Celebrations

Boxing Day and Leftover Love

Boxing Day and Leftover Love

My friend Amy wrote, “Ah, December 26, my favorite holiday of the year.” It made me chuckle, but also confirmed a truth about what many of us feel after the holidays: a sense of relief and a return to normalcy. The day after Christmas 2016 would […]

Memorial Day: What a Child Remembers

Memorial Day: What a Child Remembers

Proud to serve his country, my father was a quiet man more prone to holding his patriotism and service in his heart than wearing it on his sleeve. Flash, pretense, and braggadocio had no place in his character, nor in his life. I can still hear […]

The Beauty of Gratitude: Thank You

The Beauty of Gratitude: Thank You

My year has been marked by the loss of my two favorite furballs: Boz and Gracie. But my year has also been marked by the exceptional, generous and heartfelt remarks, condolences, considerations and well wishes of many of you here on this blog. And for […]

Keeping Up With Nina

Keeping Up With Nina

There are milestones and then, there are MILESTONES, and this week my friend Nina celebrated the latter—her 100th birthday! Yes, a century of awesomeness for our beloved Nina—esteemed islander, dear friend, kind stranger and generous heart that she is. At Nina’s standing-room-only birthday soiree, I […]

Special Delivery…

Special Delivery…

I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for the kind notes, cards, comments, well wishes and condolences regarding the loss of my four-legged friend, Boz. While Gracie and I are faring well, we still sorely miss the farm’s Master and Commander. So please accept these flowers […]

Vashon Halloween: Ghouls, Goblins and Cutiepies

Vashon Halloween: Ghouls, Goblins and Cutiepies

Vashon Islanders take their celebrations seriously, in a non-serious sort of way. Halloween is no exception. On Friday, town was closed to cars, and left to ghouls, vampires, princesses and pirates in search of free treats, treats and more treats from local merchants. It’s one of […]

Good Morning, Fourth of July!

Good Morning, Fourth of July!

Awaiting the arrival of the mini-hydroplanes, I’m on the porch with Boz. It’s 5:28 a.m. and while I can’t see the little waterborne wasps, I can hear the drone of their approach with increasing intensity. Wrapped in a self-fashioned cocoon of sheets, comforters and pillows, Gracie has […]

Mother’s Day, and Morning Coffee With Mom

Mother’s Day, and Morning Coffee With Mom

On this very early Sunday morning, I am apparently late to the start of the Mother’s Day festivities, at least the ones seen outside my window. Doe and fawn have just finished up a fine breakfast of quince tree tips and spring clover. The robins have already […]

A Valentine From Miss Olivia

A Valentine From Miss Olivia

I’ve always been a quiet admirer of the valentine. While the day celebrating its delivery seems a bit overwrought with expectations, I have to admit, I would still be delighted should an artful and poetic missive find its way into my mailbox, hand or heart. […]

Vashon Island Halloween Spills Into the Streets

Vashon Island Halloween Spills Into the Streets

When The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie starts lining up pumpkins on the porch, you know Halloween can’t be far behind. Because island residents are spread out, and dark rural lanes the norm, Halloween is celebrated in the centrally-located, well-lit, easy-to-navigate town of Vashon. Merchants open […]