Between Assignments: Caged at home

As has been my habit and necessity for years, I am up between 4 and 5 o’clock most days. I use the time to wake up, organize my day, answer emails, find out the news and just do some thinking. With the coronavirus and leaving elected office last January, I’m still up about the same…

EPIC Group Travel Writers: Stavanger — chocolate goats and sardines

One of the major reasons to visit Norway is to see the magnificent fjords, sea arms that stretch far into the landscape. One of the most spectacular is Lysefjorden, not far from Stavanger, a city between Bergen and Oslo, the capital. The 26-mile long fjord with waters 1600 feet deep is hemmed in by cliffs…

Edmonds Booktalk: Books to get you through the duration

Not at all the April any of us had in mind. But here we are. Edmonds Bookshop is closed and will be for the foreseeable future, but we are still able to get books to you! Order online on our website, quickly sign up for your free account, and we can have books delivered directly…

Edmonds Kind of Play: Adventures in home schooling and Zoom learning

I started this week riding the high of a successful “Lunch and Learn” routine we had going in the first two weeks of our time at home. These “Lunch and Learns” — named after a midday event at my husband’s office — were planned to not only teach the kids some useful life skills, but…

Healthy Eating: Enjoy the health benefits of walnuts in this versatile sauce

If you are like me and following our “new normal” directions for living…you have been staying home.  “Stay home, Stay healthy”–it’s an easy directive that is not always easy to follow.  Cooking is a great way to use the extra time as well as to keep yourself nourished and healthy.   It’s likely that you have…

Recommended Reads: Immerse yourself in the latest tea shop mystery from Laura Childs

Lavender Blue Murder, by Laura Childs Get ready, mystery enthusiasts and amateur sleuths, because Laura Childs’ latest Tea Shop Mystery starts off with a bang. It’s a Lavender Blue Murder in the fields of the low country of South Carolina. When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley attend an…

Between Assignments: Unsettling times…

Here’s the first of an occasional “Between Assignments” column from Dave Earling, who recently completed two terms as Edmonds mayor. I say unsettling for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is watching the United States and its inability to think as one, and not acknowledging or understanding the magnitude of the health…

Fitness Corner: Exercise in the age of coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has upended our lives in a way that few of us have ever experienced. With seemingly no end in sight, it’s an unsettling and frightening time. As we socially distance and isolate ourselves at home more, combined with the loss of control that many of us are feeling, it’s easy to lose…

Edmonds Restaurant News: Eateries cook up ways to help community during outbreak

Response to COVID-19 has varied, with local restaurants cooking up a variety of ideas on how to continue to provide good food to patrons and keep staff gainfully employed, without jeopardizing public health efforts to slow the spread of the novel virus. Although on any given day, food safety and hygiene are taken very seriously…

Edmonds Art Beat: 10 ways to support the local art scene right now

In this unique time amidst closures and cancellations, there are still many ways to support local artists in our community.  10 ways you can support art in the community: Visit a local gallery. Many of our galleries in Edmonds are still open right now and make for a good outing to enjoy local art. Purchasing…

Just Around the Corner; Custer — former home of Loretta Lynn

As of the year 2000, there were 299 residents in Custer, a small town just south of the Canadian border. Back in the 1950s-early ’60s, there was one special resident: Loretta Lynn, before she became a country star. Loretta, then 14, and her 21-year-old husband, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn, moved to Custer from Kentucky in search…