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Spring – time for home repair – Do you really have a warranty?

A number of siding, roofing, window, and painting jobs require installing expensive products. Luckily many of them include warranties that can stretch as long as 30, 40 or even 50 years.

With spring in the air, thoughts turn to home repairs and maintenance. A number of those jobs require hiring a contractor, as well as expensive products to install. This is especially true for a home's exterior surfaces such as siding, roofing, windows and painting. Jobs like these can easily cost thousands of dollars. Luckily many of them include warranties that can stretch as long as 30, 40, or even 50 years. But if you want or need to rely on those warranties, you might want to read the fine print.

Northwest Reads from University Book Store: “Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage,” by Molly Wizenberg

Just months after marrying in July 2007, Molly Wizenberg, writer of the award-winning food blog Orangette, and Brandon Pettit, a Ph.D. student in music composition with a chef's job on the side, decide to open Delancey, a pizza restaurant.

If you’ve had the pleasure of eating at North Ballard restaurant Delancey (1415 70th Street), you know their pizza is impeccable, with high quality ingredients and simple preparation. The décor, glass-covered exposed lights, large framed photographs, and wood fired oven out in the open for all to see, are all welcoming and intentional. “Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage,” Molly Wizenberg's new memoir about opening Delancey with her husband in August 2009, is just as purposeful and well done as the restaurant's food and feel. An insider's look into starting a business from scratch and the Seattle restaurant scene, “Delancey” is Wizenberg’s elegantly written memoir of the struggle to realize a dream.

Daryl’s Super Seed Bread (Vegan, Gluten Free) from Kate Towell

A photo of Daryl's Super Seed Bread which is gluten free, vegan, delicious, and super satisfying.

Dawn and I just got back from a fantastic weekend hosting 12 fabulous women on retreat. My sister came out to support us by taking care of feeding these amazing yogis for the weekend. This was no easy task but luckily just before the retreat one of Dawn's long-time clients brought in a special treat for her birthday, his amazing seed bread.

Left Coast/Right Coast: Cars

Cars are one of the most incomprehensible things we deal with. They often form a significant part of our own infrastructure and ego. To some, they represent something about who we are. To others, they are merely a way to get from one place to another.

By Mike Gold, a retired entrepreneur "living the dream in the Pacific Northwest."

We all have “car stories” from our youth and even in later life. Cars are one of the most incomprehensible things we deal with. They often form a significant part of our own infrastructure and ego. To some, they represent something about who we are. To others, they are merely a way to get from one place to another.

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