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Editor’s note: Mukilteo resident Joleen Sims was among those the Beacon interviewed for a June 29 story on the increase in littering and illegal fires at Lighthouse Park this summer. After …

Psychobabble | Off Kilter

I guess I’ve been interested in psychology ever since I took a basic course as an undergraduate. Over the years, I’ve both read and experienced firsthand, the science of psychology. The …

Thanks to the letter writer last week who called out the anonymous senders of a postcard sent to Mukilteo residents. If the senders feel strongly enough in their beliefs, why be cowards and send them …

We are the walking wounded | Darn Wright

“I am the voice of Violence. You know me. You do. I’ve made my presence clear though you may pretend otherwise. We need each other, you and I.” – Ellen Hopkins Parents, teachers, …

A story with two happy endings | History Files

In my last column, I wrote about former Seattle Mariner third-base coach Rich Donnelly, his daughter Amy, her losing battle with cancer in the 1990s, and a couple of nearly forgotten baseball players …

The kids are in trouble | Worship

Kids are in trouble. They feel more isolated, forgotten, and detached than ever before. The pandemic has made their lives difficult, but the crisis started long before that. In 2002, American …

Editorial cartoon for week of Aug. 3

Psychobabble | Off Kilter

I guess I’ve been interested in psychology ever since I took a basic course as an undergraduate. Over the years, I’ve both read and experienced firsthand, the science of psychology. The …

Getting back to nature | Guest View

We have a long, long way to go, but several agencies in Snohomish County and the surrounding area are making a noble effort to restore natural function to important habitats. Projects include …

Simply a matter of programming (SMOPS) | Off Kilter

A fellow entrepreneur friend of mine, who founded two companies in the same industry as the one I worked in (providing computer systems for publishing companies), used to say this all the time: …

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly …

Petra Bigea grew up under communism in Romania. English is her second language. She is well aware of the dangers we presently face. She was "let go" from Summit Cardiology for refusing the …

Here in the Lake Serene area of Lynnwood, I see a whole bunch of yard signs for the state senate candidate Janelle Cass. I reached out to her campaign via email and social media asking what her …

Dear Savvy Senior, I would like to hire an in-home helper for my 82-year-old mother to assist with household chores like housekeeping, grocery shopping and driving her to the doctor, etc. But mom …

The chicken runs at midnight. This isn’t ancient history. Much more recent. It dates from 1992, but it seems appropriate this year when the Seattle Mariners may be making a playoff run for the …

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 be exact) when the …

Honoring our parents | Worship

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran May 7, 2008 is by Mark Smith, former senior pastor of Mukilteo Presbyterian Church. Of …

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