Military Wire: The real losers in this election — the optimists

We often hear that the optimist is the one who will succeed regardless of the circumstances. Could this in fact be wrong? The renowned researcher and bestselling author of Good to Great and Built to Last, Jim Collins, shared an interview he had with Admiral Jim Stockdale and his experience in Vietnam. Admiral Jim Stockdale…

Looking Back: A tragic accident on a summer night in 1953

Shown above are some of the volunteer firefighters from Station No. 1, Snohomish County Fire Protection District No. 1, its home base located at Seattle Heights, three miles east of Edmonds. The men were standing beside one of the district’s fire trucks in front of Eisen’s Garage on the northeast corner of today’s 212th Street…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: 3 creative pumpkin carving ideas you won’t want to miss

It’s that time of year, with apple cider, spooky movies, Halloween, autumn leaves, and of course, pumpkins But if you’re stumped on what to carve this year, don’t worry. We have you covered. You won’t find these ideas online, and if you do, trust us — there’s a very unexpected twist here.  Are you ready…

Military Wire: How do we not repeat 2020 in 2021?

“How do we not repeat 2020 in 2021?” That was a question posed to me in an online speaking event several weeks ago (think about that for a moment – an “online speaking event”). My response was likely a bit unexpected, as I shared a very creative exchange between God and Gabriel that a friend…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Beauty hacks to up your game before 2021

Can you believe it’s already halfway through fall? And that the end of the year is technically just around the corner? We’re almost there, we just need to be a little stronger, both for ourselves and our loved ones. And in the meantime, there are a few things you can do to prepare and ensure…

Just Around the Corner update: Green Lake Spud building is no more

The building housing the Green Lake Spud Fish and Chips in Seattle is no more. The 1959 building designed by architect Edward L. Cushman did not qualify for landmark status, and was torn down this week to make way for a 59-unit apartment complex. Spud Fish and Chips will return at the same spot once…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Pumpkin recipes for fall

Fall is here and if somehow it doesn’t quite feel like it, trust us, you’re not alone. It’s a bit different this year, and the fact that stores are already prepping for Christmas really doesn’t help any. But with a little patience and creativity, you can transform your home into an autumn-smelling paradise, full of…

Contributor close-up: ‘Looking Back’ columnist Betty Lou Gaeng

Publisher’s note: After 11 years in business, it’s time our readers got better acquainted with the people behind the names you see in our publications. Here. learn more about columnist Betty Lou Gaeng. If you have ever read my Looking Back columns in My Edmonds News, Lynnwood Today or MLTnews, you already know a lot…

Military Wire: When our bubble-wrapped society bursts — the era of courage

Our country was not founded through the means of peaceful times and negotiations. Disease, battles, wars and fundamental disagreements are the foundation from which this nation started. Yet from it, we grew into a civil nation. As those founding years turned into more than two centuries, our nation is once again experiencing a tension that…

Under the Weather: Uncertainty and weather forecasting in a chaotic system

Most of us, if not all of us, have seen a forecast graphic similar to the one pictured below. Temperatures are shown as specific numbers, such as 72° or 69°. This is called a “deterministic” forecast, which is a forecast that doesn’t show any uncertainty. While people tend to like this approach to forecasting, it…

From the Publisher’s Desk: 11 years and counting

Eleven. It’s not a particularly magical number — unless it’s the number of years you’ve been slogging through as a community news publisher at possibly the worst time to be a news publisher in modern history. Most of you know the story: News publications going out of business or downsizing is the norm these days, both…

Recommended Reads: ‘Debriefing The Dead’ a powerful urban fantasy

Debriefing The Dead, by Kerry Blaisdell Hyacinth Finch is having a tough day. She’s found a mysterious rock that has mystic powers. She had no idea that demons, and also the brutal Sicilian Mob, are in deadly pursuit to steal it from her. After the bad guys murder Hyacinth and her sister, they carry away…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Easy fall drinks to make at home

Fall is here and with it comes the need for all things pumpkin.  But let’s be honest… As good as that new Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew is, it can quickly become an expensive habit. Making that drink, and several other fall favorites doesn’t have to be that hard. In fact, it’s a sure-fire way to…

Restaurant News: From sushi to gyros, new dining options in Lynnwood

Happy accident: An Amazon return meant a trip to Alderwood Mall. Sad to see former favorite food establishments shuttered, my spirits lifted as I rounded the corner. A new sushi spot — Bitty Fish Sushi — recently opened in the location formerly occupied by Blue C Sushi. I had to investigate and share with readers….

Under the Weather: Fall storms get off to an early start with an atmospheric river

Autumn has only just begun, but we’re already expecting the stormy weather that we’re accustomed to seeing this time of year. On Wednesday, an atmospheric river is expected to take aim directly at the Pacific Northwest, bringing with it some significant rainfall. What is an atmospheric river? I wrote an article about this phenomenon and…