Life

Local comedy returns with ‘The 206’

Kent, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, Ellensburg, Enumclaw be warned — “The 206” is coming for you.

Finding God in “It’s a Wonderful Life”

Christmas came early for me this year. In April I was contacted by a publisher asking if I’d be interested in writing a book about a classic Christmas movie.

  • Dec 19th, 2012

‘Upright’ Islander writes, stars in one-woman show

'Murder Abbey,' a solo costume drama parody written and performed by Upright Citizens Brigade member, Kate Hess, is being performed in Los Angeles.

  • Dec 12th, 2012

How the ‘Inch’ stole reading

A cautionary holiday tale for Islander children with apologies to Dr. Seuss.

Chanukah – fry, fry again

Chanukah may not be the most sacred of the Jewish Holidays, but it is one of the more festive holidays. Chanukah is celebrated by Jews all over the world.

Right place at the right time for pioneering family’s wine

I was in the right place at the right time. When Dr. Carrie York, our family’s dentist, couldn’t use her reservations for a wine event at the University Women’s Club, I happily filled in for her.

Youth Theatre Northwest’s Haunted Forest is open

The theme of Youth Theatre Northwest’s annual Mercer Island Haunted Forest, which began last week, is 'Senseless.'

  • Oct 16th, 2012

Money, lots of it, shapes Chinese ‘expat’ schools

Mercer Island family looks back at experience in Beijing ‘expat’ schools.

  • Aug 21st, 2012

Sharing knowledge, passion this Father’s Day

Sitting in the Delta Lounge in the Atlanta airport with my mother and father, we were enjoying each other’s company for the last few moments before we departed to different corners of America.

Mercer Island Jazzers coming out to play

The Mercer Island Jazz Program will present a Summer Jazz Jam at the South End Starbucks Sunday, June 10 from 2-4 p.m.

A mother-in-law’s help in the ways of love and good food

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, my mind is racing with what should I write about. Of course, we mothers already know that we are loved, cherished, undervalued and over-worked.

Mother’s love delivered

In the summer of 1957, Isabel McMurray and her husband were on vacation in Chicago. They’d left their teenage son Scott at home in Decatur, Georgia.

  • May 8th, 2012

Youth Theatre performs ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Youth Theatre Northwest presents an exhilarating and fantastical adventure through time and space.

  • Apr 19th, 2012

MIHS drama to present ‘Our Town’ in May

The Mercer Island Drama Department will present their spring play this May: “Our Town.”

Beware of icebergs on life’s journey

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the day that most famous of all ships carried 1,522 people to their watery graves.

  • Apr 10th, 2012

Islander’s Terra Bella shop full of European charm

Speaking of the uniqueness of her shop, Nancy’s son, Mitchell, inspired me this month to write about his love for the kitchen. Mitchell, only 13 years of age, just had his Bar Mitzvah. He is an avid sports fan, Boy Scout and chef. For his Bar Mitzvah service, he made his own six-braided challah from scratch.

‘Garagistes’ vintners make the grade

Continuing with my series on six former Mercer Islanders who are now winemaker/winery owners, I introduce Leslie Balsley. She moved onto the Island in sixth grade and attended Mercer View Elementary and North Mercer Junior High, and graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1976.

‘Art Behind Barbed Wire’ at Nikkei Museum

A Pacific Northwest Exploration of Japanese-American arts and crafts created in World War II internment camps is being featured at the Northwest Nikkei Museum, at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington, in Seattle’s International District.

  • Mar 21st, 2012

YTN is offering a free show of ‘Urinetown’

Youth Theatre Northwest will be offering a free show of the newest production, “Urinetown,” on Thursday, March 22. The show starts at 10 a.m.

  • Mar 21st, 2012

Mercer Island designer debuts on NBC reality show ‘Fashion Star’

Islander Lisa Vian Hunter appeared in the NBC reality show, “Fashion Star,” this spring. Show producers chose Vian Hunter to be one of the 14 designers competing to become America’s next big fashion star.