We lived a half mile south of the Cove store on the Westside Highway and our Grandma Ollie lived at Cove where the post office occupied the basement of Mrs. Anderson’s house. I didn’t remember her name, so we’ll just call her Mrs. Anderson, because a lot of the people at Cove were Swede or Norwegian, it having been a fishing village before there were any roads.
I view Vashon as something of an academic oasis. In a broader State educational landscape suffering from the “drought” of program cuts and staff reductions that result in incrementally failing each year’s “crop” of children, the Vashon Public School district stands as a thriving exception.
Back in January, I booked a large, fast-paced project, giving me very little time to sit down and write anything. We are nearing completion, time is opening up a bit, and I’m starting to look again at my own home, dreaming of all the things I would love to do, and remembering how important it is that I treat my own home as I would one of my client’s projects
Vashon Island’s community broadcasting operation has launched a membership program, looking to the future and the need for a steady and reliable source of funding to sustain all the services the organization provides.
Have you ever been enraptured by a good book? The hours slide away as the story unfolds, and you can’t help but continue to turn the pages. This past sentence summarizes a countless portion of my youth. I would read during family meals, at school, and even when I had friends over:
A friend of mine recently said, “If you are born on this planet, you are an owner.” It seems that a lot of the problems we have, especially today, revolve around who owns what. It has always seemed ridiculous to me that a person born into our country does not have an unalienable right to stand in one place, much less claim the space to build a shelter and grow or forage for some food.
This Earth Month, we have four Southern Resident orca babies to celebrate -- cautiously. Technically, the calves are not included in the census until they have survived one year. With roughly 50% mortality in the first year, not all four newborns may survive.
Yes, you read that correctly, and no, I haven’t lost my mind- just my patience. Admittedly, my patience is being tested in a number of arenas at the moment, so a thinning is perhaps an understatement. As it was, the thin film of tolerance and credibility achieved a certain snapping-ness at last night’s Park District board of commissioners meeting- at least it did for me.
There has been a lot of talk lately about “going green” and reducing your ecological footprint. Many environmentalists suggest switching to compact florescent lights, taking shorter showers, and driving a hybrid car. While these things do help, the environmental benefits of these actions pale in comparison to the good done by going vegan
HEART OF VASHON: telling our story is a new community project that aims to weave a narrative celebrating the collective story of our community. All Islanders are invited to share personal stories – written or spoken – that illuminate the spirit of this place, stories that speak to our sense of identity and connection.
Six years ago when we last voted for the park levy, we had a vibrant Park District. We had numerous summer camps, summer concerts in both Ober Park and the Village Green with weekly dancing at the Village Green. Parents were able to register their children for sport activities and their own adult classes at the Ober Park office.
This is the first Ancient Future tour of the Pacific Northwest in a decade. Celebrating its 36th year, Ancient Future is the world’s first and longest running ensemble dedicated to world fusion music. They’ve sold over 150,000 albums and millions of samplers, and performed over 1,000 concerts.
The Chorale’s upcoming spring concerts feature Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” and Edward Elgar’s “From the Bavarian Highlands”. 75 singers under the direction of Gary D. Cannon will perform at Bethel Church on Sat. April 25
World class master of the acoustic guitar, Enrique Henao will come to Vashon on Friday April 24 and perform a solo concert at the Vashon United Methodist Church. Earlier in the day, Mr Henao will play for students at McMurray Middle School. The concerts are sponsored by VIBES (Vashon Island Band Education Supporters).
Comparisons are as inevitable in music as in life and in this sense singer/songwriter Jeff Kanzler is no exception (“reminiscent of a young Bob Dylan” Don Yates – KEXP, “John Vanderslice” Maurice Dielemans – Kindamuzik (Dutch Music zine), “Doug Macleod or Steve Goodman” Dani Heyvaert – MazzMusikas ( Belgium ).
Islanders Marc Powell and Chaim Rosemarin appear in Rajiv Joseph’s The North Pool, a dramatic two-person play that examines the tension between a high school vice-principal and a Middle-Eastern born transfer student.