Nancy Bartlett

What goes up must come down: birds and ideas, a natural history | TIDAL LIFE

Sometimes, a column comes together by dint of diligent planning, an awesome idea, some fine-tuned research and first-hand experience.Other times, like now,I flounder with no… Continue reading


Living near the sea, access to the shore is everything | TIDAL LIFE

My friend Annabel told me I should write an essay on “Seven reasons we all love to be beside the sea.” Intrigued by the idea, I started a list and found it’s not at all hard to come up with 77 reasons. I’m still adding to that list.


Look out: Something scary could be coming this way | TIDAL LIFE

Boo! Is there a trickster creeping through the neighborhood?


Certain disaster: Greenies wreck island economy by saving forest | TIDAL LIFE

Now they’ve done it: 664 acres that could be adding revenue to county coffers will forever be removed from the tax rolls. That, judging from… Continue reading

How to cheat at enviro-living: First step, steal the idea for a column | TIDAL LIFE

In need of a refresher on pruning technique, I stopped in at my second home, the Freeland Library.No sooner had I cast my eyes toward… Continue reading

Practical protection: The best defense is a good offense | TIDAL LIFE

As my last several columns have looked at the bigger picture I’d like to get back to writing about something practical.Trouble is, I’ve been so… Continue reading

The what, why and who of where the land meets the sea | TIDAL LIFE

In any discussion of the island environment, I hear over and over two terms that remind me of comedian Arsenio Hall’s famous question, “Why is… Continue reading

Cooking with CSA: Eating local expands the culinary horizon | TIDAL LIFE

It’s spring, only moments remain for us procrastinators to sign up for a CSA.The acronym in this case stands not for Confederate States of America,… Continue reading

Atwitter over hedgerows: Networks at work in the ground and beyond | TIDAL LIFE

This month I’ve been ensnared in planning hedgerows.Sustainable landscaping is part of a low-impactdevelopment project, so I called local wildlife biologist Russell Link, author of… Continue reading

TIDAL LIFE | Succumbing to a touch of the fever as the seasons turn

There are days, more than I’d like to count, when I feel like I’m living in a Talking Heads song.The seasons turn and I wake… Continue reading

TIDAL LIFE | Waterfront Omnium-Gatherum: A miscellaneous collection accumulates and then is blown away

Toward the end of a year, the mind of a modern columnist tends to dream up lists. All those 100 best of articles will start… Continue reading

TIDAL LIFE | What we talk about when we talk about Puget Sound

The food writer M.F.K. Fisher once wrote: “Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.”If you… Continue reading

TIDAL LIFE | On the waterfront: The other view of the view

Anybody find a kayak paddle?Brass-colored shaft, bright orange end fin thingies? That’s mine.Yes, I’ve once again contributed some plastic and aluminum to the great mass… Continue reading

TIDAL LIFE | Pickled or parboiled, this is going to change the way we eat oysters

Stopping pollution is a good thing, regardless of whether it’s found to be the final cause of dead zones or polar- ice loss.

TIDAL LIFE | On not doing a whack job on our underwater weeds

Ah, the piercing call of the string trimmer, another sign of spring.I’ve never embraced weed whacking. The smell of the gas engine, the weight on… Continue reading