When you were a kid, did you trade the peanut butter and jelly sandwich in your sack lunch for someone else's baloney sandwich? Or maybe you agreed to do a house chore for your older sister in exchange for riding her bike. When I was a starving college student, I agreed to do a fellow... Continue Reading →
If you're an outdoors person and regularly use our wonderful federal lands for recreation and exploration, then you are probably familiar with the America the Beautiful pass. For $80, this annual pass gives the holder recreational access to public lands managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish... Continue Reading →
Do you dislike mowing the yard? Do what we do and let your yard go wild. We plant wildflowers in our side yard and it's a colorsplash of bee-attracting flowers!
"The mountain is out." If you spend time in Seattle or the Puget Sound region, you are bound to hear a local resident utter that statement. There is only one mountain we are referring to and it is Mount Rainier. On a clear day, there is no Cascade peak that dominates Seattle, Tacoma or other nearby... Continue Reading →
Move over, hip-hop. It's time to Bhangra. Thanks to the popularity of Bollywood films (Indian Hindi-language movies), we're witnessing the rise of Bhangra and Bollywood dancing at weddings, dances and other social events. Bhangra is a traditional folkdance from the Punjab region. Its lively beat and catchy movements make it fun to do. Bollywood dancing... Continue Reading →
Often, it's the small things in life that are the sweetest. Like my neighbor's furbaby kitten. Or a chance encounter in the supermarket checkout line with a former colleague I haven't seen in 10+ years. There's also the quiet afternoon of reading on a rainy day. Or a spontaneous happy hour date with my sweetie.... Continue Reading →
Hing Hay Park appeals to me in so many ways. A fusion of languages. East meets West. Old World merges with New World. Active and passive space. Welcoming. Having grown up with two cultures--Japanese and American--this park is special to me. I see faces that remind me of my mother, her family and friends. I... Continue Reading →
What if a neighborhood got together and threw a gigantic garage sale? Would folks come out for it? The answer is YES. My West Seattle neighborhood does this annually each May and this was the 14th year for the event. It's organized by the good people at the West Seattle Blog and this year there... Continue Reading →