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Legends of Vashon
Island Voices, September 2023

Legends of Vashon

By Shannon Smith My grandmother always lived on Vashon, that’s how it felt as a kid visiting, and it still feels like that. But I really didn’t start to hear all the old stories of Vashon until my parents broke up around 1996 and I moved to Grandma’s. Not that she shared many stories, but…

The Truth About Legs
Island Voices, September 2023

The Truth About Legs

By Deborah H. Anderson “Do you see where the break is?” … The surgeon asks. Pointing to the x-ray, I look at the diagonal line of a femur once shattered in two places, now fused into solid bone. “Yes”, I tell him, nodding my head. “Now look at the other leg,” he continues, “See how…

Life With Wasps
Island Voices, September 2023

Life With Wasps

By Michael Shook I finally got around to staining the gates in the back of the property this month. They were holding up well, but red cedar does last longer with some protection. So, back I went, stain bucket in hand, brush in the other. As I approached the largest of the gates, I could…

CowExist
August 2023, Island Voices, Memoir

CowExist

By Marc J. Elzenbeck Cattle were domesticated from wild aurochs starting about 10,500 years ago. Roughly speaking, an auroch is to a farm cow as a timber wolf is to a cocker spaniel. These were amongst the biggest, baddest land-borne mammals left over from the Pleistocene, so by “domesticated,” what they mean is “captured and…

Finitude and More To Do
August 2023, Island Voices

Finitude and More To Do

By Michael Shook I turned 69 this summer, from which it follows, of course, that next year I’ll hit 70. That’s assuming I live that long. I expect to, but one never knows. At this age, I’ve lost a number of friends that I just assumed I’d be growing old with, some of them very…

I Love a Good Burger
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I Love a Good Burger

By the Footloose Foodie I am especially excited about the subject matter of this month’s article. I love a good burger!  Footloosing it, I meandered uptown in search of a good burger. What makes a burger good? There are as many answers to this question as there are burgers! Everyone has a personal set of…

Puppet Rider
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Puppet Rider

By Doug Skove Salmon puppet photo by Sonya Lang Photography. The Island is full of people with fascinating lives. Often, it seems that the Island itself has a hand in helping one find a new direction. Enjoy this tale about how one Islander became a puppeteer. Special note: Islewilde is taking place this month, at…

Good Boys Gone Bad
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Good Boys Gone Bad

By Seán Malone and John Sweetman We never actually set out to do wrong, but occasionally small, impulsive actions led to doing the wrong thing, and for small lads this outcome was as natural as paint on a fence. Gene Amondson and I were wandering around a construction site, and as young boys do, we picked…

Life, Sex, and Death in the Garden
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Life, Sex, and Death in the Garden

By Michael Shook By the time this is in print, the leaves of the bigleaf maples will have taken on their darker summer look, and depending on how dry things are, they might already have the first dulling of dust covering them. But for now, in June, their leaves, and those of every other plant…

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