Edmonds Booktalk: Bestsellers and staff favorites to put under the tree

December! So many great books and all kinds of other great gift items on shelves everywhere in the bookshop: calendars [wall, engagement, page-a-day, mini-wall], tote bags, note cards, socks, fancy stickers, fancy bookmarks, mugs, magnets, Sue Coccia art flags, candles, Happy Blob Fish, racing sloths, giant pencils, axolotl tree ornaments… all so much fun! Bestsellers…

Poet’s Corner: Contest, Terra Incognita, A Question of Warmth

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group   Contest Ocean tides rush over beaches, covering sand, rocks, creatures, only to flow out again leaving barren rocks and sand, pulling some out with the tide in a seeming contest for the land. Creatures of the intertidal zone duck for…

Under the weather: Rainy start to weekend before drying out and cooling down

** Note: this is an abridged forecast article ** A rather robust system is impacting us at the time of writing this (Friday evening). Radar indicates widespread and, in some places, heavy rainfall for much of Western Washington. Showers are expected to continue at times through Saturday as this front moves through. By Sunday, a…

Healthy eating: Everything in moderation — even holiday cookies

Many families and friends do cookie swaps during the holidays. Everyone gathers together and brings one cookie recipe and at least a dozen cookies to share with each member of the group. Then everyone ends up going home with a broad selection of holiday treats. I grew up baking holiday cookies with my mother each…

Restaurant News: Up your cooking game or gift an experience with PCC classes

COVID upended our world of in-person classes. Every class, meeting and get-together for almost two years or more has been via Zoom (or an equivalent platform). Luckily for everyone’s sanity, this scenario is changing. For years I was an assistant for PCC Community Markets’ cooking classes — primarily at the Edmonds location. I took a…

Art Beat: Performing animals, movies, music and more

Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre Friday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Edmonds Center for the Arts 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds If your kids are anything like mine, this is something they would love! Picture the cutest pet trick you can imagine. You’ll see it here! From dogs jumping rope to cats pushing strollers, this show is…

Planting Edmonds: Gardening tips for growing healthy orcas

Planting Edmonds is a monthly column written by members of Edmonds Floretum Garden Club. So, you want to grow orcas in your garden? Who doesn’t! I grew my first orca this year and I want to share my experience so you too can experience the joys of a beautiful orca garden. I still remember the excitement…

Healthy eating: Winter green salad a fresh option for holiday table

During the holidays, it’s easy to eat rich and high-caloric foods. We’re visiting with family and friends as well as going to open houses and office parties, where we are treating ourselves to a wide assortment festive foods of the holidays. It’s all good — everything in moderation, right? Try not to demonize the foods…

Poet’s Corner: Three A.M., Country in the City, Reset

Here is the latest installment of Poet’s Corner, presented by the Edmonds-based EPIC Poetry Group Three A.M. Sleep has abandoned me. Awake my soul, my senses, myself. Go out through darkness to those lights you left, unremembered. There they all are! Orion, Pleiades, the Big Dipper and orienting North Star! The elusive Milky Way, Jupiter, Mars!…

The Writer’s Desk: Tell me a story

Like many kids, I required a bedtime story each night before I’d agree to go to sleep. In elementary school my favorite times, besides art on Friday afternoon, were when the teacher or librarian read us stories out loud. I have never outgrown my love of hearing a story and am a huge fan of…

Under the weather: Mostly dry weekend ahead before rain returns next week

Much of Western Washington had a wet start to the month of November, but since that atmospheric river, not much rain has fallen. This is abnormal — usually the month of November is our rainiest month of the year. The image below shows the total accumulated precipitation at KPAE for this month so far. You…

Recommended reads: ‘Suddenly Snow’ a sweet novel for the holidays

Suddenly Snow, by Susanne Bacon Stranded by a sudden snowstorm, in the small and isolated Victorian town of Wycliff, all the holiday day-tripping tourists enjoying the sights are stuck. Fortunately for the stragglers desperate for a warm place to stay, The Gull’s Nest Bed and Breakfast has some room left. When the last of the…

Restaurant News: Takeout and dine-in Thanksgiving options

Many people find cooking a big holiday meal overwhelming.  We’re fortunate to have many options for ordering a Thanksgiving feast.  Here are just a few of the options.  Please call ASAP as many of these places are almost sold out.  Some have in-person dining that require reservations.  Don’t delay if you want to enjoy turkey…

Edmonds Booktalk: ‘Tis the season for great gift ideas

No idea what happened to October. [Or September to be honest…] But here we are: November! Ready or not. We are getting ready for all of the holiday festivities… a bit more every day. So many great books and all kinds of other great gift items on shelves everywhere in the bookshop: calendars [wall, engagement, …