Editorial Page, September 2023

Here We Go Again?

By Andy Valencia We’ve heard our president announce new funding for new COVID vaccines. Our local media includes a triumphant study of how Vashon did during the pandemic of recent memory. The general tone was that the world can learn from our success. We’re told the COVID storm clouds are gathering. We look at the…

Goldenrod
Health Matters, September 2023

Goldenrod

By Kathy Abascal As I write, goldenrod is blooming in various spots along Vashon roads. There are hundreds of goldenrod species across the world; the one most frequently found in the northwest is Solidago canadensis, but there are a few other varieties. John Trelawny, author of “Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest,” notes that it is…

The Truth About Legs
Island Voices, September 2023

The Truth About Legs

By Deborah H. Anderson “Do you see where the break is?” … The surgeon asks. Pointing to the x-ray, I look at the diagonal line of a femur once shattered in two places, now fused into solid bone. “Yes”, I tell him, nodding my head. “Now look at the other leg,” he continues, “See how…

Life With Wasps
Island Voices, September 2023

Life With Wasps

By Michael Shook I finally got around to staining the gates in the back of the property this month. They were holding up well, but red cedar does last longer with some protection. So, back I went, stain bucket in hand, brush in the other. As I approached the largest of the gates, I could…

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…

Benedictine Morning Prayer
Announcements, September 2023

Benedictine Morning Prayer

By Collin Medeiros It was only when the bell had struck its final tone that young Placidus realized he was awake, in the real world, and had someplace to be. He flew from his bed, fastened his leather belt around the brown tunic he had slept in, put his knife in its sheath, and hurried…

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