"My final Words of Wisdom for the Year," by the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith shares his final words of wisdom for the year. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

As we wind down the final days of the gardening season I find myself struggling to find something to say that will seem profound and lasting.

In light of all the political and worldly trauma, the suffering and hunger and homelessness and generally disgusting things that mankind continues to do to one another, talking about the garden seems so trite. And yet, for me (and I suspect many of you), spending time in the garden is what keeps me sane.

47 Everett Public Schools robotics teams compete with six advancing to January semifinals

Gateway Middle School’s Aquasparks robotics team intensely watches their machine perform. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

47 Everett Public Schools elementary and middle school robotics teams competed against other regional districts in December to qualify for the semifinal competition to be held at Amazon’s Doppler Building in Seattle. Six of the 47 Everett Public Schools robotics teams advanced.