Vashon Living

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts, Smooth Sailing

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts, Smooth Sailing

When you live on an island, and your only way off the island is by ferry, rider opinions arise as frequently as exhaust fumes from a ship’s funnel.  Some islanders have a contentious relationship with the ferry system, its policies, its fares, its maintenance delays. (They usually don’t […]

Keeping Vashon Neighborly

Keeping Vashon Neighborly

After a recent trip to Seattle, I sat on the ferry feeling as though I had visited the moons of Jupiter, or at least been witness to the Northwest equivalent of the bar scene in Star Wars. I didn’t recognize Seattle and she didn’t recognize […]

In Tall Clover: My Little Local Radio Show

In Tall Clover: My Little Local Radio Show

New Flash! I have my own radio show, called “In Tall Clover,” airing on the KVSH Voice of Vashon (VOV) at 101.9 FM locally. An extension of my blog, with an infusion of local talk, happenings, a few songs and a couple characters, “In Tall Clover” is my first […]

Vashon Sheepdog Classic: Where Each Dog Has Its Day

Vashon Sheepdog Classic: Where Each Dog Has Its Day

Vashon Sheepdog Classic – June 9 – 12, 2016 I love it when a familiar place surprises me, when I discover something that has been right under my nose, in plain sight as they say, doing handstands, waving its arms, flashing its veritable pearly whites at me, in […]

A Fitting Goodbye to Christmas Past

A Fitting Goodbye to Christmas Past

A week of celebrating, and a drizzly, slate-gray morning have led me to reflect on some of the small moments of this big season. Yep, some fond memories and a cuppa joe are warming my winter chills this morning. Chastened by the benefits of age and expectation, I tend to enjoy Christmas in a less-is-more fashion. Gone […]

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour: Seattle’s Best-Kept Holiday Secret

Vashon Island Art Studio Tour: Seattle’s Best-Kept Holiday Secret

Bruised by the inescapable 24-hour news cycle of Black Friday, and images of folks fighting over vegetable steamers and life-size teddy bears, I feel it my civic duty to share Seattle’s best-kept secret for a humane, enjoyable, fun, and engaging holiday shopping experience (with no need for fistacuffs): […]

Little Truck, Big Life

Little Truck, Big Life

In 1998, I bought my little gray Mazda truck with a 150,000 miles on it for $1500. The gentleman I bought it from was a Delta Airlines pilot who used the truck to commute between his Seattle home and Portland base. All I had to know was he […]

Sunshine Pays a Visit to Vashon

Sunshine Pays a Visit to Vashon

A few days ago, the Pacific delivered a day of delights and a much needed reprieve from the rain. Mt. Rainier stood out across the Sound like a grand back-drop presiding over a lofty opera: so surreal and stunning, I half expected to see brush strokes and stage […]

Vashon Morning: Early Hours and Warm Regards

Vashon Morning: Early Hours and Warm Regards

It’s o’dark-thirty here at home, and the world around me is just beginning to wake up.  On my rural road no street lights shine, no porch lights peer from across the field.  Even the easterly glow of Seattle from across the Sound is cloaked by […]

Summer′s Last Swim, Perhaps

Summer′s Last Swim, Perhaps

This morning the fog has crept in low and slow, and wrapped itself around my house like a big unasked-for hug. Surprisingly, the birds are unruffled about our weather change, chirping, singing and calling from every direction, happy to hide behind the cloak of this […]