Forward thinking: Why leaders fail

In recent years, we’ve witnessed the public downfall of leaders from almost every arena of society – business, sports, religion and politics. One day they are on top of the heap. The next, shame and infamy are heaped on them. We are incensed by the catastrophic failures of these leaders. After all, we cheered them,…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Services may be closed but the at-home spa’s always open

Here’s the scene: You awaken to blinding sun streaming through your windows, and saunter off all squinty to the bathroom.  You’re half asleep still. You’re wondering if you should go to bed earlier, rethink that with a simple “Why should I?” and turn on the bathroom light. And you were not prepared for what you…

Healthy Eating: Two comfort food recipes to enjoy and share

It is hard to believe that we’ve been staying home since the middle of March…at least I hope everyone has been staying home. I venture out each day to take my miniature schnauzer Mia for a well-deserved long walk. Well deserved for both of us I think. I am grateful that I have a backyard…

Looking Back: Katrina Bagley of Tulalip — a woman to remember

Much like the Biblical Job, during her lifetime, Katrina Bagley endured one loss after another. Through it all, she never faltered in her love of life, her church, nor her love for her family. While talking with three of her grandsons, I learned much about this indomitable lady and her enjoyment of life. With that…

Recommended Reads: ‘Kat Out of the Bag’ a sophisticated page turner

Kat Out of the Bag—the In Purse-Suit Mystery Series by Wendy Kendall I’m delighted to be guest columnist this week for the “Recommended Reads” column, because your regular columnist, Wendy Kendall, has published her first cozy mystery.  And it’s no wonder that Wild Rose Press published Kat Out of the Bag. This mystery is a…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Quarantine nutrition — easy dinners and eating in moderation

It’s happening everywhere ― people are gaining weight during quarantine. Much like the old “Freshman 15” from college, it seems when full-grown adults are left with limited forms of entertainment, they tend to eat out of boredom. Of course, for others it’s much more complicated: Without a routine to keep them in line, some people…

Forward thinking: Maximizing today

I did not anticipate it. . . I did not make any plans for it. . . I’m guessing that you didn’t either. I am referring to the COVID-19 virus that is sweeping the world, snuffing out the lives of an unknown number of people like you and me. Some of those folks you may…

Fitness Corner: Grieving and the COVID-19 crisis

Six years ago, I was in the midst of the worst circumstance of my life—the death of my husband. Now, as we are collectively experiencing the worst thing our country has experienced in our lifetime, I have been constantly reminded of my grief journey. Perhaps you can relate to what I am feeling. Heartache. Anger….

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Keeping it together while staying at home

It’s been a tough few weeks of quarantine with businesses large and small closing until further notice. No eating out, no socializing, and no real enjoyment of the spring weather we’ve been getting… But before you throw in the towel and give up on those rare, bright, sunny days, it’s time to remember a very…

Playtime: Family-friendly options for staying active

Some of our early quarantine “go-tos” aren’t fitting the bill these days. The kids are pretty burned out on sitting through a movie at night, especially because we’re still struggling to get a good amount of exercise — I’m going to add some new links below because it seems like it’s not just us. Virtual…

Restaurant News: Artisan baking a labor of love for Meadowdale grad

Bread making has become a favorite past time for many of us as we try to figure out what to do with ourselves while we stay at home. Yeast and flour seem to be in very high demand, and social media pages are filling up with pictures of proud bakers and their delicious-looking creations. After…

Forward thinking: Your most valuable asset

A number of years ago, I unexpectedly had three stent implants in my heart. Need I say it was an attention-getting happening with residual effects to this day. One of the first things I did was to reevaluate the way I used my time. I came up with a list of the five most valuable…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Take up a new hobby to solve quarantine boredom

The stay-home-order has been extended until at least May 4 and for many, the idea of being at home that long really sunk in. Whether you’re living with family, roommates, friends, a partner or alone, you’re probably feeling like there’s only so much you can do at home. Because at some point, you’re all just…

Playtime: Adventures in home schooling and Zoom learning

I started this week riding the high of a successful “Lunch and Learn” routine we had going in the first two weeks of our time at home. These “Lunch and Learns” — named after a midday event at my husband’s office — were planned to not only teach the kids some useful life skills, but…

Lynnwood Lifestyles: Mental health tips for those feeling the strain of COVID-19

Just a few months ago, the coronavirus epidemic was miles and miles away, in a far-off city in China. But fast forward just three short months, and nearly one-third of the world’s population is now under quarantine… With so much uncertainty looming, it’s no surprise that about 35% of Americans say their mental health has…

Looking Back: Before Lynnwood — the stump farms of Alderwood Manor

The year was 1933 – 87 years ago. It was a time when the song “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” had become the anthem for our entire country as we struggled through the Great Depression. Introduced in 1932, the song was an instant hit when Bing Crosby sang it on radio. It was also…

Healthy Eating: Enjoy the health benefits of walnuts in this versatile sauce

If you are like me and following our “new normal” directions for living…you have been staying home.  “Stay home, Stay healthy”–it’s an easy directive that is not always easy to follow.  Cooking is a great way to use the extra time as well as to keep yourself nourished and healthy.   It’s likely that you have…

Recommended Reads: Immerse yourself in the latest tea shop mystery from Laura Childs

Lavender Blue Murder, by Laura Childs Get ready, mystery enthusiasts and amateur sleuths, because Laura Childs’ latest Tea Shop Mystery starts off with a bang. It’s a Lavender Blue Murder in the fields of the low country of South Carolina. When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley attend an…

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…