April 2024, Poetry

Poetry by Ona Gritz

In Sycamore Park A narrow path overseen by a few metal benches leads to the massive wonder  this place is named for, limbs the size of trunks,  and a plaque that dates it back to 1650. Today, beneath that great latticework of shade, my friends discuss  what is known about the communal  network of roots. Even a stump, otherwise dead, still shares  what it…

From the Roasterie – April
Advertisers, April 2024

From the Roasterie – April

By Eva DeLoach The beans we cherish most come from older varietals grown in high mountain altitudes, where they thrive without the use of pesticides. Here, the coffee plants are allowed to adapt naturally to their environment, resulting in beans infused with deep, complex flavors. But it’s not just the growing conditions that contribute to…

Aliens on Vashon
Entertainment, Island Businesses, News

Aliens on Vashon

Update 3/14/2024 5:00PM… turns out this is the creation of local artist Matt Beursken, whose previous fame was that troll costume you saw last Halloween. He doesn’t really want to sell the saucer and alien, but he has some expenses coming up. The UFO started out as a satellite dish, and had been partially converted…

Island Resilience, March 2024

Looking for a Good Neighbaaa

By Marc J. Elzenbeck Call me stupid. My auto and home insurance stayed nearly unchanged for the most part of a decade, with only minor upticks reflecting an occasional policy adjustment. Towing coverage was added on a couple vehicles, plus a separate umbrella covering teenager mishap, malfeasance, or vandalism.  Starting in January 2022, both basics…

Gold, Bitcoin, Money, and Currency
Island Resilience, March 2024

Gold, Bitcoin, Money, and Currency

By Stephen Buller “Gold is money. Everything else is credit.” – John Pierpont Morgan  Regarding money, it would be wise to listen to the words of the founder of the largest bank on the planet, but I doubt he could imagine the world we live in today. Did Mr. Morgan simply lack the perspective to…

Commentary, Editorial Page

Feckless

Feckless: Lacking initiative or strength of character; weak or ineffective. In a whirlwind of public policy, which you may have missed, Redmond was the sudden recipient of a new homeless center; by the time most citizens knew of the project, it was already an accomplished fact. The center was originally intended for Kenmore, but the…

Island Epicure – Interview at 99
March 2024, Recipes

Island Epicure – Interview at 99

By Marjorie Watkins and Suzanna Leigh Suzanna: Marjorie, you are almost 100 years old! Marjorie: This is true. A few months away from 100. Suzanna: And you are healthy, too. You say you never have a headache or the flu. How is that? Marjorie: Magic potion. It is a very tasty solution. It is cloves…

Myocarditis by the Numbers, Part 1
Health Matters, March 2024

Myocarditis by the Numbers, Part 1

By Caitlin Rothermel In May 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted, but did not publicly share, a national alert describing a link between COVID-19 vaccines and a heart disease called myocarditis. We know about this now because of documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request. Described by the American Heart…

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