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 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion 

When home is not a home | Moment's Notice

“Homelessness is not a choice, but rather a journey that many find themselves in.” – Dr. Asa Don Brown Like many of us, travel is a magical escape, an opportunity to see the... — Updated 5/12/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E 

Rise and shine for Rise & Shine Bakery | Arts and Appetite

The new location of Rise & Shine Bakery is bigger and brighter, and offers even more opportunities for wonderful flavors. Opening in Edmonds a few months ago, I was one of many... — Updated 5/11/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Where we find hope | Moment's Notice

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Bishop D. Tutu Hope (n) 1a: desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment... — Updated 4/27/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

Shoreline's El Cubano es estupendo

Our culinary options in south Snohomish County just get better and better – and this time with a very specialized cuisine that I am especially fond of: Cuban! El Cubano recently... — Updated 4/13/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Embracing the existential angst | Moment's Notice

"One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion." – Simone De Beauvoir A friend recently... — Updated 4/6/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Second chances, for all of us | Moment's Notice

Recently, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, brought a team of staff and volunteers to Hickman Park in Edmonds to release a rehabilitated bald eagle back into the wild... — Updated 3/30/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Beware the clock strike at midnight | Moment's Notice

“When the clock stands at 100 seconds to midnight, we are all threatened. The moment is both perilous and unsustainable, and the time to act is now.” – Bulletin of the Atomic... — Updated 3/9/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Masks off: What happens next? | Moment's Notice

“When people build up walls, they keep other people out but end up keeping themselves in.” – Karamo Brown Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced that the majority of restrictions... — Updated 3/2/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

Fantastic Taqueria Puebla now in Mukilteo

One of my all-time favorite local restaurants, Taqueria Puebla, has moved to Mukilteo. The original location on the Edmonds-Lynnwood border at Highway 99 and 168th Street SW has... — Updated 2/16/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

Jaiiya: A bowl (or more) of goodness | Arts and Appetite

It is 2022! Time is marching on ... How many restaurants on your route to work or to your favorite shop make you pause and think, "Oh yeah, I really want to try that place?" Well,... — Updated 1/20/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Strong winds and big waves | Moment's Notice

“Don’t let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace.” – Maya Angelou This past Sunday morning, our 11-year-old dog, Lulu, took on the strong winds and... — Updated 12/28/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

Flyin Tacos offers plenty of options | Arts & Appetite

As readers of this column may know, we recently went on a few searches for good pizza in the area and called it the "Pizza Chronicles." The title was inspired by a fantastic show... — Updated 12/22/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

You'll go down is history (like George Washington)?| Moment's Notice

The other night, at a small but very lively holiday party that began with stories of pandemic life and gratitude for some of the simplest of things, most of the guests became embroi... — Updated 12/21/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Holiday interlude masks state and world challenges

Interlude 1. An intervening or interruptive period, space, or event: interval 2. A musical composition inserted between the parts of a longer composition, a drama, or service... — Updated 12/8/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

At Charcoal, chefs meet the artists | Arts and Appetite

After visiting Charcoal, the new restaurant in downtown Edmonds tucked inside the Graphite Arts Center, I planned to title this review “Food as Art.” However, when I asked Mary... — Updated 12/4/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine) | Moment's Notice

There is a song, a somewhat fatalistic song, that I used to listen to quite a bit in my early 20s: “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” We do that in... — Updated 12/1/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The meaning of the X | Moment's Notice

X – such a dramatic letter, mysterious, unique. Fewer than 2% of words in the English language use the x, and in Spanish, only words taken from indigenous languages or from... — Updated 11/24/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The question of the duck, part deux

In 1992, nearly 30,000 rubber duckies fell off of a boat leaving China. Yes, 28,800 bath toys were lost at sea, and for years to follow, rubber duckies washed up on beaches far,... — Updated 11/10/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Rubber ducky at the beach; what's it all mean? | Moment's Notice

Walking along the beach the other day, a bit of bright yellow entered my field of vision. It caught my attention because on a Pacific Northwest beach in the fall, the colors tend... — Updated 10/14/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

A first look, and some great returns | Arts and Appetite

The last few days of summer brought sunshine and an apparently universal impulse to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds – and tastes. With no shortage of options in our... — Updated 10/6/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

A hot pot for a chilly day | Arts & Appetite

I have to guess that most people have already been to the Boiling Point in Edmonds – on a cool day, when the chill in the air makes you shiver? Since we have had a few of those... — Updated 9/30/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Fruits of labor exist because of labor | Moment's Notice

“Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.” – Abraham Lincoln We just... — Updated 9/15/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

Yummy ... It's in the name | Arts & Appetite

I am dismayed to say that we have another amazing fried chicken restaurant in Edmonds: Yummy Teriyaki & Fried Chicken. Why on earth would I express concern over the deliciously... — Updated 9/9/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Rage: It's all the rage | Moment's Notice

“Rage,” from the Latin meaning “frenzy” or “madness,” is a noun referring to explosive anger or furious intensity, and a verb meaning “to act or prevail... — Updated 8/18/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A great place to live: Perception as reality | Moment's Notice

We live in a pretty remarkable place. Having grown up and lived in many other states and countries, I cannot imagine living anywhere else in America. Washington is beautiful ... — Updated 8/12/2021

 

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