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Left Coast/Right Coast: Be Direct!

Mike Gold, a retired entrepreneur living the good life in the Northwest, explains how people can all be defined as either "Direct" or "Indirect." He contends that "Direct" people "get on with it."

There are basically two types of people in the world. Direct and Indirect.

Direct people, are most often found among these professional career people: fast food servers (you can’t have it your way), automobile mechanics (it’s broken and I can/can’t fix it), and doctors and dentists (you have six months to live and/or all your teeth are about to fall out).

Indirect people include: Lawyers (top of the list,) Politicians (tied with Lawyers), Civil Service employees (your license should arrive between 1 and 10 weeks!), and all Japanese people.

House plants do amazing things, from the Whistling Gardener

Back in the late 60’s when I was finishing up my undergraduate studies house plants were all the rage. In the trade we referred to them as foliage plants and had it not been for the draft and the Vietnam War my path might very well have been through the vast foliage growers of Encinitas California where range after range of greenhouses were packed with ferns, palms, golden pothos, snake plants, philodendrons, Swedish ivy and of course spider plants.

Back in the late 60’s when I was finishing up my undergraduate studies house plants were all the rage. In the trade we referred to them as foliage plants and had it not been for the draft and the Vietnam War my path might very well have been through the vast foliage growers of Encinitas California where range after range of greenhouses were packed with ferns, palms, golden pothos, snake plants, philodendrons, Swedish ivy and of course spider plants.

Forever home cat of the week - Alley

Alley is the sweetest girl cat you will ever meet. She loves people and attention. She loves to be brushed and will rub up against you to say thank you!

Alley is the sweetest girl you will ever meet. She loves people and attention. She loves to be brushed and will rub up against you to say thank you! She is a quiet cat except for her purring.

Alley is not finicky about her food and would never think of going potty outside her litter box! In fact, she loves her canned food. There is not a mean bone in her body. She will come to me when I call and sit in a big chair beside me and watch t.v. She likes the Animal Planet channel.

Food Combining 101, from Kate Towell

Poor food combining can wreck havoc on your digestion and your health. Ayurveda believes that all disease begins in the gut and the foundation of Ayurveda wellness starts by optimizing your digestive fire (Agni).

Do you ever finish a meal and feel tired, heavy or experience gas and bloating? Well you’re not alone. About one in three Americans has some kind of digestive problem. Poor food combining can wreck havoc on your digestion and your health.

Ayurveda believes that all disease begins in the gut and the foundation of Ayurveda wellness starts by optimizing your digestive fire (Agni). Understanding proper food combing is key to maximizing digestion.

Left Coast/Right Coast: Losing a “good friend” this week

We had to put down our English Bulldog this week. She was 9 ½ years old. The vet that came to our house to put her down described the dog (in fact all dogs at life’s end) as stoic. What she meant is that dogs don’t complain.

We had to put down our English Bulldog this week. She was 9 ½ years old. The vet that came to our house to put her down described the dog (in fact all dogs at life’s end) as stoic. What she meant is that dogs don’t complain. They seem to suffer in silence making the best of whatever life has dealt them. If only people were the same.

Time to get back in the groove, from the Whistling Gardener

anuary is typically a time for gardeners to hunker down by the fire and plow through the seed catalogs and dream about the wonderful gardens we are going to grow in the coming spring.

January is typically a time for gardeners to hunker down by the fire and plow through the seed catalogs and dream about the wonderful gardens we are going to grow in the coming spring. It would seem as though nothing much is going on in the yard but I can assure you that any time the mercury gets into the 40’s things are indeed happening. Here are just a few examples:

Forever home cat of the week - Libby

Please adopt Libby! Libby is a darling sweet, outwardly affectionate little old lady cat. Found starving at a feral feeding station, Libby looks to have survived for years on her own outdoors. She was living with badly abscessed teeth and old healed-over leg fractures.

With input from our friends at the Community Cat Coalition, each week we will be featuring a cat that needs a loving home.

Please adopt Libby! Libby is a darling sweet, outwardly affectionate little old lady cat. Found starving at a feral feeding station, Libby looks to have survived for years on her own outdoors. She was living with badly abscessed teeth and old healed-over leg fractures.

Northwest Reads from University Book Store: "Hidden Treasures: What Museums Can't Or Won't Show You," by Harriet Baskas

Most historians, writes Baskas, want to preserve history as reality, not just the pleasant parts, but sometimes consideration must be made to those affected by events especially when history is not so ancient.

History, they say, is written by the winners. But when it comes to the history on display in our museums, sometimes what we see has more to do with space, budgeting, legal issues, or the fragility of artifacts than the fact that an artifact survives.

Ian McFeron live at Flights Pub in Everett

Ian McFeron will be performing at Flights Pub in Everett on Friday January 17, 2014 at 8:00pm. McFeron tours in support of his new album “Time Will Take You," recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy nominated Doug Lancio.

Seattle-based Ian McFeron will be performing at Flights Pub in Everett on Friday January 17, 2014 at 8:00pm. McFeron tours in support of his new album Time Will Take You," recorded in Nashville and produced by Grammy nominated Doug Lancio. McFeron is joined on stage by longtime friends and musical accompanists Alisa Milner on fiddle, cello, and harmony vocals, Norman Baker on bass and harmony vocals, and Mark Bateman on drums.

Meditation 101 – Six Tips to Start a Meditation Practice

For years “meditate” was on the top of my New Year’s intentions list. I would go into the new year full of fire and start a practice whole heartedly but somewhere over the course of the year the commitment would fade.

For years “meditate” was on the top of my New Year’s intentions list. I would go into the new year full of fire and start a practice whole heartedly but somewhere over the course of the year the commitment would fade. I knew meditation was good for me and that it could do wonders for my mind, body, and spirit. And, although I deeply desired having a daily meditation practice and read countless books on how to meditate, it took me years of having an on again off again practice to fully incorporate meditation into my daily routine.

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