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COVID-19: A stress test | Moment's Notice

It would have been just like any other day in a pandemic, but last week we added the peculiarity of waiting for results from a COVID-19 test. We knew of no exposure. We stay home... — Updated 9/17/2020


CRI: Volunteer committee of retirees pivots during a pandemic

Higher education has been impacted at all levels by the worldwide pandemic, and even continuing education has had to pivot its approach to educating students of all ages and... — Updated 9/11/2020


Tasting your way around Edmonds | Arts & Appetite

Restaurants throughout the region have interpreted the state guidelines for reopening safely and offering patrons new, safer options for finally dining in a restaurant. However, man... — Updated 9/3/2020


Going postal: Good noise pollution | Moment's Notice

In 1989, the U.S. military went into Panama to extract an installed dictator, Manuel Noriega. There is much to this story that every American should know, but that is another... — Updated 8/19/2020


Where to eat outside during a pandemic? | Arts & Appetite

August marks stricter rules about in-room dining at our local restaurants – now only people from the same household can sit together inside in a restaurant and with a max of five... — Updated 8/18/2020

 By Maria A. Montalvo    News

Love across political lines | Moment's Notice

There is an old political joke that a member of our family, Barry Howard (USAF COL Ret.), used to love to tell. In a nutshell, a man learns he needs a brain transplant but has to pa... — Updated 8/7/2020


An intergenerational clarity | Moment's Notice

"History has its eyes on you." – Lin Manuel Miranda, from "Hamilton" That line, said my 12- (nearly 13)-year-old goddaughter, Olivia, represents where we are as a nation today,... — Updated 7/22/2020


Gathering for Southern comfort food, pandemic-style | Arts & Appetite

In our new normal, as the news media likes to call this COVID world, takeout and dining al fresco have become the norm, not the exception, as we continue to stay apart as much as... — Updated 7/2/2020


Not an either-or situation | Moment's Notice

Liberty – noun – the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or views. Our last president, Barack... — Updated 6/18/2020

 By Maria A. Montalvo    News

Not an either-or situation | Moment's Notice

Liberty – noun – the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or views. Our last president, Barack... — Updated 6/8/2020


What is it like owning a restaurant today? | Moment's Notice

This week, the Beacon asked me to write this Arts & Appetite column from my perspective as a restaurant owner. Since my personal feelings are entwined with any attempt at a... — Updated 5/21/2020 Full story


Burn, rave, rage: Understanding the feelings | Moment's Notice

“Rage on. It’s A-OK,” said my friend/sage to me this morning, as I apologized for some strong reactions to this new normal. March, April, May, all with days under a stay-at-ho... — Updated 5/7/2020 Full story


It's not you or me. It's you and me | Moment's Notice

It's not you, it's me. That flippant phrase, "It's not you, it's me," typically applies to those painful one-sided breakups, where one person wants to end the relationship and the o... — Updated 4/20/2020


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... — Updated 3/26/2020


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... — Updated 3/19/2020


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 s... — Updated 3/12/2020


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 a... — Updated 3/5/2020


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 Novembe... — Updated 2/27/2020


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... — Updated 2/20/2020


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... — Updated 2/13/2020


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... — Updated 1/30/2020


'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 writ... — Updated 1/16/2020


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... — Updated 1/16/2020


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... — Updated 12/24/2019


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... — Updated 12/19/2019


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