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Awakening, reverence, sustainability, justice, peace and joy. Such are the words that describe the motivation behind why there is a place on this island where people can convene for extraordinary activities, such as learning where their spirit lies and delving into a deep inquiry on how to make the world a better place. The Whidbey Institute at Chinook is such a place, and it’s celebrating its 15th anniversary this month.
After watching last week’s debate between two of the six candidates for commander in chief on my low-definition, no-intensity analog antenna-driven 12-inch Sony TV, I… Continue reading
Gypsy jazz musicians are jamming all over Langley as Djangofest returns to the Village by the Sea.
Roust yourself onto the road today and tomorrow with the 77 artists participating in the Whidbey Open Studio Tour.
If you are American, the words “American experience” have a certain power to reverberate in the heart. These words smack of the nation’s history and in the area of art, America experienced a cultural revolution with the birth of jazz and blues music.
At a recent luncheon with friends, the conversation turned to “things I wish I’d done differently.” This was triggered primarily by one woman’s lament that she’d waited far too long to take up painting, which is now her passion and which absorbs hours of her time every day.
Peter Lawlor shows off the new racer he will bring to Langley's Soup Box Race this week.
With all this election talk recently, have you noticed any difference in the behavior of your friends and family? Maybe it’s the eternal cross-section of… Continue reading
Excuse me if it seems like I am shaking, but I am.I’m not nervous. Just excited.After waiting over 30 years, I finally did it.I finally… Continue reading
After many conversations about making food-buying decisions to benefit birds and the natural environment, my husband Bill and I decided we needed to get serious and put our money where our mouths were.
Oak Harbor photographer Christopher Saxman likes to look up. Perhaps it’s because he is an architect by trade and is enamored of the cornices of buildings. But cornices are not the only things he likes to look at through a camera lens.
Did fall come sneaking around the corner far too fast and with little warning? It seems to me that one day we were running around in shorts and T-shirts, hearing talk of record temperatures in a few spots. The very next day, we’re shivering in our sweatshirts and searching for those heavy sweaters we tucked away only a couple of weeks ago.
Here’s a challenge for you. Produce something that will appeal to the senses and emotions of a complete stranger. And don’t forget to include truth and beauty while you’re at it.
After 12 years of running a private foreign language school, Josette Hendrix has said bonjour! to nonprofit status. The Northwest Language Academy transitioned in May to become a nonprofit organization with a board of directors, a new location and its very own administrative staff.
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has announced the cast for the first show of the theater season.
Good Cheer goes on the hunt for Whidbey's best beans.
An island boy with supple fingers and a mountain of musical degrees and experience returns home for a special performance. It has been nearly eight years since native islander and virtuoso classical guitarist Sean Vaughn Owen has been home to give a musical recital.
A letter can be a powerful thing. The handwritten note leaves an indelible mark forever, not only on the ink-stained paper, but also in the heart of its reader. American playwright A.R. Gurney knew this when he created his Pulitzer Prize nominated play “Love Letters.”
Last week’s Republican Telethon reminded me what I miss most about today’s politicians: the three-named luminaries. Names like John Quincy Adams, William Howard Taft and Robin of Lochsley. My favorite three-pronged political name almost sounds like an imported beer: John Foster Dulles.