Tag: Vashon Island

A Ghostly Morning Concert

A Ghostly Morning Concert

As summer says sayonara to the Pacific Northwest, the sun begins to limit its appearance daily by minutes. In June, when I bound out of bed at 5 a.m., every ray of light is eagerly on the scene, and every songbird is heralding a new day; but now, […]

In My Book, V Is for Vashon

In My Book, V Is for Vashon

I’ve written my first book. (Tom Robbins and Sherman Alexie have nothing to worry about.) V Is for Vashon is a sweeping tale, covering everything from A to Z, including UFOs, poisonous mushrooms, Orcas, bakeries, bicycles, jack-o’-lanterns and a couple of ferries. Thanks to an invitation from […]

Garry Oak: Deep Roots in the Pacific Northwest

Garry Oak: Deep Roots in the Pacific Northwest

True confession: I’m a collector of plants. I can (and do) have a greenhouse of flora, weeds, seeds, bulbs and starts, with nary an inch of space to spare, but that doesn’t mean I can’t find room for one more specimen should the opportunity arise. One summer […]

Home Orchard: Best Way to Water Trees Slowly

Home Orchard: Best Way to Water Trees Slowly

Summer comes and goes in the Pacific Northwest with nary a drop of rain. It’s Seattle’s best kept secret. Our summers are Miami’s winters. Unfortunately, such a lack of precipitation (while good for picnics) is bad for young fruit trees; they need watering intervention. Newly-planted […]

Spring in My Step: Putting Hibernation to Bed

Spring in My Step: Putting Hibernation to Bed

Fresh start: honeycomb, pea vines, and a little luck… The robins, crows, tree frogs and barred owls, raucous little alarm clocks that they are, have sounded off to alert me that winter is officially over, and it’s time to leave the comfort of my cave (both figuratively, and […]

Knitting Up an Awesome Bulldog

Knitting Up an Awesome Bulldog

I like surprises, not the kind that make you pee in your pants, and seek therapy and tubs of Haagen Dazs, but the sort that delight you for the sheer level of their consideration and thoughtfulness. I was the recipient of such a fine surprise this week […]

Christmas Lights, Madrona Trees, and a Cordless Phone

Christmas Lights, Madrona Trees, and a Cordless Phone

  One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to install flood lights at the base of my century-old madrona trees. The underlit behemoths put on quite a show. In the Pacific Northwest, the iconic madrona tree stands unmatched in growth habit and sculptural beauty.  The sinewy, […]

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 […]

Ten Life Lessons from September

Ten Life Lessons from September

Good morning friends, school’s back in session, and as part of my continuing education (and unrepentant need to show off), I’m eager to share everything I learned from summer’s most contemplative month, September. And unlike summer’s other three months, September takes its tutorials seriously. Fail to […]

Flirting With the Supermoon

Flirting With the Supermoon

The laughter and conversations of an evening well spent still reverberated in my head as I drove home. Bright lights on, my truck trundled down the back roads of the island, swallowed up by twisted tunnels of tall timber. Turning south to the open meadows of […]