Forward thinking: The heart of leadership

Her name was Bertha Evans . . . Miss Evans to all her students, thank you. She was the prototype of an old maid school teacher – rather homely-looking, a frumpy dresser, frizzy hair and always, I repeat, always wore dark red lipstick. But as a freshman in high school, even I recognized that Miss…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Get back to nature at these local parks

Meadowdale Beach Park 6026 156th St. S.W., Edmonds Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. As we all know, there’s a worldwide spread of the COVID-19 going on that’s bringing all plans, events and social gatherings to a grinding halt. And that means that for the time being, this normally event-filled column is going to focus on…

Fitness Corner: Exercise in the age of coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has upended our lives in a way that few of us have ever experienced. With seemingly no end in sight, it’s an unsettling and frightening time. As we socially distance and isolate ourselves at home more, combined with the loss of control that many of us are feeling, it’s easy to lose…

Just Around the Corner; Custer — former home of Loretta Lynn

As of the year 2000, there were 299 residents in Custer, a small town just south of the Canadian border. Back in the 1950s-early ’60s, there was one special resident: Loretta Lynn, before she became a country star. Loretta, then 14, and her 21-year-old husband, Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn, moved to Custer from Kentucky in search…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Cat adoptions, Washington wines, geek convention

Anko Cat Cafe: Shop around & find a furry friend Saturday, March 3, noon-3 p.m. Anko Lynnwood may be the “new kid” in the neighborhood, but it’s certainly earned a spot in the community quickly. Aside from offering a wide variety of essentials for daily living, they also have a knack for hosting meaningful events….

Fitness Corner: Stop worrying about your weight

“I really need to lose some weight. Right now I weigh 105 lbs.” —Me, writing in my diary when I was 11 years old You can imagine how I felt when I found this diary entry recently. I don’t remember ever worrying about my weight at such a young age! I am sad. The fact…

Day Trip Discoveries: Seattle Asian Art Museum — reopened and re-imagined

The Seattle Asian Art Museum in Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park reopened to the public on Feb. 8 after three years and $56 million invested in major renovation and expansion work. Closed since February 2017, the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM) now showcases select Asian artifacts from its extensive collection in the 1933 Art Deco building. This was originally…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Teen cooking class, coding for kids, women’s interview workshop

Verdant healthy cooking class for teens Saturday, Feb. 29, 1-3 p.m. The Verdant Health Commission is back at it again, serving the Lynnwood community with healthy ideas. This time, it’s a cooking class specifically designed for teenagers. This one-time-only cooking class is a standalone, which makes it comprehensive from start to finish. Participants will learn…

Forward thinking: Building and repairing trust

Trust, or the lack of it, is a popular topic or theme today … especially in political circles. The list of untrustworthy leaders is getting longer everyday: Ponzi schemes, athletes and steroids, bankers and bonuses and well… who do we trust these days? When trust is lost, nothing else gets accomplished. We spend our day working…

Restaurant News: Highway 99’s Boiling Fish worth a visit

To the list of things we might be taking for granted around here, perhaps we should add the surprising array of terrific Asian restaurants available to us. There are at least a dozen such gems along a one-mile stretch of Edmonds’ Highway 99 International District alone. I’ve written about many of them, but two months…

Healthy eating: Lentil soup packs a flavorful, nutritious punch

Move over, chickpeas: Lentils are officially the coolest legume. For the uninitiated, lentils are tiny round legumes — aka a seed that grows in a pod — that come in a variety of sizes and colors, including black, brown, yellow, red, or green. They’ve long been a staple in Indian cuisine  as well as vegan…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Fly fishing class, Reading with Rover, storytime

Take a Fly Fishing Class Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 15-16 Lynnwood is home to all kinds of events and activities all year-round — that’s no surprise. It’s a nexus for several nearby cities. That being said, it occasionally features a surprising event that makes people do a second take. And this time, it’s the Fly…