What Matters
Literary

What Matters

By Stephen Silha In the 1990s, I was part of a group of journalists who conducted a research study on the future of community communication in the Puget Sound area: “Good News/Good Deeds: Citizen Effectiveness in the Age of Electronic Democracy.” We looked at the relationship between so-called non-profit organizations (we suggested they be called…

Humanity’s Existential Threat and Solution
Island Voices

Humanity’s Existential Threat and Solution

By Mark A. Goldman There is a great misunderstanding as to what values human beings must study and adhere to in order to remain sovereign and in possession of their natural abilities, inalienable rights, and possible states of higher consciousness. This lack of understanding has evolved because of the various social, educational, economic, and political…

Why The Loop Now
Commentary

Why The Loop Now

What does it mean to be Islanders? What are the unique issues that we face? It hardly bears saying that the past two+ years have been challenging. How do they affect us individually and in our various circles and threads of community? Do you feel that your perspective has been or is being heard, valued,…

Coffee Flowers, Cherries, and Processing
Health Matters

Coffee Flowers, Cherries, and Processing

Roots that span over 50 years in the PNW and on the island for 40. Located where the town of Vashon originated and Roasting onsite – with a time honored rustic roast style on vintage machines. Apprenticeships here take over 4 1/2 years to complete. Buying directly from the farmers we have known for years…

Eva’s Shitake Parnip and Yam Fettucine
Health Matters

Eva’s Shitake Parnip and Yam Fettucine

Serves 4-6 ~ Use organic ingredients whenever possible Note: For wheat free gluten free choice I use the organic tinkyada brown rice fettuccine. A beautiful choice that holds up well, doesn’t get mushy and does not impart a rice flavor. 2-cup shitake mushrooms – fresh or frozen ½ small-medium size leek 3 cups of your…

No Lettuce? No Problem!
Recipes

No Lettuce? No Problem!

By Elizabeth Ripley Summer salads for when it’s too hot to cook…or the lettuce in the garden has bolted! From a simple yet remarkably delicious chopped salad to a spinach salad (with pickled red onions!) to a curried rice salad – we have you covered. All offer vegan, vegetarian, and omnivorous options. Israeli Chopped Salad…

Llaughing Llama Chronicles
Literary

Llaughing Llama Chronicles

by Daniel Hooker The other day, my friend Barbara asked me how I was sleeping, because of the hot weather. I said, “Not that well. Usually I count sheep when I can’t sleep, but I made the mistake of telling them a joke from Massachusetts.” “From Massachusetts?” She asked.“Yeah, two sheep walk into a baah…”…

Vashon Loop, Code of Ethics Statement
Commentary

Vashon Loop, Code of Ethics Statement

Adapted from the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics Journalism is not to be undertaken lightly. Indeed, the mighty power of the pen is first and foremost a responsibility. Words can be both weapon and tool, constructive or destructive, sincerely meant or wielded disingenuously for selfish gain. That is why, as members of the…

Literary

Four Poems by linda c moore

To Welcome Them Make room at your table Set an extra plate. Open the circle to Welcome a new guest Empty coat hooks by your door. Sweep your entry with clear intention To welcome them. To welcome them It takes courage To greet in mid stream As you prepare Is there room for another To…

Island Voices

Land Acknowledgment

We honor this island, known today as Vashon-Maury Island, upon which we live and work. We are nourished and blessed by the rivers and waters, the trees, and the fish, the plants, and birds, and many other beings in the soil, Sound, and air who make up this beautiful place we call home. We especially…

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