I learn about hospice, for now, through photographs

For the past couple weeks I’ve been holed up in my office. Lights dimmed, I stand at my desk, quietly working on my iMac to produce a Powerpoint presentation for our local “Heart for Hospice” fundraiser. As I pair inspirational quotes to my images, concepts swirl around me like gentle zephyrs: Life, death with dignity, neighbors, friends, volunteers. Rather than continue with bulky words though, I’ll let this selection of mini-posters speak for me, for hospice. Please, if you have a hospice organization in your area, support their efforts any way you can, because we’re all connected. Feel free to download the photos, print them, mail them as note cards, share this blog post, whatever. Because love–yes, love–makes the world go round.

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Louisa May Alcott, storms, hospice, poster, Marion Owen, photo

Mark Twain, kindness, quote, hospice, photo, Marion Owen

Ram Dass, quote, snowflake, Marion Owen, photo

Depth of life, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marion Owen, photo, iris, flower

Rick Warren, quote, puffin, Marion Owen, photo, hospice

Success, Danny Thomas, quote, poster, Marion Owen, photo, hospice

Chocolate, Charles Schulz, Marion Owen, photo, hospice

Bette Midler, wings, Marion Owen, photo, hospice

Thema Davis, storm, Marion Owen, photo, sunlight, clouds

God gave us burdens, Marion Owen, photo, hospice

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You’re the best.

Thanks for reading this post… bless you.

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Happy New Year from an Island in the North Pacific

In the winter of 1984, I delivered my personal belongings to a Seattle shipping company and then drove to SeaTac airport to catch a flight to Kodiak, Alaska, a large, kidney-shaped island in the Gulf of Alaska. A week later, I celebrated New Year’s Day with new friends.

Thirty-one years later, I’m still in Kodiak. It’s winter again and it’s dark outside. But it’s bright here in my office with my iMac where I just finished working on one of photos. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it. I couldn’t stop there though. Following the image below you’ll find four, short ‘n sweet quotations that I hope inspire you or someone you know, to start the new year with a positive attitude.

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Your daily life is your temple and your religion.” ~Kahlil Gibran

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” ~Psalm 90:12

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

Thanks everyone, for your love and support,

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Not a gardener? These 12 New Year’s resolutions are meant for you, too.

If you’re like me, you need a goal—even a tiny one—or you might end up like a lost duck, waddling along the lake shore, but never getting into the water. Today I’m sharing a dozen resolutions, mostly slanted for gardeners. But if you’ve never used a trowel, that’s alright. Within these gentle offerings I’m sure a photo, a quotation or a technique will pique your interest. Who knows. Maybe you’ll be inspired to dip a toe into the water.

1. Live the good life: Go outside

We humans, on average, spend about 95 percent of our time indoors, meaning we all suffer a little bit from Nature Deficit Disorder. So please do yourself a favor: Get thee outdoors! Speaking of nature, REI took an unusual stand against Black Friday: They closed all 143 stores. Why? To encourage friends and family to spend time outdoors. Their #optoutside campaign remains wildly popular.

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A walk in the park does wonders for the soul. Photo by Marion Owen

So every day, make a date with the great outdoors. Stroll around your yard or neighborhood. Go for a walk in the park, visit an arboretum. I don’t care if you hug a tree or not, just get outside. I remember as a kid, mom would herd us out the back door, rain or shine. At first we didn’t like being told what to do, but we actually preferred being outside. Fresh air has a way of making you feel more alive.

2. Lettuce help

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 in 8 households in the United States experiences hunger or the risk of hunger. How can you help? Grow extra veggies, then donate them to your local food bank, soup kitchen, or homeless shelter. The Garden Writers Association explains how you can Plant a Row for the Hungry.

Treat a person as he is, and will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.
~Jimmy Johnson

Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul cartoon by Kathy Shaken.3. Where did I put that plant, anyway?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever misplaced your car keys. Like losing keys, it’s easy to forget where you transplanted that bunch of bleeding hearts. That’s where smartphones come in handy. Snap photos of your garden and yard. Save them on your device as a digital journal or scrapbook.

Speaking of forgetfulness, as a co-author working on the New York Times bestseller, Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, I volunteered to locate quotes and cartoons to complement each of the 101 stories. I laughed when I found this cartoon by Kathy Shaskan…

4. Keep the faith, baby

Don’t be afraid of failure. Be a cheerleader and have more faith in plants. “Plants want to survive and live,” says Amy Pennington, author of Apartment Gardening. “They will go to great lengths to make sure their genetic strain lives on. They don’t need constant monitoring, they just need a helper.”

Like people, plants respond to extra attention. ~H. Peter Loewer

A salad garden (and helping hands) in Kodiak, Alaska. Photo by Marion Owen

A salad garden (and helping hands) in Kodiak, Alaska. Photo by Marion Owen

5. Real people eat real salads

There’s nothing like a fresh carrot or sun-warmed tomato. But if you don’t have room for a full-sized garden, sign up for a community garden plot or at least try to grow salad greens in a container. The authors of Bountiful Container will show you how. Growing safe, healthy food and being less dependent on Big Business Food are the top reasons why people grow their own. If you don’t believe me, read The Dumbing Down of Food: Why We Need to Own Our Food Future by Erik Wolf.

The purpose of agriculture is not the production of food, but the perfection of human beings. ~Masanobu Fukuoka

6. Tomato to human: “No junk food, please.”

Your plants want a healthy diet, so give them one. There’s no such thing as perfect soil or dirt that never needs replenishing. At least once a year, mulch with compost, shredded leaves, aged manure (aged like a good wine!) and–if you live by the ocean–plenty of kelp. (Seaweed is among the best gifts that nature makes available for the garden). Mulching improves soil nutrition and texture without the need to add chemicals.

Irish lore says that you can predict the weather by observing changes in seaweeds. Just hang a frond or two outside by the house. The strand (or frond) will remain rigid and dry when the weather is to remain good. Conversely, before it rains, the frond will become wet and moist long before it rains.

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Just like you, your plants want to be healthy. Healthy plants, healthy you. Photo by Marion Owen

7. What’s that bug?

Aphids, pestsSpeaking of chemicals, before you reach for fungicides, herbicides, or ANY-cides, promise to learn what disease or insect is affecting your plants, like those aphids at right. Then research what earth-friendly solutions are available. It just so happens that the University of California has compiled helpful guidelines for managing home, garden, turf, and landscape pests with environmentally sound methods.

8. If you love your kids, love your lawn

Kids love to run barefoot on the grass. But danger lurks underfoot if you use any kind of chemical fertilizers. Break the chemical habit. Resolve to help–not hinder–your lawn’s desire to be green and healthy. It’s a 2-step process:

  1. Mow at a healthy height: Set your mower at its HIGHEST setting. Your lawn is made up of individual plants and 3-inch plants support a thicker and deeper network of roots much better than crewcut stubs ever thought of doing. Which means your lawn will require less water and can tolerate anything nature throws at it: Drought, heavy rain, freeze-thaw periods, diseases, pests, weeds, and the pitter-pat of little feet.
  2. Feed your lawn health food. In early spring, sprinkle a 1 to 2-inch layer of compost all over your lawn and spread it around with a rake. Now just watch. In a couple weeks the Ugly Duckling lawn will become a beautiful  swan lawn.
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Here’s the easiest, cheapest and most effective way to feed and renew your lawn: Spread a 1-inch layer of sifted compost on top and spread it with a rake.

9. It’s all about the journey

Yes I know, setting a goal is important, but experiencing the journey is where you learn.  While mapping out next year’s garden, try growing a new veg or a new flower. Change is good. “Challenges,” says Cicely Tyson, “make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. Pour a cup of your favorite beverage, sit down at the computer or with seed catalog and fill out an order form. It’s the beginning of a great adventure.

10. Save the world, make compost

The New York Times‘ book, 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers says, “Compost is the answer to everything.” So what are you waiting for? Assuming you don’t live in an apartment, collect ingredients and start a compost pile. Go on a treasure hunt. Talk with your neighbors. (When my Seattle brother felt sorry for his uprooted sister in Alaska, he mailed a trash compactor load of leaves). By making your own compost you save money: No more going to the nursery to buy bagged compost. Besides, leaves and grass clippings don’t belong in the landfill.

11. There’s a dragon in the garden!

Meet Daisy, my first 3-dimensional mosaic project. Her inner core is Styrofoam leftover from retired dock floats. After carving a head shape, I covered it with mesh and cement, and added broken plates. Okay, garden art doesn’t have to be as elaborate as Daisy. Stepping stones, a bamboo fence, a whale-shaped piece of driftwood–Pinterest is full of ideas–go a long way to enhance your yard with a creative focal point.

You don’t have a garden just for yourself. You have it to share.  ~Augusta Carter

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Daisy the mosaic dragon. Garden art created and photographed by Marion Owen, Kodiak, Alaska

12. Take the first step

Remember Benjamin Franklin? Although not a serious gardener, he dabbled with plants, introducing many European plants to the colonies, including rhubarb for its medicinal (not pie) qualities.

Benjamin also had a few wise things to say about goals. This one’s my favorite: “Little strokes fell great oaks.”

Thanks for stopping by. Cheers,

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Merry Christmas from Kodiak Island, Alaska

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With a little Photoshop magic, I added holiday lights to the wind turbines on Pillar Mountain, near Kodiak, Alaska. To us, these six turbines ARE magic. When combined with the hydroelectric generators, they allow Kodiak to enjoy 98% renewable energy. Plus, we’ve saved almost 9 million gallons of diesel fuel since 2009. Not bad for a community that’s off the grid and yet located on the second largest island in the U.S. Wahoo!

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Anatomy of a Snowflake: Science, art and a little magic

During Alaska’s long winters, I love to photograph snowflakes but thanks to global warming, the last two years have been a bust. So when we arrived at our friends house in Anchorage on December 10, 2015, I was cautiously hopeful.

I got to work setting up my gear on their back deck. As before, I placed the “snowflake camera” on top of two milk crates. Everything else–glass microscope slides, air blower, and paintbrushes for lifting individual flakes–was arranged on a wooden stool off to the side. Then I enclosed the laboratory inside a portable outhouse tent. For the next five days I lived in polar fleece jackets, insulated pants, bunny boots and my favorite purple knit hat.

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Anatomy of a snowflake: Science, art and a little magic. Photo and illustration by Marion Owen

All the while, the National Weather Service promised blizzards and snow showers. I prayed for temperatures between 5 to 12 degrees F, ideal for the formation of stellar dendrites, those classic-shaped snowflakes. Cloudy and warm. Most of the snow crystals falling on my black sampling boards were coated with frozen droplets of rime. I call them warts.

My efforts weren’t a total bust though: In five days of standing outside, eyeing the sky, checking the forecast, drinking honey-laced coffee, and snacking on trail mix, I managed to photograph one… good… snowflake.

Back at home, in front of the computer, I found myself staring at this solitary snowflake, as if admiring a precious stone. A dashed line here, a dot there; valleys and highways. I looked some more and started to see worlds within worlds.

Was it worth it? Spending five days in an outhouse tent? I thought about photographers who’d waited weeks or months for the perfect light, or the right animal to show up, only to have their goals fizzle. I can’t complain.

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Ring bell for service: Finding Christmas spirit in a rural Alaska post office

So my husband and I are on a road trip from Kodiak Island to the big city of Anchorage, Alaska. Our journey involves a 10-hour ferry ride followed by a 5-hour drive through winter wonderlands you read about in story books. We have Christmas presents to mail so we pull into the tiny post office in Anchor Point, Alaska, just outside of Homer.

No one’s at the front counter, but we see a sign, “Ring Bell for Service.” We push the button and suddenly “Joy to the World!” fills the waiting area.

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Soon a petite lady with auburn hair appears. “May I help you?”

“I’d like to mail these packages,” says Marty.

“Would you like me to put ‘fragile’ on them?”

“Oh, no,” he says, smiling. “This is fruitcake. You can’t hurt fruitcake.”

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Here’s a sampling of winter wonderland scenes we discovered on our road trip… Merry Christmas!

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Morning sun bursts over mountain ridge near Tern Lake, Alaska. Marion Owen photo

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Hoarfrost encases trees along Alaska’s Sterling Highway. Marion Owen photo.

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Sunrise over frozen lake near Cooper Landing, Alaska. Marion Owen photo.

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Let it snow, please. How about that winter 2015-2016 forecast, anyway?

Every morning at 6 AM, our public radio station wakes us up with Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. If you haven’t heard the podcast narrated by Keillor, it’s a wonderful, 2 to 3-minute, “this day in history” snapshot, followed by a poem. Today’s poem, for December 7, was called “Snow” by Anne Sexton. I closed my eyes and sank into the pillow as rain pelted the window, confirmation that the winter 2015-2016 outlook forecast is calling for another warm winter for northerners. Will I be able to photograph snowflakes? “There is hope,” says Anne. “There is hope everywhere.”

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Photograph of a real, live snowflake taken by Marion Owen

SNOW

Snow,
blessed snow,
comes out of the sky
like bleached flies.
The ground is no longer naked.
The ground has on its clothes.
The trees poke out of sheets
and each branch wears the sock of God.

There is hope.
There is hope everywhere.
I bite it.
Someone once said:
Don’t bite till you know
if it’s bread or stone.
What I bite is all bread,
rising, yeasty as a cloud.

There is hope.
There is hope everywhere.
Today God gives milk
and I have the pail.

~ by Anne Sexton

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How Black Friday contributes to global warming, violence

A recent snowfall found me in a nostalgic mood, so I sat down to watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the animated story narrated by Burl Ives as Sam the singing snowman. While tapping my foot to “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” a commercial erupted onto the screen, announcing the continuation of Black Friday sales. I pressed the mute button and turned to my husband. “All this pushy, buy now! hype, is enough to make you gag.”

What’s the matter with us? Why do we cower before the god of consumerism, accepting lamblike the appearance of Christmas decorations, as soon as the Halloween candy is yanked off store shelves? Hello, we’re supposed to be a modern, enlightened civilization moving forward with extraordinary advancements in science and technology.

Which way is up?

Assuming we are we moving forward, is it in a positive direction? I mean, is the world getting better or are we slowly destroying ourselves? I wonder, because within this post-industrial age of the past 200 years, we’ve become addicted to chasing progress, that irresistible lure to create—and obtain—the next best thing.

The price for all this progress is evident in the countless social, physical and spiritual problems that plague our world. Citizens of the world, we’ve changed. Our core values are no longer in sync with nature’s laws. Behold our environment: The root cause of the unabated devastation of our planet is caused by industrial selfishness and runaway technology, whose sole purpose seems to be to stimulate the consumption of goods, the production of which requires fossil fuels.

What’s behind the ads?

Marketing pundits want you to believe that the more you buy, the happier you’ll be. Alas, any saint will tell you that material pleasures provide only fleeting happiness and false security. “Stuff” invests nothing in our storehouses of inner peace and joy.

Ah, but we love our smartphones. I know, I know, the rapid dissemination of information has linked the globe as never before. And that’s a good thing, for it has reduced many barriers between us humans, and nations can no longer hide behind a veil of isolationism. The flip side though, is that we’ve become a restless, sensation-hungry, unhappy society–beautifully connected on the outside; frustrated on the inside.

It is a psychological fact that pleasure is born of a desire fulfilled and pain is born of a desire unfulfilled. Both are crests of waves. Man is constantly tossing atop these contrasting extremes. In the hollow between the two waves is the state of indifference or boredom. —Paramahansa Yogananda

Toys R Us

If you give a child a toy, and then take it away, a tantrum ensues. This is a small illustration of frustration resulting from a desire unfulfilled yet how do you react when you become frustrated? [Fill in the blank_________]. Now consider frustration on a bigger scale: Exchange that toy with fresh water, crude oil, farmland or clean air and you’ve got real-life, global scenarios.

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Thwarted desires often lead to resentment, depression, jealousy or anger—the lowest rung on the ladder of emotions. If a person or nation gets angry enough, all too often the situation vents itself in violence of one kind or another.

If we are to survive as a species…

…we need to replace selfishness (performing for our own gains) with selflessness (helping each other). Advancements in science and technology should be applied for the betterment of the human race as a whole. And schooling for the young should be based on spiritual  (I did NOT say religious) principles. Is that possible? Yes, if you believe it. Thoughts are things.

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Nearly 100 years ago, Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the bestseller, “Autobiography of a Yogi” (translated into more than 30 languages and selected as One of the 100 Best Spiritual Books of the Twentieth Century” addressed this problem and provided a solution.

“Nations of the earth,” he said, “could enhance the happiness of their citizens if they advocated a consciousness of plain living and high thinking—concentrating their minds more on spiritual development, inspirational literature, philosophy, knowledge of the wonders and workings of creation, and less on frenetic technologies that encourage money-madness.”

 

What is “plain living and high thinking”?

YoganandaWhile you don’t have to retire to a cave in the Himalayas, every effort made toward simplifying your life is a positive step. As for high thinking, the statement, “Seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” [Luke 12:22-31] is Jesus’ way of pointing out the supreme wisdom of putting God first in everything you say, think and do. It’s the best recipe for individual happiness as well as for national and international well-being because so long as we seek happiness in external, material “stuff” we will continue to suffer as individuals, as nations and as a world family.

Where to start?

The only way to improve your lot is by turning within to work on your inner life. And the best time to begin is now. When you die, you can’t take your French roast coffee, Roth IRAs, Nike shoes or iPhones with you. So why spend so much time and attention pursuing perishable things? Develop your inner life, for only there will you discover true, lasting happiness.

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In closing: A story ABOUT Dr. Seuss

IHow_the_Grinch_Stole_Christmasn 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared on TV (yes, I know that’s a product of technology) which was followed two years later by another animated classic, Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, based on the book by the same name, published in 1957. The story charmed kids of all ages (though Grinch’s eyes scared me a bit) and the actual writing of it was somewhat of a wakeup call for Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.

In an article that appeared in the December 1957 edition of Redbook, Geisel said, “I was brushing my teeth on the morning of the 26th of last December when I noticed a very Grinch-ish countenance in the mirror. It was Seuss! So I wrote about my sour friend, the Grinch, to see if I could rediscover something about Christmas that obviously I’d lost.”

And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas … perhaps … means a little bit more!”
—from How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Thanks for stopping by, and yes, I’d love to know your thoughts…

 

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Northern Lights Pumpkin Pie: A new twist to a classic recipe

It’s almost Thanksgiving and your assignment is to bring dessert. Eee-gads, what can you create that’s different, but something that even cranky Uncle Ralph will like? Allow me to share my favorite holiday pie recipe: Northern Lights Pumpkin Pie.

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Northern Lights Pumpkin Pie (Graphic by Marion Owen)

Like the aurora borealis that we enjoy here in Kodiak, Alaska, you have to see this pie to believe it. You’re creating magic: Before you pour the custard filling into the crust, you line the crust with a few ingredients to create an amazing layered effect. Each slice looks like the northern lights in the night sky.

Okay, so maybe the visual description is a stretch, but I promise you’ll love this pie. Though I’ve dabbled with this recipe over 20 years, I have no attachment to it, so I encourage you to play with the recipe…

Northern Lights Pumpkin Pie

2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar (or 1/8 cup molasses, plus 1/4 cup honey)
1-1/2 cup low fat evaporated milk
1-1/2 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup raspberry, red currant, rhubarb or strawberry jam or 1/2 cup berries
1 teaspoon diced candied ginger

Line a pie pan with pie dough, or a ginger snap or graham cracker crust. Spread jam or berries evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with chopped almonds. Set the pan in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Beat eggs, sugar and evaporated milk together. Add pumpkin and spices. Mix thoroughly and pour into the chilled crust. Bake the pie in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. Lower the heat to 350 degrees and cook another 40-60 minutes or until the filling sets up and the top is golden brown. A wooden toothpick poked in the center should come out clean. To serve, top your pie with chopped candied ginger and add a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla yogurt.

Last November, I shared how to build a better waffle: Healthy, cheap and gluten free. I hope you enjoy this recipe as well.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

By the way…

Have you every wondered what’s really in canned pumpkin? Well, some canned pumpkin puree is actually made from one or more types of winter squash, such as butternut, Hubbard, Boston Marrow, and Golden Delicious. Turns out these squash varieties can be less stringy and richer in sweetness and color than pumpkin.

Apparently the USDA is pretty lenient with its distinction between pumpkin and squash. Here’s their take on the contents of canned puree: “The canned product prepared from clean, sound, properly matured, golden fleshed, firm shelled, sweet varieties of either pumpkins and squashes by washing, stemming, cutting, steaming and reducing to a pulp.”

Does that sound yummy? Hmm.

 

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Feeling hugged in Edmonds, Washington: A photo essay

Have you ever arrived in a community and felt hugged? That was my first impression about Edmonds, Washington, my sister’s town. As we sipped coffee, sampled toasted cheese sandwiches, and strolled along the high tide mark looking for beach glass, I thought, “Wow, this is one of the most picturesque waterfront communities around.” So yes, even though it’s connected at the hip with Seattle, 11 miles to the south, Edmonds has a small-town feel to it. But rather than babble away, I’ll let the photos do the talking…

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Having a little fun with murals…

Wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. First we had to fly to Seattle from Alaska…

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Departing Kodiak, Alaska on a beautiful, September morning.

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Edmonds pride: downtown planted areas adopted and maintained by local businesses.

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Downtown Edmonds is a haven for walkers. This fountain serves as a roundabout hub.

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Water feature in a garden “square” of restaurants and shops.

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Even the sidewalks are a treat for the eyes, and feet.

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The Cheese Monger has the best tomato soup and cheese sandwiches which go hand in hand.

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Edmonds is pro-active in supporting recycling, the arts, clean beaches, local food and gardens.

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A colorful arrangement of scuba diving tanks caught my creative eye.

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Who can’t love lending libraries?

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I like to travel with a clear, crystal ball. Fun stuff for photos…

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We stopped by this statue while watching the ferry boats go by. I hope these gulls don’t poop on my head…

Alas, it was time to say goodbye. I’ll miss the views of the Olympics and Puget Sound, and the Cascade Mountains. And good coffee. I wanted to stick around for the scarecrow contest, but we were off to Italy. But that’s another story…

Thanks for stopping by, er, visiting…

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