Edmonds Booktalk: Edmonds Bookshop owners celebrate 10th anniversary

By Elaine Mattson The Edmonds Bookshop opened in 1972. We have been privileged to have a very short list of wonderful owners, not least of which are the current owners, Mary Kay Sneeringer and David Brewster. The reason I mention it now, is that this month, March 2011, we are celebrating their 10th year of…

Edmonds Military Wire: March 4 summit aimed at military kids and families

By Michael Schindler The fourth annual Washington State Military Kids and Families Summit will focus on providing needed resources to military children and the people who support them. The event, open to military families, educators, community leaders and the public, is March 4 in Tacoma.  Workshops include how children cope with deployment, transitions, and reunions….

Edmonds Military Wire: Sen. Murray wants to hear from you on veterans issues

By Michael Schindler Regardless of your politics, if you are a veteran in the state of Washington, you likely appreciate the work and effort Sen. Patty Murray has put toward veterans’ issues. Washington state is home to the six largest population of veterans and is often on the progressive edge of trying new programs that will…

Edmonds Military Wire: Deserving military spouses need your vote

By Michael Schindler The unsung heroes in today’s military are often the spouses who remain at home. No question that our men and women who serve on the frontlines are heroes; simply because they have chosen to serve our country in a way that most have not. But the spouses, they too deserve much recognition…

Edmonds Military Wire: Changing lives, removing scars – Iraq Star Foundation

By Michael Schindler The improvements in medicine, combat trauma training and body armor have saved thousands of our service members’ lives. Injuries that were once classified as fatal are now recoverable. We’ve come a long way from wars of the past. What some have yet to realize is that while more of our service members…

Edmonds Booktalk: What to read in the New Year

My Edmonds News is pleased to introduce our new columnist, Elaine Mattson of the Edmonds Bookshop, and her monthly “Booktalk” column. By Elaine Mattson How has the New Year been treating you so far? Any unbroken resolutions remaining? Our favorite resolutions here at the Edmonds Bookshop have to do with reading more! For example: less…

Edmonds Military Wire: the TSA vs. 233 Soldiers, a true story

By Michael Schindler One of the benefits of my profession is being able to hear from service members and their families all across the country, if not across the world at times. This next story is a personal recount of events, brought to my attention by Sgt. Tracy. It is so ridiculous (which explains the…

Edmonds Military Wire: How to recognize traumatic brain injury

My Edmonds News introduces Edmonds resident Michael Schindler, a Navy veteran and president of Operation Military Family, whose weekly column will focus on information for local veterans and their families. By Michael Schindler Most, if not all, of us either know of someone who has experienced some form of combat trauma or has read the…