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 By David Brewster    Opinion

Bookselling in phases | Fresh Reads

First and foremost, we hope that everyone in Edmonds continues to stay safe, and that you live your lives with devoted attention to current health recommendations. Doing otherwise... — Updated 5/21/2020

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Love in the time of cholera, or one hundred years of solitude | Fresh Reads

OK, so I cribbed the idea from others, but the concepts of the titles of two of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s greatest books never ring truer. We are in the midst of a defining moment... — Updated 3/26/2020

 By David Brewster    Opinion

A few reading resolutions | Fresh Reads

As we continue the new year and the next chapter of our shared lives, we again dare (and dread) to make our resolutions to change, improve, seek hope and peace and otherwise... — Updated 1/16/2020

 By Dave Earling    Opinion

From the mayor: Thanks | Mayor's Corner

This is my final column as mayor of our fine city. It may sound corny, but 90% of the time it has been pure fun! The other 10% ... maybe a little less! While I have been in and... — Updated 12/19/2019

 By Dave Earling    Opinion

The City staff | Mayor's Corner

As I wind down eight years as mayor of this wonderful community, there are obviously many wonderful and happy experiences on which to reflect; and yes, of course, there have also... — Updated 11/21/2019

 By David Brewster    Opinion

Books as gifts for certain someones | Fresh Reads

Each holiday season at Edmonds Bookshop, and especially as shopping days dwindle, we field many requests for recommendations that will make the right impression on a recipient. We... — Updated 11/14/2019

 By Dave Earling    Opinion

I love this town | Mayor's Corner

I started this column the day after our annual chaotic, yet fun-filled, Halloween celebration. As usual, we had thousands (estimated 8,000) of kids, parents, grandparents, and... — Updated 11/7/2019

 By David Brewster    Opinion

A day in the life of Edmonds Bookshop | Fresh Reads

Though Mary Kay and I have owned Edmonds Bookshop for more than 18 years, the store's daily operation, not to mention the overall identity and merchandising strategy, is mainly... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By Dave Earling    Opinion

Transitions | Mayor's Corner

Driving to the office from home this past Monday, I was struck by the sight of the first snow of the season on the Olympic Mountains. Simply spectacular! And of course with that,... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By Richard Suico    Opinion

The value of a library card | Librarian's Desk

For me, the traditional signs of the transition from summer to the fall start with the slightly darker, more brisk morning runs, the frenetic morning routine to get the kids back... — Updated 9/20/2019

 By Dave Earling    Opinion

The coming recession | Mayor's Corner

I don't know if you are as tired of hearing about the "coming recession" as much as I am, but I think we should have the courage to just schedule it so we know when it will happen.... — Updated 9/20/2019

 By Phil Williams    Opinion

Thoughts on climate change | City Corner

I usually stick to updates on City capital projects when it's my turn to provide a column for the Beacon. As stimulating as I'm sure it would be for you if I recounted our recent... — Updated 8/29/2019

 By Dave Earling    Opinion

The coming election(s) | Mayor's Corner

No, not just the coming primary election. We also need to gear up for the November general election. Many of you probably have had neighbor discussions, read the Edmonds Beacon,... — Updated 8/1/2019


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... — Updated 8/1/2019 Full story

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

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... — Updated 7/31/2019


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... — Updated 7/31/2019


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... — Updated 7/26/2019 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... — Updated 7/26/2019 Full story


Defining homelessness in Edmonds: Critical to finding a solution | Guest View

Edmonds has been torn by the issue of homelessness for over a year. I, as well as many residents of Edmonds, am concerned about the welfare of those who are homeless and how best... — Updated 7/26/2019 Full story


MEGA; talking points; westside issues, councilmembers | Letters to the Editor

Make Edmonds great again Chico, our 8-pound Chihuahua, and I were on our morning walk recently, which follows much the same route daily. At the corner of Seventh Avenue South and Walnut, a work crew enjoyed Chico for a minute. One... — Updated 7/26/2019

 By Gary Haakenson    Opinion

Just what used to go on at the Edmonds Senior Center? | Guest View

Over the past few years, as I’ve gone about the business of being a board member of the Edmonds Senior Center and the capital campaign co-chair of its replacement, the new... — Updated 7/24/2019

 By Chuck Sigars    Opinion

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... — Updated 7/24/2019 Full story


An open letter to the Edmonds City Council | Guest View

We are writing to you as Edmonds residents and/or business owners motivated in part by the recent resignations of two director-level staff and our observations of recent council activities. Edmonds is a rare and special jewel.... — Updated 7/19/2019


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... — Updated 7/19/2019

 By John McAlpine    Opinion

“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 Bo... — Updated 7/19/2019


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