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Northwest Reads from University Book Store: "Boys in the Boat," by Daniel James Brown

Daniel James Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat” chronicles how nine rough-and-tumble UW rowers from lumber towns, mining camps and fishing boats overcame poverty, illness and self-doubt to win gold under the rapacious gaze of Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Daniel James Brown’s “The Boys in the Boat” chronicles how nine rough-and-tumble UW rowers from lumber towns, mining camps and fishing boats overcame poverty, illness and self-doubt to win gold under the rapacious gaze of Hitler at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Clearly, the subtitle’s “epic quest” is no mere rhetorical flourish. The underdogs from Seattle, lacking the pedigree of the East Coast elite, ultimately earned this region worldwide attention for one of the first times ever. Yet this incredible tale is rarely told, except on the University campus: the gold-winning 1936 shell, Husky Clipper, hangs over the dining commons of the new Conibear Shellhouse.

Left Coast/Right Coast: Riding the bus (and other modes of public transportation)

So this is typical of what I call “limousine liberals.” They talk about wanting to save the forests from CO2 pollution, but when push comes to shove, they are addicted to their cars.

On a recent morning at breakfast I asked a group of friends when was the last time they rode a public bus. A group of about six answered:

  • It’s been about 40 years (three answers).
  • I take the bus from Everett or Mill Creek into Seattle to avoid parking hassles (two answers: one was last week, one was six months ago).
  • I used to take an express bus from near home in Oakland to near work in San Francisco 40 years ago (one answer).

So this is typical of what I call “limousine liberals. They talk about wanting to save the forests from CO2 pollution, but when push comes to shove, they are addicted to their cars.

What's on your Christmas list – Part 1, from the Whistling Gardener

Every gardener has a wish list and I suspect that at the top of that list is probably a greenhouse and then some sort of automatic watering system. Down a little farther might be a fancy tool or a handy item of gardening apparel and finally a few specialty plants and a year’s supply of compost. Here are some items to consider for the gardener in your life.

Every gardener has a wish list and I suspect that at the top of that list is probably a greenhouse and then some sort of automatic watering system. Down a little farther might be a fancy tool or a handy item of gardening apparel and finally a few specialty plants and a year’s supply of compost. Here are some items to consider for the gardener in your life.

Local students to be honored in award ceremony for 2013 Teen Art Contest

Three local students will be honored in an award ceremony at the Mill Creek Library later this month. Jackson High School students Diego Olano, 17, and Chana Kim, 15, and Archbishop Murphy High School student Amanda Mai, 14, were three of the four winners of the Teen Read Month Art Contest held in October.

Apple Carrot Quinoa Chili recipe from Kate Towell

This time of year I love making soups, stews and chili. These one-pot-wonders are great time savers, healthy and delicious. I make them often and have already shared a few of my favorite recipes with you.

This time of year I love making soups, stews and chili. These one-pot-wonders are great time savers, healthy and delicious. I make them often and have already shared a few of my favorite recipes with you.

I saw this recipe on Kris Carr’s fan page and thought it looked interesting. I switched a few things up and added veggie broth, celery and red pepper to the recipe. It turned out very tasty. I served it with organic corn chips and topped with cheese.

Elle Marie Hair Studio named Best Hair Salon for 2013 by Best of Western Washington voters

Elle Marie Hair Studio was recently selected as the Best Hair Salon in the 2013 Best of Western Washington contest. The contest is organized by KING 5 TV’s “Evening Magazine” and 597 salons were nominated. Elle Marie took second place out of 148 entries in the Best Hair Color category as well.

Elle Marie Hair Studio was recently selected as the Best Hair Salon in the 2013 Best of Western Washington contest. The contest is organized by KING 5 TV’s “Evening Magazine” and 597 salons were nominated. Elle Marie took second place out of 148 entries in the Best Hair Color category as well.

December 2013 check list from The Whistling Gardener

One would think that by December there wouldn’t be much left to do in our gardens, and for anyone with a typical northwest low maintenance yard with mostly evergreens and a few deciduous shrubs surrounded by a sea of bark that might be the case. Not so for the rest of us. We are compulsive dedicated gardeners who live for the chance to commune with nature right in our own backyards.

One would think that by December there wouldn’t be much left to do in our gardens, and for anyone with a typical northwest low maintenance yard with mostly evergreens and a few deciduous shrubs surrounded by a sea of bark that might be the case. Not so for the rest of us. We are compulsive dedicated gardeners who live for the chance to commune with nature right in our own backyards.

As a Northwest gardener, what are you thankful for? - from The Whistling Gardener

Well, this week is Thanksgiving, a traditional time for Americans to take time to count their blessing and reflect on the things in their lives that they are truly thankful for. So I was thinking (in gardening terms of course) of some of the things that I really enjoy here in the great northwest. Here’s my list.

Well, this week is Thanksgiving, a traditional time for Americans to take time to count their blessing and reflect on the things in their lives that they are truly thankful for. So I was thinking (in gardening terms of course) of some of the things that I really enjoy here in the great northwest. Here’s my list.

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