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 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Simplicity and the search for truth | Only in Edmonds

The popular acronym for emphasizing the relevance of simplicity compared to complication is “KISS … Keep it simple, stupid!” Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but t... — Updated 1/12/2023

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Character and confidence: Keeping Edmonds special | Only in Edmonds

The inspiration for this short essay comes from a book I read some time ago. The central point of the author’s message was how moral virtues affect the world condition. It was... — Updated 1/5/2023

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Jingles for a good life | Only in Edmonds

“Good to the last drop … Maxwell House Coffee.” “Trust your car to the man who wears the star.” “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz … Oh, what a relief it is … Alka Seltzer.... — Updated 12/22/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Because of errant golf balls | Only in Edmonds

It was time to retrieve the Christmas tree tucked away in the garage storage unit of our Edmonds condo. As usual, I had to move several items to get to the tree. One of the items... — Updated 12/15/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Pick up those erasers | Only in Edmonds

The pink nib at the other end of a sharpened pencil scrubs away an error. Thank you for erasers! Oh, how good it would be if we had an eraser to scrub some of our spoken words. We... — Updated 12/8/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Germany to Edmonds: An artist's journey | Only in Edmonds

I’ve walked past the Frame Design & Atelier on Fifth Avenue South hundreds of times on my walks to downtown Edmonds and decided to stop in to get some assistance with a mirror pro... — Updated 11/22/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Professional good person | Only in Edmonds

When using the word “professional,” the usual comes to mind … pro athlete, doctor, entertainer or most anyone with a special talent utilized to generate income. As I experienc... — Updated 11/10/2022


An encounter. And where is Walter? | Only in Edmonds

Another bright sunny fall day in the Village of Goodness reached out to me, saying, “There’s a park bench at Marina Beach calling my name.” I obeyed, and drove to Anthony’s, walking the rest of the way to the only vacant... — Updated 10/20/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

An inside look at heaven, from Riley | Only in Edmonds

This is a story for pet lovers in Edmonds. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t encounter at least four dog walkers in our village. This story is about a West Highland... — Updated 10/6/2022

 By Ken Marquest    Opinion

An energized walker and greeter in Edmonds | Only in Edmonds

“Faster than a speeding bullet … more powerful than a … .” As those of us from an earlier generation might remember, this famous introductory phrase on the radio imagined with delight a person of strength and good... — Updated 9/29/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

The topiary artists of Edmonds, and a super smile | Only in Edmonds

Our Village of Goodness is the perfect venue for artists. The word “artist” for most of us suggests a skilled painter or sculptor using traditional materials – oils,... — Updated 9/22/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Wisdom at age 7: It's about relationships | Only in Edmonds

She is the youngest entrepreneur on Sixth Avenue South in the Village of Goodness we know as Edmonds. We were out for an afternoon stroll around the block when we came upon a... — Updated 9/14/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

I found Jane at ACE Hardware | Only in Edmonds

Do you remember your first-grade reader featuring Dick and Jane and their dog, Spot? Two innocent children experiencing life as it was before television and the internet. A boy and... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

If it sounds like I'm complaining, you are correct | Only in Edmonds

Have you noticed the change in size of ice cream containers? From a half gallon … to 1¾ quart, to the latest, 1½ quart. The price is relatively the same as it was at a half... — Updated 8/31/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

In praise of our Brandy | Only in Edmonds

The elixir first prepared by monks of early centuries known for its aged smooth taste and distinctive amber color was bottled and labeled “brandy.” There is another of the same... — Updated 8/25/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Back to Earth, and return of the bells | Guest View

Why does everything look so simple when looking down from an airplane at 30,000 feet? One can barely make out a village below at this altitude. With clear skies, the best one can... — Updated 8/11/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

An Edmonds kind of you know what; the master griller | Only in Edmonds

Intelligence without goodness attached is learned ignorance, said Mr. Jones to Ms. Doe. Whereupon Ms. Doe replied: “I believe you’ve just defined ‘common sense.’” Having... — Updated 8/4/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Fashion faux pas for gentlemen: Belt and suspenders | Only in Edmonds

If you are fortunate enough to lunch at the Edmonds Waterfront Center and join an older adult at one of the many tables, you’ll find good conversation about most any subject. On... — Updated 7/28/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Clouds on crowns, pies in the belly | Only in Edmonds

There are two ladies who are easy to spot in an Edmonds crowd, as they both have brilliant white clouds that crown their heads. How is it their hair is so perfectly cut and shaped... — Updated 7/21/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

An Edmonds Kind of Day; best sandwich in town? | Only in Edmonds

Intelligence without goodness attached is learned ignorance, said Mr. Jones to Ms. Doe. Whereupon Ms. Doe replied: “I believe you’ve just defined ‘common sense.’” Having... — Updated 7/14/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

The invention guy, and ruminating on playing peekaboo | Only in Edmonds

Yes, Edmonds has a bona fide inventor as a resident: the inventor and manufacturer of machines that clean carpet with hot water, and a little cleaning fluid and left nearly dry.... — Updated 7/7/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Peanuts and roses, and a famous story | Only in Edmonds

“Know your place,” my mother would say to me when courtesy and kindness eluded my behavior – especially among elders. I wasn’t quite sure “ole lady Audrey” at the end... — Updated 6/30/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Downtown Edmonds: Outdoor movies in living color | Only in Edmonds

I’m thankful we are to have sidewalk benches in the Village of Goodness. Downtown Edmonds has numerous benches, places to rest and observe the goings on. On occasion, I find... — Updated 6/23/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Saluting the Statue of Liberty | Only in Edmonds

There is a weekly visitor found each Tuesday morning for breakfast at Pancake Haus, along with four other octogenarians. Lothar is a transplant from Europe. At 16, he and his... — Updated 6/15/2022

 By Ken Marques    Opinion

Cool, calm, collected – and ready for summer | Only in Edmonds

Calm, cool, and collected – or hurried, flurried, and worried. Which would you rather visit? I admit I’ve experienced both, and I much prefer the former. Relax, give yourself a... — Updated 6/9/2022


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