 49 per cup of purée, plus that serving sneaks in 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, and…

Bird Lore: Sandhill Crane

The Sandhill Crane is an elegant bird, long of leg and neck with a crimson forehead. There have been several sightings in Edmonds over the years, most recently in September 2010 along the waterfront, October 2015 at the Edmonds marsh, and in May 2019 when five flew north over Yost Park. It is a bird…

Edmonds Booktalk: Adventure memoirs for armchair travelers

October! For some of us, the turning of the calendar page means a bit more indoor time… Some of us love living vicariously no matter the season… For the armchair traveler in all of us, here are a select few epic travel/adventure memoirs: “A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of a…

Kids are Bookin’ It: Trailblazing women share their advice in ‘Girl CEO’

Girl CEO: Priceless advice from trailblazing women by Ronnie Cohen and Katherine Elllison Recommended for ages 9 and up What do you want to be when you grow up? Here’s a fun and inspiring book to read while you dream about your future. Forty women who are leaders in all kinds of different careers and industries…

Healthy Eating: Granola bars, just in time for back to school

It’s hard to believe that we’ve already passed the Autumn equinox and the school year is well under way.  When children go back to school, our lives get easier in some ways and more complicated and busier in other ways. I am always looking for “healthyish” treats to make and to serve my family. I…

Art Beat: Don’t Miss ‘A Gentleman’s Guide’, ending this weekend

Theater Review A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder Edmonds Driftwood Players Thursday – Sunday, through Sept. 29 Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Wade James Theatre 950 Main St. Edmonds General $28, Senior/Youth/Military $25 Don’t miss Edmonds Driftwood Players in their final weekend of performances of A Gentleman’s Guide to…