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Well, for those who have been counting, or reading what goes on here, I have to say that so far the whole exercise thing has been a bust. I would say that in part, I have been avoiding the physical side of things because I’ve been trying to finish up other projects in deference to all those pre-resolution day sales and specials- the ones where if I finally edit the lectures I’ve been recording at the VCA for the past year, a certain local station will send me a check.

On Thanksgiving Day eleven to fourteen family members--counting heads is like trying to count a flock of chickens--will gather around my dining table to feast on smoked turkey, cranberry relish and whatever  dishes the others contribute.

The Cascadia Protocol is a model for self-directed, eco-logically structured learning, and deep local Nature connection, in the context of a natural, bioregional mode of human social self-organization.

It might start with material, process, idea or feeling. And then, the work of the artist begins to propel itself!  The regular rhythm of the Art Studio Tours each December and May certainly drives the productivity of the artists, who structure their work cycles around their studio sales. 

I put a coffee can over Matilda’s head so she wouldn’t peck me and reached under her warm body for the eggs.  There were quite a few, as Matilda had been hiding her eggs in the woodshed.    I could hear her pecking the inside of the coffee can as I cleaned her nest of eggs, bound for the breakfast table and other good things

OneNiteStand is gaining ground with more rocking tunes and incredible vocals by Terri Cole – and the good news is, they’re ready to show off the new polish! This band is ‘nothin’ but rock & blues with the emphasis on classic rock tunes as well as some originals sprinkled in there.

The Exterminating Angel has its Met premiere this season, conducted by the composer, Thomas Adès. The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Buñuel film.

Plan now to enjoy music of the holiday season by attending the Carols & Cantatas concert on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3pm in The Kay White Theater! Ninety-five singers (including a Youth Chorus) and thirty orchestra members will entertain concert-goers with traditional carols and two cantatas.

Free Range Folk Choir offers a sing-along concert in the key of Thanksgiving, at 7pm on Saturday Nov. 25 in the Vashon High School auditorium. Enjoy songs of peace, strength, and joy in community with harmonic vocal arrangements of Bridge Over Troubled Water,

Throughout November, Southern Resident orcas have teased us a few times by changing direction between Dilworth and the north end ferry lanes -- dashing hopes of any Point Robinson encounters. One of those occasions was at Loop deadline! Fortunately, our intrepid colleagues Mark and Maya Sears deployed in their research boat, in the rain, to obtain identification photos and collect samples.

When I moved in with Rick in 1977, this building was the most run-down place I’d ever lived. The walls had holes in them. The roof leaked. Rats had free run of the place.

While most of us spend this weekend with our feet on the couch and our brains on tryptophan, artists of the Waterworks Studio Collective will perform their annual feat of holiday magic. Each year the cooperative transforms the studio of Christine and Darsie Beck into a Gallery-Not-To-Be-Missed! on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour.

For a number of weeks recently we had our washer and dryer out on the back porch. The reason for this displacement was not as a banishing punishment or as a mini stay-cation to allow the machines a brief outside adventure before the wet of winter made time spent out of doors by objects with electronics an inadvisable alternative.

Back in 1988, Joy Goldstein strong-armed me into working with her and a handful of others on the Community Council Affordable Housing Committee.  We went on to form Vashon Household (Joy’s name).

You start with the leanest, cleanest, grass-raised beef. You can ask the butcher to grind a pound of round steak for you. Besides its yummy flavor, each low fat serving provides 20 grams of high quality protein, 3 mg Vitamin B12, 5 mg niacin (the happiness vitamin) and a smidgeon of B1, B2, and B6, also 258 mg of potassium.

The Cascadia Protocol is the latest evolution of my education project, The Natural Philosopher ~ A Curriculum for Ecological Intelligence.  This project is entirely a child of the extraordinary community that is Vashon Island

According to all the calendars I have, winter begins with the solstice, on the twenty-first of December or thereabouts. I say that’s broccoli, and I say the hell with it.

I read somewhere that the tide rolls in like a giant tornado on its side, carrying tons of food for fish and clams and other good things to eat.  That’s why seagulls and salmon hang around the tide line and the fishermen are right behind.

Diane Emerson and I have been researching and educating the public on pesticides and safe alternatives to them for three years.  Some of the most toxic pesticides are some of the ones used on fruit trees, including those with the following active ingredients: Captan, Carbaryl, Malathion, and the class of insecticides known as Neonicotinoids.

I am writing to say farewell to a fantastic community and an agency that will always claim a piece of my heart. As you reported two weeks ago, I have resigned as Executive Director at Vashon Youth and Family Services.

VIPP hopes you will  “Throw Us a Bone” and support our Online Auction presented by Windermere.  Vashon Island Pet Protectors is pleased to announce a new venture following the necessary cancellation of the 2017 Fur Ball: an Online Auction full of the wonderful items usually featured at our annual event. Online Auction: November 10th through December 3rd. Auction link: https://vipp.ggo.mobi/

Debra Heesch, Snapdragon, Sue Carette & Vashon Theatre Present:
Shook Twins return to the island November 15th at the Vashon Theatre to play an intimate DUO set at a fundraiser for Puerto Rico! Special Guest Islander Sarah Christine will be starting out the show. Funds raised will be sent directly to the island by the National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN), an organization composed of Puerto Ricans in the US and their supporters that educates and mobilizes the Puerto Rican community,

Vashon Center for the Arts Arts Education Program will present Little Women from November 10-12 in the Katherine L. White Hall.  We chose this particular play to do this fall to present several strong female characters and give students an opportunity to reflect on the progress women have made since the 1880s,” notes Wendy Finkleman, director for arts education at VCA.

Vashon Center for the Arts welcomes the Gail Pettis Trio on Saturday, November 18 at 7:30 pm as the second performance in this year’s Jazz Series.  A Pacific Northwest favorite, Pettis brings her soulful voice to the Katherine L. White Hall to warm up the fall night.