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As I am writing this, it is May 20, 2011. According to some people who have been getting a lot of press lately, the end of the world is supposed to occur tomorrow, May 21. If that is the case, it won't matter that I didn't get my column in before deadline today. 

Fourteen people gathered for a meal at our extended table on the eve of the recent memorial service for my late husband. How could I cope with the throng, half of them vegetarians, with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of mouth-watering elegancy, bearing in mind that without his USAF-retired pay, household income will be slashed?

It is bicycle racing season, although the only thing most people are hearing about the sport these days are the echoing doping accusations being flung by disgruntled and often disgraced former teammates at cycling legend Lance Armstrong like so much over-cooked pasta, in the hopes that some of it will finally stick.

Curt Knox, Amanda’s father, was back in Perugia for the beginning of her Slander trial and for a hearing on her continuing Appeal.   She and her friend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2009 and they have repeatedly asserted their innocence.

DDES is taking public comment on the proposals through Friday, June 10. 

June 1st. Washington State Ferry Public Meeting, 6:30-8:30 pm at McMurray. David Moseley will speak about the Legislative Session and possibly about the current construction of the 64 car ferries.

Due to the resignation of board member John Stazeck. The Vashon Maury Island Community Council board is accepting applications for the vacant board seat. There is about a year and a half left on the vacated position. Applicants will be voted on by the board for approval at the next general meeting. Please send a letter of interest to to be considered.

Never having been to a Rotary meeting, but knowing that we have a strong club on Vashon, I was pleasantly surprised by 50+ who arrived before 7am for a breakfast meeting. Along with the club’s business

Summer’s on the way and so the 21st Annual Vashon Island Garden - opportunity to stroll through six beautiful private Island gardens, view (and purchase!) original garden art, hear live music by local musicians and pick up gifts for your favorite garden lovers.

The Vashon Poetry Fest will produce its second bi-annual literary festival devoted entirely to poetry. The events begin on Thursday, May 26 with a variety of poetry readings and workshops happening in Vashon town-center through Memorial Day, May 30.

Experience Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven’s and more when some of the region’s finest classical musicians gather for the annual Vashon Chamber Music Festival. Island cellists Rowena Hammill and Douglas Davis have brought together a stellar list of musicians to participate in the three day celebration.

When I started writing a column for this paper nine years ago I wrote about you and titled the column, “Grandma's Diary.” You were my newborn grand daughter then, and the apple of my eye.

Seeking - neighbors, businesses, and island organizations to join in this youth leadership project sponsored by Vashon Healthy Community Network. 

Jeff Adams sent in some good photos of a pair of Cinnamon Teal along the shore just north of the Cove Hotel May 1.  This gives Vashon only its second record for this small duck. 

I have decided to stay back in New Hampshire for another week- there were still a few things that the doing of other events had left undone. It was the participating in these other events that brought me back here. Unlike in the past, where coming here to my parents’ house was usually the obligatory annual visit to check in from across the country and generally set out to set right, on my mother’s terms, what was wrong in the garden.

In  last week’s column on Local Currency and  in previous ones, I’ve called for the relocalization of our Vashon economy as a hedge against the economic disturbances to come as a result of diminishing resources.  I’d like to continue that discussion.

Dear readers, your eyes will thank you for checking out Odin Lonning’s supernatural-themed Tlingit artwork at Vashon Intuitive Arts this month. Titles such as “Shaman’s Wand,” “Spirit Canoe,” and, of course, “Supernatural Allies: Thunderbird and Seawolf,”reflect the essence of the pieces.

Earlier this month, Julian Smith of Vashon Island, Washington, was one of two Washington State University seniors honored with the2011 Big Ten Senior Award in Academics.

7. More is not always better.  The more in this case is repetition.  If your workout is based on high repetition sets you are losing out on the benefits of hard work.  This is especially true when combining high repetition sets (15 or more) with single joint exercises like the bicep curl and tricep extension.    

During his life to date, Islander Joe Ulatoski has held 47 different jobs, lived in 26 different places and worked in 47 different countries. This fact alone tells you what a remarkable life Joe has led. On Sunday, May 15th, Joe will share interesting stories from his unique and varied life experiences as part of Vashon Community Care’s Telling Stories, a Speaker Series by and about Vashon Locals.

On May 6, 2011, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito will have spent 1,277 days in prison for a murder they did not commit.  One week longer than Meredith Kercher’s actual murderer, Rudy Guede.

Islanders responded to the recent opening of Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union by opening accounts already totaling more than 2 million dollars. Clearly, many of us consider it important that our money be invested exclusively in our community.

I sent an email to a friend the other day. It was in response to the recent Island screening of the film the Economics of Happiness and the panel discussion that followed. As it turned out, I had seen the film a while back and had been underwhelmed by it. In the email though, I had promised I would give it a second viewing at some point.

In April, 2012, the Vashon Island Chorale will present a concert of music written by local composers or composers with "ties" to the community.