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Looky here: I grew up on a farm. There was a gun rack on the wall in the hallway outside my bedroom door. It held a .22 rifle, a .30-.30 rifle, and a single-barrel shotgun. The gun rack was always locked.

It would have been a lot easier and way cheaper just to crack open a book. There would have been the same four walls and the random insistence of poking dog noses and the cat that likes to remind you that he is there by finding a small patch of bare skin to test the sharpness of his claws on while you’re not looking. But there is also the tale of the curative catharsis that one can achieve by changing one’s regularly scheduled scenery.

When we talk about the scourge of money in politics, we are generally talking about large contributions that drown out the importance and influence of small donations.  The disproportionate share of campaign donations by the big donors has meant that, barring really significant public unrest, elected officials naturally consider their interest above ours.

The six weeks of Lent feature fasting from animal foods, but not from good eating, and not from good nutrition. A yummy pairing of grains and beans creates complete protein and a helping of magnesium in a dish to satisfy an artist’s eye.  Magnesium is a mineral that the average.


Rise Up & Read was initiated one year ago by the Harbor School & Carpe Diem Race Equity Focus Group. It was created for children in kindergarten through 5th grade to inspire curiosity, social justice and race equity through cultural literacy and fun. Rise Up & Read book reading events are free to attend and open to the public – all are welcom

A supplemental transportation budget passed by the state Senate on Feb. 23 would make a large investment in Washington’s ferry system, particularly in the 34th District. The House’s supplemental transportation budget proposal also includes this funding.

For over 25 years, the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour (VIAST) has treated the Island to Studio Tour twice each year. Recently, to bring all the visual artists of Vashon under one roof whether Studio Tour participants or not, the Board of VIAST voted to change the name of the organization to Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA)

In Fall 2017, the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank began asking our customers how we can better serve them. Our Director Robbie Rohr worked with Food Bank staff to host survey events such as focus groups, customer appreciation dinners, and more so we could collect your feedback.

Couple of Sundays ago, midafternoon, I realized the Superbowl was on.
It was the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the New England Patriots, for those of you who live on the moon or don’t give a rat’s patootie. Many people were Eagles fans for the day. The Patriots may be loved by their own fans but are not loved much outside that demographic.

Today, February 15th, my devout readers begin their Lenten six-week fast from red meats and eggs.  Their menus will offer diners bean dishes and seafoods. No beef, lamb, bison, or pork need apply for admission to their kitchens.  Even so, gourmet meals can and will be served. Fish will also be allowed. After all, Jesus and his friends ate fish at the Last Supper.

If you were on the dance floor the night of The Van Redeker Band’s electrifying Red Bike show in September, you know you’ll want to be there again as the group returns for another evening of Rock ‘n Roll love.

Become “The Voice (of Vashon)” at VoV’s second annual singing contest. To enter, perform one of your favorite covers at a live audition in the
VoV Storefront Studio Saturday,

Critically acclaimed tenor Limmie Pulliam returns to Vashon for a matinee program of operatic greatest hits on Sunday, March 4 at 2:30 pm at the Vashon Center for the Arts. Sharing the stage with pianist Spencer Myer and a troupe of Vashon Opera favorites, Limmie brings his powerful, dramatic and sensitive voice back to Vashon in this one showing concert!

Like many of you, I’ve tended to be fairly satisfied with our sources of electric power here in the Northwest.  After all, we live in the land of cheap and abundant renewable hydropower.  Our utility, Puget Sound Energy (PSE), has always encouraged us to be more efficient with our energy use:  to insulate and seal our homes and buy more efficient appliances. They also offer subsidies and rebates to do that.  At our house, we have opted for the Green Energy Purchase.

Debra Paget, a movie star in the 1950’s, was my “first love,” a love that was returned by one printed note and a handful of pictures in various swim suit poses.  I had joined Debra’s fan club to fulfill my fantasies that she would one day return the love of this 8 year old Vashon Grade School student. 

A solar rooftop for a grocery store in south Kitsap, energy improvements for a new addiction-treatment facility in Seattle, and a biodigester on Vashon Island are the latest projects to be financed through the Sustainable Energy Trust (SET).

Journeys through time and space, dancing with those both loved and forgotten… In Falling Awake: A Fugue State, UMO travels deep into the human condition and its many realities, via language, music, physical theatre – and ballroom dancing.

Here is a partial list of invisible illnesses: allergies, food intolerances, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, depression, mental illness, diabetes and other blood sugar issues, digestive disorders such as IBS, colitis, and celiac disease.

On these rainy, blustery winter days, there’s no food that warms you as well as a steaming hot soup.  Son Steve and I have have warmed our souls  and bodies with fish chowder, shrimp in coconut sauce, beef stew, minestrone, lentil and vegetable soup, and chicken in various soup and sauce modes.

There is nothing more fragrant than the steam from an open pit of bean-hole-beans drifting thru camp. There were three gold colored cans in the pit and each weighed 30 pounds loaded. They were used to pack frozen strawberries in before the scouts got them. It took two or three Boy Scouts with shovels to lift one of the cans of beans from the ashes in the 4 x 6 foot hole. By sliding a shovel under the can, one could drag the beans out the end of the pit and it was hot work.

At the recent town hall, Congresswoman Jayapal said that, among her constituents, Vashonites were probably way ahead in addressing climate change.  It seemed to me at that point that, if that is true, then we are in big trouble.

2018 marks the 76th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans.


Author and activist, Debby Irving, will offer a presentation on the subject of white privilege and the role it plays in perpetuating systemic racism. Through her personal story of waking up to her own whiteness and the wisdom she has gained from people of color, she provides a positive approach to healing and liberation.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the V-Day Movement, a non-profit organization created by playwright Eve Ensler to stop violence against women and girls worldwide, Take A Stand Productions presents The Vagina Monologues March 20, 24 and 25 at The Vashon Theatre.