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Making Small Pies Under Montana’s Big Sky

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My Trip to Wonderful My friend Jean lives in Columbia Falls, Montana, and started "Sunday Market" in her community as way to bring people together, have fun, and inspire folks to create, grow, and sell...

Buddy the Bulldog: Vashon’s New Mayor

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Buddy the bulldog, my favorite sidekick and huggable fur-ball was elected Unofficial Mayor of Vashon Island for the 2022 Strawberry Festival. Buddy rested up after the car parade and a grueling, albeit thoroughly enjoyable,...
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Bulldog Buddy for Mayor

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Buddy (my bulldog) rarely talks politics, but he's making an exception as he tosses his collar in the ring to run for Vashon's Unofficial Mayor during our upcoming Strawberry Festival. What's his party affiliation?...
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Rhubarb Pie As It’s Meant to Be: Delicious!

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Ah Rhubarb, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Let me begin and end with one way: rhubarb pie. Sure, I make jams, jellies, and compotes with the ruby-red stalk, but...

Vashon Vision: Future Found in a File Cabinet

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Cleaning House, Finding Treasures Ah, the new year, a time to fall in line with my better self and ponder the things I plan to do, change, rectify and/or discard in my life. Nothing...

A Recipe for Bread and for Life

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A friend of mine recently returned from a Zen Retreat at a German monastery, and told me about a delicious German whole-wheat rye bread he had enjoyed there. Now on quirky little Vashon, no...

Farmhouse Finery: New Paint, New Chapter

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The original 1888 door and windows repainted.
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Tom Lives Here, No Doubt About It

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Paint Colors to Call Home I've waited 17 years to paint my house, not for lack of wanting, but more for having an understanding of what I needed to do by myself and with...
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Home Sweet Home: New Paint, New Life

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Painting and Patience Seventeen years ago I drove up a gravel drive to behold the house destined to become my new home. Imperfectly perfect, the pioneer beauty imbued an elegant simplicity wrought a century ago,...
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Time to Remove the Siding

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Curing a Bad Case of Shingles...House Shingles In 2004, my very patient realtor led me up a gravel lane to a hilltop setting of monumental trees encircling a sleeping beauty of a homestead. Painted in...