Articles written by Ken Marques

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 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Our friend in heaven | Only in Edmonds

Editor’s note: Although columnist Ken Marques decided to stop writing his column after a move to the East Coast, he submitted one final one to remember a friend. From early life,... — Updated 7/20/2023

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Leaving the Village of Goodness | Only in Edmonds

It had to happen sooner or later. This octogenarian couple having lived the greater part of their lives in the beautiful Edmonds community have arrived at the third act of life,... — Updated 5/4/2023

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

It's just right in Edmonds | Only in Edmonds

Not too much and not too little, but just right! That’s the norm in our Edmonds. Courteous service, sincere greetings, safe environment, and clean and cheerful shops and... — Updated 4/13/2023

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Nostalgia: Fill in the (blank) | Only in Edmonds

Just for fun, I attempt to remember some of the popular jingles and radio shows of yesteryear. There are days when I wander back in time to pleasant memories. These moments bring a... — Updated 3/16/2023

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Courage personified; I think I can | Only in Edmonds

Within our Village of Goodness resides a lady who by her character is a constant blessing to those of us who are privileged to know her. Courage is one of many character traits she... — Updated 3/9/2023

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Weather report for the soul | Only in Edmonds

In search of the ideal weather to suit one’s desire for wellness and an improved attitude is the mantra for the favored snowbird, of which I was one at one phase of my life advent... — Updated 3/2/2023

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

A visit with a pharmacy clerk | Only in Edmonds

There is no man-made medicine on the shelves of your local pharmacy to rid the maladies of worry, fear, criticism, and complaining. Many have attempted with potions that dull the... — Updated 2/16/2023

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Simplicity and the search for truth | Only in Edmonds

The popular acronym for emphasizing the relevance of simplicity compared to complication is “KISS … Keep it simple, stupid!” Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but t... — Updated 1/12/2023

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Character and confidence: Keeping Edmonds special | Only in Edmonds

The inspiration for this short essay comes from a book I read some time ago. The central point of the author’s message was how moral virtues affect the world condition. It was... — Updated 1/5/2023

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Jingles for a good life | Only in Edmonds

“Good to the last drop … Maxwell House Coffee.” “Trust your car to the man who wears the star.” “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz … Oh, what a relief it is … Alka Seltzer.... — Updated 12/22/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Because of errant golf balls | Only in Edmonds

It was time to retrieve the Christmas tree tucked away in the garage storage unit of our Edmonds condo. As usual, I had to move several items to get to the tree. One of the items... — Updated 12/15/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Pick up those erasers | Only in Edmonds

The pink nib at the other end of a sharpened pencil scrubs away an error. Thank you for erasers! Oh, how good it would be if we had an eraser to scrub some of our spoken words. We... — Updated 12/8/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Germany to Edmonds: An artist's journey | Only in Edmonds

I’ve walked past the Frame Design & Atelier on Fifth Avenue South hundreds of times on my walks to downtown Edmonds and decided to stop in to get some assistance with a mirror pro... — Updated 11/22/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Professional good person | Only in Edmonds

When using the word “professional,” the usual comes to mind … pro athlete, doctor, entertainer or most anyone with a special talent utilized to generate income. As I experienc... — Updated 11/10/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Practical, simple, genius | Only in Edmonds

I’m always amazed by the stories of “what, why and how.” Most of us are curious as to what, why, and how other people do what they do. It doesn’t take long to get to the... — Updated 11/3/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

The five fossils | Only in Edmonds

Gray skies have finally arrived in the Village of Goodness, with droplets of H2O that we Northwesterners claim as gold. If only we had deep wells of fossil fuel, would we be self-su... — Updated 10/27/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

An inside look at heaven, from Riley | Only in Edmonds

This is a story for pet lovers in Edmonds. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t encounter at least four dog walkers in our village. This story is about a West Highland... — Updated 10/6/2022

 By Ken Marquest    Opinion

An energized walker and greeter in Edmonds | Only in Edmonds

“Faster than a speeding bullet … more powerful than a … .” As those of us from an earlier generation might remember, this famous introductory phrase on the radio imagined with delight a person of strength and good... — Updated 9/29/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

The topiary artists of Edmonds, and a super smile | Only in Edmonds

Our Village of Goodness is the perfect venue for artists. The word “artist” for most of us suggests a skilled painter or sculptor using traditional materials – oils,... — Updated 9/22/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Wisdom at age 7: It's about relationships | Only in Edmonds

She is the youngest entrepreneur on Sixth Avenue South in the Village of Goodness we know as Edmonds. We were out for an afternoon stroll around the block when we came upon a... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

I found Jane at ACE Hardware | Only in Edmonds

Do you remember your first-grade reader featuring Dick and Jane and their dog, Spot? Two innocent children experiencing life as it was before television and the internet. A boy and... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

If it sounds like I'm complaining, you are correct | Only in Edmonds

Have you noticed the change in size of ice cream containers? From a half gallon … to 1¾ quart, to the latest, 1½ quart. The price is relatively the same as it was at a half... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

In praise of our Brandy | Only in Edmonds

The elixir first prepared by monks of early centuries known for its aged smooth taste and distinctive amber color was bottled and labeled “brandy.” There is another of the same... — Updated 8/25/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Back to Earth, and return of the bells | Guest View

Why does everything look so simple when looking down from an airplane at 30,000 feet? One can barely make out a village below at this altitude. With clear skies, the best one can... — Updated 8/11/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

An Edmonds kind of you know what; the master griller | Only in Edmonds

Intelligence without goodness attached is learned ignorance, said Mr. Jones to Ms. Doe. Whereupon Ms. Doe replied: “I believe you’ve just defined ‘common sense.’” Having... — Updated 8/4/2022


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