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When I woke up this morning looking through the bars, I was reminded of the first time I ever spent any time in jail. It was a long time ago, and it was the only time I’ve been in jail- once was enough. The bars I just recently was looking through, however, were those of a dog crate we’ve set up in the living room.

Portland, OR based musician, Kathryn Claire, met Margot Merah and Sophie Janna (Amsterdam based folk-duo, The Lasses) at a singing session in Amsterdam in 2013. Sharing a love for harmony singing and story-telling through music, they soon realized that together they could deliver both heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping songs with equal measures of joy and musicality.

Publish the Quest, a band with deep Vashon roots that has made a name for itself worldwide as both a musical and philanthropic force, is coming home to Vashon on 4/20.

About eight years ago, Steve Graham handed me, and a few others, copies of the Transition Town Handbook in hopes that we might do something with it while he was off on a trip of many months. 

Spring play, “All in the Timing” opens April 20 - Auditions set for Summer play, “Noises Off!”
“All in the Timing,” a critically-acclaimed series of six one-act plays by David Ives, deals with the paradoxes and absurdities of life.

It is March 24, 2018 as I write, and all over our country and on Vashon Island people have come out for the March for Our Lives, a protest asking that we have sensible gun laws and regulations in our country, and that automatic weapons and assault rifles not be sold, and that politicians and people in general snap out of it and realize that the second amendment does not protect anyone’s right to own those guns.

You’ll read this column on the brink of Easter. If you have kids, you’ll be boiling eggs and dying or decorating eggs for Easter baskets.  You’d think everybody knows how to make a perfectly boiled egg, but no! My son Steve, after many tries, still has not quite grasped the technique of cooking and cooling an egg

“Joy and Heartache” Traces History of Japanese Americans on Vashon from 1900 to Present Day. the Vashon Heritage Museum will feature an exhibit that traces the evolution of the Japanese American presence on Vashon Island. The exhibit addresses the early immigration of Japanese to Vashon in the early 20th Century

Vashon Maury island Audubon Society presents Vashon premier screening of the film Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest .  At Vashon Theatre, Tuesday April 17th at 6 PM.  Event is free and open to the public.  Families welcomed.

Ava Apple has decided to step down from the Executive Director position at Vashon Senior Center. She has relished working with seniors, her staff, volunteers and serving the community. Ava has accomplished a lot and is most proud of initiating the Neighbor to Neighbor program, BlueBird medical transportation, the lunch Care-a-Van and overseeing the Center’s building renovation.


When the Vashon Island Chorale presents its “Legacy” concerts on April 21 & 22, Kendall Campbell Davis will be singing in the soprano section. Davis, who now lives in Arizona,

You are invited to come, bringing stories and memories to share with the community. Finger food and desserts will be welcomed.  Saturday, May 12, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Sunrise Ridge, Vashon.

Slo-mo-shun IV was out of control on the north end of the elliptical Gold Cup course on Lake Washington and coming right for us.  The hair on the back of my neck stood

“…  Her enthusiastic two-hour presentation, punctuated with dramatic readings, wry humor, and songs, traces the evolution of the love story across the centuries. The emphasis is on the evolving role of women and the emergence of feminist sensibilities.


On November 10, 1989, we were driving south on I-5. “We” were Libbie Anthony, Velvet Neifert, and me. We sang together as Women, Women and Song, and we were on our way to Corvallis, Oregon, to do a concert that night.

I’ve written about oysters as Lenten food already,but not smoked oysters. They’re good on an hors d’oevres tray just as they come from the can, presented with toothpicks for eating them.

One of the roustabouts yelled at me from the other side of the ring where we were busy breaking down the merry-go-round, part of the Peach Festival.  “Betcha twenty-five cents that you can’t pick up the spindle,” Shorty shouted. One of the roustabouts yelled at me from the other side of the ring where we were busy breaking down the merry-go-round, part of the Peach Festival. 

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)