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How to get ‘Extra Help’ paying for prescriptions

Dear Savvy Senior, Does Medicare offer any financial assistance programs to help seniors with their medication costs? I recently enrolled in a Medicare drug plan, but I take some expensive …

A day off to learn about shipbuilding

Last November I took a day off from work in the middle of the week, and Teresa A. Anderson and I went to Vashon Island for the day. Teresa had made arrangements with the Vashon Heritage Museum …

Breaking bad habits

Editor’s note: The Beacon is revisiting Worship columns by some of our retired writers. This piece that ran Dec. 31, 2019 is by Mark Smith, former senior pastor of Mukilteo Presbyterian Church. …

Istanbul: The gateway to Asia

Many of you have probably not visited Istanbul. I visited once just passing through. But in that brief time I spent there, I was impressed by the city. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, …

Navigating pain in the golden years

O lder adults often grapple with chronic pain, a complex issue that significantly impacts the overall well-being and quality of life for many older adults. As the aging population continues to grow, …

Mishaps on the way from Paine Field to Hawaii

Several months ago while planning a family trip to Kauai, my wife Dana and I had a choice of flying from Seattle direct to Kauai (LIH), or flying from Paine Field (Seattle Paine Field International …

Elizabeth Jennings Graham: Another unsung woman hero

February being Black History Month, let us not forget that her name was famous among many. But today Elizabeth Jennings Graham, who had a lot to do with the Civil Rights Movement, was until recently …

Hello friends! The new degrees of abomination globally have me ever more often racing to The Word. What a wonderful silver lining to today’s particular crumbling. I’m sure glad that …

Legislature still forcing density on local jurisdictions

This time last year, I wrote a column on the negative impacts HB 1110, a bill increasing middle housing in areas traditionally dedicated to single-family detached housing, would have on Mukilteo. …

Remembering 9/11

Today I’m going to write about that tragic day, Sept. 11, 2001. Now normally there would be no reason to write about a topic that has been covered ad infinitum. However, in my case, while I …

A personal reflection on living in a segregated South

Editor’s note: Community leader Wally Webster spoke at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony Jan. 15 at the Edmonds Waterfront Center. Here is part two of his speech, beginning with his …

Continuing to turn the tide on the housing crisis

For the last few sessions, I have spoken extensively on how the housing crisis is affecting all parts of Washington. Residents in every corner of our state face the housing shortage, sky-rocketing …

The year of women at Cascadia Art Museum

Cascadia Art Museum continues to surprise and challenge the art community to expand its definition of Northwest Art and artists. During the opening for “A Legacy Rediscovered: Northwest …

Each column I compose is an overflow of my heart and mind when I write. Today, I find my mind drawn to the idea of hope. Several years back, I was honored to sit on a committee of public …

Our presidential Anthem: ‘Hail to the Chief’

Presidents Day is Monday, Feb. 19, so let’s take some time and review the history behind our presidential anthem. We do not know the words per se, but there’s no denying “Hail …

I don’t usually read fiction, especially fantasy books. Although it could be argued I do read a lot about behavaioral health treatment articles – maybe some of those would be counted …

Advancement in weapons

For this week, I thought I’d write about the advancement in military weapons (which sometimes also find their way into civilian use). We all remember World War II – and that both …

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