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Kids can be ‘incredible’

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:23PM

I think kids are incredible — don’t you?

A thousand strings

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:23PM

Almost a thousand harp strings will be plucked in unison on Friday, April 6, when an ensemble of 20 youth harpists presents “From Bach to Rock,” a benefit concert for YouthCare in Seattle. Mercer Island student Masami Cookson (third row, far right) will be in the middle of the action playing a range of music, from classical to Celtic, on her lever harp. Masami, a sixth grader at Islander Middle School, has played the harp for about four years. Harpists performing on the concert range in age from 8 to 18 and come from all parts of Seattle, as well as Olympia, Monroe, Vashon Island, Bellevue, Des Moines and Kent.

Team Rudee: father and son cook

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:23PM

My love for collecting recipes began when I was 12 years old. I would visit a girlfriend after school and we would spend hours clipping recipes out of “Women’s Day” magazines, looking for the best dessert recipes and treats. For me, it was all about collecting the perfect recipes. But for Islander Ken Rudee and his son, Joey, it’s all about cooking as a team. Together they embrace their passion, a love of experimenting with flavors and tastes. Ken learned to love cooking from his dad; now he is passing his knowledge on to Joey.

Sky Scouting

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:23PM

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. -Oscar Wilde

Dandelion bouquets won’t last forever

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

It’s that time of year again, when sunburst-yellow blossoms appear — and multiply — across our yards. Homeowners hate ‘em.

Cellar 46: Raising a glass to the new kid on the block

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

There’s a new kid on the block for wine connoisseurs.

Honoring Mother Earth

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

I remember when Earth Day was first established. It coincided with my 18th birthday. As my graduation from Wenatchee High School drew near, our senior class of 1970 was invited to contemplate the sacred nature of creation in an outdoor assembly. Crowded against the backdrop of the Vietnam war, the Kent State shootings and other anti-establishment protests, Earth Day mattered little to me. It was lost in the plethora of politically-charged initiatives.

Earth Day is this Sunday

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

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Just one of those days

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

The Island’s rising stars

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

A host of Mercer Island shooting stars are breaking into showbiz.

Seniors contribute, grow through volunteering

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

More than 19,000 volunteer hours — worth $297,500 — have been given to both Mercer Island Youth and Family Services and Parks and Recreation.

Clever birds mix, cooperate

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

Last month’s column on the clever antics of crows and jays elicited more reader responses than any column in recent months. Thanks to all of you who sent me stories and other responses. Your reaction prompts me to share more on the topic of clever birds.

Burgundy adds color to both ground and garden

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

The color burgundy has become almost common in leaf color in our gardens. A few years ago, it was hard to find this elusive color, which can add so much to foliage variegation and texture. Now, however, there are many perennials, shrubs and trees that can make your garden sparkle.

Teens and phones can be a real “hang-up”

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

Before call-waiting technology, there were teens, phones, and busy signals.

Construction tests our grit

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

I’ve inhaled it, detected it in my meatloaf, have it in my hair, even in my dreams. Builder’s dust. I’ve learned to tune out the whine of the power tools and not to flinch at imperfections - like a door being a foot off, or sticker shock at a simple bay window costing as much as a down payment on a car.

Modern woodworkers’ treasure: A key to the vintage craft guild of Mercer Island

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

What’s new in the 67-year-old Mercer Island Craft Guild are some high-tech computer-controlled tools hooked into a power vac, which would have knocked the socks off 1940s guild founders Harry Slater and E.A. McGilvra.

A new route to Sonoma

  • May 3, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Nov 24, 2008 at 6:22PM

The Valley of the Moon. Wolf House. The Bear Flag Republic. The Bohemian Forest. The Russian River. Luther Burbank. The Gravenstein Highway. The House of Happy Walls.

Boeing and Airbus rivalry makes for good reading

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

I like to think that every time you read a book, you learn something. I usually read fiction, and I think I learn a lot from it. I learn about the human condition, about how people interact, and about the power of language. I’m always amazed at how putting words down on paper in a certain way can spark the imagination, or make the heart soar.

‘Mercer Island old and new’ — redux

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

You can’t hold back progress, says Ed Lightfoot, as we visit his newly installed historical display at City Hall. It depicts the Lightfoot Brothers’ pioneer enterprises on Mercer Island from 1914 to 1980s, including “Hap” Lightfoot’s East Seattle grocery, post office, bakery, dance/movie hall and coal scale; and the brothers’ garage and gas station at the foot of the 24th Street hill, eventually eclipsed by the highway.

Telephone party lines kept everyone abuzz

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

Do you recall the old telephone party lines? I found that several readers do; and after listening to their recollections, I thought you might get a kick out of some of them.

Baltic light: Mercer Island High School graduate captures the grace and light of Riga, Latvia, with the lens of her camera

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an intimate relationship with light: the way it filtered through my bedroom window as a child, the auburn twilight of an Indian Summer, its ability to saturate feelings, illuminate moments and crystallize time.

Patient advocacy: Five mistakes to avoid

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

Tanya said: “I’m not doing well in my new job as my mom’s patient advocate. Her doctor dismisses her achy, stiff joints with the offhand comment, ‘You’re not a spring chicken. That’s part of getting older.’ Mom wants to see her friend’s joint specialist, and I told her to ask her doctor for a referral. Mom and I have gone over this again and again, and nothing happens. It seems to me that she would rather suffer with stiff joints than experience the mild discomfort of asking for a second opinion.”

A son’s tribute on Mother’s Day

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

People of various faith traditions are tempted to celebrate their high holy days and then fail to embrace the meaning of those festivals the rest of the year. For example, we Christians typically don’t contemplate the events of Good Friday once Easter has past. When we fail to do that we often don’t see how the events of Holy Week speak to other lesser holidays.

Getting a bloomin’ education is not always easy

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

This season blooms with inspiring students who have completed educations, sometimes against all odds.

Islander qualifies for Olympic Trials: Empey achieves qualifying time, Hill places fourth in Oregon marathon

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

April 29 was a big day for Susan Empey and her daughter, Megan. Megan had her seventh birthday. Empey ran an Olympic Trial qualifying time and placed third in the Eugene Marathon in Oregon.

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