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Buddy the bulldog

Buddy and Tom: The Movie

Me and bulldogs, what can I say. I've always loved the breed, even as a toddler. My mother shares stories of me...
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Peach Upside-Down Cake: Potluck Perfect

If Vashon ever fancied a name-change, I would suggest Potluck Island, for we are a friendly folk who mark the march of...
Buddy the bulldog

NWSAM: Buddy’s Hands-on Experience

Buddy, my bulldog is a lot of things: my top dog, my moment-to-moment muse, my unwitting comic, and my cherished companion; but...

Snapdragon Bakery: Easing Into Saturday

Buddy's knows which side his croissant is buttered...

Taylor’s Pink Perfection: Camellia or Lipstick Color?

Nature doles out some amazing colors. When my Taylor's Pink Perfection camellia began to bloom for the first time, I found its...

Spring Joy in a Daffodil’s Nod

Spring seemed to takes its own sweet time this year; arriving late, leaving early, hopscotching around the Pacific Northwest in quick visits...
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Vashon Snow: After the Storm(s)

Like much of the country this winter, the Pacific Northwest succumbed mightily to the whims of wild weather. Our February, the coldest...

Vashon: At Home in a Snowglobe

Snow comes and goes in the Pacific Northwest, but it usually prevails at higher elevations, and leaves the shores of Puget Sound...

Hand Pies: From the Bottom of My Flakey Heart

Few symbols capture my heart like the heart. There’s no gray area here, no mistaken intent. Whether rendered in a doodle, decal,...

Sharon’s Bread-and-Butter Pickle Recipe

I love bread-and-butter pickles: not too sweet; not too sour; can stand on their own; and can dress up any sandwich worth its weight...