January 27, 2015
Have you ever tried to listen to the trees?
Sometimes while swinging in my backyard hammock under the maple I try to hear the poetry of the leaves shining in the breeze. Sometimes on a Tiger Mountain hike, in a grove of firs towering above the ferns on the forest floor, I meditate on the hymns they sing. Coming across a gnarled old giant like the Ruth Kees tree at Lake Tradition, I imagine being able to hear lessons from its centuries of wisdom.
Yet my affection for them pales in comparison to the love Alan Haywood has shown the trees and plants of Issaquah for the last 30 years as the city’s professional arborist. He will no longer be employed by the city after the end of March, and I’m going to miss him as a friend and as a walking, talking botany encyclopedia.
Alan is the only person I have ever met who seems to know off the top of his head the Latin name of every single plant and tree in his care! Not only that, he knows each one’s favorite soil, growing season, optimum requirements for sunlight, shade and irrigation, and best pruning practice. Read more
January 20, 2015
As I write this, it’s the morning of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, and with schools, banks, post offices and some businesses taking the day off, many people are home with their families.
The question that’s running through my head is, “What are we doing today to honor Dr. King’s life?”
Hopefully, everyone took a few moments to remember the meaning of the holiday. Maybe it meant saying a prayer for a man who led one of the most significant social changes in our country’s history. Maybe it meant talking to your children about Dr. King’s accomplishments. Maybe it meant watching a movie about the Civil Rights Movement, like “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Remember the Titans.” Read more
January 13, 2015
God bless the bhut jolokia pepper.
Otherwise known as the ghost chili pepper.
It’s for those times when the jalapeno is for wimps and the habanero is for the JV squad. I’ve been spotting more and more products utilizing this ingredient that will make you cry for your momma.
January 6, 2015
It’s good to set big goals. Yes, if you set one that is too large you might not get there. But think about how much further you’ll get if you go for broke.
With that in mind, we set this year’s goal for the Merry Christmas Issaquah fund at $100,000. That money helps your neighbors and friends, and also people you may never meet. But one day you might be in need yourself. Isn’t it nice to know there is a fund that helps everyone it possibly can, all year long?
December 23, 2014
Santa Claus and I see an Eastside seldom noticed by most — the economically challenged families holding their children on our laps and listening to their Christmas wishes.
I am Mrs. Claus at Bellevue’s Crossroads Community Center annual holiday party.
December 16, 2014
So let’s see….
Due to circumstances beyond my control — and really anybody else’s, for that matter — I was out of the news business for about three years, having been laid off from two papers in less than a year.
December 9, 2014
Since this week’s column is in that sweet spot halfway between Thanksgiving and Christmas, here is something your friendly photographer has never written before — a quick list of the things in life that I am thankful for.
Sure, it could be a list of problems and gripes, but maybe in this cattywampus world we need to exercise our thankful muscles a bit!
December 3, 2014
I married an angel. That, or she’s been watching too much Hallmark channel.
Michelle came home from grocery shopping the other day and started blubbering, punctuated by actual sobs for air.
Something deeply troubling had obviously happened. I hadn’t seen her this emotional since she read her father’s eulogy.
November 25, 2014
Many people think about things they are thankful for at this time of year.
But being trapped in a snowstorm and not being able to get home will really get you thinking about even the little things for which you are grateful.
Three of us headed to a corporate meeting last week in Yakima. We left early Friday for the two-hour drive, and planned to be home that evening. Mother Nature had other plans.
November 18, 2014
Two years ago, my soon-to-be-wife and I spent Thanksgiving in Spokane with my father, and we shared an experience that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
My dad and I both earned our degrees from Washington State University, and naturally we’re both big fans of Cougar football. His roots with the football program stretch much deeper than mine — as a small boy, he accepted the challenge of some fraternity brothers and carried a live duck onto the field during a game against Oregon. Or so the legend goes.