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Book Review – Icon: A Novel
Book Review, Children, Literary, November 2023

Book Review – Icon: A Novel

By Jane Valencia On Thursdays, I head across the water to an Eastern Catholic church where I am learning how to write (paint) icons – sacred images in the Orthodox tradition considered to be “windows into heaven.” I also happen to love juvenile and young adult fiction. Imagine my delight when I found “Icon: A…

Excerpts From “The Heart of Vashon”
Literary, October 2023

Excerpts From “The Heart of Vashon”

“The Heart of Vashon: Sharing Our Stories” is a lovingly written tribute to the Island. The stories were originally solicited for a community-building literary project of the same name spearheaded by Mary G. L. Shackelford and Shirley Ferris in 2015. The book may be purchased at the Vashon Heritage Museum, Vashon Bookshop, and Vashon Pharmacy….

An Ode to Mom, an Early Fashion Queen
Literary, September 2023

An Ode to Mom, an Early Fashion Queen

By Seán Malone and John Sweetman As Seán remembers, Mom formed hats out of buckram, using the forms to glue Chinese pheasant feathers in, making a unique women’s hat. A full-grown male Chinese pheasant has a chest of iridescent, electric blue and brown feathers. Mom loved the colors, and would badger Dad and I to…

Literary, September 2023

The Supreme Court of Mom

By Seán Malone and John Sweetman As John remembers: “He hit me!”   “She was making faces at me!”  “I was not!”  “He was making fart noises with his armpit!”   And so convened the daily district court of summary justice where the prosecutor, defense council, and detective agency was all in one. MOM! Mom interrupted her…

Report from Aman Omid Village, Part 2
Literary, Memoir, September 2023

Report from Aman Omid Village, Part 2

By Nellie Bly Prologue: This was written over the course of several deployment periods of one to three weeks. Aman Omid Village on Holloman Air Force Base closed at the end of January 2022, having in-processed and placed 16,000 Afghani evacuees. All but eight survived. For the five months it existed, and adjusting for average…

Excerpts From “The Heart Of Vashon”
Literary, Poetry, September 2023

Excerpts From “The Heart Of Vashon”

“The Heart of Vashon: Sharing Our Stories” is a lovingly written tribute to the Island. The stories were originally solicited for a community-building literary project of the same name spearheaded by Mary G. L. Shackelford and Shirley Ferris in 2015. The book may be purchased at the Vashon Heritage Museum, Vashon Bookshop, and Vashon Pharmacy….

Report from Aman Omid Village, Part 1
August 2023, Literary, Memoir

Report from Aman Omid Village, Part 1

By Nellie Bly Prologue: This was written over the course of several deployment periods of one to three weeks. Aman Omid Village on Holloman Air Force Base closed at the end of January 2022, having in-processed and placed 16,000 Afghani evacuees. All but eight survived. For the five months it existed, and adjusting for average…

August 2023, Literary

If It Tastes Bad, It Must Be Good For You

By Seán Malone and John Sweetman As kids, we attended schools that were a quagmire of communicable diseases, where various ailments were freely communicated, just like today.    Pink eye … ringworm … head lice … measles, and so on, including various rashes, itches, and the common issues of sniveling, coughs, and sometimes more serious issues of croup…

Excerpts From “The Heart of Vashon”
August 2023, Literary

Excerpts From “The Heart of Vashon”

The Vashon Way: How to Be Mistaken for a LocalBy Gayle Kellner When you run out of almond milk and have to go purchase more, put on a loose-fitting dress and mismatched sweater, preferably hand-knit. Finish off your outfit with a pair of rubber boots. If they look new, walk through a couple of mud…

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