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ALL ABOARD: Preventing periodical procrastination lessens stress

Last night after dinner I finally got around to reading one of the many magazines, newsletters and journals that I receive, but rarely read, each… Continue reading

VIDEO: Djangofest musicians take the stage

Djangofest Northwest 2008 featured top gypsy jazz groups such as Pearl Django, the Sebastien Giniaux Trio, Fishtank Ensemble, 3 Leg Torso, Hot Club Sandwich, Billet-Deux and others.

  • Oct 5, 2008
Ethan Berkley plays the tiger Shere Khan

WCT swings into ‘Jungle’

It’s a real jungle at Whidbey Children’s Theater this month. Thirty-two Whidbey Island youngsters sing, dance and act their hearts out in WCT’s season-opening musical, “The Jungle Book,” based on the “Mowgli” stories of Rudyard Kipling.

  • Oct 4, 2008
Ethan Berkley plays the tiger Shere Khan

TIDAL LIFE: Hey, you! Gardener! Leave that tree alone

“Your madrones look pretty good,” Jim said. Chainsaw idling, he stood beside a pile of firewood and brush, the remains of my dead fir.I froze,… Continue reading

Drew Dellinger performs his poetry and speaks of global justice in our lifetime.

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.

Drew Dellinger performs his poetry and speaks of global justice in our lifetime.

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
This 'Felt Pelt' designed and handmade by artist Zia Gipson is one of the many pieces of art on display today and tomorrow on the Whidbey Open Studio Tour.

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.

This 'Felt Pelt' designed and handmade by artist Zia Gipson is one of the many pieces of art on display today and tomorrow on the Whidbey Open Studio Tour.
The vocal jazz sounds of 'Cocoa Martini' are on tap for the fourth annual Fall Jazz Concert at South Whidbey High School Auditorium. The group features vocalists Karen Shivers

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.

The vocal jazz sounds of 'Cocoa Martini' are on tap for the fourth annual Fall Jazz Concert at South Whidbey High School Auditorium. The group features vocalists Karen Shivers

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.

Photographer Christopher Saxman’s “Fish Market” shows one subject he likes to shoot in his travels around the world.

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.

Photographer Christopher Saxman’s “Fish Market” shows one subject he likes to shoot in his travels around the world.

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.

Oil painter Kent Lovelace works on a painting in his Black Sheep Studio in Freeland.

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.

Oil painter Kent Lovelace works on a painting in his Black Sheep Studio in Freeland.
Northwest Language Academy board members

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.

Northwest Language Academy board members

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