Paris and France via a few good books

© VIRGINIA SMYTH I don’t often use the word “giddy” but it’s how I’m feeling about an upcoming weekend trip to Paris. It turns out that once you’re in London—where I will be for two weeks—it’s very easy to take

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Paris and France via a few good books

© VIRGINIA SMYTH I don’t often use the word “giddy” but it’s how I’m feeling about an upcoming weekend trip to Paris. It turns out that once you’re in London—where I will be for two weeks—it’s very easy to take

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Apple Pie & All My Thanks

© JESSICA BIBER Those who know my family well know we take our pie seriously. It’s requested for every birthday, family get-togethers routinely involve my mom and her siblings bantering about who makes the best version of Grandma’s recipe; and

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Apple Pie & All My Thanks

© JESSICA BIBER Those who know my family well know we take our pie seriously. It’s requested for every birthday, family get-togethers routinely involve my mom and her siblings bantering about who makes the best version of Grandma’s recipe; and

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The Scarf

“A scarf is the most versatile accessory. It can be worn as a belt, a necklace, to tie back hair on a bad day —even as a skirt.” Donna Karan, Vogue 1993 © MASURI The scarf …with no set shape

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The Scarf

“A scarf is the most versatile accessory. It can be worn as a belt, a necklace, to tie back hair on a bad day —even as a skirt.” Donna Karan, Vogue 1993 © MASURI The scarf …with no set shape

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Abandoned: Liberty

© CASSIDY WERNER Liberty, the oldest mining town site in Washington, sprung up quickly when gold was discovered in Swauk Creek. Originally established as Williams Creek in 1850, it was renamed Meaghersville in 1897.  In 1911 the post office was

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Abandoned: Liberty

© CASSIDY WERNER Liberty, the oldest mining town site in Washington, sprung up quickly when gold was discovered in Swauk Creek. Originally established as Williams Creek in 1850, it was renamed Meaghersville in 1897.  In 1911 the post office was

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What Technology Has Wrought: Personal Computers

© JULIE KLEIN I bought my first personal computer in 1985, the first system that didn’t need disks inserted for startup. The computer salesperson actually came out set it up for me. When I had to move to another office

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What Technology Has Wrought: Personal Computers

© JULIE KLEIN I bought my first personal computer in 1985, the first system that didn’t need disks inserted for startup. The computer salesperson actually came out set it up for me. When I had to move to another office

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In Search of a Good Night

© JULIA Of sleep, that is. I spent this past weekend lounging with my nose in Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep, and catching up on an out-of-control sleep debt I had heard the interview with the author, David K. Randall, on NPR and became intrigued with his challenge. He had written the book in

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In Search of a Good Night

© JULIA Of sleep, that is. I spent this past weekend lounging with my nose in Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep, and catching up on an out-of-control sleep debt I had heard the interview with the author, David K. Randall, on NPR and became intrigued with his challenge. He had written the book in

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Cast-off Transformation: Old License Plates to Colorful Shed Screen

© ANDREA LEIGH PTAK Together, Aaron and I have lived in five different states. Since we save nearly everything, we found ourselves with more than a dozen old license plates collecting dust. When we wanted to build a screen to

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Cast-off Transformation: Old License Plates to Colorful Shed Screen

© ANDREA LEIGH PTAK Together, Aaron and I have lived in five different states. Since we save nearly everything, we found ourselves with more than a dozen old license plates collecting dust. When we wanted to build a screen to

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Talking Rocks at Whidbey Island

© JULIA After a dream about a crab scuttling about in my living room, and on the anniversary of my father’s death, George and I headed for Whidbey Island to be near the ocean. One ferry ride and a short

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Talking Rocks at Whidbey Island

© JULIA After a dream about a crab scuttling about in my living room, and on the anniversary of my father’s death, George and I headed for Whidbey Island to be near the ocean. One ferry ride and a short

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Starting a Forum for Arts Festival Planners

© MASURI To run an arts festival was not on my life list.  Now, after 10 years of putting on a small local arts festival I consider myself somewhat an expert in planning a festival and building the relationships that

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Starting a Forum for Arts Festival Planners

© MASURI To run an arts festival was not on my life list.  Now, after 10 years of putting on a small local arts festival I consider myself somewhat an expert in planning a festival and building the relationships that

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Holiday Cups & The First Starbucks

© JESSICA BIBER Growing up near Seattle, it wasn’t long before the word ‘coffee’ became synonymous with Starbucks. We didn’t say, “Want to go get some coffee?” We said, “Want to go get some Starbucks?” Every early morning, every study

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Holiday Cups & The First Starbucks

© JESSICA BIBER Growing up near Seattle, it wasn’t long before the word ‘coffee’ became synonymous with Starbucks. We didn’t say, “Want to go get some coffee?” We said, “Want to go get some Starbucks?” Every early morning, every study

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A Boston Weekend Getaway

© VIRGINIA SMYTH Both of my kids were enamored with East Coast colleges. Early on, I told them if they were going to be so far from home, they better choose a college in a place worth visiting. Lucky for

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A Boston Weekend Getaway

© VIRGINIA SMYTH Both of my kids were enamored with East Coast colleges. Early on, I told them if they were going to be so far from home, they better choose a college in a place worth visiting. Lucky for

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Finding Serendipity on Vashon Island

© VIRGINIA SMYTH Serendipity is one of the things that I makes travel fun for me, whether I’m heading across the country or just across town. A recent bike trip to Vashon Island is a case in point. My husband and

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Finding Serendipity on Vashon Island

© VIRGINIA SMYTH Serendipity is one of the things that I makes travel fun for me, whether I’m heading across the country or just across town. A recent bike trip to Vashon Island is a case in point. My husband and

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Classic Baked Oatmeal

© MARIVIC WEATHERS This healthy, humble dish is my classic go to for a great breakfast or snack.  Once baked, it’s quick and nourishing and may be eaten au natural or made into a decadent desert.  Slice into brownie size

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Classic Baked Oatmeal

© MARIVIC WEATHERS This healthy, humble dish is my classic go to for a great breakfast or snack.  Once baked, it’s quick and nourishing and may be eaten au natural or made into a decadent desert.  Slice into brownie size

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What Technology Has Wrought: The Automobile

© JULIE KLEIN We Americans love our cars, and I’m sure our nation is not exclusive in that regard. Despite this love affair, many urbanites have chosen to forego the convenience and expense of having their own vehicles. They’re not

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What Technology Has Wrought: The Automobile

© JULIE KLEIN We Americans love our cars, and I’m sure our nation is not exclusive in that regard. Despite this love affair, many urbanites have chosen to forego the convenience and expense of having their own vehicles. They’re not

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Whistler in the Quiet Season

© VIRGINIA SMYTH I’ve been going to Whistler long enough that I’ve seen it grow from a small village square with a few hotels to a world-class resort with year-round activities, restaurants, and shops. It’s a terrific place in summer

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Whistler in the Quiet Season

© VIRGINIA SMYTH I’ve been going to Whistler long enough that I’ve seen it grow from a small village square with a few hotels to a world-class resort with year-round activities, restaurants, and shops. It’s a terrific place in summer

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Amid the City: Green Lake Park

© JESSICA BIBER When I first moved to New York, I used to walk every Saturday morning to Central Park. It was a few blocks from my apartment, and when I was still new to navigating my way to grocery

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Amid the City: Green Lake Park

© JESSICA BIBER When I first moved to New York, I used to walk every Saturday morning to Central Park. It was a few blocks from my apartment, and when I was still new to navigating my way to grocery

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Float: Fremont

© JULIA Sensory Deprivation.  I had heard this phrase several years ago when I pondered the exercise. The idea is you soak in a tank, with no light, seemingly no gravity (massive amounts of epsom salts that float you), no sound,

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Float: Fremont

© JULIA Sensory Deprivation.  I had heard this phrase several years ago when I pondered the exercise. The idea is you soak in a tank, with no light, seemingly no gravity (massive amounts of epsom salts that float you), no sound,

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Goodwill Outlets: There’s Treasure in the Bins

© ANDREA LEIGH PTAK As a crafter and a costumer, I am always looking for inexpensive materials. A friend suggested I check out the Goodwill Outlet Store to find clothes for a middle school production of Fiddler on the Roof.

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Goodwill Outlets: There’s Treasure in the Bins

© ANDREA LEIGH PTAK As a crafter and a costumer, I am always looking for inexpensive materials. A friend suggested I check out the Goodwill Outlet Store to find clothes for a middle school production of Fiddler on the Roof.

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What Technology Has Wrought: Electricity

© JULIE KLEIN What a storm we had this past Saturday morning in Puget Sound! Our house lost power for around 10 hours. I couldn’t help but think about my stepdad’s rant whenever the power went out (and I’m paraphrasing

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What Technology Has Wrought: Electricity

© JULIE KLEIN What a storm we had this past Saturday morning in Puget Sound! Our house lost power for around 10 hours. I couldn’t help but think about my stepdad’s rant whenever the power went out (and I’m paraphrasing

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Gone

© CASSIDY WERNER “Papa was taken to the hospital this morning. He’s in the ER and is stable, but I don’t know what’s wrong yet.” The anxiety hits me instantly. I’ve already lost three grandparents in quick succession. I’m not

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Gone

© CASSIDY WERNER “Papa was taken to the hospital this morning. He’s in the ER and is stable, but I don’t know what’s wrong yet.” The anxiety hits me instantly. I’ve already lost three grandparents in quick succession. I’m not

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Always

© CASSIDY WERNER Papa loved and supported me unconditionally. He taught me to whittle. He taught me how to make the best milkshakes in the world. (The secret is malted milk powder. You’re welcome.) He taught me that “burning the seed

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Always

© CASSIDY WERNER Papa loved and supported me unconditionally. He taught me to whittle. He taught me how to make the best milkshakes in the world. (The secret is malted milk powder. You’re welcome.) He taught me that “burning the seed

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Hold Fast to Dreams Continued

© MARIVIC WEATHERS What are your dreams? Are you living them? Are they simmering in the back burner of your mind marrying their lovely flavors into a rich, deliciousness that you can already taste?  Is the aroma so tantalizing that

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Hold Fast to Dreams Continued

© MARIVIC WEATHERS What are your dreams? Are you living them? Are they simmering in the back burner of your mind marrying their lovely flavors into a rich, deliciousness that you can already taste?  Is the aroma so tantalizing that

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A Distinct Aesthetic

© MASURI When out with friends on Saturday we dropped into the Totokaelo boutique in central Capital Hill. The spacious and refined urban loft space includes 2 retail floors and features a high end tightly curated collection for women, men and home. 

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A Distinct Aesthetic

© MASURI When out with friends on Saturday we dropped into the Totokaelo boutique in central Capital Hill. The spacious and refined urban loft space includes 2 retail floors and features a high end tightly curated collection for women, men and home. 

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Hold fast to Dreams

© MARIVIC WEATHERS I read somewhere that children’s play is their work. This gave me pause and I remember marveling at the simple wisdom. Play is paramount to healthy development and sacred enough to call attention to.  Let’s flesh this out.

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Hold fast to Dreams

© MARIVIC WEATHERS I read somewhere that children’s play is their work. This gave me pause and I remember marveling at the simple wisdom. Play is paramount to healthy development and sacred enough to call attention to.  Let’s flesh this out.

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Hot Times at Trader Joe’s

© JULIA Ask anyone what their favorite thing at Trader Joe’s is and you are likely to get varying answers: Cioppino mix, shrimp fried rice, pizza dough, slivered roasted almonds, frozen spanakopita.  I once followed two women around, as one

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Hot Times at Trader Joe’s

© JULIA Ask anyone what their favorite thing at Trader Joe’s is and you are likely to get varying answers: Cioppino mix, shrimp fried rice, pizza dough, slivered roasted almonds, frozen spanakopita.  I once followed two women around, as one

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Simple Gifts: Felted Pincushion from Scrap Yarn

© ANDREA LEIGH PTAK When I have leftover, 100% wool yarn, I like to knit pincushions to have on hand as hostess or housewarming gifts. Someone gave me one years ago, and I loved it. I couldn’t find a pattern,

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Simple Gifts: Felted Pincushion from Scrap Yarn

© ANDREA LEIGH PTAK When I have leftover, 100% wool yarn, I like to knit pincushions to have on hand as hostess or housewarming gifts. Someone gave me one years ago, and I loved it. I couldn’t find a pattern,

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What Technology Has Wrought: The Printing Press

© JULIE KLEIN Next stop on our tour is the 15th century. In 1450 Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Although he didn’t create the first system of movable type—that honor goes to Bi Sheng in China in the 11th

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What Technology Has Wrought: The Printing Press

© JULIE KLEIN Next stop on our tour is the 15th century. In 1450 Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. Although he didn’t create the first system of movable type—that honor goes to Bi Sheng in China in the 11th

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Exploring the City: Space Needle

© JESSICA BIBER In the spirit of exploring Seattle, I decided to start with a spot the shows it all: the top of the Space Needle. The views at the top of the deck are known for being breathtaking –

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Exploring the City: Space Needle

© JESSICA BIBER In the spirit of exploring Seattle, I decided to start with a spot the shows it all: the top of the Space Needle. The views at the top of the deck are known for being breathtaking –

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Getting to Om

© MARIVIC WEATHERS Tickety, my inherited grandfather clock, is tall, dark and handsome with a low, soothing chime that matches his good looks. I have fond memories of myself gazing into his face admiring the intricate drawings of cherubs, sailing

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Getting to Om

© MARIVIC WEATHERS Tickety, my inherited grandfather clock, is tall, dark and handsome with a low, soothing chime that matches his good looks. I have fond memories of myself gazing into his face admiring the intricate drawings of cherubs, sailing

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Flowers All Fall: Easy Dried Hydrangeas

© ANDREA LEIGH PTAK One of the perks of having a garden is free flowers. I fill my house with blooms even in Seattle’s cold and rainy fall by drying hydrangeas at the end of summer. I had been apprehensive

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Flowers All Fall: Easy Dried Hydrangeas

© ANDREA LEIGH PTAK One of the perks of having a garden is free flowers. I fill my house with blooms even in Seattle’s cold and rainy fall by drying hydrangeas at the end of summer. I had been apprehensive

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Crafty Haunted Birdhouse

© MASURI I am always looking for creative inspiration. So, when I received an email from a friend early Saturday morning with some crafty encouragement I grabbed my scissors. My mother is 92 and she still [after all these years]

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Crafty Haunted Birdhouse

© MASURI I am always looking for creative inspiration. So, when I received an email from a friend early Saturday morning with some crafty encouragement I grabbed my scissors. My mother is 92 and she still [after all these years]

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Tiger Mom Fail

© MARIVIC WEATHERS I am blessed to have a really great teen. He’s sensitive and intelligent and I like to think I’m one of his friends. Never-the-less, we consistently butt heads over school work. The other night, I was guilty of lording

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Tiger Mom Fail

© MARIVIC WEATHERS I am blessed to have a really great teen. He’s sensitive and intelligent and I like to think I’m one of his friends. Never-the-less, we consistently butt heads over school work. The other night, I was guilty of lording

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Travel of a Different Kind

© VIRGINA SMYTH Sometimes when we travel, it’s just in our head—we dream of that trip to Paris or Bali while sitting in our living room. Sometimes, it’s metaphorical, like when we go a great distance out of our comfort

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Travel of a Different Kind

© VIRGINA SMYTH Sometimes when we travel, it’s just in our head—we dream of that trip to Paris or Bali while sitting in our living room. Sometimes, it’s metaphorical, like when we go a great distance out of our comfort

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Abandoned + Withered: Bordeaux

© CASSIDY WERNER The Mumby Lumber & Shingle Company and the Mason County Logging Company once stood in Bordeaux, WA, along with all the trappings of a booming 1920s town. After exhausting the area’s resources, however, Bordeaux withered. Its residents

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Abandoned + Withered: Bordeaux

© CASSIDY WERNER The Mumby Lumber & Shingle Company and the Mason County Logging Company once stood in Bordeaux, WA, along with all the trappings of a booming 1920s town. After exhausting the area’s resources, however, Bordeaux withered. Its residents

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The Art of Trying Something New

© JESSICA BIBER You know that phrase, “Do one thing every week that scares you?” Lately, I’ve been giving it a go, but with a slightly adapted version. I’ve found that coming up with things that seriously scare me every

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The Art of Trying Something New

© JESSICA BIBER You know that phrase, “Do one thing every week that scares you?” Lately, I’ve been giving it a go, but with a slightly adapted version. I’ve found that coming up with things that seriously scare me every

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Historic Preservation On A Different Track

© MASURI I am a huge fan of historic preservation and have traveled around the world to marvel at a building or to learn the story behind a site. This weekend as the guest of Roger Penske I attended the

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Historic Preservation On A Different Track

© MASURI I am a huge fan of historic preservation and have traveled around the world to marvel at a building or to learn the story behind a site. This weekend as the guest of Roger Penske I attended the

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Soak: Burgdorf

© JULIA I had an inkling–when my friend and ex-boss wrote us saying be sure to bring a swimsuit or something that can get wet. It turned out to be true: Joe was a bonafide hot springs whore. My friend

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Soak: Burgdorf

© JULIA I had an inkling–when my friend and ex-boss wrote us saying be sure to bring a swimsuit or something that can get wet. It turned out to be true: Joe was a bonafide hot springs whore. My friend

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What Technology Has Wrought: Weaponry

© JULIE KLEIN Travel with me back in time to Western Europe in the Middle Ages, an era that lasted from around 500 A.D. to 1500 A.D. There were wars, revolutions, and crusades. Nobles, knights, and common folk fought for

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What Technology Has Wrought: Weaponry

© JULIE KLEIN Travel with me back in time to Western Europe in the Middle Ages, an era that lasted from around 500 A.D. to 1500 A.D. There were wars, revolutions, and crusades. Nobles, knights, and common folk fought for

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As the Worm Turns: Clean and Easy Food Waste Composting

©ANDREA LEIGH PTAK Commercial organic compost is expensive. Kitchen scraps are free! And combined with red wiggler worms they create a rich additive for most backyard vegetable gardens. Seattle’s native soil is primarily clay, so adding organic matter is essential.

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As the Worm Turns: Clean and Easy Food Waste Composting

©ANDREA LEIGH PTAK Commercial organic compost is expensive. Kitchen scraps are free! And combined with red wiggler worms they create a rich additive for most backyard vegetable gardens. Seattle’s native soil is primarily clay, so adding organic matter is essential.

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5 Tips for Being the Best Editorial Assistant Ever

© KALIE KOSCIELAK Many of you will begin your publishing careers as editorial assistants. I did. I started work at an academic publishing company a few months out of college, we’ll call them PubCo. PubCo was and is a great

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5 Tips for Being the Best Editorial Assistant Ever

© KALIE KOSCIELAK Many of you will begin your publishing careers as editorial assistants. I did. I started work at an academic publishing company a few months out of college, we’ll call them PubCo. PubCo was and is a great

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A Taste of Adventure

© VIRGINIA SMYTH I’m a skier and it always seems a little sad to visit a ski area in the off season. But many areas are worthy of a visit any time of the year and that’s the case with Telluride,

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A Taste of Adventure

© VIRGINIA SMYTH I’m a skier and it always seems a little sad to visit a ski area in the off season. But many areas are worthy of a visit any time of the year and that’s the case with Telluride,

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Ashley: Friend and Sister

{ Ashley and I in New York City – my first friend to visit! } © JESSICA BIBER Next weekend, my sister, Ashley, is getting married. Well technically, she is not my actual sister, at least not by blood, but for

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Ashley: Friend and Sister

{ Ashley and I in New York City – my first friend to visit! } © JESSICA BIBER Next weekend, my sister, Ashley, is getting married. Well technically, she is not my actual sister, at least not by blood, but for

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Waiting for our race

Diving into Fear

© MARIVIC WEATHERS It was a cloudy, August morning. A couple hundred of us gathered on the beach representing multiple age groups and fitness abilities. With a battle cry, we made our way to the water awaiting the start of the

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Waiting for our race

Diving into Fear

© MARIVIC WEATHERS It was a cloudy, August morning. A couple hundred of us gathered on the beach representing multiple age groups and fitness abilities. With a battle cry, we made our way to the water awaiting the start of the

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Salad Days

© JULIA When I fell head over heels heads for the raw foodies (a phase, but what a ride), I knew real salad was going to be my future–and that I was spoiled for anything else. For years I had

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Salad Days

© JULIA When I fell head over heels heads for the raw foodies (a phase, but what a ride), I knew real salad was going to be my future–and that I was spoiled for anything else. For years I had

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Eliminate the Lawn—You’ll Be Glad You Did!

© ANDREA LEIGH PTAK When we bought our Seattle home in 1993, the entire yard—front and back—was nothing but grass, save for a lone lilac tree and two peony bushes. My goal was to transform the 8,000-sq. ft. lot into

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Eliminate the Lawn—You’ll Be Glad You Did!

© ANDREA LEIGH PTAK When we bought our Seattle home in 1993, the entire yard—front and back—was nothing but grass, save for a lone lilac tree and two peony bushes. My goal was to transform the 8,000-sq. ft. lot into

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Abandoned: Red Town

© CASSIDY WERNER Red Town was once a brightly painted settlement, nestled among coal mines active from the 1870s to the 1930s. Remnants of both the town and mines can be found scattered along the trails of the Cougar Mountain

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Abandoned: Red Town

© CASSIDY WERNER Red Town was once a brightly painted settlement, nestled among coal mines active from the 1870s to the 1930s. Remnants of both the town and mines can be found scattered along the trails of the Cougar Mountain

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To See As An Artist

© MASURI Catherine Gill is an artist/educator in Seattle. I got to know Cathe a few years ago when we collaborated on a plein air landscape painting workshop held at my cabin on the Skykomish River. Cathe has taught workshops throughout

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To See As An Artist

© MASURI Catherine Gill is an artist/educator in Seattle. I got to know Cathe a few years ago when we collaborated on a plein air landscape painting workshop held at my cabin on the Skykomish River. Cathe has taught workshops throughout

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Where In The World Is Holly Goholiday?

© HOLLY GOHOLIDAY Have you seen her? Do you know her? I’m guessing that your first response is, Holly who? Followed by, Does she really exist? Is that just an alias or is she a jet setter type, a holiday

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Where In The World Is Holly Goholiday?

© HOLLY GOHOLIDAY Have you seen her? Do you know her? I’m guessing that your first response is, Holly who? Followed by, Does she really exist? Is that just an alias or is she a jet setter type, a holiday

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Show, Don’t Tell

© JULIE KLEIN Writers in training are cautioned about summarizing a scene (telling) instead of showing. It’s the difference between reporting the scene to the reader (this happened, then that happened) and engaging the reader using characters and dialogue. I’d

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Show, Don’t Tell

© JULIE KLEIN Writers in training are cautioned about summarizing a scene (telling) instead of showing. It’s the difference between reporting the scene to the reader (this happened, then that happened) and engaging the reader using characters and dialogue. I’d

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NYU Summer Publishing Institute

© KALIE KOSCIELAK So, you want to work in publishing? As a young publishing professional myself, I want to share some ideas and experiences that might help prepare you for the publishing industry. As an English major, I was faced

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NYU Summer Publishing Institute

© KALIE KOSCIELAK So, you want to work in publishing? As a young publishing professional myself, I want to share some ideas and experiences that might help prepare you for the publishing industry. As an English major, I was faced

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