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May 4, 2002
75 years & still going: The Illahee celebrates its 75th year in service today,
with cake & activities on the ferry as it makes its interisland
run Saturday. That's it in the photo by Tim Dustrude above
- you can always tell it from a distance with its round portholes.
have been enogh computer viruses around - I've heard the school
was down late this week because its system was infected, and
several of my clients have reported worms & infections they
had to clean out.
and see what the latest word is....and update your anti-virus
software before its too late.
opens this weekend - get your tickets now as the show begins
its three week run at the San
Juan Community Theatre.
May 1, 2002
Leaving a legacy:
I talked to Steve Enoch this afternoon, who says he's excited
about the Mead School District's offer to take him on as Superintendent.
He also says he'll miss the folks here, and that that's the part
that made the decision hard....
Steve leaves us after a whirlwind six years
that saw the schools (especially the middle/high school complex
and gyms) renovated, school bonds passed, and Steve seemingly
in the middle of every new addition or major change. After a
year as high school principal, he took the district to a more
settled administrative place, and has definitely left a positive
mark on the community. He'll be missed.
Turn Island: You knew that that's Turn Island just around the
turn when you leave Friday Harbor by boat and head south (not
Brown Island - the one in the harbor, but the first one after
It's a great place to picnic and camp, as
you can see in this photo (right click on it to see a bigger
one) by Tim Dustrude, who went over there on Monday's sunny afternoon
with his girlfriend Shannon and her boy Cody (and Chester the
Speaking of people who get things done, did you see this nice
writeup about marine biologist & UW prof David Duggins?
He and his wife Megan (who also teaches at the Labs, here) have
put zillions of hours into the elementary school's science program
over last few years, and he was recognized by the UW as a Distinguished
Staff Member last year (for 2001).
New innkeeper: Over at Panacea
B&B, Bev Schutte tells me she's hired Angie Bolger's
mom Judy to be the innkeeper for the coming season...get over
there and say hey to her.
Half-century: I heard rumors that Outdoor
Odysseys' Clark Casebolt turns 50 this month & maybe even
this week...let me know if it's true. In the meantime, happy
birthday, Clark, probably.
Living Dall's: Everyone
knows the orcas are famous up here - if you don't, there are
a lot of people who will tell you about them - but did you know
about the Dall's porpoises? Pronounced like they rhyme with Barbie,
these much smaller mammals are seen year-round around the sound,
and off the west side of the island. Western Prince Whalewatching
a little page telling about them with some pictures taken
by Charlotte, their naturalist.
is the first lesson ye should learn: There is so much good in
the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, it doesn't
behoove any of us to speak evil of the rest of us." - Edgar
Dark: A reminder:
there will be a planned OPALCO power outage starting this Thursday
at 11pm and ending at 5am Friday morning (5/2/02 to 5/3/02).
Yes, Sunday was the 15th anniversary of Ben Linder's death...his
spirit and vision are remembered and honored in this website
April 30, 2002
I know you got out this weekend, because no one was home - everybody
was outside, far as I could tell. The weather was blue skies
& temps in the 50s all weekend....even Friday afternoon when
it rained, the Little League got in the game that evening between
the Cubs and the Red Sox.
got to work with Will Bryant a few years back on one of his novels
he was hoping to self-publish...besides being one of the the
cleanest manuscripts I'd ever seen (I found one semi-colon near
error in over 400 pages), the doggone book kept me up till 4am
finishing it. The man could tell a tale. The longtime author
& whimsical illustrator died earlier this month, and will
be much missed....
Also, last week, longtime islander Burton
King passed away.
Friday Harbor in the 1880s: That's a photo of town from 120 years ago, looking
down a muddy Spring Street towards the harbor (that's the San
Juan Inn to the left - it's still there - and the building the
Banana Belt is in at the end of the street. Hasn't changed that
much, eh? And that's Brown Island in the distance...
This was borrowed from the Boyce
family website (if you've been on Boyce Road, you've heard
I tried to get into MacBeth a week ago and couldn't because there
were no seats, so the boys, two friends of theirs, and I took
no chances - we got to the show at 7:15 Saturday & got in.
It was pretty much "sold out" (if a free show can sell
out) by 7:30pm...more importantly, it was wonderful. The StageLeft
folks continue to do theater right - honest characterizations
that tell a story clearly & directly. MacBeth's one of Shakespeare's
shorter plays anyway, but director Helen had no intermission
& had us out in well under two hours.
The play will be reprised this summer along
with "Twelfth Night." If you blew it this time, don't
miss it. I'm tellin' ya...
Leave your mark:
This note from the Library's Laura Tretter:
Bookmark Design Contest
The San Juan Island Library and the Friends of the San
Juan Island Library are sponsoring a bookmark design contest
open to students grades K-6.
The contest opens May 1st with a deadline for entries on
May 31st. Blank bookmarks will be delivered to San Juan Island
Elementary and Middle School. Blank bookmarks will also be available
for pick up at the San Juan Island Library. Winners will be announced
the second week of June, and acknowledged at the opening of the
library's Summer Reading Program, on Wednesday, June 26 - 1:30
p.m. start time.
Winning designs will be on display at the San Juan Island
Library throughout the summer and printed as the official bookmarks
of the library. Winners will also receive a gift certificate
for a book from a local bookstore.
I'd like to say thanks to all my clients and friends who called
to see what I really sounded like after I told you (below) that
I'd lost my voice. It's improved now to somewhere between the
Godfather and Ratso from "Midnight Cowboy."
Thanks, too, to the three of you who said
I sound better this way, and to the customer who called my office
and and said the raspiness sounded, quote, "sexy,"
then said, "Oh, I thought you were someone else."
Suppose an insane wind holds all the hills
while strange beliefs whine at the traveler's ears,
we ordinary beings can cling to the earth and love
where we are, sturdy for common things.
-- William Stafford, "Allegiances,"
rom Stories That Could Be True, 1977
Maps that show how we are: There are some great
maps online that have aerial photos that show you what we
look like from the air...take a peek at 'em. They look something
like the photo on the right, but you can click on them &
blow 'em up and see all kinds of detail. My house is in that
picture, if you look close. You can also see all the runners
in training to run marathons, if you look REALLY close.
The first time I flew over the island a few
years back I got a strong feeling all newcomers to the island
should be made to fly over & see how beautiful this place
we live is - with the hope that that would be the beginnings
of people working together to protect it. Check it out sometime,
or at least see the online shots.
May 5th: This
note came from the Chamber of Commerce:
Cinco de Mayo!
All Chamber members and their families and friends are invited
to the third annual Dollars For Scholars Cinco de Mayo party
at the County Fair Building on Saturday, May 4, 2002. Help raise
scholarship funds and enjoy music, games, food and celebrate
spring on the island. Admission is $6 per adult or $3 per child
and doors open at 5:00 and close at 10:00 PM. Funds are distributed
to every high school graduate completing 80 hours of community
service and enrolling in higher education. Contact Curt VanHyning
for further information at 378-2117.
Notes from the ferry: I went to Oak Harbor to visit Vonda and Elaine (late
of the Inns at Friday Harbor, now at the Best Western there),
and got to visit with folks on the ferry. Elaine & Vonda
are doing well, by the way, managing their new hotel....
Got to see Ted Roell - you'll remember he
and Judy moved earlier this month to up near Blaine, but Ted
comes back once a week for barbershop practice (singing, not
Gary Ross was coming back from Virginia Mason
where he and Claudia are dealing with that tumor at the base
of his brain....good luck, you guys....
Had a good talk with Jim Lawrence and Suzanne
Franklin about child-raising...Jim's the pro, with Natalia off
to college and Mara nearing tenth grade - he's a great dad with
a good outlook on things...
...he mentioned that the kids sweep through
his house and eat everything in sight, and appear to be starch-arians.
It was a matter of some interest that Steve
Enoch, our school supe here, is a finalist for a gig in Spokane.
Their great gain, if they snag him. He's made a lot happen in
his six years here.
Have we got great student teachers or what?
Mike Biggers is wrapping up working fourth grade with Mary Williams,
and Val Vuchich has been working with Mary Ann Church in the
middle school science classes. Both are gonna be great teachers
when they're let loose in the world... (you knew Val & her
long time companion Neal are engaged, didn't you?)
Rosario's loss - Linda Hersey'll be moving
over here soon to take Tori's spot at Friday Harbor House, as
Tori retires to have twins & be a mom (a great one, I'd guess.)
April 20, 2002
so often, I mess up. I admit it. But hey, I'm big enough to admit
it. Here's the deal:
A month ago I reported that the San Juans
had seceded from the Union. That's what I thought I heard master
gardener Lee Sturdivant say in the produce department at King's
What she really said was I could succeed in growing onions. We
regret the error.
I told you that the ferry "Elwha"
means "Giant Mouse." Close. It's really a word that
means "moose." I apologize for any confusion among
computer makers and to Rocky.
Six weeks ago, I mentioned that April showers
bring May flowers, and that May flowers bring pilgrims. Joke.
I should have said, "tourists," not "pilgrims."
My apologies to the Chamber of Commerce.
I reported in these pages that Earth Day was
this weekend. That's sorta right. It was this weekend or next,
or maybe Monday, but nobody really knows for sure. The important
thing is that people are doing something about it, not watching
Thanks to all of you who wrote in and questioned
that Gandhi said, "Live simply so others can simply live
on San Juan Island." I'm pretty sure he really said, "I
wish there were more places that serve chocolate shakes here
in Calcutta," but that's unsubstantiated in research. We're
sorry, really sorry.
I called the Texas Rangers "roadkill"
and "batting practice" before our Mariners thumped
them in Arlington; I'm really sorry that Texas read that &
whumped our guys 9-0 last night. I'll be quiet, I promise.
show opened last
night at the Fairgrounds, with a goodly crowd all around, judging
by the number of cars. I know you missed it because you went
to the Battlefield Band at the Theater, so go check it out tonight
or next weekend. Don't miss it.
Spring Street School Art Auction: Cady at the school wrote to tell me to tell you:
Spring Street School would like to invite
our island community to the 2nd Annual Spring Street School Art
Auction on Sunday, April 28, from 5:30-7:30 at the San Juan Community
Theatre in Friday Harbor. The highlight of the evening is a silent
and live auction of the work of 27 island artists and the truly
inspired artworks from Spring Street School students. Along with
the spirited bidding on this fabulous selection of artwork, there
will be a string quartet performed by the Lopez Youth Orchestra,
wine from Lopez Island Vineyards, and delicious hors d'oeuvres
The event is a fund-raiser to provide scholarships
for students who could not otherwise afford to attend Spring
Street School, as well as providing extra funding for its acclaimed
art program directed by Beth Hetrick.
viable neighborhood is a community: and a viable community is
made up of neighbors who cherish and protect what they have in
common." - Wendell Berry
All roads lead to...: Have you seen George Kirkish's Vashon
Island Air site? It's another way you can get here from Seattle
& downsound....I know I've mentioned our friends at Kenmore,
NW Seaplanes, and West
Isle Air before (and the last two will soon be one company).
It's fun to fly here - the island is beautiful from the sky -
try it sometime.
A little poem:
Once held by God.
Being away from his warm body
April 18, 2002
Whales out: Whoa! You should
have been there - on the ferry coming home from a day on the
maonland last night, the whales were just below Shaw Island,
right north of the Lopez ferry landing. We couldn't tell which
pod it was - they were kinda far off - and they were breeching
& splashing & playing. It was great. I wondered if the
ferry would tilt over, because so many folks were gathered on
that side of the boat to see them...
It's interesting how cheerful the whales seem
to make folks - there were a lot of smiles the rest of the way
Medical Center boss quits: I heard on the ferry from several folks that Kathy
Guy resigned at the Medical Center earlier this week...she's
been there about a year and a half, during which time the center
has undergone change & controversy, which Kathy worked pretty
hard to straighten out. No word on the board's strategy for a
sixth-grade friend Russell Asher told me at baseball practice
that a tree fell on the family station wagon (that red one you
always used to see Diana driving) during Saturday's wind storm.
The top's flattened...looks like time for a new car. His buddy
Dylan Marriner said, "I've known that car since I was little,
before I can remember."
Also, I heard Carolyn Haugen broke her leg
this week - this, of course, is spring break here on the island...so
even elementary principals get out & play. Haven't heard
yet how she did it.
Spring Street does Earth Day: There's a celebration of Earth Day planned over at
Spring Street School this weekend on Saturday from 10-2...music,
activities, and food.
April 17, 2002
Sounds of silence:
This week's entries are pretty short, because I don't have much
to report! For most of the past week, I've had laryngitis, with
suggestions from my nurse friends that I not talk (I have a whisper
I can use, that Island Rec's Sally Kerr says makes me sound like
a spy.) Result: I haven't gotten to visit with people much to
see what's going on.....but...
You know, it's neat not having to talk talk
talk talk....I spent Saturday and Sunday reading, eating vegies
& fresh fruit & tea, and walking the Pear Point loop
a couple of times. It's forced me to be a better listener (to
those who come over and talk away, leaving places to nod and
grunt), and has provided a little break to get some thinking
All in all, it's fine.
The red out:
You saw that Pat O'Day and Orca Properties have turned into John
L. Scott, downtown...a key casualty: that fire-engine-red awning.
Eric Kessler, who takes some of the best photos around, just
launched his new web site at http://www.ekessler.com.
His photos grace the San Juan Island Web Directory (http://www.friday-harbor.net
- they change everytime the front page is loaded), and have been
in the County Fair premium book the last three years. There are
a number of photogs with a good eye on the island - Kathy Ballard,
John Dustrude, Ann Sheridan, Larry at South Bay, Joan Binney,
Miles at the Journal, Peter Fromm all come to mind - Eric belongs
in that good group.
Whacked: I hope
you're making plans to see the StageLeft
version of MacBeth this weekend or next at the Fairgrounds -
it'll be great. They always do good stuff...
Sad news - there's a story in yesterday's
San Juan Islander
that the set over at the Fairgrounds were vandalized.
don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You
can only decide how you're going to live. Now." -
April 8, 2002
DST in the dark:
Pretty good power outage over the weekend, huh? The lights
went out (if you didn't already have 'em out) shortly after midnight,
and didn't come back on till before dawn...as far as I can tell
it was all over the island, as friends reported their electricity
out from near Roche Harbor, Hannah Heights, and around town.
And then, as you reset all the clocks in the
house, you gotta move 'em an hour ahead for daylight savings
time, which is fine as long as you got to sleep in..
I heard from at least two people that they told friends Monday
at work last week that they were an hour late because of daylight
savings time. Ha! April Fools......
And...my friend Eric sent me this little website:
Can you find the ghost in the picture...check
this out... it's spooky...
See if you can find it faster than I did... I'll admit, it took
me almost a
softball girls continue to roll, with impressive double-digit
victories all week, and an impressive near-win with tough &
undefeated Coupeville on Friday, losing only 3-2.
deal the PTA set up at the Fairgrounds was great - lots of families
and moms and papas and grandparents played on those big inflated
things (the velcro wall was very popular) on Saturday. I saw
Scott Rasmussen shooting pictures, so I bet there's some good
photos in the Journal
Budding literary geniuses: Over at the Library, assistant director Laura Tretter
had publicized a teen fiction writing contest sponsored by the
Mercer Island newspaper, wherein kids write a short story that
starts, "The wind howled across the island . . ."
And we won! In the high school division, ace
frosh Jenni Mason from FHHS snagged second place, while talented
eighth grader Lillan Roquet received honorable mention for HER
You can read Jenni's story
online. A tiny cut from her piece:
She is an islander. She is used to the tourists regarding
her as a living island artifact. She is used to the ignorance
from other trapped islanders as they hurry along. The wind picks
back up, taking this gift across the ocean. It rushes fast, praying
not to lose it.
Way to go, girls!
Earth Day: As
you make your Earth Day plans, think about helping the Soroptomists
with their annual beach
Speaking of green, the Green
Party meets on the 11th this week at Skagit Valley College.
Call Tom Munsey at 378-5196 for details.
you've seen Lillan's name before - halfway to Roche Harbor there's
a little road marked, called Lillan Lane.
You've also seen Boyce Road - the Boyce family
just updated their website, with all the history about themselves
- check them out at http://webpages.charter.net/boyceweb/main.html
My favorite part is the island photos from
Animal art: Red
from the animal shelter checks in - see if you can help:
Hi Ian. - The animal shelter is interested
in opening up a dog and cat art gallery. We are looking for art
in all categories, painting,sculpture, jewelry, photos etc. The
gallery will be at the shelter. We already are showing Alice
Cook's pastels and Paul Herbert's metal sculpture.
Those interested can contact me, Red (volunteer)
at 378 9413 email@example.com
or Jessica Ray at the shelter at 378-2158 firstname.lastname@example.org
definitely notice people for their physical beauty, but that's
pretty transparent. If someone isn't behaving beautifully, they
don't appear beautiful to me anymore. I always sided with the
underdog in school, the oppressed ones, the poor girls or the
obese or homely girls, the timid girls. I actually sought out
people. I was like Miss Lonely Hearts. For a while I covered
the Janis Ian song At Seventeen. It was just so...oooh,
it really struck a chord." - Natalie Merchant
April 1, 2002
Easter on the island: It was the kind of Easter you hope for: Mobs out
Beach for the Egg Hunt there at one, and a bunch of folks
at the Roche Harbor festivities.
Churches were pretty full during a sunny spring morning, and
most of the tourists/visitors who were overloaded on the ferry
in town seemed cheerful about it.
You know how the Easter egg hunt at the beach
works: The Fire Department gets out there around 11am and starts
hiding eggs and plastic eggs among the driftwwood (yes, seagulls
beat some of the kids to some of 'em). The plastic eggs can be
cashed in for stuff donated by local businesses...and fun is
had by all.
Time to make things grow (like the salal in the photo, right).
Seems like most of the folks I talked to Sunday afternoon spent
at least part of the day in the garden yesterday & Saturday.
Inch by inch & row by row...
A handy site for figuring out how to grow
stuff in the Northwest is the Slugs
& Salal page, which is devoted to issues related to growing
tings in our particular clime.
Kate - wow!: Wasn't
Kate Schuman's show
last night great? It's amazing to think that she (and the incredibly
talented band she assembled to back her up) all live here. Standing
room only - great show.
people actually write and tell me what they think about what
they read here - here's some cuts....
Hey, I noticed you used the word "wonderful"
three times last week in your writeup.
Can't you be more creative? - Tom LeAngel
Thanks for reading so closely. Actually, I
generally feel pretty good about life and specifically about
living here, so I saved up the use of the word "wonderful"
for a month just so I could overuse it last week.
Just the way I write, rookie.
You should cover more sports in your Update,
not just the ones you hear about. - Alyson Beartio
Buy an ad at the top of this newsletter and
we'll add a sportswriter to the staff.
Till then, you're stuck with me, scoop.
How come you never write about stuff that
happens around town like the divorces and who's sleeping with
who and the people in the Sheriff's log and stuff that's really
interesting? - Bob Shalloton
That stuff happens HERE? You're kidding....
I'm always the last to know.
Town page: Have
you looked at the Town's
website, kept up by Steve Dubail, lately? He's got a nice
photo of Marc Vermeire's FHHS Environmental Studies Class at
the Town's Wastewater Treatment Facility. Good stuff.
Nice quote on the page, too: "Not to
know is bad. Not to want to know is worse. Not to hope is unthinkable.
Not to care is unforgivable." - Nigerian saying
Softball & baseball: The girls got a no-hitter (Genoa was the pitcher...AND
it was her birthday) on Friday to beat Orcas, then lost Saturday
2-0 here to tough University Prep on a sunny, let's-play-two
kinda day. Ended the last inning with Erica Percich on third
poised to score...
The girls are lookin' good - be fun to see
'em at state.
The boys play at 4:30 Tuesday here...see you
men believe in luck, believe in circumstances -- it was somebody's
name, or he happened to be there at the time, or it was so then,
and another day would have been otherwise. Strong men believe
in cause and effect." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whale Museum is keeping up on the situation with that whale calf
downsound...check out their latest
report about the kid who's lost his family pod.
And...the Whale Museum just hired a new director.
See the San Juan Islander
March 28, 2002
A beautiful day in the neighborhood:
Wasn't last weekend awesome? Now,
THAT's what spring is supposed to look like! Get outside &
And yesterday's gray, wet, chilly day is what
sometimes happens. You know, we had baseball practice scheduled
for 4:30, and at 2pm it was raining & muddy & crummy.
I ran into the always-positive Rob Browne (his boy Justin puts
'em over the fence for our team), and he looked outside &
said, "It'll clear up."
And it did, enough to practice, anyway.
More ball: The
FHHS girls' softball squad plays their first-ever home fastpitch
game tomorrow after school, over at the elementary field. Janna
from Post San Juan told me they looked pretty awesome thumping
Snohomish County Christian twice last Saturday in their season
opener down there. Her grandaughter Genoa pitches for the Wolverines
(by the way, it's her birthday tomorrow. Don't tell her I told
And - the baseball boys won their opener,
Off to a good start.
Eighth greaders rock: Our eighth grade basketball boys played a barnstorming
team for Ketchikan, Alaska on Tuesday - the visitors had just
come from playing in the AAU tourney in Spokane. Our guys did
well, coming back from 11 down in the third to win in the last
three minutes 60-56.
You know, we could have a pretty awesome high
school squad in the brew here. Keep an eye on these guys.
And - special "way to go!" to Sandi
Guard and Sandy Roe for setting it all up, as well as all they've
done for 6th-8th grade basketball for the past three years. These
are two wonderful women who really care about kids.
March madness: You
probably filled out one of those NCAA bracket thingies a few
weeks ago, saying who you thought would progress in the tourney...so
As I had Alabama & Oregon (my alma maters)
meeting in the finals, I kinda blew it there. But I also had
home-team Gonzaga, with one of their best squads forever, going
all the way. Aggh... they lost in the first game.
Oh, well, I still like Spokane anyway. Nice
Port: Have you
seen the Port of Friday Harbor's new re-design of their website?
The project was led by Harbormaster Ed Barrett & features
nice tours of the things the Port does, designed by By Design's
incomparable Tim Dustrude. Check it out at http://www.portfridayharbor.org.
Milk it: The
San Juan Islander
reports a greater percentage of Island women breastfeed their
kids than any other county in the state.
Once again, we're a leader.
Here is a message from Matt and Barbara at San
Juan Gallery & Framing Services. It is a unique, interesting
approach to an art show!
San Juan Gallery & Framing invites you
to a Miniature Art Reception Thursday March 28th, 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
Refreshments provided. 3 Artisans will be creating images for
an auction at the show and the auction will be at 7:00pm. Proceeds
will benefit the Chamber Scholarship fund, Soroptimist Scholarship
fund and Wolf Hollow.
Please join us for a fun and interesting evening
and enjoy over 75 pieces of some of our Island's most talented
artists. All art will be offered for sale. Show can be viewed
March 28 - April 11, if you can not make the reception
Last week, the Town Council filled the spot vacated by Vonda
when she moved off-island with Wally Gillette, who lost in that
one- or two-vote race back in the fall to Howie Rosenfeld.
Log in: Have
you seen Mark Conner's cool houses? He's the guy who designed
the Technology Center - wonderful wood places. Check out his
Peter does it again:
Peter Fromm's show of
his photos (which are still hung in the Theater lobby) was wonderful...I
ran into people in the street this week who were there who said,
first thing, "Wasn't that cool?" And it was.
The pictures he takes look great shown on
a 12' x 12' screen, and his gentle, humorous narration makes
you settle in for the evening.
And - it's his birthday last week! He's 55!
Way to go.
Just like everyone else with kids this morning, we got up to
listen to the radio, and sure enough, school starts a couple
of hours late again.
Did you know there's snow on the ground, again,
for the second day of spring here on the island? Wow.
Which, if you think about it, is cool...means
we gotta take the kids to work for a bit so they can see what
we do during the day.
Most kids, of course, don't sleep in for snow
days...hope you got to.
Up on the roof: Ace
birdwatcher Susan Vernon told me she saw some "roofies"
(that's a rufous to the right) last week...another indicator
spring is in the offing....
Did you know that at 8:02pm on the 20th last month it was 20:02
on 02/20/02? Did you KNOW that?
equinox to you...nothing but sunny days from here on out. Longer
ones for sure...
You know the drill...snow in March brings
April showers bring May flowers.
What do May flowers bring?
Have you like at the Island
Rec website (used to be Park & Rec) to see what you're
gonna be doing this spring? Do it.
Reminds me of when I first moved here and
was taking minutes for the San Juan Island Park & Rec - it
was Park with no "s" because there's only one. My older
boys asked his mama where Papa was, and where the car was. She
said, "He went to Park & Rec." He said, "Is
he OK? Do we need to get a new car now?"
Peter at the Theater:
Peter Fromm, author of Whale
Tales: Human Interactions With Whales (Volumes I & II)
is presenting his slideshow & talk "Visions of a Water
Rat" tomorrow (that's Friday). If you haven't seen his wonderful
photos, check 'em out both at this presentation and in the lobby
at the Theater. Good stuff.
March 20, 2002
Snowed in: Happy first day of spring! Island residents awoke
this morning to a nice blanket of snow which means a two-hour
delay for school and a chance to go outside & play in it
before it melts. The photo at right was shot just before dawn,
to give you an idea.
Just goes to prove - you think you know how
things are gonna go, and then they surprise ya.
Meanwhile, sure is pretty outside.
mankind can extend the circle of his compassion to include all
living things, he will never, himself, know peace."- Albert
Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, l950
told me Harbor Air's old website is now a porn site, so don't
look at it.
History is doomed to repeat itself:
Review the Update from December
15, 2001 - April 1, 2002
Review the Update from September
11, 2001 - December 14, 2001
Review the Update from June 7 ,
2001 - September 10, 2001
Review the Update from March 17,
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