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 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Share a little – questions from the Download

One of my favorite shows on NPR is the “Dinner Party Download.” I hope to be running errands on a Saturday afternoon (noon to 1 pm) in order to listen to it here locally on KUOW. It ostensibly prepares you for a dinner party... — Updated 12/22/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Claire’s: Try it again for the first time | Arts & Appetite

Claire’s Where: 301 Main St., Edmonds Hours: 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday- Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday Information: 425-776-2333, www.facebook.com/ClairesEdmonds/ “We used to come here all the time,” said Melissa, a fellow... — Updated 12/14/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A date which will live in infamy | Moment's Notice

December 7th, the date the edition of this newspaper is issued, is a day of innumerable consequential and inconsequential acts across the globe over centuries, most of which are not recognized or even remembered by those who... — Updated 12/7/2017 Full story

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Engel’s Pub: An Edmonds institution

Edmonds is a place that revels in its history, its traditions and its institutions. On Thanksgiving morning, as families across town were beginning meal preparations, we were lucky... — Updated 12/2/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Giving thanks, with active empathy | Moment's Notice

Many years ago, I was talking with a friend of my father’s, Dr. Salvador Minuchin, a brilliant psychologist known for leading a small group of trailblazers in family therapy. Sal, as all knew him, was visiting my parents after... — Updated 11/22/2017 Full story

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Bar Dojo: sustainability, simplicity, sophistication | Art & Appetite

Editor’s note: Former Art & Appetite columnist James Spangler has left to pursue other opportunities. We welcome Maria Montalvo, who also writes the Moment’s Notice column... — Updated 11/15/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Climate change and Bigfoot – real or imagined? | Moment's Notice

Bigfoot does exist. Bigfoot does not exist. Climate change does exist. Climate change does not exist. About 1,600 years ago, Aristotle introduced the concept ignoratio elenchi to demonstrate how someone can prove something false... — Updated 11/10/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    News

Challenging the status quo at World Café discussion

The Edmonds Diversity Commission hosted its second annual World Café-style event Oct. 14, hearing from the public on topics related to diversity and inclusion. It also saw community members participating actively in conversations,... — Updated 11/8/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Scary monsters – and super creeps | Moment's Notice

David Bowie released the album and the song “Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)” in 1980, at a time when music critics and friends said that Bowie’s worldview was becoming more desperate. Themes around politics, pretenders,... — Updated 10/27/2017 Full story

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Contemplating Columbus | Moment's Notice

In 1959, Phillip Roth wrote "Goodbye, Columbus," a book of short stories about Jewish families adjusting to life in America. War, economic conditions and racial or religious oppression all led to the drive to find new place... — Updated 10/14/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Postcard from Spain | Moment's Notice

Greetings from Barcelona – so this is actually a postcard from Catalonia. People from Barcelona do not consider themselves Spanish, as they have been trying to be on their own for at least 800 years. They have their own language... — Updated 9/28/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

White noise | Moment's Notice

In its scientific definition, white noise is a “random signal having equal intensity at different frequencies, giving it a constant power spectral density.” Just like the hum created by the many separate conversations in a... — Updated 9/16/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Opioid crisis: Take it personally | Moment's Notice

Take a moment to think about that person who you cherish or admire or idolize. There is someone who makes you believe that people really can be exceptional, and embody remarkable traits that are elusive to you and to most. At... — Updated 8/31/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Growing up gold | Moment's Notice

Robert Frost tells us “nothing gold can stay” in his poem of the same name, speaking of the first hue to reach us at dawn. Its words are one of the few poems I can recite from... — Updated 8/22/2017 Full story

 
 By Maria Montalvo    News

Indigenous People’s Day in Edmonds?

The Edmonds Diversity Commission is requesting that the Edmonds City Council consider a resolution naming an Indigenous People’s Day in the city. The commission, as a whole, is supportive of and engaged in this campaign to... — Updated 8/10/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Hero worship | Moment's Notice

After binge-watching Marvel Comic’s “Jessica Jones” on Netflix, I can officially say I am infatuated – a full-on, intellectual adoration for a fictional experiment gone wrong. Jessica Jones has super-human strength and,... — Updated 8/7/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

To quote Winnie the Pooh | Moment's Notice

A.A. Milne first began to teach life lessons from the setting of the Hundred Acre Woods in the 1920s. The lasting friendship of Christopher Robin and Pooh (along with Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, and Tigger) navigates... — Updated 7/21/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A little off, thanks to the media | Moment's Notice

Did you celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday? You might have done so on Sunday if the media hadn’t messed up. When speaking about how the day of American independence would be remembered, Founding Father and future president... — Updated 7/7/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Fascism – and you can dance to it | Moment's Notice

“Here Lies Love,” a musical by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, finished a 10-week run at the Seattle Repertoire Theatre on June 18. It is based on a 2010 album by Byrne (formerly of Talking Heads) and became a rock opera in 2013,... — Updated 6/28/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

One lucky duck | Moment's Notice

After a delightful morning wandering the Saturday market, my husband, two friends and I were walking home along a quiet street in Edmonds when we came upon a momma duck with three... — Updated 6/8/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Memorial Day remembrances | Moment's Notice

Every year since 1968, Americans mark the unofficial beginning of summer with Memorial Day weekend (that year, Congress voted to move the holiday and three others to Mondays in order to create long weekends). The holiday, originall... — Updated 5/30/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Time waits for no one | Moment's Notice

When I was young, I would spend hours listening to my favorite songs, memorizing the lyrics and painstakingly transcribing them into various notebooks and letters to represent feelings I could not yet express on my own. At 16, a... — Updated 5/17/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Man’s inhumanity to … woman | Moment's Notice

The well-known phrase “man’s inhumanity to man” was first read as a line in a Robert Burns poem. The poem is not part of our lexicon, but the phrase is, and the last edition of this newspaper presented two examples of the... — Updated 4/30/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Diversity Commission: Past and future priorities | City Corner

The Edmonds Diversity Commission focused on events and priorities, past and future, during its April 5 meeting, discussing key priorities for 2017 with staff and community members. Several in attendance had participated in the... — Updated 4/21/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Little girl dreams | Moment's Notice

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a veterinarian and have a house full of rescued dogs and cats. When I was a little bigger, I dreamed of being like Laura Ingalls Wilder – a writer who wrote books about the lessons she... — Updated 4/15/2017

 

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