An Old Take on the Emperor’s New Clothes
Literary

An Old Take on the Emperor’s New Clothes

If you blended Beatrix Potter with Stephen King, you might come close to Hans Christian Andersen. All three writers started life with severely limited opportunities. All three overcame those challenges through hard work, grit, and the necessary dashes of chutzpah and luck. And, all three focus (in their own, unique way) on the tough realities…

The Virtues of Self-Directed Play, Nature Immersion, and Place-Based Learning
Island Voices

The Virtues of Self-Directed Play, Nature Immersion, and Place-Based Learning

I am the founder and principal teacher at the Vashon Art and Nature School (VAANS), where self-directed play, nature immersion, and place-based learning are all foundational methodologies. These interrelated and interdependent methodologies were developed from the work of academics, teachers, predecessors, practitioners, and my own experiences.  One such experience was working with founder Erin Kenny…

Winter Gardening
Gardening

Winter Gardening

Rain or shine, Vashon is an island of garden enthusiasts passionate about our plants!I love gazing out on my winter garden, especially when little birds flit around in search of seeds and insects, available in abundance, as so much of what I do in my garden accommodates these precious pollinators. My perennials are cut back…

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Minglement – Blood Oranges Season

BLOOD ORANGES SEASON – available now Blood oranges are not as bitter as oranges, and make nice dried slices for natural decorations for your tree, as well as a delightful treat filled with vitamin C. For fun – slice off the top, hollow out, and make juice. Use the hollowed-out cup for hot cider and…

La Fondue
Recipes

La Fondue

The light is low in the sky, and I am sitting here in my childhood home in Chicago. The air is cool and snow is coming soon. The leaves here have all been raked from the yards, and the streets are quiet. The only sounds are the elevated train from a few blocks away, a…

“It Takes a Village” – In Action
Editorial Page

“It Takes a Village” – In Action

“It was the truly international murder case that captivated the world.” This is how People Magazine described the media circus surrounding the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher in the home she shared with Amanda Knox in Perugia, Italy. Across the globe, millions watched, wondered, gossiped, and guessed at what truly happened on that…

Squeaking Silver
Island Voices

Squeaking Silver

I was down on the floor on my hands and knees when John Sweetman walked in the door. “What are you doing,” he asked? “I have lost a gold crown while biting into a Winter apple,” I replied. John got right down on the floor to help me look. My little Jack Russell Terrier was hunting the floor with…

The Endless Light of Life
Literary

The Endless Light of Life

If modern scientists are to be believed, when the star we orbit starts to die, it will expand into a red giant, becoming so large that it engulfs Mercury and Venus, and possibly the Earth as well. Until then, life will endure on our planet, and the vast majority of that life will be non-humanoid….

Mica’s Kitchen
Island Businesses

Mica’s Kitchen

Welcome to our second interview with a business owner who, despite her geographic location, still seems to lie well outside of Vashon Town, as the tourist walks. Join us in exploring the nooks and crannies of our abundant community. Past Snapdragon, one driveway beyond Euphorium, hides an eatery that has been serving Vashon for years….

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