Poet speaks to global justice for our time

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.

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Trick or tax treat?

No ghoulish masks, no rattling skeletons, no mysterious moans and groans, no tombstones, smashed pumpkins or witches on broomsticks. Nevertheless, I’m about as scared as… Continue reading

ALL ABOARD: What this country needs is a pickle sandwich break

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

VIDEO: Djangofest returns to Langley

Gypsy jazz musicians are jamming all over Langley as Djangofest returns to the Village by the Sea.

  • Sep 26, 2008

On the road again: Whidbey Open Studio Tour includes 77 artists this year

Roust yourself onto the road today and tomorrow with the 77 artists participating in the Whidbey Open Studio Tour.

Fall Jazz returns to Langley next week

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.

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Looking back at second chances

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.

VIDEO: Death on wheels

Peter Lawlor shows off the new racer he will bring to Langley's Soup Box Race this week.

  • Sep 24, 2008

ALL ABOARD: Politics, parties, parents and pressure groups

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

  • Sep 24, 2008

ALL ABOARD: The James brothers revisited: A bank full of laughs

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

ISLAND BIRDING: Making local food decisions isn’t for the birds

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.

Nothing fishy here: One photog’s quest for the simple shot

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.

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Fall fell fast this year

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.

The Whidbey Open Studio Tour revs up

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.

All for language, language for all

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 Center for the Arts announces casting and events for ‘Sweeney Todd’

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has announced the cast for the first show of the theater season.

  • Sep 15, 2008

VIDEO: Whidbey’s Best Beans

Good Cheer goes on the hunt for Whidbey's best beans.

  • Sep 12, 2008

Classical guitarist and Whidbey native returns for concert

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.

Toto Productions performs A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” in Langley.

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.”

ALL ABOARD: Great people, good times and lots of good cheer

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.