Edmonds Military Wire: Six in 10 VA claim denials are in error

By Michael Schindler Despite some process and administrative changes in the Federal Veterans Administration, veterans can still expect they’ll have to fight to see their claim approved, and that approval could take well over three months if everything goes right. As we start 2013, many of the headlines are expressing the angst of what now…

Artfully Edmonds: A mosaic of activities this week

By Janette Turner “If someone had predicted my future,” said mosaic artist Christy Rommel in her Gallery North statement, “and said that I would be a mosaic artist one day, I would have laughed and shook my head in disbelief.” But as anyone who views her mosaics can see, Rommel is a natural talent. “As…

Edmonds Military Wire: Homelessness could knock on your door

By Michael Schindler A few days ago, I had a homeless veteran and his 78-year-old mother sitting in my office. I offered them both a cup of coffee and once we were settled in, the mom shared how the “system” had failed her son to the point that they were now living together…for the past…

Artfully Edmonds: ArtWalk and Edmonds’ own Louvre

By Janette Turner You can’t get a name more artsy than “Louvre,” so we know the owners of the newly-opened Café Louvre are destined to be ArtWalk players. Since this is the first ArtWalk for café owners Haifa and Nabil Alhussieni, the folks of Edmonds will want to stop by and welcome the couple to…

Edmonds Military Wire: Military suicides continue to rise – Murray takes action

By Michael Schindler The word is out – military suicides in 2012 exceeded those in 2011. More dollars spent on more programs has resulted in a negative return on results – and Washington State’s senior U.S. Senator Patty Murray is working to turn the tide. The following is the official press release from Senator Murray’s…

Artfully Edmonds: Uncorking another sweet week of events

By Janette Turner The big art news this week is Cole Gallery’s sixth anniversary, but let’s take a moment to celebrate another local talent. Consider the Eiffel Tower made of wine corks by Kris Muhlestein. It’s almost as ingenious as the real thing in France, but this version is specially-made for the Edmonds Community College…

Edmonds Booktalk: Time to get those books *you* really wanted

By Elaine Mattson Happy New Year to you all! What books on your list did you not get? Time to rectify the oversights and do your own shopping! The following lists [alphabetical by author], though not at all scientific, are a few of the titles that were favorites of gift-givers. Fiction: • “The Orchardist” by…

Artfully Edmonds: Head’s up on events

By Janette Turner If your resolution for 2013 is to enjoy life more, then you are in the right place. Consider this your guide to the best cultural events ahead. Thursday: Bookshop hosts readers club Join the Edmonds Bookshop readers club on the first Thursday of each month to talk about a book. This month’s…

Edmonds Beauty: Tips for looking and feeling better in the new year

Publisher’s note: My Edmonds News presents the latest “Edmonds Beauty” column, written by a recent Meadowdale High School grad. By Aygin Ghorbani We’re all ready to welcome the New Year; however, does that mean we’re finally going to make new resolutions and stick to them? Here as some of my personal guidelines: We should stop…

Edmonds Military Wire: Debt crisis raises national security debate

By Michael Schindler “I haven’t changed my view that the continually increasing debt is the biggest threat we have to our national security.” — Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, August 2011. Talk about a cliff hanger…that has gone on for months. Our elected officials can’t seem to shake loose a bit of good…

Artfully Edmonds: New Year’s Eve countdown

By Janette Turner The big story this week is New Year’s Eve, but before we get there, here’s a countdown of the top events in town. Thursday: ECA hosts Washington Council of the Blind annual variety show Washington Council of the Blind’s annual variety show will have two performances at Edmonds Center for the Arts…

Edmonds Military Wire: What the fiscal cliff could mean to you

By Michael Schinder We are only days away from finding out whether or not we as a nation take a dive off this ominous, politically charged fiscal cliff – and there is much uncertainty and question around how we will do it. Will we do a “Thelma and Louise” and go charging off or will…

Artfully Edmonds: The Art Walk holiday dash and more

By Janette Turner Are you naughty or nice? In olden days, “naughty” meant having nothing, and if that’s your state, then it’s time to get shopping. Yes, we’re recommending consumption in all forms this week, from Art Walk splurging to sharing some holiday nog ‘round the yuletide blog. Read on for recommended highlights of Art…

Artfully Edmonds: “The Nutcracker” in town and more holiday events

By Janette Turner If you find yourself saying, “I need a little Christmas, right this very minute!” then take in one or a dozen of these festive events around town. In fact we challenge you to attend as many events as possible, then let us know your Christmas score and we’ll post it. ‘Tis the…

Edmonds Military Wire: Affairs and sex pacts — Is this today’s military?

By Michael Schindler Diane Falzone, a television/radio host, relationship expert, and advice columnist for Military.com, recently wrote an article asking, “Should military marriages include a ‘deployment sex pact’”? As one can imagine, she got a plethora of responses – some surprisingly supporting such a pact. Having penned a book specific to military couples fighting to…

Artfully Edmonds: Phoenix Theatre’s holiday show opens and more

By Janette Turner With Red Petal Cakes offering Christmas tree and Santa cookies, you know holiday season is in full gear. So, don a muffler and head out to these festive events. Friday: “Dashing Through the Snow” opens at Phoenix Theatre Some shows are selling out already! We received notice of ticket sell outs for…

Edmonds Booktalk: My favorite Christmas books for kids

By Elaine Mattson December brings some of my favorite things: sparkly lights, festive wrappings, bubbly beverages, and kids’ Christmas books! I love kids’ Christmas books! My newest favorites: “Home for Christmas” by Jan Brett. This is the story of Rollo, a naughty little troll, who runs away from home in order to avoid doing chores,…

Edmonds Military Wire: Veterans just want their benefits for Christmas

By Michael Schindler The holidays bring out the generosity of the American people – especially when it comes toward being generous to our troops. The gift boxes, the stockings, the cards – all good, and all very much appreciated. And when our troops cycle off active duty, they can expect a treasure trove of benefits…

Artfully Edmonds: Irish Rovers in town and more

By Janette Turner Remember the old chestnut “Grandma Got Run-Over by a Reindeer”? A 1982 version was a hit by the Irish Rovers, a group that has traveled the world bringing a bit of Celtic pluck and now the group plays the Edmonds Center for the Arts on Thursday at 7 p.m. You can find…

Artfully Edmonds: Downtown businesses roll out red and green carpet

By Janette Turner Photo courtesy The Loft’s Facebook page. Downtown Edmonds galleries and shops are packed with sparkle and prepped for your holiday business. On Black Friday grab a latte at your favorite café and hit the stores, then stay for happy hour starting at naptime, 3 p.m. Enjoy drink and food specials, such as…

Artfully Edmonds: Art Walk/First Dibs and Stunningly Strange Gallery opening

By Janette Turner Thursday night’s Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. will have the added bonus of “First Dibs,” a pre-holiday sale going on at nearly all 40 venues. Here’s a glimpse of the big sale, along with other events and the opening of Stunningly Strange Gallery this calendar week. Art Walk: Stunningly Strange Gallery opens…

Edmonds Military Wire: Women veterans changing landscape of small business

By Mike Schindler Regardless of what side of the political fence you sit, it is hard for one to argue against the importance small business plays in America. After all, according to the Small Business Administration, “Small businesses make up more than 99.7 percent of all employers;” and in a time when Americans need work,…

Artfully Edmonds: Arista celebrates 15 years, plus more events

By Janette Turner No need to B.Y.O.B. to this R.S.V.P. only event. In celebration of Dave and Ruth Arista’s 15 years as Edmonds’ wine stewards, they are holding a get-together Friday, 5-8 p.m. at Arista Wine Cellars. If you want to go, call 425-771-7009 or email to reserve a spot. If they’re already filled, then…