Cherry swirled cheesecake | Recipe of the Week

Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups chocolate cookie crumbs, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted, 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling or topping, 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened, 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, 3 large eggs, 1/3 cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

  • May 11th, 2011

Transformed Mercer Island home open for viewing

This Sunday, May 15, the Seattle chapter of the American Institute of Architects is featuring a Mercer Island home designed by Allison Hogue and Richard Floisand of Seattle's Floisand Studio, at 5045 E. Mercer Way.

After mom, it’s time for ‘Other’s Day’ | On Religion

Last weekend was all about celebrating mothers. Those who gave us birth and nurtured us with love. In my case it also included Mother Nature, whose natural beauty and organic goodness sustains our lives.

  • May 10th, 2011

A recipe gift for Mother’s Day | On Food

This year’s Mother’s Day has me dancing with joy. It is the first time that I will get to be with my mother on Mother’s Day in almost 20 years. My mother lives in Florida and I live on Mercer Island. So, I will not be taking this Mother’s Day for granted.

Mercer Islander is leader of women’s health studies

Islander and epidemiologist, Dr. Andrea LaCroix is again at the center of the decades-long discussion about the efficacy and risks of hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women. The results of the recent phase of the studies she has lead indicates some significant benefits for women who took estrogen alone beginning in their 50s after hysterectomies.

  • Apr 20th, 2011

‘Finding the home row’

Although most of my peers learned to type in high school, I took a typing course in eighth grade. One of our neighbors was a typing instructor at the local community college. He bent the rules so I could audit an evening class. As a result I learned to bend my fingers at just the right angle and at just the right position on the keyboard. It was Mr. Hill who introduced me to the “home row.”

  • Apr 18th, 2011

YTN Magic gala is Saturday

Youth Theatre Northwest is conjuring up a gala evening fundraiser on Saturday, April 16. The evening will include dinner and performances to celebrate the magic and legacy of YTN.

A vision becomes a ‘Kesher garden’

A meaningful project is underway at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Right now it looks a lot like mud, but next month planting will begin in what will be called the SJCC Kesher (which means “connection” in Hebrew) Community Garden.

As college admissions tighten, students must consider options

Every year when I review the stats for the incoming class of freshmen, I feel a sense of dread knowing that each year the percentage of admitted students drops. This year almost feels laughable with Harvard and Columbia admitting only 6 percent of students, with Yale and Stanford following close behind with a 7 percent admittance rate.

Mercer Islander’s book celebrates soccer culture in Seattle

Writing books is not exactly a new venture for longtime author Clare Hodgson Meeker. The Island resident has published several books, but her most recent is one that touches the community of soccer in Seattle.

‘You sit on the front porch and tell stories’ | Community profile

Maggie Bennett is best known for her folk music, but this longtime resident of Mercer Island has recently published her first book, “Windy Stories,” which is based on her Ph.D. dissertation. Bennett has traveled most of the world, and has heard many stories.

Comfort food to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Along with the mood-elevating effect of warm temperatures and sunny blue skies, there’s nothing like a little whimsy in the air to brighten things up — the kind that Saint Patrick’s Day brings our way. How can anyone of any age not be charmed by the enchantment of fairies, leprechauns and the big unifying embrace from a holiday that says, “Everyone’s Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day.”

  • Mar 7th, 2011

Mercer Island author speaking at NW Women’s Show

Mercer Island resident and author AC Christensen recently E-published her two books, “Motorbikes and Murder,” a mystery, and “Patrick the Naughty Pony,” a children’s chapter book.

  • Mar 1st, 2011

Sun Valley through the years: the ‘first U.S. ski resort’

Sun Valley is in the middle of its 75th operational year, and celebrations of its status as America’s first ski resort have been ongoing throughout the season. If you ever wanted an additional reason to visit, you might consider going from March 27 to April 3. This is when the Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame will be inducting six new members in conjunction with Ski Heritage Week, and the package prices are an incredibly good deal. How about $75 per person per night for lodging plus a lift ticket?

Mercer Island fifth-grader performs in PNB’s ‘Cinderella’

Island resident Ana Ko Glass has a role as a "Good Fairy Attendant" in the Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of "Cinderella" and was photographed during a full dress rehearsal at McCaw Hall in Seattle on Thursday, February 3, 2011.

  • Feb 8th, 2011

‘Love isn’t love until you give it away…’

On November 16, 1959, "The Sound of Music," the timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, began a three-and-a-half year run on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Several weeks before the show’s opening, Oscar Hammerstein was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Prior to being admitted for surgery, the famed lyricist stopped at the theatre to convey encouragement and inspiration to his leading lady. He passed a piece of paper to the young actress playing Maria von Trapp.

  • Feb 8th, 2011

Mercer Islander’s film ‘Winter’s Bone’ up for best picture Oscar

Anne Rosellini, a 1987 graduate of Mercer Island High School, is “one-third elated, one-third horrified and one-third nervous” about being nominated for two Academy Awards. Rosellini and her co-producer, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, are nominated in the Best Picture category for their film, “Winter’s Bone.” Rosellini and Debra Granik, who is the film’s director, are nominated for best adapted screenplay. The nominee is a member of the well-known Rosellini family of Washington state.

Photos: a year in review on Mercer Island

As the year comes to an end, these photos offer a glimpse of 2010 on Mercer Island: the city celebrates 50 years in July, tulips bloom in the spring, a new historical sign commemorates the Roanoke ferry dock, Islanders join the Summer Celebration and homecoming parades and Third Thursday Art Walk, Earthcorps volunteers take a break at Clarke Beach, the Blue Angels return for Seafair, Friday night football features the Mercer Island High School marching band, children learn and play, and snow falls just days before Thanksgiving.

Mercer Islander’s images of fame 30 years ago still tell stories

After chuckling at a cover portraying a TSA agent patting down a compliant passenger, it is likely that a few Islanders opened their New Yorker magazine last week to find a local connection to the subject of one of the storied magazine’s features. On page 90, there is a review on a new book, “The Petting Zoo,” by author Jim Carroll. The review of the book, published posthumously last month, includes a black and white photo taken of the artist as a young man. The image conveys the intensity of its subject in a single jolt.

  • Dec 14th, 2010

Mercer Islander’s book earns recognition

Islander Fred Milkie Jr.’s 2010 book, “Alone Around the Mountain: A Visual Memoir,” is the result of over 10 years of hiking, observing, contemplating and photographing in Mt. Rainier National Park. The book was a collaboration between Milkie and gifted designer and longtime friend, Teri Nakamura. It has been nominated as “Best Book” by the Pacific NW Booksellers and was awarded silver by the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen.