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 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Goodbye, snollygoster. Hello, aporophobia? | Moment's Notice

During a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Madrid a few years ago, I visited the mecca of the Spanish language: the Real Academia Española, the defender of proper Spanish. I grew up... — Updated 9/21/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

15: Complex, triangular, pernicious, and much more | Moment's Notice

Fifteen, 15. It’s a complex number. It’s a composite number (formed through multiplication), a deficient number (like all prime numbers, but it’s not prime), a pernicious... — Updated 9/14/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

In Perrinville: A bakery worthy of poetry

"How simple you are, bread, and how profound!" - P. Neruda Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet who wrote "Odes to Common Things," penned one of his famous odes to bread, telling us that... — Updated 8/24/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Demogorgons? Suspending your disbelief

disbelief (n): Refusal or reluctance to believe. 2. Positive unbelief; the conviction that a proposition or statement for which credence is demanded is not true. 3. A negation or... — Updated 8/17/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream

Money does not buy happiness, but it does buy ice cream. With the recent heat wave, we made the decision to have ice cream for lunch on Sunday. It felt more like logical thinking... — Updated 8/10/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Keep on rockin' in a free world? | Moment's Notice

Neil Young wrote the song “Rockin’ In a Free World” in 1989 after a bandmate nonchalantly uttered the line (or “We’ll have to keep on rockin’ in the free world,” to... — Updated 7/27/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Are your rights enumerated? | Moment's Notice

"This 240-year experiment in self-rule began with the best of intentions, but I think we can all agree that it didn't end well." – Queen Elizabeth II, 2016 The 4th of July is... — Updated 7/13/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

Spring: The Summer Market, and brunch options | Arts and Appetite

Ah, spring in the Pacific Northwest! Such a beautiful time of year – more flowers than seem possible are blooming all around us and the sky is more often blue than gray. Each... — Updated 6/8/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Never the last laugh | Moment's Notice

“He who laughs last, laughs longest.” – English proverb Why on earth would someone want the last laugh? Laughing last and alone, to show victory over someone else, well, that... — Updated 6/8/2022

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Finding the right words | Moment's Notice

I was lucky to grow up with two parents who challenged my use of language and encouraged me to analyze what others said. When I was just 11, my parents gave me a thesaurus (yes, I... — Updated 5/25/2022

 
 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    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

 

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