From the Publisher’s Desk: You can tell it’s election season

Dear readers: Every two years, we have city elections and every two years, I see the following behavior as the ballots hit mailboxes: — A flurry of letters to the editor from supporters about candidates’ accomplishments or opponents of certain candidates about their wrongdoings. — Accusations of campaign signs being stolen or vandalized. — Comments…

Just Around the Corner: This place is a zoo

I dare you to come here and say out loud: “Wow, look at these crowds. This place is like a zoo!” The Woodland Park Zoo is in full swing. But be ready to hunt for a parking spot, as they are as rare as some of the species. I also recommend strollers or wagons for…

Under the Weather: Dry stretch continues with no rain in sight

I’m back! A lot has happened these past couple weeks, namely one of the strongest heat waves we’ve ever seen in Western Washington. Believe me, I definitely felt the heat—and so did my husband. We had to take wedding photos outside at the beginning of the worst of the heat, donned in our full wedding…

Recommended Reads: Ghosts and romance in ‘Sweet Dreams at The Palace Hotel’

Sweet Dreams at The Palace Hotel, by Stella Jayne Phillips Do spirits in a haunted hotel show glimpses into the future, or merely reenact the past? It’s a question posed in the first book, Sweet Dreams at The Palace Hotel, in the paranormal Creekside Dreams series by author Stella Jayne Phillips. With a mix of excitement,…

The Writer’s Desk: How many drafts do I need?

Recently I attended a workshop by Allison K. Williams on writing powerful sentences. You may recall my previous column on sentences and correctly assume I’m a bit of a sentence freak. What makes a great sentence? Her answer is, “Words in combination with each other and their layout on the page.” Before I reveal more…

Playtime: Places to chill, summer meals for kids, parks survey

Any heat wave brings out the “I had to walk to school, uphill both ways” in me. I had an infant during the heat wave of 2009 that you’re hearing about in the news this week — the hottest day on record was 103 degrees on July 29, 2009. Over the boring retellings, which I’ve…

Looking Back: Taming a town while still having a good time in Edmonds

When the little village of Edmonds incorporated as a fourth-class town in August of 1890, even though there had been some hard times, the residents must have been filled with hope that the final decade of the 19th century would bring prosperity, growth and some needed culture to their community. Certainly, at 5 o’clock in…

Taking Shape: Lynnwood Link light rail speeding toward Snohomish County

Publisher’s note: This is the fourth of our regular updates on future Lynnwood housing, mixed-use and commercial developments. This series will also include updates on citywide transportation improvements. Construction of Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link light rail expansion is speeding along as the project nears 50% completion sometime this summer, according to the transit authority. The…

Just Around the Corner: Edith Macefield House

This house is like the one in the Disney animated movie, Up. In that movie, an elderly widower refuses to sell his abode to a developer. The widower latches balloons to his house, and the audience watches it float up to the sky, to new adventures. In reality: This century-old house was owned by a…

Playtime: Activities to nurture your kids’ artistic side

Having a kid who wants to try a little bit of every extracurricular activity is often helpful for me in doing this column as I am exposed to many more options to share. Most of the time when he’s moved on from one activity to the next, there is an option in Edmonds, if not…

Art Beat: Featured radio show Dead Electric – vintage synth finds its home

Looking for something new and entertaining for your ears? Here it is, a radio show playing the “sounds of past futures.” Dead Electric, a show you can hear on independent public radio station 90.7 KSER in Everett and 89.9 KXIR on Whidbey Island, showcases vintage synth, space and new age music from the ’70s and…