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Far From Home – A Hard Road from Reality to Stability
Island Voices, January 2024

Far From Home – A Hard Road from Reality to Stability

By Daniel Hooker Recently, a friend, who like most people I know, quotes the media’s “facts” surrounding the unhoused/homeless situation, said: “Most people who are homeless are unwilling to accept help – because they’re on drugs.” It’s hard to empathize when success is measured by a human’s abilities to be a “contributing taxpayer.” Please understand…

… Replace
December 2023, Island Voices

… Replace

By Michael Shook When I hear the word “replace,” I usually think of it in the sense of something or someone being gotten rid of. As in, “Let’s replace that old vacuum cleaner,” or “Bill, we’re sorry, but we’re going to replace you with a robot.” But the first definition in my dictionary is, “To…

A Simple Conversation
December 2023, Island Voices

A Simple Conversation

By All Ears Vashon “Hey, I’ve got an idea.” “What’s that?” “Build a giant something down at Point Robinson.” “Why?” “It will attract many people to the Island.” “Oh, that makes sense. So many ferry runs are almost empty. It would be nice to fill them up. But how would they get to the park?”…

Legs, Part 2 – A Community of Hope
December 2023, Island Voices

Legs, Part 2 – A Community of Hope

By Deborah H. Anderson This time of year, when the temperature dips below 40 degrees, I think about my blue flannel cow jammies. Along with my blue socks and a black fake sheep’s wool blanket I bought at Thriftway, they kept me warm when it got really cold during the year that I slept in…

Back on Track – Part 2
December 2023, Island Voices

Back on Track – Part 2

By Jane Valencia This article continues the story of Islander Alice Watkins, who plays on two teams with Rat City Roller Derby, Seattle’s flat track roller derby league. Read part 1 here. Alice isn’t alone in engaging in hefty travel to attend practices and bouts. Players come from all over the greater Seattle area, from…

Entering the Workforce – Part 2
December 2023, Island Voices

Entering the Workforce – Part 2

By Mickey Fontaine This article continues the topic of young adults entering our work force. Read Part 1 here. We next talked with John, who highlighted the huge amount of pressure that we put on students to decide their career path: “The system isn’t tailored well to people with doubts. Right as you become financially…

The Accusatory Fog
December 2023, Island Voices

The Accusatory Fog

By Gene Kuhns We must be courageous enough, curious enough, and intellectually honest enough to break the chain of Accusatory Fog.  What does this mean? There surrounds each one of us a fog of accusations, partial truths, or outright lies about many things, organizations, places, items, and people. Whether it started as gossip, because of…

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