Island team gets ready to help out in the Dominican Republic this summer….

Posted on March 1, 2012 at 5:01 am, by

For the past few years, Monique & Vic Woodward have taken groups to the Dominican Republic each summer, and they’re greaing up for this year.  (One of the groups’ activities was the food bagging project last fall, remember that?) Here’s more from Update reporter Collin Williamson: The Dominican Republic. Known for its baseball talent, and  Continue Reading


It’s Dr. Seuss! his birthday!

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 11:29 pm, by

Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 3:15-4:15 PM. Hey, come by the library today! Her’s more from Melina: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!   All are welcome to come enjoy this free public event that will feature a reader theater-style story with Dr. Seuss-inspired characters, delicious cake provided by Cake Junkies, and fun craft making. Books to  Continue Reading

Helping out Dollars for Scholars….

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 4:56 am, by


Today’s story: The Ads….

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 12:35 am, by

Hey, I thought we might start today with a story within a story…. See all those little  boxes (like where the blue arrow at right is pointing) on the San Juan Update? What’s cool about them is each one is a story in its own right… Sometimes it’s a cartoon, like Indexed & xkcd.com. Sometimes  Continue Reading


Turning plastic waste into comfortable clothes for San Juan Island

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 12:03 am, by

You know & I know that the stuff Gail & Randy sell at Cotton Cotton Cotton is supposed to be made out of…cotton. But they’re the kind of people who not only think out of the box, they also sell really comfortable clothes. The “Repair the World” clothing line of made of recovered plastic &  Continue Reading

Around the island….

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 12:01 am, by

+++++++++++++ I hope you did NOT sit in front of your ‘puter all day yesterday, watching videos & looking for jokes to send your friends (and that’s just while you were at work!) Nope, I hope you got outside & had a chance to play in the sun…. Let’s see what else is up: +++++++++++++  Continue Reading


New Pelindaba store in LaConner!

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm, by

What’s the direction for postal service here….

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm, by

You’ve been hearing about cuts to the postal system…here’s the word from Scott at the local post office, with his take on the situation: Your Friday Harbor to Friday Harbor letter may now take 2 days! Hi, my name is Scott George. I work at the Friday Harbor Post Office. I love my job, and  Continue Reading

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Wahoo! The Father/Daughter Dance was great!

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 7:28 am, by

Hey, have you seen the photos from this year’s Father/Daughter Dance, put on by Island Rec? It was a great evening – this will give you an idea (photos by me & Kevin Holmes – thanks, Kevin!):


Helping out Atlas….!

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 7:10 am, by

I’ve heard about this from Oren at the Rumor Mill, and Brooke & Kerry &  lots of people….I hope you get a chance to help out this family & this special little boy….here’s more: Fundraiser for Atlas Story Dickson Saturday, March 3rd Robert and Jessica Dickson had their baby Atlas on Dec. 13th 2011 10  Continue Reading

The Garden Club meets on March 6th….

Posted on February 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm, by

Here’s what’s on for the next meeting (thanks, Dot!): The San Juan Island Garden Club welcomes a representative of the food program at the Friday Harbor School System (Liz Varvaro, from the FHHS food program) to tell us about the new food program and how they utilize local food products in the cafeteria and all  Continue Reading

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Here Comes the Sun….

Posted on February 25, 2012 at 5:59 am, by

Whether it’s behind the clouds or shining in your heart, here’s a nice version by Graham Nash, David Crosby & Paul Simon, for George:


Morning notes….

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 10:55 am, by

Let’s see what’s up ’round here: • There’s a public meeting this weekend at the Mullis Center at 1pm with Sheriff Rob Nou, who will visit with members of the community (who called the meeting) about the pervasive hard drugs on the island. Rob told me yesterday that the most frequent question he heard during  Continue Reading

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So far away….

Posted on February 24, 2012 at 4:10 am, by

It’s always a good idea to have a song for what you’re feeling & thinking & dreaming…I know so many islanders who tell me that at least a little part of their day is spent thinking & feeling about friends & lovers who are away off-island, some far away & some really far away (like  Continue Reading


What’s happening….

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 8:10 am, by

Let’s look around the island & see what’s up: • The new Lavendera Massage Center is starting a Speakers Support Group at Lavendera 10am-12pm on Monday for folks who want to give talks about mind-body-spirit topics at the place….call 378-3637 for more info! +++++++++++++ • Just checked….Judith’s phone at the Barking Bird, 378-3647, is 378-DOGS.  Continue Reading


Don’t miss “Proof” at the Community Theatre!

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 7:12 am, by

I got a chance to see the dress rehearsal of Proof last night, and it is one you won’t want to miss. The show has been described as a love story to mathematics, but I thought it was more a love story centered on the way we take care of our families, and the struggles  Continue Reading

An Evening of Stories and Pictures with Sadock Johnson

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 7:07 am, by

An Evening of Stories and Pictures with Sadock Johnson, Tanzanian Safari Guide and Youth Advocate The Mullis Center, Thursday, February 23, 7:00pm, Reception Following Sadock Johnson (known as “Johnson”), will talk about his life growing up in East Africa, working as a safari guide, and developing programs to help poor communities and street children in  Continue Reading

This is the month to eat out AND help the kids!

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 4:54 am, by


Keeping an eye on the beauty that’s around us….

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 4:44 am, by

Sometimes we see so much, and sometimes it’s just the angle. This cartoon is courtesy of Randall at xkcd.com (thanks!).


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

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