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Very Fancy Lions and Tigers and Bears

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Dressed poorly for the inclement weather (as is the norm), I dropped into Snapdragon Bakery to buck the chill with hot coffee, fresh pastry, and a...

Phoebe and Tillie’s Not-So-Excellent Adventure

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In terms of landmass, Vashon Island (37 sq. mi.) is about the size of Manhattan (34 sq. mi.). The north-end ferry connects Seattle, while the south-end...

A Ghostly Morning Concert

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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...

In My Book, V Is for Vashon

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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...

Life Lessons From the Month of July

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As an admirer of Joseph Campbell, I've always loved an axiom he shared in one of his early essays, "Why would you fish for...

Some Fine Seasonal Workers, Indeed

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My old farmhouse has a history of housing seasonal workers, or so states a 1917 sale pamphlet, "Upstairs there are two large sleeping porches, suitable for...

Love From Scratch: Adam, Megan and Snapdragon Bakery

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A short walk down the road from me, in a house just as charming as its residents, Megan and Adam live a love story that...

Birdseye View Over Vashon Island

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Point Robinson Lighthouse Vashon Island
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTy7az-U89k] I hope to never take for granted the beauty around me and the natural settings, beaches, coves, lagoons, forests and shorelines that make...

Pam Ingalls Painted My Kitchen (and the Way Home)

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Tom's Kitchen II by Pam Ingallls
Paintings by Pam Ingalls The first Friday of each month marks Gallery Cruise on Vashon, where local businesses open their doors and donate their walls...

Early Deep Freeze: More Photos, Fewer Words

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icicle fountain vashon island
I'm a wee bit stuck these days; distractions are aplenty, and focus is just a setting on my camera.  So I will dispense with...