Artfully Edmonds: Reflections on arts summit — how to involve young people in arts?

On a gorgeous Saturday morning—what keynote speaker Randy Cohen referred to as a “Chamber of Commerce kind of morning”—over 200 artists, arts organizers and business owners convened at the Edmonds Center for the Arts to discuss the future of Edmonds arts culture. Mayor Dave Earling called the convention to gather ideas from the existing arts…

Socially Single: Handling rejection

I‘m the bearer of bad news today. An inescapable part of dating is getting rejected. Unless you are the luckiest person in the Puget Sound Area (in which case, I hope you play the lottery), there will come a time when you like someone who doesn’t like you back. Rejection has a variety of flavors….

Ask the Engineer: Where Does Our Wastewater Go?

In the last Ask the Engineer article we discussed where our drinking water comes from. Today we’re going to take a look at where our water goes after we use it. Everything that goes down the toilet, the shower, the sink or any drains. Where does it all go? All of these sources of wastewater…

Edmonds Military Wire: Shout out to women veterans in Washington

Washington State women military veterans are encouraged to plan on attending the Women Veterans Summit to be held Saturday, June 29 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, in Tacoma. This free conference will provide women veterans with information about opportunities and challenges women veterans face today, as well as…

Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Part 30: The Branding It’s a culture of community building. There are, no doubt, more efficient ways of handling cows and separating them from their calves. Don is gruff. His Dad was gruff and I imagine that his grandfather and great-grandfather were cut from the same tough hide. “We do it the old-fashioned way,” he…

Artfully Edmonds: Summer Solstice

Happy Summer Solstice, arts enthusiasts! While we all know not to expect to see sun again before July 5, I think it’s safe to say summer is finally here. School is out, emails are being circulated with the subject line: Vacation, and a herd of nude bicyclists is gathering in Fremont for Saturday’s parade. Edmonds…

Socially Single: List making

Note: my book “Improve Your Love-itude” is on a special promotion on Amazon.com. You can download it for free through Friday, June 21st. A popular exercise many single people take part in is to make a list of alllllll the things they desire in a partner. From the big things like character traits (kindness, honesty)…

From the Edmonds Vet: Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Part 29: A Mile High My friends Don and Susie were in Phoenix to attend the high school graduation of one of their grandsons, a life cycle event not to be missed. While they were gone, Charlize and I made the six-hour drive to Denver to revisit old friends and spend some time in the…

Reminder: Edmonds police to host crime prevention meeting June 20

The Edmonds Police Department is inviting the public to a June 20 meeting about identity theft, fraud and burglary along with other related crimes. Detectives Stacie Trykar and Brian McIntyre will be the facilitators and will discuss how you can: – Recognize criminal or suspicious behavior and how to report it – How to better…

Edmonds Military Wire: Join Operation Military Family in 4th of July events

Operation Military Family is excited to be participating in this year’s annual Edmonds 4th of July Celebrations and Events. Steve Hartley, with Muggshotz Caricatures, will be available to draw your patriotic “mug” or family picture starting at 10 a.m. at Hazel Miller Park and then again at 7 p.m. at Civic Field. All donations will…

Socially Single: Is the dating scene in the Northwest ‘dysfunctional’?

Did you see the firestorm of debate caused by Danielle Campoamor’s guest column in The Seattle Times the other day? She claims that the men in Seattle are “dysfunctional” when it comes to dating. Whoa, them’s fightin’ words, Danielle! I think both genders have accountability when it comes to the state of modern dating, in…

Mother/daughter fun in Edmonds: Adventure #6 — Bedside table books

It is easy to perpetually add to your book wish list without ever taking a title off. Many book lovers attempt to squeeze in as many new book ideas at the bottom of the page, into the margins or even between old lines if a clean page isn’t available when a title presents itself—or at…

Edmonds Military Wire: VA disability claims require VA overtime

The backlog of Veterans Affairs disability claims, which has gone up by 2,000 percent while the agency’s budget has increased by 40 percent over the past four years, has pushed the Department of Veterans Affairs to mandate overtime for claims processors in its regional offices across the country. According to a recent letter by Reps….

Recommended Reads: Book highlights Sir Winston’s Churchill’s other talent — painting

Sir Winston Churchill His Life and His Paintings, by David Coombs with Minnie Churchill “Many people don’t realize that Winston Churchill’s greatest pastime was painting,” says Minnie Churchill, who is the director of Churchill Heritage, and also is his great granddaughter-in-law. “He once wrote: ‘Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light…

Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

By Dr. David Gross Part 28: Moving Dirt The Sandhills are just that, hills of sand and valleys of sand and hollows of sand held in place by a sod formed by the roots and stems of native grasses. If the grass is destroyed by fire or by too much traffic from cattle or vehicles…

Socially Single: Sunny day dates

By Kelsey Foster Sunny days in our neck of the woods are the rare jewels that make living here so worthwhile! Luckily for us, there are several ways to enjoy the sun and be social at the same time. The Beaches It is so easy to pack up a picnic lunch or dinner and head…

Edmonds Booktalk for June: Great reads for dads, grads

June 2013 already! Are you ready? Do you have a busy June ahead of you? Any graduations? Any fathers to celebrate? Here is a short list of new titles that would make great gifts: Non-fiction: “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945: Volume Three of the Liberation Trilogy” by Rick Atkinson….

Ask the Engineer: Where Does Our Water Come From?

You turn on the faucet and water comes out but where does it come from? We here in the Pacific Northwest have it good, nature does most of the work for us. Throughout the fall and winter when water use is down, precipitation falls in the mountains and turns into snowpack. When it starts to…

Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

By Dr. David Gross Part 27: First full working day on Pass Ranch Last year only a little over seven inches of rain fell on the ranch, the driest year since Don’s great granddad put the property together and they started keeping records. This past winter there was not as much moisture as usual although…

Recommended Reads: A House In Fez

By Wendy Kendall A House In Fez, by Suzanna Clarke Are you planning a home remodel, perhaps summer garden landscaping or are you in the midst of some spring sprucing? You anticipate exciting results from your hard work.  Now add to these ambitious projects a few complications, like negotiating in foreign languages, cultural differences that…

Artfully Edmonds: Entertainment galore on the waterfront this weekend

By Juliet Brewster The Edmonds Rotary Waterfront Festival is here to kick off summer once and for all! From Friday evening through the weekend, find your way down to the waterfront for rides, carnival games, elephant ears, and endless live music. The Beatniks headline Friday night with a two-hour set of classic rock covers, from…

Travels with Charlize, in search of living alone

Part 26: Yellowstone Park By Dr. David Gross It never occurred to me that it would be so difficult. In my book “Animals Don’t Blush” I recounted the combined camping, honeymoon and traveling to my first veterinary job in Sidney, Montana trip. That happened the first week in June of 1960. Rosalie and I spent…

Artfully Edmonds: Graduation

By Juliet Brewster A lot is going on at Edmonds Community College this week, as students complete their studies for the quarter. Jazz students will showcase their work in the Black Box Theater Wednesday, May 29 and students in the Digital Music program are presenting their hard work in the Black Box Theater on Friday…