A Brief History of Cycling in Seattle

A Brief History of Cycling in Seattle

“Trees sway overhead and the pitted pavement rises gently on the way into Interlaken Park on North Capitol Hill. At the spot where East Interlaken Boulevard splits, take the low road and pedal between wooden posts and you will be transported back in time — 125...

Solstice Hope Springs From Midnight Soil

On Sunday, I held the darkness of the earth in my hand. It was warm and comforting. As a gardener, I hope for any day with weather fair enough. Sunday was one, with clear, still air and patches of blue sky. So I walked the yard looking for a good project, and found...
Vietnam’s Mekong Delta: A Friendly, Flat Bike Tour

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta: A Friendly, Flat Bike Tour

Author’s note: This travel article was slated to appear in publication in late 2019, but of course the coronavirus pandemic put an end to almost all travel, and writing (or publishing) travel stories seemed pointless until the pandemic ends. Although it has not ended...

Shirley’s Beet Pickles

If your beets are sizing up, or you can get a big batch of them at a farmers market, how about making some tasty pickles? This is my mother’s beet pickle recipe, simple and yet delicious. And of course, since it came from her and it is food I loved as a child, it...

November Tasks: Slow Gardening

Grab that sliver of sunlight between showers and get out into the garden. Fleece up and tidy the shed on a rainy day. Scratch out some thoughts on next year, with notes on this year’s successes and duds. There are some November tasks for us Maritime Northwest...