Kate Daniel

Authors discuss the healing power of writing

As a clinical psychologist, Deborah Nedelman, Ph.D, often prescribed writing as a therapeutic exercise for her patients. From 9:30-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, Nedelman will join fellow author and retired healthcare professional Iris Graville in Northwest Institute of Literary Arts’ first Write to Heal In-depth Session.


Treasures old and new set sail at the ‘Whateva You Gotta Regatta’

The shores of Lone Lake were anything but lonely Saturday afternoon as dozens of sailors and their respective boats set sail on sun-kissed waters.


A South Whidbey metropolitan parks, recreation district?

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District officials continued a discussion last week of a possible ballot measure that would fundamentally alter its constitution by transitioning to a “metropolitan” designation.


South Whidbey artist makes homecoming debut

When Allegra Rose first watched “The Ring” from her home in Texas, it wasn’t the sight of ghoulish Samara Morgan that inspired her to paint, but the distinct recollection of the scent of decay in the Pacific Northwest forest. Rose, an artist who uses the pseudonym Scruffy Jones, relocated from South Whidbey to Texas during her time in the military. Though she said it was never her intention to stay for an extended period of time, she elected to attend school there and eventually became drawn to the culture and folklore of the Lone Star State, remaining there for over a decade.

Freeland author pens memoir of a caretaking husband

When Allan Ament’s wife Deloris Tarzan Ament suffered a debilitating stroke in 2005, the routine and concept of normality that he had become familiar with were gone.

Restoring Whidbey Island Area Fair history, one room at a time

At the 90th annual Whidbey Island Area Fair, Timothy Hull is opening a second history area which contains the more recent archives and photographs, mostly from the 1980s on.

On pointe: Whidbey Island Dance Theatre ballerinas prepare for a holiday classic

The word ballerina evokes a mental image of tutus, leotards, dancers’ limbs elongated in elegant poses and toes tapping precisely on pointe.

Whidbey authors, environmentalists pen title for land trust

When Elizabeth Guss first arrived on Whidbey Island, she felt that she was home. Her affinity with the island never waned and Guss, along with friends Janice O’Mahony and Mary Richardson, has worked to preserve its natural treasures. Most recently the trio joined creative forces to pen a new book entitled “Whidbey Island: Reflections on People and the Land.”

Maxwelton parade brings fun, solidarity

The sleepy community of Maxwelton will come alive for the 99th time later this week with the annual Fourth of July parade.

Feathered friends: South Whidbey birders take stock of avian population

The Christmas count is the longest running citizen science survey in the world and provides important data on avian population trends.

Whidbey residents quest for fibers, farms | CORRECTED

When Mary Donaty was 10 years old, she fell in love. This love was unlike any other — assertive, quirky, with a penchant for eating hair bows. And the object of her affection? A llama.

Riders convene at Whidbey Western Games

For the island’s equine enthusiasts, participating in the Whidbey Western Games Association is about much more than competition.

South End teachers plan protest walk-out

South Whidbey School District teachers will hold a walk-out next week in protest of the state’s lack of funding for public schools.

Life after death: Freeland monastery honors the deceased with the planting of trees, a symbol of life renewed

According to the tenets of Buddhism, out of death comes life. Tucked in the woods outside of Freeland lie Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery and Enso House, a hospice home for the dying.

Langley baker nourishes community spirit

By 2 a.m., when the majority of South Whidbey residents remain nestled snugly in their beds, Langley baker Kelly Baugh is already hard at work. The Clinton resident and single mother of five said she had always dreamt of a place in which she could fulfill the age-old profession of village baker.

Vocal group SlapHappy celebrates 10 years of humor on Whidbey

SlapHappy isn’t a typical a cappella group. The band, which is composed of Matt Bell, Mark Arand, Gabe Harshman and Cameron Gray, has been performing their signature act, which Bell describes as “30 percent funny, 30 percent cool and 30 percent pretty,” for 10 years.

Writers convene for 16th annual Whidbey Island conference

From his room in a hospice care facility, Joe Rantz related his tale — a story rife with the turmoil of abandonment and The Great Depression and a story glistening with the gold-medal victory of his 1936 Olympic rowing team’s win against aristocrats and the Nazi state.

Organizers pick Langley to host island-first Queer Pride Parade

For Logan Weiler and many other members of the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual) community, it is also a term which, having been re-appropriated, denotes identity.

Whidbey Pregnancy Care Clinic to hold 2-mile walk for wee ones

The Pregnancy Care Clinic will host its annual 2-mile Walk for the Wee Ones at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 in downtown Langley. The walk is a fundraising event to benefit the clinic, which provides free and confidential services to expectant mothers and families including ultrasound scans, counseling, classes and pregnancy testing.

Six Bowls project unites a community with shared stories, recipes, art

One year ago, six ceramic and glass artists shaped six unique bowls which would pass through the hands of six poets and dozens of island residents, uniting the Whidbey community in gatherings and conversations about life, art, food and more.