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 By Maria A. Montalvo    Opinion 

The books that rewrite our stories | Moment's Notice

"It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive." – James Ba... — Updated 2/28/2021

 

Teriyaki: The yummiest of Seattle originals | Arts & Appetite

Ah, teriyaki. We all remember eating teriyaki in our teens or 20s and feeling like we had found this amazing "real meal" when we were just starting to form our own eating habits and... — Updated 2/18/2021

 

The bystander effect, and making a stop | Moment's Notice

Bystander: One who is present but not taking part in a situation or event: a chance spectator. I was thinking the other day about a call I received from my mom a little over a year... — Updated 2/12/2021

 

Pizza Diaries, Volume 2 | Arts & Appetite

After the first volume of the Pizza Diaries in The Beacon's Arts & Appetite column last month, Beacon readers shared many of their experiences searching for the perfect pizza... — Updated 2/11/2021

 

A refreshing lack of complexity | Moment's Notice

The Inca lived by three simple rules: “Do not lie. Do not steal. Do not be lazy.” This lovely and simple approach to life was the code of conduct that guided most aspects of... — Updated 1/28/2021

 

Pho: Classic comfort food at Than Brothers | Arts & Appetite

Sometimes, especially on a chilly, cloudy day, nothing sounds better than a big bowl of noodles in steaming hot broth. Pho, the Vietnamese soup traditionally made with broth, rice... — Updated 1/27/2021

 

The roller coaster of social 'mores' | Moment's Notice

Who likes a roller coaster as much as I do? Strapped in tightly by a three-point restraint to a plastic seat, looking about anxiously from several stories high, anticipating (and... — Updated 1/14/2021

 

Episode 1 of 'The Pizza Diaries' | Arts & Appetite

Last year, pizza became America’s favorite meal, with one survey pointing out that 55% of Americans partake in a pie at least once a week. We ate more pizza last year than... — Updated 1/7/2021

 

The problem with Christmas music | Moment's Notice

“A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear And so this is Christmas And what have we done? Another year over And a new one just... — Updated 12/24/2020

 

Dinner and the theater, COVID-safe | Arts & Appetite

Dinner and theater tickets? Possible during a pandemic? Yes, thanks to our very own Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) and a new restaurant in town, Fire & the Feast. I was... — Updated 12/17/2020 Full story

 

A force of nature | Moment's Notice

Humans love a good hero. Admiration for others is in the place in our brain where fear and pain live – we have a visceral need to see the traits we admire in others because it mak... — Updated 12/10/2020

 

Mexican mole done right in Lynnwood

Mexican mole is one of those regional specialties so unique that most of us remember the first time we tried it, and if we are lucky, where we have found it in the U.S. Our family h... — Updated 12/3/2020

 

Now open: Do you Katsu? | Arts & Appetite

What meal would be at the top of the list of most comforting, satisfying, and beloved in the U.S.? Probably a burger, fries, and a shake. What could make this all-American favorite... — Updated 11/24/2020

 

A change in political climate? | Moment's Notice

"We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools." – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When we talk about the climate these days, it is the political... — Updated 11/24/2020

 

An ode (of sorts) to the First | Moment's Notice

Ode: A lyric poem usually marked by exaltation of feeling and style, varying length of line, and complexity of stanza forms; something that shows respect for or celebrates the... — Updated 11/12/2020

 

Leftcraft joins Edmonds' growing pub culture | Arts & Appetite

When Leftcraft, a new gastropub, opened its doors in August, Edmonds gained one more location to add to our very respectable pub crawl. Our community already has a diverse... — Updated 11/5/2020

 

Uh-oh: Mercury is in retrograde | Moment's Notice

“Mercury is going to be in retrograde until the election,” said a friend the other day. “I don’t really know what that means other than things are going to be really messed... — Updated 10/14/2020

 

Cascadia Art Museum reopens with 3 new exhibits

According to the American Alliance of Museums, more than one-third of our country's visual art museums will close in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, never to reopen. Many across... — Updated 10/1/2020

 

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

 

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