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A summary, and a goodbye | Home Again

I wrote my first “Home Again” column for the Beacon nearly 15 years ago. Al Hooper was editor then, steeped in journalism. He became my mentor and friend, and I still miss him.... — Updated 10/1/2020


Trading 98020 for 98177 | Home Again

It’s been 15 years or so since I returned to my childhood home of Edmonds, pleased to find hints of the same small-town flavor my parents, my brother, my maternal grandparents and... — 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


Home again, and looking for a home | Home Again

Everything’s just totally out of balance these days, isn’t it? When I think of writing my column, the first week of each month, it’s hard to put words to my feelings. The... — Updated 7/2/2020


Justice must replace injustice | Home Again

Sometimes words in print come easily. For example, I can easily write about being the new girl in Mrs. Hall’s second grade class, in the old field house on Sixth Avenue. I can... — Updated 6/4/2020


The grandeur of the Carnegie Library and Princess Theater | Home Again

I remember dozens of Edmonds destinations I favored when I was a child. We moved to Edmonds when I was 7. That’s when my Edmonds memories began. What place in town did I love near... — Updated 5/7/2020


Why I subscribed to the Beacon | Home Again

I suppose my fears and anxieties pretty much mirror yours. No one has dealt with such a menace as the coronavirus, a rampant, widespread disease for which no cure exists – yet.... — Updated 4/7/2020 Full story


Name that cat | Home Again

Two weeks ago, Chuck Sigars began his Beacon column “Chuck’s World” with a two-sentence paragraph guaranteed to get my attention. Use the word “cat” and I’m there. I’m... — Updated 3/26/2020


Remembering Mom, and Alzheimer's education | Home Again

Dorothy Thompson Bradbury, my mother, was a warm and devoted wife and mom – clever, dependable, thoughtful, smart, and sweet-natured. The daughter of Methodist parents, as a... — Updated 3/5/2020


Treasuring the comfort of many books | Home Again

Late this morning, the temperature hovering in the mid-40s, I wrapped a furry blanket around my shoulders and carried coffee and a book out to the deck, where I settled in for an... — Updated 2/20/2020


Kid theater: A universal experience | Home Again

“Shrek Jr: The Musical” took a couple of chunks out of my Friday and Saturday last week, when Alki Elementary students performed the show at West Seattle High School. You’d... — Updated 2/6/2020


MLK: A strong message of light and hope | Home Again

’m writing this the night of Martin Luther King Jr, Day, Jan. 20. This evening, I attended the powerful program called “Be the Light,” a tribute to King presented at the Edmon... — Updated 1/23/2020


Change, and moving to a new apartment | Home Again

Two weeks ago, I wrote about Change, which I approached as the proper noun my mother made of it. She impressed upon me from childhood that not many things in life are certain. No ma... — Updated 1/9/2020


Change, and walking each other home | Home Again

My mother was fond of saying, “There’s nothing as certain as change.” Probably some famous person first said that. As far as I’m concerned, it was original with my mother.... — Updated 12/24/2019


Christmas gifts, music, and memories | Home Again

December fills my heart with memories of long-ago Christmases during my childhood in Edmonds. Helping carry boxes of decorations down from the attic. Cutting and pasting red paper... — Updated 12/12/2019


Finding grandmother's treasures | Home Again

I own a few of my beloved grandmother’s treasures from her childhood and early adulthood. A tiny blue purse, trimmed with clear glass beads. A formal photograph of her at age 8,... — Updated 11/26/2019


Scoring Sounders tickets was worth it | Home Again

I’m writing this a few hours after the joyful conclusion of the Seattle Sounders championship soccer game at Century Link Field – a game in which the Sounders triumphed over... — Updated 11/14/2019


A prideful diversion into Seattle | Home Again

“Austen’s Pride,” billed as “A New Musical of Pride and Prejudice,” ended a nearly month-long run last weekend at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle. On Thursday, I atten... — Updated 10/31/2019


With good cookbooks, old is new again | Home Again

My favorite cookbook, without a doubt, is the oldest one in my collection. It’s my maternal grandmother’s “revised and enlarged” copy of "The Household Searchlight Recipe... — Updated 10/17/2019


A success: Oktoberfest beer runs out | Home Again

The recent Edmonds Rotary Club Oktoberfest proved to be a good choice for a first-time Edmonds community event and fundraiser to further Rotary support of local projects. The range... — Updated 10/3/2019


Missing the fair – literally | Home Again

As the season winds down for county and state fairs, I’m reflecting on past visits to fairs I’ve enjoyed, from Cashmere to Phoenix. My favorites are the smaller ones, where... — Updated 9/20/2019


Remembering a friend from Edmonds High | Home Again

Last weekend, two classmates and I took the ferry to Kingston to attend a celebration of the life of an Edmonds High School classmate, Dave Martin, who died a month ago. We last... — Updated 9/5/2019


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