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Saturday brunch in downtown Edmonds, and a summer update | Arts & Appetite

A few months ago, this column introduced the eats at the Garden Market, the precursor to the Edmonds Summer Market. Along with the rising temperatures, the Summer Market has expanded to its full... Full story

 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 31, 2019

This is how you go home again l Chuck's World

It’s an unremarkable place, even by the standards of nondescript architecture. A low-slung building with what appears to be a tin roof, a tourist stop just an hour away from the Grand Canyon, Black...


A packed summer reading list | Home Again

It’s been four months since a truck rear-ended my car in a Seattle tunnel, totaling the car, injuring my neck, and rattling my brain to the extent that PTSD continues to plague me. I am thankful...


Reflections: Look good, feel good | Off the Cuff

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, either way, you’re right.” – Henry Ford Henry Ford, I couldn’t agree more. It truly is a matter of self-perception. When you look at your... Full story


Origin Stories: 'I Am Edmonds' | Moment's Notice

“The single biggest problem of communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” – George Bernard Shaw The City of Edmonds Diversity Commission recently asked Edmonds’ residents to write... Full story

 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 24, 2019

Sexagenarian is not just a funny word l Chuck's World

Yearbooks have lost most of their power now. What used to shock me on the rare occasions when I ran across them, the stray moments preserved in handwriting, the DNA pressed between the pages, has... Full story


Nearly wed, need advice

Dear SharonAnn, Getting married is certainly complicated. We are in our 60’s. We’ve talked about many important issues during our dating time—family, hobbies, health, money, beliefs about God, lifestyle, even politics. Did we miss any? My...

 By John McAlpine    General    July 19, 2019

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” – Erma Bombeck Here are some ways to help others: Peer to Peer Counselor - To...


Where to get help paying your Medicare costs

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any sources you know of that can help me save on my Medicare coverage? I’m 65, and live primarily on my Social Security, and am having a hard time paying my Medicare out-of-pocket costs. Need Some Help Dear Need, There... Full story


Botanicals for stress support

Every day, we navigate the countless stressors hurled our way. We all have our strategies to adapt and stay balanced. Maybe we go for a walk, spend time with loved ones, stream that new Netflix special, take a bath, or simply close our eyes and... Full story


The Rick Roll of a lifetime l Chuck's World

A few years ago, while visiting family in Texas, I was watching the local PBS station when I noticed a familiar face. They were having a pledge drive. I don’t know why I feel the need to note that, as if it were a special occasion. But it was, as... Full story


Create your own red cedar art at Cascadia | Moment's Notice

Cascadia Art Museum is holding one of its free family workshops this weekend, and it promises to be a unique, hands-on experience for all – children, parents, grandparents, and friends. Tlingit... Full story

 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 10, 2019

Looking at the big picture through older lenses

We entertained a couple of friends from out of town a few weeks ago, although I’m not sure how entertaining we were. We didn’t tap dance or anything. It wasn’t unusual. A high-tech conference...


Lessons from a silent mountain | Moment's Notice

Nearly eight years ago, this column featured the story of three women from Edmonds (Michelle Clyborne, Ruth Arista, and I) climbing to the summit of Mount Rainier, Washington’s most famous of...

 By Chuck Sigars    General    July 3, 2019

A modern life in airplane mode

A quarter of my life has passed without my father being around to hear about it. I used to enjoy calling him on Saturday nights, catching him up and just chatting about whatever, and for months after...


Delightful sights along the beach | Home Again

The first day of summer I walked along the beach at Brackett’s Landing, just north of the ferry dock. It was not warm that early afternoon, but people who love the beach choose to hang out at the water’s edge even when it’s chilly. And why...

 By Jenny Murphy    General    July 1, 2019

Customer service 101 | Off the Cuff

Recently, a customer came in donning an outfit she had purchased from us several days earlier. She was excited to introduce her friend to our store and tell us how much she liked her new capris and li... Full story

 By Chuck Sigars    General    June 26, 2019

Taking the first step

I heard two ugly travel stories last week, not very soothing as summer season takes off. Both involved planes that were supposed to be flying, and were not. Both of these people shared some details... Full story

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    June 26, 2019

Railroads: What might have been

Thanks to William Russ, an article from 1907 in the Aberdeen Herald passed through my hands. The article reported the competing railroad plans to build belt lines around the Olympic Peninsula. Union P...

 By Brian Soergel    General    June 26, 2019

Edmonds' bridge to nowhere | Editor's Note

Last week’s lead story on the defeat of the Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector began this way: “In a victory for those who want to keep a sparsely used beach in Edmonds just the way it is – it doesn’t even have an official name – the City...


Is the fat sticking to you really— inevitable?

Dear SharonAnn, I’m concerned about my 37-year-old daughter. She is always going on diets, losing a lot of weight, then over-eating and putting it back on again. Of course, I can’t tell her what to do, but I’m worried about the impact on her he...

 By Shane Hope    General    June 21, 2019

Climate protection: We all have a role | City Corner

Why should Edmonds do anything to protect our climate? After all, we are just one community among many. The question is similar to one person asking, "Why should I take care of my own litter, since other people still litter?" However, the dif...

 By Tim Raetzloff    General    June 21, 2019

Railroads: What might have been | History Files

Thanks to William Russ, an article from 1907 in the Aberdeen Herald passed through my hands. The article reported the competing railroad plans to build belt lines around the Olympic Peninsula. Union P...


Optimism is not complacency | Moment's Notice

Recently, a dear friend who lives in Oregon was interviewed for a local online discussion site, “A Community Thread.” Laura spoke eloquently, in her approachable and kind fashion, about her...


The joys of summer reading (and Waldo) | Fresh Reads

Here in Edmonds, on the edge of the Salish Sea, with daylight extending beyond 15 hours from May 12 to July 31 (according to the internet), how should we fill our summer reading days? With all that... Full story


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