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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.

Mercer Island 11-year-old aims to save the word, one carnival at a time

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Carnival signs at Luther Burbank on June 1 led to a hilltop where several “tween” girls sat in the trees, watching their chums perform a puppet show for younger carnival-goers. Magic tricks, games and treats awaited their pleasures. Posters and handouts informed kids how to help save the rainforests and other endangered things of the world. Fourteen girls directed me to 11-year-old Zoey Pressey, who organized this — her third annual “benefit carnival.”

MIHS students head to space camp

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Mercer Island High School juniors Michael Rudokas and Alex Tao are preparing a mission to Mars. After proving themselves in “Phase One” of the 2008 Washington Aerospace Scholar (WAS) program, the two teenagers have qualified for a summer residency at the Museum of Flight, where they will design a human mission to Mars with experts in the field.

New books for new babies

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

As my friends start having children, I have developed the habit of hoarding board books. I always have four or five tucked away, and as soon as I get the good-news e-mail, I send a few books to the happy family. Some of my selections are books I have loved for years and have had the pleasure of watching children respond to, such as Eric Carle’s “Head to Toe,” Bruce Degen’s “Jamberry,” and Rod Campbell’s “Dear Zoo.” But I have also recently been charmed by a number of newer baby books.

Former Islander to perform

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Former Island piano teacher Margie Balter will be playing a selection of songs from her debut CD, “Music from My Heart,” at the Seattle Borders bookstore, 1501 Fourth Ave., on Friday, June 13. The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a “meet and greet” CD signing.

Working around the astronomical price of gas

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Are you starting to feel like the only reason why you work is so that you can afford to fill up your tank to get to work? If so, you may want to develop a few new strategies for coping with the ever-increasing price of gas. Here are a few suggestions.

A West Mercer view

  • Jun 11, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Sep 9, 2008 at 4:28PM

Islanders swim, walk and run for others

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Christopher Simpson at MI Country Club sees hundreds of Island dads in action. As a father of four who teaches Island kids to swim, Chris knows how to spot the superlative. He nominates David Kelly-Hedrick for his and his wife Heather’s modern way of shared parenting and exposing their children, ages 12, 10 and 7, to life’s adventures.

A mission for Africa

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Togolese man is fellow at Seattle nonprofit institute

Weather watchers wanted

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Washington is the latest state to join a rapidly growing network of volunteer rainfall observers across the country. As of June 1, Washington state became part of a growing national network of volunteers who collect local weather data.

‘Green’ wines offer taste, variety and a clear conscience

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

The good thing about global warming, climate changes and high gas prices is that many people are now becoming aware of the need to conserve. I see more shoppers bringing reusable bags to the supermarket. The shuttle bus from the Mariners game last week was standing room only. I especially appreciated the bumper sticker on a hybrid car that said: “We drive this car for our grandchildren’s future.”

Spending your bucks on ‘bird-friendly’ coffee

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

This spring, I was frequently asked, “Where are the hummingbirds?” I, too, noticed little activity at my nectar feeders. At first I thought it was just the cold spring that delayed the birds’ northbound migration. I was hopeful that they would still appear.

Nancy Hilliard Welcome summer — and extended hands

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

As summer becomes official, Islanders throng to our walking-biking trails. Not only do more dog-walkers surface, but hired sitters manage “leash bouquets” attached to assorted pups. Skateboarders join in, free from the classroom and often with cell phones attached to their ears.

Islander spends vacation with Vietnam orphans

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Lisa Abeyta, the manager at Island Salon and Spa, will spend her two weeks of vacation at an orphanage in Loc Binh, Vietnam. Instead of pampering Island women with manicures, facials and makeup, Abeyta will be caring for children suffering from malaria, leprosy and malnutrition. The work is trying, the hours are long and the living conditions are far from comfortable. But the rewards, according to Abeyta, are invaluable.

The sound of the Orient

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

Islanders perform with Chinese Arts & Music Association

New YTN director brings fresh perspective

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

For nearly a month now, Manuel Cawaling has been the new executive director of Youth Theatre Northwest. But he is no stranger to the Island’s only production house. Cawaling’s relationship with YTN goes back almost 10 years, to when he directed “The Nightingale” in 1999. Since then, he has directed a number of plays at YTN and has grown close with the theatre team.

Island briefs

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:27PM

The Women Painters of Washington Gallery is now showing the “Mischief” exhibition through Aug. 1. Mercer Island resident Nancy Axell is among the artists who are displaying their art pieces in the exhibit. Other Mercer Island members of the Women Painters of Washington include Esther Akrish, Madelaine Georgette, Gertrude Hollis, Genny Rees and Cissy Gray.

Find a way to 'let go' this July 4 | Nancy Hilliard

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

When do the lazy days of summer come? We’ve had three end-of-school performances, three graduations, one wedding, visits to friends with new bionic parts, baseball games, swim meets, one Golden Grad reunion in Boise and my Queen Anne High golden gala yet to come. Gadzooks.

President’s Council on Fitness

  • Sep 9, 2008 at 4:26PM

Originally proposed over 50 years ago, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness was formed after concerns that our nation was going “soft.” President Eisenhower appointed then Vice President Richard Nixon to chair the council and establish physical fitness objectives for the country at large, and youth in particular. Immediate goals for the very first council were to raise the standards for physical fitness professionals, increase funding for classes and equipment at public schools, and to encourage more students, particularly girls, to participate in sports and recreational activities.

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