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 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

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

And I could really care less | Moment's Notice

“I could care less” is one of those commonplace and misquoted phrases. Many other colloquialisms may be more egregious, such as the painful overuse of “literally” to... — Updated 8/6/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

That avocado is worth how much? | Moment's Notice

We have all heard of blood diamonds, but how about green gold? Gangs and organized crime groups are stealing this green gold across South Africa and Mexico, and from New Zealand to... — Updated 7/7/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A van of the times | Moment's Notice

A few months ago, I met up with a former student who had been spending most of the pandemic driving across the States, seeing the country, and making money driving for Instacart sin... — Updated 6/23/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Simply the best, or best-possible self | Moment's Notice

You're simply the best Better than all the rest Better than anyone Anyone I ever met Tina Turner has been having a bit of a best-ever year. In addition to one of her songs... — Updated 6/16/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

I love, therefore I am | Moment's Notice

One of my all-time favorite jokes is about Rene Descartes and his famous words, "I think, therefore I am." Descartes arrives at a party and is welcomed by the host, who is very... — Updated 6/9/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Earth Day, and Chomsky's big brain | Moment's Notice

A friend recently noticed my Gnome Chomsky in the backyard – a fabulous little garden creature in the likeness of Noam Chomsky, standing above the spring flowers. It reminded me... — Updated 4/28/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Renewal, COVID-style | Moment's Notice

Resurrection (n) 1. a: the rising of Christ from the dead b: the rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgment c: the state of one risen from the dead 2.... — Updated 4/14/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Giving a kind word, more often | Moment's Notice

"Kind words are worth much but cost little." – George Herbert Studies show that nearly 90% of consumers seek out and are influenced by online reviews of businesses. As the old... — Updated 3/31/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

Pizza Diaries, Volume 2 | Arts and Appetite

After the first volume of the Pizza Diaries in The Beacon's Art & Appetite column last month, Beacon readers shared many of their experiences searching for the perfect pizza... — Updated 2/3/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

Episode 1 of 'The Pizza Diaries'

Last year, pizza became America's favorite meal, with one survey pointing out that 55% of Americans partake in a pie at least once a week. We ate more pizza last year than burgers o... — Updated 1/13/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Bright light: Cascadia Art Museum’s Alaska | Arts & Appetite

John Muir saw most of the stunningly beautiful natural environments, and he described his fascination with one the following way: "Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries... — Updated 5/4/2018

 

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