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You can lend your name & support….

Posted on December 2, 2011 at 5:39 am, by

Here’s an idea from Alan, sharing an idea from our friends at the Community Foundation: The Ideal Holiday Gift: A Personalized Brick at the PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center  Need a new holiday idea that celebrates a special event, remembers a loved one or sends a message? Inscribed bricks and dedicated garden benches at the  Continue Reading


What about a $100 Christmas?

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 1:56 am, by

There are lots of different ways to look at this…here’s one, by one of my favorite writers, Bill McKibben, in an essay I’ve posted each year in one form or another since the days when I was a long distance runner (now I’m a long distance walker, and that’s what I did last year for  Continue Reading


Sand dollars…

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm, by

Here’s a little story from our friend Derek Sivers: 232 sand dollars When I was 22, I lived alone on the Oregon Coast for a year, just practicing, recording, dreaming, and going for 10-mile runs in the sand. I had been coming to this beach since I was a baby, and had spent hundreds of  Continue Reading


Around the island……..

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 2:31 am, by

I don’t mind if you tell me you need to relax, but don’t tell me there’s nothing to do! Let’s look around a bit: • The Friday Harbor High basketball season gets underway this Saturday with games at 4:30pm & 6pm at home – see you there! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ • You know that Holiday Festival deal  Continue Reading


Stormy Thanksgiving Day….

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 1:15 am, by

You know how grey & windy it was last Thursday…the seas were heaving & crashing on our usually calm shores…here are some glimpses from the west side of the activity ’round the shore. You can click on the photos to make them larger! ++++++++++++++++++ +++++++++++++++++++ • Alex Shapiro took video outside her window & posted  Continue Reading


Thanks for the dinner….

Posted on November 30, 2011 at 12:54 am, by

It was great the way dozens of people came together to make the Community Thanksgiving Dinner come together (you saw the video before) – here’s the backstory, by Minnie Knych: Another great Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the San Juan Grange Thanksgiving at the Grange was a day of sharing and caring as more than 400  Continue Reading


Book corner: Here are four good reads!

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 11:37 pm, by

Living on an island is cool, but living on a literate island is even cooler.  Here are four books (including three presentations) that I know you like. Here’s the scoop: • Nancy at Griffin Bay Bookstore reports they’re presenting Caryl Sherpa this Friday (the 2nd) at 7pm…here’s more: I TASTE FIRE, EARTH, RAIN: Elements of  Continue Reading

Essay: Art & Imagination, by Teddy Deane

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm, by

Art and Imagination by Teddy Deane What will the next 50 years be like for the kids of today? An educated guess suggests that it will be more multinational, multicultural, digital, real, virtual, and it will use music and images as much as words. It will be both more hopeful and more frightening than any  Continue Reading

Superintendent’s messages….

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 6:47 pm, by

There are two parts to this posting, which contains two messages from San Juan Island School Superintendent Rick Thompson….I hope you get time to read them both. The first addresses the proposed budget cuts to schools at the state level, and the second details the recommendations adopted by the Board for the Capital and Technology  Continue Reading


Tuesday, newsday…..

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 1:31 am, by

Let’s take a look around this island: • I hear Carolyn Adler is staying on the mainland, resting after last week’s knee surgery…get well, friend! Can you feel the island cheering for you? ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ • Let’s see if we can get all these moves straight – stay with me now: – Softwear closed in the  Continue Reading


Around the County….

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 1:08 am, by

This is so cool – Norris Palmer wrote up his experience with the “Around the County” Race at the first of the month to share – here’s the story with his pictures (thanks, Norris!): Around the County A Participant’s Experience Ever since we have been a member of the Friday Harbor Sailing Club, we have  Continue Reading


‘Tis the season….

Posted on November 29, 2011 at 12:38 am, by

Just heard from Peggy at The Chamber of Commerce what’s on tap for this week & this month – here’s the deal: Wolf Hollow and the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce Co-sponsor the first annual “Twelve Days of Christmas” Pageant December 1-31, on San Juan Island Twelve island businesses will participate by hosting a  Continue Reading


The Lions’ Shopping Spree – the winner: The Food Bank!

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm, by

It was cool to see that Barbara Cable won the Shopping Spree this year – I asked her how it went last week, and here’s her report: It was such a surprise to win the Lions’ Shopping Spree at King’s, and such a pleasure to share my good fortune with the Food Bank.  Because of  Continue Reading


Art comes alive at Holiday Marketplace….

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm, by

It was great. Another gathering of the tribe. For the 33rd year, the Island Artisans Holiday Marketplace brought hundreds of islanders together for two days at the elementary school. The incredible variety of different folks’ craft & art on display made for a holiday atmosphere; it was fun to catch up with friends & family  Continue Reading


Bill Ament – he’s hip!

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm, by

Just got this press release that puts a spotlight on Bill Ament – check it out: Bill Ament, well known in Friday Harbor as a dancer and teacher for children, teens and adults in Dance Happy and Zumba, became part of a music video released by Zimmer, a worldwide joint replacement company, who provided Bill  Continue Reading


New site for Dollars for Scholars

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm, by

One of the cooler deals here on the island: High school students who put in a certain amount of community service volunteer time can receive financial help from Dollars for Scholars…and now DFS has a new website. Here’s more from Maude at the School District: Dollars for Scholars Annual Fund Raising Campaign and New Website  Continue Reading

Potluck next week with the Garden Club

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm, by

Just heard from Dot that the regular meeting for December will be an hour earlier & a potluck – here’s more: The San Juan Island Garden Club will be meeting on Tuesday, December 6, at the Mullis Center AT NOON (not our usual 1 p.m. meeting time).  This is our annual Holiday Potluck and we  Continue Reading


Music: Rhiana’s latest song….

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm, by

It’s always good to hear what local songbird Rhiana Franklin is up to (the FHHS senior was just named to the all-league team as second-team goalkeeper, too!) and the songs just keep coming – here’s her new one, for which she says: Hey everyone! This is my new song “The Closest I’ve Ever Been” –  Continue Reading

The Ferry Advisory Committee meets this week, here….

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm, by

Just got this note from Howie & the County Council – it’s our chance to give the ferry folks input: SAN JUAN FERRY ADVISORY COMMITTEE Washington State Ferries will be holding a public meeting on Thursday Dec. 1 from 5:30-7:00 PM at the County Council Chambers, 55 2nd Street in Friday Harbor. This meeting, meant  Continue Reading

Playing tonight!

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm, by

Just a couple of little plugs: If you’ve been dodging the crowds that have been going to Blithe Spirit at the Fairgrounds, go to the matinee today at 4pm. After this weekend, there’s only one weekend left! And…tonight at the Rumor Mill, Steve, Tom, Jerry & Ken (together they are the Rocky Bay Boys) are  Continue Reading

Around town…

Posted on November 26, 2011 at 9:50 am, by



And a Thanksgiving dinner that couldn’t be beat….

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 2:08 am, by

It was great to go & hang out with the hundreds of folks who came to the Grange yesterday for Thanksgiving dinner – great food, great volunteers & crew (thanks, Jim & Minnie!) and great company…can’t go wrong when islanders come together! Here’s a little movie so you can get an idea of a few  Continue Reading

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