January 2024, Poetry

Honoring Meadowbrook

By Yvonne Higgins Leach for Cora “Honoring Meadowbrook” is about a moment when my daughter, new to the area of North Bend, took me out to view the elk. Up against the wetland forestwhere bands of light fuse with frosty grass,the bull’s crown of points cuts the skylike a lapidary cuts stone.My daughter, new to…

December 2023, Island Resilience

Holiday Shopping, Vashon-Style!

By March Twisdale Some tend to wax negative about shopping during the holiday season, expressing concerns over thoughtless consumption of resources or over-commercialization. In truth, there’s nothing wrong with shopping. We do it all year round, and for good reason. It’s human productivity expressed and shared. And during the winter, traditions focused on love, kindness,…

Who Were the Eclectic Physicians?
December 2023, Health Matters

Who Were the Eclectic Physicians?

By Kathy Abascal I often mention the Eclectic physicians in my articles because of their deep knowledge about medicinal plants. The Eclectics were licensed medical doctors who primarily used herbs and natural principles of healing to treat their patients. They were a strong force in American medicine from the 1830s to the early 1900s, but…

… 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…

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