We drive along the two-lane highway heading north up the Peninsula. No more than 10 minutes pass and we see it. It's huge! Just as the urban tales described it. Jack's Country Store takes up a whole city block starting at the main intersection, well really the only 4-way intersection in this small, seaside town of Ocean... Continue Reading →
How a Family Bed Builds Strong Relationships
Or how giving our kids a soft place to land also gives us a chance to listen. Walking through our small town, I stop in a local thrift store just to browse around, killing time. I push open the front door to be met with that familiar, old musty smell of well-worn objects and old books.... Continue Reading →
Winter is Not Coming, But Coming to a Close.
A short story on Imbolc or Brigid’s Day The rain continues outside. It has been continuous all day with no clearing in sight. Perhaps it will be an early spring. Good thing she collected the reeds from the marsh several days ago when the skies had been bluer. They will be formed into crosses later... Continue Reading →
La Conner and Edison, Two Towns in the Heart of Skagit Valley, Waiting for You.
If you are looking for the perfect Washington state weekend getaway then try these two, off-the-beaten-path, towns in the heart of the Skagit Valley. They can be combined in a single day trip or extended into a leisurely and fun-filled weekend. Skagit Valley is located just about half-way between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. This beautiful... Continue Reading →
When a Weekend Getaway is Wild, Wet, and Beautiful
A Pacific Northwest adventure of the normal kind Tiny droplets of ocean spray hit my face as I turn into the wind. I am bundled up warmly from head to toe; knit hat, quilted jacket, gloves, and warm socks inside my shiny red rubber boots. The sun is at a quarter slant in the sky, for... Continue Reading →
Home is More Than A Place
It is the people in it. Acouple of years ago I experienced a small, mental crisis. My home of several years was boxed up and I had let go of my lease. My daughter and I were preparing to move to a new town. With my hopes high for a new beginning, I looked at... Continue Reading →
Listening is Step Two When Advocating for Your Transgender Kid
It comes right after, I love you just the way you are. Ask me any question you need to mum, says Jace. He steps out into the busy crosswalk. It is already flashing its warning before it turns red. 9 seconds, 8, 7, 6… My hurried steps try to catch up with his. I do have... Continue Reading →
Healthy, raw, vegan…chocolate? It exists, thanks to this Bellingham company
JANUARY 08, 2021by MARYROSE DENTON Healthy, Raw, and Vegan. All words we expect to see on heath and organic foods, but on chocolate? That's a little more rare, but not for Bellingham's LunaVida Chocolates. These mini organic squares of chocolate love you right back, and are handmade from LunaVida's kitchen to yours.Assorted Flavors. (Image: LunaVida Chocolates)... Continue Reading →
Not a New Year’s Resolution but a New Year’s Ritual.
For a fresh start try this. We all can use a fresh start. Especially after this past year which for many proved to be emotionally exhausting, wearing a bit on our psyche as well as our nerves. As the calendar page turns into a new day, this time it also marks a new month and... Continue Reading →
The Birds are Back In Town: Snow geese, swans arrive in Skagit Valley for the winter.
DECEMBER 17, 2020by MARYROSE DENTON Living in the Skagit Valley has many perks - beautiful scenery, bountiful hikes, mountains, water, and every winter the return of the snow geese and trumpeter swans. Several weeks ago I began hearing the familiar and nasal “honk, honk, honk” in the mornings just after sunrise. That sound comes not... Continue Reading →