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

Publisher’s note: After his losing his wife of 52 years to cancer, Dr. David Gross has embarked on an extended road trip with his new dog, Charlize, and is writing about his experiences By Dr. David Gross Part 5: Lewis and Clark True to my obsessive, head-down and push-until-the-task-is-complete nature I sat at my computer…

Artfully Edmonds: Music, comedy, and a mad tea party

By Janette Turner Ready to keep your heart pumping post-Valentine’s Day? We’ve put  together the best events for the week ahead – and all guaranteed to keep your mojo moving. Friday: Corner Coffee hosts Michael Thomas Live music is back at Corner Coffee with Michael Thomas performing Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. More info on the…

Edmonds Beauty: Are we really attractive to the opposite sex?

Publisher’s note: My Edmonds News presents the latest “Edmonds Beauty” column, written by a recent Meadowdale High School grad. By Aygin Ghorbani Everyone likes to claim they dress for themselves, or at least most say that they do. We tell ourselves “I just love wearing heels that I can’t walk in.” “I swear, even though…

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

Publisher’s note: After his losing his wife of 52 years to cancer, Dr. David Gross has embarked on an extended road trip with his new dog, Charlize, and is writing about his experiences By Dr. David Gross Part 3: The Kalaloch Campground Saturday at 6 a.m., Charlize and I walked the Kalaloch campground in the…

Artfully Edmonds: Phoenix Theatre opens new play and more

By Janette Turner Some Valentines arrive early, and by that we mean lovable events and exhibits are already popping up around town just to please you. And we’re filling you in on the week’s sweetest picks starting now. Thursday: Edmonds Heights K-12 presents “Honk!” Edmonds Heights K-12 students present “Honk! A Musical Tale of The…

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

By Dr. David Gross On the road The frustrations of the last four days before my obsessively determined departure date are over. Who would believe that a newly single adult male and his dog could experience so many problems trying to get out of town?  But all came together and Charlize and I, comfortable in…

Edmonds Military Wire: Fiscal cliff deal impacts paychecks

By Michael Schindler The legislation that President Barack Obama signed Jan. 2 that postponed the fiscal cliff means changes to military and civilian paychecks. The legislation increases Social Security withholding taxes to 6.2 percent from the “tax holiday” rate of 4.2 percent many have enjoyed the past two years. This increase comes when many are…

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

By Dr. David Gross The Start I was holding her close, cradling her head in my arms when she died. As I write this, it was 30 days, three hours and 36 minutes ago. April 23, we would have celebrated 53 years of marriage. I’m coping, sort of. “Well,” she said, pulling the nasal tube…

Artfully Edmonds: Comedy and guitar pyrotechnics come to town, plus more

By Janette Turner Guitar virtuosos will be at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Wednesday as part of International Guitar Night, but that’s just one event in town. If you’re looking for a week’s worth of comedy, children’s entertainment, literary activities, and the biggest Super Bowl bash around, you’ve come to the right place. Friday…

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…