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 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Caravan Kebab: Continuing to delight at Firdale Village | Arts & Appetite

There are so many new and fabulous restaurants around south Snohomish County that it is hard to create a reasonable rotation without eating out pretty much every day. It makes me... — Updated 9/7/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Shared Expressions in NW Art: Cascadia Art Museum's New Exhibit

Cascadia Art Museum's "Native American Modern" exhibition opened on Tuesday, July 25, to a large and enthusiastic opening night crowd. The color and creativity of the exhibit... — Updated 8/2/2023

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Taking chances | Moment's notice

“Just because I got the Lifetime Achievement Award doesn’t mean I’m done.” – Dolly Parton I avoid fortune tellers, psychics, tarot card readers. It is not because I do or do not believe in their abilities — I do not... — Updated 11/10/2022

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Settling in, or taking out | Arts & Appetite

As we all settle in under the statewide stay-at-home order and do our best to stay home to stay healthy, eateries across the region are making sure everyone can still enjoy restaurant meals at home. Since we cannot dine together... — Updated 4/2/2020


Creative Retirement Institute: Subjects that matter | Guest View

Around the holiday table this year, there were likely a good number of discussions about current events, covering topics from modern technology’s influence on modern life to the future of democracy. There always seems to be that... — Updated 1/9/2020

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Just around the corner in Richmond Beach | Arts & Appetite

A couple of years after we moved here, one of the first “neighborhood” restaurants we were taken to was not in Edmonds but in Shoreline. I still remember our friends taking a... — Updated 7/27/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    News

A year later: Gardens as healing art in Edmonds

One year ago, the Edmonds Veterans Plaza was dedicated on Memorial Day to honor all veterans, past, present and future. A few years earlier, veterans from the Edmonds’ Veterans... — Updated 5/27/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

What I meant to say | Moment's Notice

Communication is difficult. Talking, shouting, sharing, declaring, writing, and even listening, regarding, considering are all practices we engage in constantly every day, but actually saying what you want in a way that another... — Updated 5/25/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Ancient meets modern in Edmonds | Arts & Appetite

The Edmonds Center for the Arts became a sacred place during the week of May 7. Indeed, 10 Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta said any space could be... — Updated 5/17/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Back in the day | Moment's Notice

“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity... — Updated 5/11/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Bright light: Cascadia Art Museum’s Alaska | Arts & Appetite

John Muir saw most of the stunningly beautiful natural environments, and he described his fascination with one the following way: "Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries... — Updated 5/4/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Tea with the Dalai Lama, part 2 | Moment's Notice

“The many factors which divide us are actually much more superficial than those we share. Despite all of the things that differentiate us – race, language, religion, gender,... — Updated 4/27/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The word is out on B Thai | Arts & Appetite

We have been hearing the quiet buzz about B Thai, just outside of the Edmonds city limits, for several months. When some good friends, who always find the best food in a 50-mile radius, recommended this relatively new Thai... — Updated 4/20/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Tea with the Dalai Lama, part 1 | Moment's Notice

“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha Four days of my life have given me a new set of eyes to look through – to see others, our little world... — Updated 4/12/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Vulnerable in the system | Moment's Notice

Arthur Miller wrote “The Crucible” (1953) after learning that his friend, Elia Kazan, named names of supposed communists to the House Un-American Activities Committee. Miller did not denounce Kazan for bending to the great pres... — Updated 3/30/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Looking for chai, and finding a great meal | Arts & Appetite

Looking for Chai Taiwanese Kitchen – that’s the name – sits around the corner from the 99 Ranch Market (a place I have always referred to incorrectly as Ranch 99). A good friend who grew up eating Taiwanese food had suggested... — Updated 3/23/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    News

Diversity Commission has 5-year vision for Edmonds

The Edmonds Diversity Commission’s vision of Edmonds in five years is a place with a wider cross-section of the Edmonds’ population engaged and interconnected through community events, business, access to opportunities,... — Updated 3/16/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Misapprehension: Trump and the Beacon | Moment's Notice

This week on “Marketplace,” one of my favorite NPR shows, I heard a word not widely used in the American lexicon: “misapprehension.” Kai Ryssdal, my second-favorite NPR programming host after Lulu Garcia-Navarro (how do... — Updated 3/16/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Yummy Amata Thai for lunch | Arts & Appetite

Amata Thai Cuisine Where: QFC Shopping Center, 22814 100th Ave. W, Edmonds Hours: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner every day of the week until 9 p.m. Information:... — Updated 3/8/2018 Full story

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Seeing clearly | Moment's Notice

In 1962, James Baldwin wrote “The Fire Next Time” as a letter to his teenage nephew, marking the 100th anniversary of the emancipation of African-Americans and the distance yet to be traveled. When talking about how to... — Updated 3/5/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Performing arts in Edmonds taking off | Arts & Appetite

Edmonds’ performing arts scene continues to grow far beyond what many would expect from a city of our size, but our community’s well-known love of the arts definitely encompasses more than visual arts. Small theaters have... — Updated 2/23/2018 Full story

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Chip off the old block, or maybe my shoulder | Moment's Notice

A chip off the old block is someone who derives from the source, while a chip on your shoulder means holding on to a grievance that readily provokes dispute. Growing up in certain cities and places definitely influences who we... — Updated 2/18/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Buffers blatant, unintended | Moment's Notice

Recently, I audited an economics and history class at Edmonds Community College: "Macroeconomics and American Foreign Policy." The professors present the concepts of macroeconomics in the real-world context of the 20th... — Updated 2/10/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Barkada: An octopus of another color | Arts & Appetite

An octopus can change the color of its skin to reflect different environments. The new chef in town, Brian Madayag, is definitely showing a new kaleidoscope right here in Edmonds.... — Updated 2/8/2018

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Art as life: Cascadia’s new exhibit | Arts & Appetite

Oscar Wilde said that "life imitates art far more than art imitates life." Cascadia Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Northwest Design at Mid-Century,” presenting a variety of works and objects that define the Northwest... — Updated 1/27/2018


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