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A hop, skip and a jump to the Bellevue Botanical Garden

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

From my home turf on Mercer Island, I’m always hunting for outdoor places that are easy to access but remote in look and feel. The Bellevue Botanical Garden offers just that — a feast of nature, well-groomed, meandering trails and intriguing tidbits of local history. The Garden shows off well in any season, but late spring is an ideal time, just as the rhododendrons and azaleas come into full bloom and the trees sprout their new green leaves.

New book tells how to raise parents

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Between dating, grades, piercings and privacy, the life of a teenage girl is no easy cake walk. First-time author Sarah O’Leary Burningham, formerly of Bellevue, explores the complex and sometimes tenuous relationship between teens and parents in her book, “How To Raise Your Parents: A Teen Girl’s Survival Guide.”

Spring has sprung

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Chef Lisa Odegard has a desire to cook. Her knowledge is broad, her personality is colorful, and her abilities are exceptional. With a passion for sharing knowledge, Odegard is a teaching chef, a menu consultant and a caterer with 11 years in the professional food industry plus a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. She is passionate for local, organic and sustainable food, and has been on the planning committee for the Mercer Island Farmer’s Market. Her extra hours are spent working on other community projects and with regional farms. Odegard will offer cooking classes at the Mercer Island Community Center — a chance to learn to cook from someone whose destiny is the seductive world of food and wine.

Spring has sprung

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Chef Lisa Odegard has a desire to cook. Her knowledge is broad, her personality is colorful, and her abilities are exceptional. With a passion for sharing knowledge, Odegard is a teaching chef, a menu consultant and a caterer with 11 years in the professional food industry plus a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. She is passionate for local, organic and sustainable food, and has been on the planning committee for the Mercer Island Farmer’s Market. Her extra hours are spent working on other community projects and with regional farms. Odegard will offer cooking classes at the Mercer Island Community Center — a chance to learn to cook from someone whose destiny is the seductive world of food and wine.

The second half

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

Continued from last week, Island pioneer Virginia Ogden Elliott’s (1908-1981) Mercer Island Old & New column, first published on March 1, 1961 in the MI Reporter. “Nin” tells of the first grocers and the birth of our commercial center. Oh, what would she think of the scalped “country village” she hoped for? Enjoy.

Celebrating the seniors among us

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

My 81-year-old mother has a favorite expression as she contemplates growing older. “Age is just a number … and mine is unlisted.” While that may be a fun way to dodge admitting how old you are, I think there is merit in just eliminating the second half of the statement. Age is just a number. A person’s length of life doesn’t invite you to make broad-brushed assumptions.

Out with the cold, in with the bold

  • May 14, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 4:30PM

I have been waiting to rotate my clothing until the weather shows more promise of warmth. The presence of tulips has reassured me that contrary to what I see outside my window, spring has arrived! It’s finally time for me to shed my sweaters — and to take some bold steps with my wardrobe.

From Washington to California, women excel in winemaking

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

I try to keep this wine column timely: Thanksgiving choices in November, rosés for summer. Other than May wine, May is a challenge — until I thought about Mother’s Day. Then a feature about women winemakers seemed especially appropriate!

Oncologist reluctantly retires after six years fighting own illness

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Dr. Paul Knoll set out to be a physicist. After three years at the University of Washington, he felt a strong tug in another direction.

Mercer Island, old and new

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

(Continued from last week.)

Delight in shade plants

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

A common mistake made by beginning or less-than-experienced gardeners is forgetting to take into consideration the amount of sunlight a plant will receive. Plants that need sun will not flower or prosper in shade, and plants that need shade will wither and scorch in sun. Most plants that are available in nurseries do well in sun, so it is the shaded garden that is the most difficult to master.

Bicycle Saturdays and Sundays offer a smooth ride

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

This summer, don’t miss Bicycle Saturdays and Sundays just off Mercer Island in Seattle, a time when Lake Washington Boulevard is car-free between Mt. Baker Beach and Seward Park. On June 14 and 29, July 12 and 20, Aug. 9 and 17, and Sept. 13 and 21 (the two May dates have already passed), between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., grab your bicycle and head over to the Group Health Cooperative and Cascade Bicycle Club-sponsored ride.

Drowning danger increases on warm days

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

With hot weather ahead, residents should think twice before dipping into the dangerously cold waters in this area.

Hotel Murano and the City of Destiny

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Sometimes, the best getaways are the easiest. And the most overlooked.

Islander chosen for National Geographic adventure

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Savanna Reid is one lucky 13-year-old. In two months, the Islander Middle School seventh-grader will be exploring the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, the prehistoric Daintree Rainforest and the exotic jungles of Tasmania. She will be accompanied by a group of National Geographic Society team members and more than 30 adventurous youth like herself. And she is still getting used to the idea.

Islander boats

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

This is the final in a series of four “Mercer Island Old & New” columns written by Virginia Ogden Elliott (1908-1981) and first published in the Reporter on March 22, 1961. “Nin” tells of the Island’s boats of the 1920s and 1930s, particularly the legendary steamer, Dawn.

Bellevue’s skate plaza a regional attraction

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Standing on a skateboard for his first time ever in brown dress shoes, a helmet and knee pads over his khakis, state Rep. Ross Hunter glides down the ramp.

Power of Attorney: who will decide if you cannot?

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

It starts with a question. Who will make decisions for you when you cannot? Then, will decisions made on your behalf be what you want? These are issues that often do not have easy answers.

Gift cards and cash most popular graduation gifts

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to gift giving, especially as graduation season approaches. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2008 Graduation Consumer Intentions and Actions survey, conducted by BIGresearch, small-in-size items such as gift cards (35.6 percent) and cash (56.8 percent) will remain the most popular graduation gifts, while traditional favorites such as apparel (10.8 percent) and electronics (11.6 percent) will be given by fewer. In addition to gifts, many consumers also plan to give a greeting card (35.6 percent) to graduates.

Turn off energy thieves

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:29PM

I caught a thief in my house the other day. Sneaky, silent, tricky as can be, this miscreant was so smooth, so slick that I hadn’t even noticed its relentless and remorseless ways, even though the culprit was right in front of me the whole time.

Island life resumes ‘after the trails’

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

I heard you enjoyed five weeks of yarns from the late Virginia Ogden Elliot, the Island pioneer who bequeathed us her “Mercer Island Old and New” columns. A compilation of her work is on reserve at the library.

‘Lives interrupted’ are recognized

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Two Mercer Island octogenarians are celebrating unexpected graduations this season — 66 years after the moment in history that dashed their college careers and sent 120,000 people of Japanese descent to internment camps in 1942.

Safety before comfort for seniors

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

“There’s no place like home.” It offers comfort, belonging and safety. Yet sometimes our intrinsic tie to the place where we have lived for 40, 50 and 60 years can become a completely unsafe situation. When we age, so does our home.

Walk to benefit brain cancer treatment

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

In March 1985, Quinn Phillips was looking forward to graduation. The tall, good-looking Mercer Island High School senior couldn’t help but anticipate walking in cap and gown to Pomp and Circumstance in June. He was excited for what the future held. Although Quinn assumed that it would be filled with opportunities and challenges, he had no way of imagining what would play out exactly 20 years later — challenges and opportunities of a kind that most will never face.

When it comes to parenting, pass on the good stuff

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

A few years ago, I was visiting with a friend who had just celebrated his youngest daughter receiving her diploma at her college’s graduation ceremony. My friend had worked for General Electric all his life and had no training in psychology or therapy, but he made a statement that caught my attention. “I hope I passed on a little less of the poison,” he said to me. I knew exactly what he meant as he looked me in the eye. I was struck by his groundedness and his humility.

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