A little friendlier goes a long way…

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 12:22 am, by

You know, one of the things I love about living here and having friends & family visit here is how friendly it can be. I mentioned to you a couple of years ago that I believe a person needs twelve hugs a day to be emotionally healthy, and it’s easy to hit quota here. People  Continue Reading


Kari rocks!

Posted on January 6, 2012 at 12:02 am, by

Jeff Hanson from the MRC has more: Kari Koski Honored by the Marine Resources Committee Kari Koski, who is leaving her role as the Director of the Whale Museum’s Soundwatch Boater Education Program program after 18 years, was honored by the San Juan Marine Resources Committee (MRC) with the Master Steward Award Wednesday, just the  Continue Reading


One year old! XYZ Movements Arts looks ahead with Open House on Saturday….

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm, by

Remember last year ’round this time when Cynthia Burke got XYZ Movement Arts underway with a handful of yoga, zumba, and movement classes? (You can check the website for upcoming classes & events here.) Well, now she and her teachers are cruising into their second year full speed, and they invite you over to an  Continue Reading


Passing: Elizabeth Welch

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 11:05 am, by

I love what Elizabeth did for our island…she’ll be much missed… Elizabeth Madge Welch Ballesteros died on January, 1, 2012, New Year’s Day evening at her home in Friday Harbor.  At her side were Elizabeth’s daughters Raquel Cook and Rebecca Allen along with her sister Judy Welch. She is also survived by brother Robert C. Welch,  Continue Reading


Around the island, plus some dog news….

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 1:08 am, by

I have “Who Let The Dogs Out? playing, to kinda set the mood… •  Val Curtis tells me: “Eric Ellison, has been missing his best friend, Jacob, a dear black lab with grey muzzle and belly, since Saturday. Please call (370-5208) or e-mail Eric at if you see Jacob anywhere. 85 lbs. black collar  Continue Reading


A new year’s checkin with Deb Langhans….

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm, by

I last referred you to Deb Langhans as that crazy & fun medium Madam Arcati in Stage Left’s recent production of Blithe Spirit. Now Deb’s switched hats again & will be offering a special workshop on Saturday, January 14th through her business, Wholistic Health Options (you can contact her at bethechange5 (at) or 378-8907).  Continue Reading


STAR (Study time & recreation!) grows….

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 6:05 am, by

It’s great to hear that Island Rec’safter-school program is off to a good start. STAR began in September at the elementary school as the successor to the ASK program, and it’s continuing to grow & improve. Here’s more from Island Rec’s Sally Thomsen: Island Rec is excited to announce expanded hours and new discounted fees  Continue Reading

Calling artists, to work with the kids….

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 7:55 am, by

It’s so cool what Leisha Holmes and the IMA are doing to bring & keep & nurture art in the schools – and now, there’s a way for other artists to give a hand. Here’s more, from Leisha: The Island Museum of Art and Washington State Arts Commission have helped fund a new program that  Continue Reading

Sights around San Juan Island….

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 7:50 am, by

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A chance to lose it, so that you gain….

Posted on January 3, 2012 at 7:31 am, by

I’ve known Shelly Van Skyhawk for years, and I’m pretty sure you’d enjoy working with her as well. If you’re like me, you have “getting my eating under control” on the New Year’s list…this would be a great place to start! Give her a call today to find out more….



Posted on January 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm, by

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The new year, underway….

Posted on January 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm, by

Let’s see what’s happening around here! Here’s a start: • It was fun to run into Jo & Pat Sandwith on the ferry as they came back from two weeks in Switzerland & Germany over the holiday…great stories to tell, including that they ran into Jim McNairy at the airport in Germany…he & Dottie had  Continue Reading

Passing: Ed Johnson

Posted on January 2, 2012 at 9:20 am, by

Just got this note about Ed Johnson: Lifelong island resident Ed Johnson passed away suddenly Wednesday morning while feeding his cows. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 2nd, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the Valley Cemetery. There will be a reception immediately following at the Grange Hall. Please join the family in this  Continue Reading


Posted on January 1, 2012 at 5:22 am, by

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~T.S. Eliot, “Little Gidding”


Looking ahead, looking behind….

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 2:49 am, by

One of the songs I almost always sing each new year is Both Sides, Now by Joni Mitchell…seems like a good time to share it, now, as you & I move into the wonderful chances for loving, sharing, and healing that are ours to embrace & make happen in the days ahead. Dreams & schemes…let’s  Continue Reading


New Year’s resolution? Same as last year’s.

Posted on January 1, 2012 at 1:45 am, by

Thanks to Jessica Nagy, Indexed.

Resolutions for a new year…

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 11:36 pm, by

You already know that one of my all-time heroes is Woody Guthrie…I think that one of the best things you can do besides sing his songs is maybe check out this handwritten entry in his 1941 diary, listing what he’d do in the coming year – be sure & click on the picture so you  Continue Reading


The Good Husbands come home….

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm, by

They’ll be playing at Blue Water for tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve, and it’s fun to see the island’s Good Husbands again. The guys are Zach (Riv), Tyler (Guy Rob), T-Hart (THAT Tyler), and Spencer (Satin). They have some warmup bands playing as well…if you haven’t seen them lately, here’s their latest vid, produced by Trent  Continue Reading


What’s happening…

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm, by

Somebody told me that a consultant is someone who will borrow your watch to tell you what time it is…similarly, these may be things you already know… • Ken Clark tells me that Extreme Fitness has yoga classes planned for the new year – starting January 9th, Hatha yoga emphasizes stretching, grounding, breathing and deep  Continue Reading

Here come’s New Year’s Eve on the island!

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 8:49 pm, by

You probably have made your plans by now, but just in case, here are some ideas from folks around the island: • One couple (who I KNOW you know) went out at Griffin Bay & at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s for 2000 & set up a barrel of water in a tree  Continue Reading


Getting out for New Year’s Eve….

Posted on December 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm, by

Join Island Rec and the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition to ring in 2012 at this alcohol-free community party! Music, entertainment, dancing, games, contests and activties for all ages. Bring a snack to share! All ages, FREE! Saturday, December 31 from 7-9 pm at the Mullis Center.


Around the island….

Posted on December 28, 2011 at 12:05 am, by

Are you caught up with your thank you notes yet? Me, neither….maybe we’ll get to them today… • Yep, it’s tonight at the Rumor Mill – The Duotones (Bob Leytze & Mike Adams) will also be joined by special guest Avery Adams (FHHS ’08) – see ya there! ++++++++++++ • It was great to wander  Continue Reading

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