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TED Talk: Shilo Shiv Suleman – Using tech to enable dreaming

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 3:52 am, by

Sometimes I wonder how much our technology gets between us…like when I see a sunrise & reach for my camera & realize I left it at home – how will I share the sun with you, or on Facebook, or with my mom? It is my hope that all this tech stuff is a first  Continue Reading

Around the island….

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 6:15 am, by

There’s lots happening around the island (someone from off-island called me the other day & asked, “Isn’t it slow there? It’s not summer.” Baby, we LIVE here…there’s lots to tend to! If you wanna slow life, move to the city!) Let’s see what’s up: • This weekend at the Rumor Mill: Friday, The Duotones, with  Continue Reading


Pelindaba grows, opening new store in LaConner next month…

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 5:44 am, by

Just got the word from Amelia Powell at Pelindaba that the new store will be opening next week – here’s more, in her press release: Pelindaba Lavender today announced the opening of a new store and product gallery in the historic downtown area of La Conner, Washington on March 1, 2012. Pelindaba Lavender La Conner’s  Continue Reading


What to do with those derelict vessels?

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 5:23 am, by

When I spoke to JoanRuth (mentioned below) about this back in November and December of 2011, I hadn’t really thought about it – what do you do (and what does the Port & the County & neighboring boats do) when an abandoned or derelict boat is in such bad shape it’s going to sink, or  Continue Reading

Accredited! Way to go, Preservation Trust!

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 5:19 am, by

This is pretty awesome – our Preservation Trust has gone through the long & tough process to get accredited, which adds to their stability, credibility, integrity & certifies that they’re the rock-solid outfit we know…here’s more from their announcement: We are very pleased to announce that the independent Land Trust Accreditation Commission has awarded accredited  Continue Reading

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Still crazy….

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 5:03 am, by

I’ve always liked Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and it was a pleasure to find James Taylor’s version (mad dog barkin’ crazy, it is)…see what you think:


Conservation District election…

Posted on February 22, 2012 at 3:25 am, by

The Conservation District Election is next week – you have to go by the office & pick up your ballot & get it in by next Tuesday….here are the candidate statements & the info about how to vote: ++++++++++++++++++ Candidate Statement from April Lalande As a lifelong Washington resident, I spent many memorable early years  Continue Reading



Posted on February 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm, by

Looks like a good one coming up this week – here’s more from the Community Theatre’s Jan Bollwinkel-Smith: We’ve Got PROOF! What happens when there’s a distinct possibility that a child might inherit a parent’s talent—and their madness? David Auburn’s play, Proof,  which won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony for “Best Play” in  Continue Reading


“Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle” to be honored by the PNBA this weekend – way to go, Thor!

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 7:34 am, by

Just got the word from Nancy Larsen at Griffin Bay Bookstore – this is a great honor for a great book: Thor Hanson to Celebrate PNBA Award at Griffin Bay Bookstore Please join Griffin Bay Bookstore for the presentation of a 2012 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA) Award to San Juan Island author Thor Hanson  Continue Reading


What’s up…..

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 10:04 am, by

Let’s see what’s going on around here: • They’re not playing hookey…there’s no school today because of President’s Day (and a long weekend that started last Thursday for the kids). Expect banks & the post office to be closed too, and say hey to the kids around town. +++++++++++++++ It’s always good to see &  Continue Reading


Passing: Peggy Warrack, the Siren of the San Juans

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 8:22 am, by

• Passing: You remember when the Washington State Ferry Elwha got “on the rocks” back in 1983? The incident spawned a drink by the same name, a song (click here to hear it), and a bit of notoriety for Peggy, the “lady in the wheelhouse” visiting the distracted pilot on that fateful day. I got  Continue Reading


Welcome the two new islanders home…

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 8:01 am, by

They’re finally home after a long stint in the hospital & special care – here’s more: Chris and Elizabeth Schubert are proud to announce the births of their identical twin girls, Caelyn Marie and Sara Lorraine Schubert. The girls were born January 16th, 2012, six weeks premature at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, Washington. Caelyn weighed  Continue Reading


It’s Mardi Gras tomorrow….

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 7:48 am, by

Peggy & Oren have The Rumor Mill all decked out – here’s the scoop for Tuesday: It’s an evening of Mardi Gras revelry, fine food & drink, special drawings & contests, with vocalists Jill Urbach & Jim Moe from 6:30-10pm. Feast on Crawfish Pot Pie, Jambalaya, Carpetbagger Steak with Tasso Hollandaise, Oysters Beinville, Muffuletta salad,  Continue Reading


This Saturday: Night of Chocolate Friendzy

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 6:29 am, by

Here’s the scoop from Barbara Sharp: Night of Chocolate Friendzy It’s time for chocolate, and lots of it! The Friends of the Library is sponsoring its fifth annual fundraiser, Night of Chocolate Friendzy, Saturday February 18, 7:00pm at the San Juan Island Library. Bring your favorite chocolate dessert to share, and vote for your favorite.    Continue Reading


High flying Eagles give a helping hand….

Posted on February 17, 2012 at 6:24 am, by

These folks are part of the glue that keeps us together as islanders…here’s more from Theresa (thanks, Theresa!): San Juan Eagles Honored for Ten Years of Volunteer Medical Flights by Theresa Simendinger Ten years ago the Eagles started flying on their own time and dime to help cancer patients living on  San Juan Island. Founder  Continue Reading

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Pruning demo on tap….

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm, by

A quick note from Judy at the Land Bank: Rose gardeners from all over San Juan County are invited to a free rose pruning demonstration on traditional rose pruning day – President’s Day. WSU Master Gardener Volunteers Judy Cumming and Linda Thompson will host the demonstration from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm on Monday, February  Continue Reading

Your Inner Journey…it starts here….

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 10:54 am, by

This weekend Deb Langhans is facilitating the second Introductory “Inner Journey Collage” Workshop…it’s  this Sunday, February 19th from 1:00–5:00 p.m.  at XYZ Movement Arts (fee for this 4-hour workshop: $50–all materials provided, including IJC notebook, all collage materials, “dialoging” coaching & light refreshment). Here’s more about the workshop: Our personalities are actually comprised of many  Continue Reading


Our US Senator & Interior Secretary are in Anacortes this weekend….

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 10:07 am, by

It’s cool to have Mr. Salazar & Sen. Cantwell here this weekend – here’s more in the press release from Sally Reeve: The Long Road to Permanence: Protection for BLM lands in the San Juan Archipelago U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Senator Maria Cantwell will hold a public meeting to discuss progress made so  Continue Reading


Around the island….

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 6:40 am, by

Let’s see what’s up…. • Good to hear the school district’s levy passed this evening…there is a lot of structural work that needs to be improved on the aging infrastructure of where we teach our kids. This is a great start. +++++++++ • Trying to sell your house? Windermere’s blog suggests that lower numbers of  Continue Reading

Get together with Rich….

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 10:14 pm, by

The vote for the school levy….

Posted on February 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm, by

The first results for the School District’s Levy will be released after 8pm on the County’s website after 8pm sometime tonight…let’s keep an eye on ‘em. Here’s the spot. Nearly 5400 ballots have been counted, with some 500 left to count. Around 8:30pm, the County site reported a 67%-33% edge voting yes, with a little  Continue Reading


Spreadin’ the love….

Posted on February 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm, by

There is s great thing you can do for the pet you love (and others!) Here’s more from Leslie & Tawny at the Animal Shelter: Hey Ian….the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter is kicking off its second annual Community Pet Food Drive on Valentine’s Day…..looking for donations of pet food to help local families be able  Continue Reading

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