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The COVID pit in my stomach | Moment's Notice

There is a pit in my stomach. A pit of nervousness and worry and sadness that I wake up with every morning and carry around with me. I have felt this pit before, when my brother died suddenly or when...

 

Together as a community | Arts & Appetite

There is an old saying: “Food is the ingredient that binds us together.” We know that to be true, but our ability to bind together in our community right now has been seriously impacted by the...

 

Paranoid or just sane? | Moment's Notice

My mom called today quite excited because a friend had taken her three mini-hand sanitizers on carabiners. She had recently been to the drug store and several other stores to find sanitizer but found...

 

Food journey inspiration: Tortillas | Arts & Appetite

We look, smell, taste, and touch food, and even sometimes hear food. Emotionally, preparing and/or eating food is associated with being cared for as a child, gathering with family and friends, and tra...

 

If you can keep it (#whatBensaid) | Moment's Notice

The Washington state presidential primary ballots arrived in the mail this past week, giving us the opportunity to vote to determine who will be on the top of the tickets in November for the office of...

 

Art at home: 2 exhibits at Cascadia | Arts & Appetite

This winter, each of the galleries of the Cascadia Art Museum display works of art that cross various media, from paintings to prints, from furniture to jewelry, as well as sculpture. The main...

 

Who do you know? | Moment's Notice

Yesterday, my mom forwarded an email from a good friend of my dad’s saying, “This brought back memories.” The message recalled a visit here that included a three-hour drive from Vancouver,...

 

Going backwards with country music | Moment's Notice

Have you heard the old joke about country music? Q: What do you get when you play a country song backwards? A: You get your house back, you get your dog back, your wife back, your truck back … A...

 

Omar's: Your new Mexican obsession | Arts & Appetite

Some have said I write too enthusiastically about food. I take the same approach to writing about food than I do to eating it – it has to be worth it. In the case of Omar's Taqueria, the tacos,...

 

'The world is not going to end' | Moment's Notice

As I prepared to write my first Moment’s Notice column for 2020, a new decade, I thought I would ask my beloved 12-year-old goddaughter what I should write about. Olivia is a writer herself, and und...

 

Korean barbecue: Grateful for the recommendation | Arts & Appetite

If you are looking for a break from your typical holiday fare and want to try something new, go to SanMaRu Grill (some refer to it as Maru), for Korean barbeque. My usual restaurant-review buddy...

 

2020: Unending expectation | Moment's Notice

“One man’s toxic sludge is another man’s potpourri.” — The Grinch What a year! We have not yet celebrated the holidays, and talk has already turned to 2020. Perhaps people are tired of...

 

Appetite, with a side of arts | Arts & Appetite

The holiday season is always a little brighter with memorable experiences, dining out with loved ones and enjoying all types of artistic endeavors, so this week’s column reviews some of the great...

 

The gorgeous irony of optimism | Moment's Notice

“I am so far from being a pessimist … on the contrary, in spite of my scars, I am tickled to death at life”—Eugene O’Neill Ah, thankfulness. Most of us likely spent the Thanksgiving weekend...

 

Thanks to SanKai, Edmonds is on a roll | Arts & Appetite

Our city's name is on a sushi roll, that is, with the opening of the much-anticipated SanKai Sushi in the Edmonds bowl. Sushi master Ryuichi Nakano recently opened SanKai after selling his...

 

A moment to notice | Moment's Notice

Moment n. A moment is a particular point in time, a moment you remember forever. A moment is a short, but unspecified, amount of time. Moment also means "importance." When I first started this column,...

 

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,...

 

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