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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.

MIHS musicians to play at Carnegie Hall

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

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Timing is everything: When to start looking at universities

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:21PM

Question: When is the right time to initially start looking on colleges?

Library announces teen poetry contest winners

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

The winners of the Mercer Island Library’s teen poetry contest were announced April 30 at a poet’s cafe.

When I was teenager in the late 1950s, my girlfriends and I didn’t even think of working out, unless you would count practicing dance steps while watching Dick Clark’s

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

“American Bandstand.” My brother had basketball, softball and football and didn’t need more exercise. My dad had golf plus an exercise bike that he rode on while watching television. Mom had Jack Lalanne to encourage her to get up and move. But I can’t recall having a role model to emulate.

Designer brands, blowout prices: Youth Theatre Northwest holds a Warehouse Benefit fundraiser on Saturday

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

It’s a shopper’s dream come true — 40,000 pieces of designer clothing all in one Island facility and with near-wholesale price tags. To make the deal even sweeter, a large portion of money generated from clothing sales will go to Youth Theatre Northwest’s 2006-2007 operating budget.

Mercer Island hands across chasms

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

Mercer Island may get a second sister city in China, says Jane Meyer Brahm, president of the MI Sister City Association, which has cultivated our bond with Thonon les Bains, France for the past seven years.

Uniquely New Zealand: Experience wines from father Down Under

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

Today I’m talking about Down Under, but not Australia. Even farther down under: About 1,300 miles southeast of Australia lies New Zealand.

Leaves can brighten a garden

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

Yellow, the color of sunshine; gold, the color of wealth; and chartreuse, the color of bright new leaves, can all be used in the garden to brighten a dark corner, chase away the cloudy gray days of spring and fall or dazzle in the vivid days of summer. While your first thought may be of flowers, the leaves of many plants will supply these sunny colors and will typically last much longer than a floral display.

Dreamcatchers at work

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

Recently my brother-in-law traded his acreage in Idaho for shares in a developing nuclear energy plant. While it could take a decade for approvals and construction, it eventually could bring alternative power to Idaho, California and Nevada.

Islanders build houses in Mexico: Presbyterian church program builds about 140 houses in 14 years

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

Now in its 14th year of sponsoring house-building trips in Mexico, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church has built approximately 140 houses for needy families in Tijuana. Ten of those houses were built from the ground up during spring break by a MIPC group of 95 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, along with 39 college and adult volunteers.

MIHS drama program focuses on art, craft, morality

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

Despite smaller casts and a lower budget, the Mercer Island High School drama department stays very competitive in local competitions and focuses on learning about art, rather than producing elaborate productions, says Karen Campbell, drama teacher.

Making a difference: Seven Islander youths raise thousands to find a cure for juvenile diabetes
By Reporter staff

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

At the annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge event on May 20, the goal for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) was clear: to raise more than $1.13 million to help find a cure for juvenile diabetes. Seven Mercer Island children, all of whom have Type I diabetes, participated in this year’s Beat the Bridge and together raised $61,895.

Exercise and seniors: Get out, get healthy and feel good

  • Nov 24, 2008 at 6:20PM

It is true. Exercise really does help your overall health and well-being. So why is it so hard to make exercise a regular part of my day? To me, it feels like homework. If I am organized and a do a little bit every day, then I feel better. However, if I procrastinate, I produce many feelings of guilt. What I have forgotten, is that as a youth, I never thought about exercise as homework. It was fun, and it allowed me to be a part of a larger group of people. I actually enjoyed it.

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