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We've come a long way, baby | Arts & Appetite

I am a sucker for a good story, and the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County has installed an interpretive panel that tells a story worthy of an art review in this week’s issue. Missouri...

 

Hope against (no) hope | Moment's Notice

Hope (noun). Grounds for believing that something good may happen. A feeling of desire for a certain thing to happen. Last week, my husband and I were having one of those wide-ranging discussions you...

 

Experiencing the 'Lavender Palette' at Cascadia Art Museum | Arts and Appetite

The Cascadia Art Museum of Edmonds is again breaking new ground. Its new exhibition is not only the first of its kind in Washington, but the first of its kind in the nation. Curator David Martin...

 

Saying goodbye | Moment's Notice

On a sunny August morning a few decades ago, my brother and I stood in front of several friends as we prepared to get into the family station wagon and drive to our new home more than 2,000 miles...

 

Lessons from writers in Edmonds | Moment's Notice

Professional or academic conferences – they bring to mind-sprawling convention centers, lanyards and nametags, buffet meals, and uncomfortable conference chairs. Over the years, however, we are...

 

Bistro 76: A neighborhood favorite | Arts & Appetite

During a recent trip to Philadelphia, I spent a good bit of time happily reading restaurant reviews in the local newspapers. On the East Coast cities may be larger, but neighborhoods still remain...

 

Breakfast … in an ordinary world | Moment's Notice

Breakfast, especially Sunday breakfast, is the highlight of my week. My dad and I used to talk about how lucky we were because when we went to bed at night, we knew we would start the next day gratefu...

 

Appreciating the beauty east of the Cascades | Arts & Appetite

There are only a few weeks left to catch Cascadia Art Museum's current exhibition, "Paintings From the Palouse: The Art of Andrew L. Hofmeister (1913-2007)," and I highly encourage you to make the...

 

To lightly touch your heart, and your taste buds | Arts & Appetite

The literal definition of dim sum is to "lightly touch your heart," likely because small dim sum plates were often served as snacks or combined for a family brunch. Good dim sum does touch your heart,...

 

Climate change: Fight the power | Moment's Notice

Talking with my uncle this past weekend, we covered the usual subjects ... family, outings with friends, current events. Despite a lot going on with family and that he is reviewing the final draft of...

 

Saturday brunch in downtown Edmonds, and a summer update | Arts & Appetite

A few months ago, this column introduced the eats at the Garden Market, the precursor to the Edmonds Summer Market. Along with the rising temperatures, the Summer Market has expanded to its full...

 

Origin Stories: 'I Am Edmonds' | Moment's Notice

“The single biggest problem of communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw The City of Edmonds Diversity Commission recently asked Edmonds’ residents to write...

 

Create your own red cedar art at Cascadia | Moment's Notice

Cascadia Art Museum is holding one of its free family workshops this weekend, and it promises to be a unique, hands-on experience for all – children, parents, grandparents, and friends. Tlingit...

 

Lessons from a silent mountain | Moment's Notice

Nearly eight years ago, this column featured the story of three women from Edmonds (Michelle Clyborne, Ruth Arista, and I) climbing to the summit of Mount Rainier, Washington’s most famous of...

 

Optimism is not complacency | Moment's Notice

Recently, a dear friend who lives in Oregon was interviewed for a local online discussion site, “A Community Thread.” Laura spoke eloquently, in her approachable and kind fashion, about her...

 

Diversity Commission promotes storytelling, accepts land acknowledgement

The Edmonds Diversity Commission has launched its storytelling project, “I am Edmonds. This Is My Story.” In addition to active social and traditional media outreach, flyers have been created for...

 

In Lynnwood: The perfect potato – and much more | Arts & Appetite

Peruvian cuisine is known for its potatoes. After all, more than 4,000 varieties of native potatoes grow in the Andean highlands of Peru, Boliva, and Ecuador. But Rinconcito Peruano (loosely...

 

The artful stoppage of time | Moment's Notice

As the Saturday markets open, more and more boats dot the Puget Sound, advertisements for the Edmonds Arts Festival appear, and more than one person lamented last week that this year is flying by too...

 

In Edmonds: Delicious food options at the Saturday market

Going to a weekend farmers market usually means finding local produce, flowers, breads, handmade gifts, and products from close to home. My favorite part of a spring or summer market, though, is the...

 

Do actions speak louder than words? | Moment's Notice

“Love is an open secret, the most obvious thing in the world and the most hidden, with no why to how it keeps its mystery.” – Rumi It must be love, love, love. That’s what the band Madness...

 

Out with the old, in with the new – it’s spring! | Moment's Notice

The weather has been so confusing this year that the first day of spring came and went without much notice. Suddenly, though, perhaps because of all of the bunnies hopping around the backyard, poking...

 

For the love of trees at Cascadia Art Museum | Arts & Appetite

Cascadia Art Museum’s current exhibition, “Woodland Reverie: The Art of Helen Loggie,” surrounds you with trees, just like many of our favorite spots in Washington. Helen Loggie was born and...

 

You gotta have friends | Moment's Notice

On April 27, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared an official International Friendship Day. Originally so-named for July 30, in many countries it is celebrated on the first Sunday in Aug...

 

Savoring dumplings and Korean chicken on Edmonds' Highway 99

There are so many small shopping centers along Highway 99 that it’s easy to miss some amazing dining opportunities. The E.C. Plaza strip mall is no exception, but the restaurants certainly are...

 

Engaging in troubled times | Moment's Notice

#Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.” – Thurgood Marshall We live in troubled times....

 

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