Eat at Maloula’s…

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 10:46 am, by

It was great to drop by Maloula’s for lunch this week, overlooking the harbor from the top of the building in that complex where the Ale House is… it was also a nice surprise to see Roula, who just graduated from high school & is headed for university in Damascus in October to study dental  Continue Reading

GIS training tomorrow…

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 10:33 am, by

My friend Melissa Crane over at the County says the training for the new GIS system is open to you, and you might like to come by. (You can review it here – I found it really easy to use!) Here’s the scoop: The GIS Team will be hosting Polaris training tomorrow morning in the  Continue Reading

Alive at the skatepark….

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 10:08 am, by

Hope you got a chance to swing by the Skatepark last weekend & see how talented the guys are…their tricks & moves in Island Rec’s Skateboard/BMX Jam are captured  in this wonderful gallery of photos by Concepia’s John Sinclair & posted at You will believe that kids can fly. Good eye, John!

Nice, welcoming names….

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 9:58 am, by

When I was driving across the country last week, I was thinking about how cool it is that we have nice, sweet names of things that people hear & want to come visit: quaint Friday Harbor, sweet Lopez Village, welcoming Griffin Bay, and so on… then when they get here, they can visit Massacre Bay  Continue Reading

New business in town…

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 9:49 am, by

Over at Lynn Danaher’s Churchill House and Carter House spot on Argyle Avenue, there’s a new studio – Licensed Electrologist Allison Lance is offering electrolysis & thermocoagulation services (that means she removes hair & spots & sun spots & stuff). Drop by & see her at 470-A Argyle Avenue or call her at 298-0368 &  Continue Reading


Posted on August 27, 2009 at 9:13 am, by

When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water. Benjamin Franklin

Buy locally…it works!

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 8:17 am, by

Western Prince‘s Ivan Reiff sent along this concise, easy to read article about a program to fire people up about keeping our spending money here…click here for more.


Posted on August 26, 2009 at 12:39 am, by

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the  Continue Reading

Fundraiser for Orca Relief: The Cove shows tonight….

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 8:39 am, by

Shane over at Orca Relief says there’s a movie tonight you won’t want to miss: The award-winning film The Cove will show on Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 7:00pm at the Palace Theatre as a fundraiser for Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance. The film’s director, Louie Psihoyos, will be at the showing. Psihoyos is also the  Continue Reading

Drop by to say goodbye….

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 8:18 am, by

Over at the Rocky Bay Cafe, owner Kira Sable says ace waitress & ruthlessly cheerful food server Sara Totten is on her way to Seattle – that’s her at graduation in June at Skagit, in the photo to the right, with mom Mary. Here’s more: Hi Ian! I’m writing to let you know that Sara’s  Continue Reading

The dogs are back….

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 8:09 am, by

Shannon wrote to tell me that Allison & Bob Benz found the dogs – thanks for helping look for them! Jan wrote to say they had just wandered off, as dogs sometimes do…

Checking out the flora to go with the fauna…

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 7:59 am, by

  You’ve seen her book of killer whales with the killer photography, but Monika Wieland is keeping up with the plants, too.   Check out her Orca Watcher blog – she’s turning out an extensive catalog of the plants around here. Click here to see the latest entry of photos ( the fourth in the  Continue Reading


Posted on August 25, 2009 at 12:37 am, by

A society is defined not only by what it creates, but by what it refuses to destroy. John Sawhill, former president/CEO of The Nature Conservancy

Getting into the art of things….

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 12:54 am, by

One of my favorite artists is watercolorist Teresa Smith, who continues to paint & teach although she moved off the island about 6-7 years ago. I caught up with her in Boulder, Colorado on Sunday, and she reports she’s been doing great – Erica & Michelle are both high school grads while Emma is in  Continue Reading


Posted on August 24, 2009 at 12:36 am, by

We find ourselves ethically destitute just when, for the first time, we are faced with ultimacy, the irreversible closing down of the earth’s functioning in its major life systems. Our ethical traditions know how to deal with suicide, homicide and even genocide, but these traditions collapse entirely when confronted with biocide, the killing of the  Continue Reading

Simplifying her life….

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 9:55 pm, by

My friend Amar Kaur (she goes by Alicia Robinson at FHHS during her workdays) is moving to California, and asked if I could let you know about some stuff she has for sale: Alicia ‘Amar Kaur’ Robinson is leaving San Juan Island School District and headed to school herself this fall.  She begins her Clinical  Continue Reading

Back visiting….

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 9:07 pm, by

Remember Elizabeth Churape? She graduated from FHHS in 2004 & went off to Seattle University for school…along the way she had her son & now is aiming to finish up this next school year. Good to see her & her boy on the ferry the other day!

Visiting Roche Harbor…

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 8:18 pm, by

A couple named Chris & Natalie visited the island this past weekend – here is their story, in pictures (from their blog).

Missing pups…

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 7:20 pm, by

My friend Shannon Evans was wondering if you could help with this one: Today I stopped by to visit one of my former students, Allison Benz, only to hear that her golden retriever , “Sunny”, and two of Sunny’s 3-month-old puppies had disappeared. Allison’s dad, Bob Benz, believes that the dogs may have been stolen  Continue Reading

Helping others put out the fires…

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 7:51 am, by

Every so often, our fire department helps out in other parts of the state that have more fire activity than we do…here’s a report from Fire Chief Steve Marler from last week: SAN JUAN FIREFIGHTERS DEPLOYED TO ASSIST IN WILDLAND FIRES This morning, Friday August 21st the San Juan Island Fire Department dispatched three firefighters,  Continue Reading


Posted on August 22, 2009 at 12:33 am, by

Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke

A Tourist in Disguise, part 2

Posted on August 21, 2009 at 12:48 am, by

Jane Fox’s series continues (here’s part 1 in case you missed it): A Tourist in Disguise II. To me, the situation seemed simple. I could not begin my life as a local of the San Juan islands without a place to live. And a place to live was exactly what I had almost found. ‘But  Continue Reading