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What a view l Travel Sketcher

This office building has one of the best views in all of Mukilteo, as well as being a great structure. For many years it housed Gallery Homes, but no more. For Mukilteo sketchers,... — Updated 6/19/2019


The push and pull of all transitions l Worship

Human beings are complicated. Emotions fuel that complexity. Beginnings bring excitement and anxiety; routines quickly create boredom and flatness; and endings lead to grief, nostalgia and a look back. We have served since 2017 as... — Updated 6/19/2019

 By Chuck Sigars    General

Being in the dark, for a good reason l Chuck's World

On Sunday, Jan. 17, 1965, I joined my brother and sister in front of our black-and-white TV set to watch the annual showing of “The Wizard of Oz” on CBS. I’ve been alive long... — Updated 6/19/2019

 By Mike Gold    General

Sports and falls: Time to rant l Off Kilter

The Mariners and the Seahawks: For some reason, professional football seems to have taken the place of professional baseball in defining part of who a city is. Growing up in New... — Updated 6/19/2019 Full story

 By Aziz Junejo    General

Making amends as obedience to the one God

Eid al Fitr is the three-day celebration, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan, important to Muslims as Christmas or Hanukkah is to others of the Abrahamic faiths. Eid al... — Updated 6/12/2019 Full story

 By Mike Gold    General

Truth (or consequences)

No, this column is not about the old TV show “Truth or Consequences.” Rather, it is about our perception of what is real and what is myth. I read both fiction and non-fiction.... — Updated 6/12/2019

 By Chuck Sigars    General

Drop the toast and walk away slowly

I stopped eating sandwiches about 15 years ago. It was a peculiar life choice, as up until then I considered no food completely edible unless it could be placed between two pieces... — Updated 6/12/2019 Full story


Shooting over par l Travel Sketcher

A couple of regulars at the Red Cork complaining about golf scores. If you recognize these fellas, tell them you saw their sketch. Thanks to all the sketchers who have joined my... — Updated 6/5/2019


Ups and downs in the story of Paine Field l Muk Revisited

Military base or county airport? Paine Field Airport began as an airport for Snohomish County in 1936. It was a part of the federal effort by the Works Progress Administration... — Updated 6/5/2019

 By Chuck Sigars    General

Everything old is new again l Chuck's World

One cold winter’s day, wearing a bulky coat, I walked down a grocery store aisle and my sleeve brushed a display of wine glasses. There wasn’t enough contact to cause breakage.... — Updated 6/5/2019

 By Mike Gold    General

Flori(duh!) l Off Kilter

Let me say, at the outset, that my wife and I lived in Boca Raton for six years just after I retired (for the first time). The weather was beautiful (other than from about... — Updated 6/5/2019 Full story


Reflections l Fire Sirens

A couple recent events have put me in a reflective state of mind. The first event was EMS Week, which occurs annually in May to recognize the valuable pre-hospital medical services these professionals provide to the community. Here... — Updated 6/5/2019


With our district growing, a ballot measure may be needed l Mukilteo Schools

Five years ago, a supermajority of about 64 percent of the voters in the Mukilteo School District approved a ballot measure that gave us the authority to finance improvements to many school facilities. The largest of those... — Updated 6/5/2019 Full story


In Lynnwood: The perfect potato – and much more | Arts & Appetite

Peruvian cuisine is known for its potatoes. After all, more than 4,000 varieties of native potatoes grow in the Andean highlands of Peru, Boliva, and Ecuador. But Rinconcito... — Updated 5/31/2019

 By Gordy Arlin    General

If I knew for sure that I would die next month, part 3

Editor’s Note: See parts 1 and 2 of "If I knew for sure that I would die next month" (published Aug. 15, 2018 and Jan. 9) at In the next 15 minutes I... — Updated 5/29/2019

 By Chuck Sigars    General

Recalling the ephemeral age

I have a confession to make. I skim the news a lot more than I used to. I didn’t have to confess that to you specifically. I just felt like I should tell someone. Because keeping... — Updated 5/29/2019


The newest Gustafson

I have a new title. No, I’m not leaving The Beacon, but I have a new family member. I am officially Uncle Brandon! Emma Mae Gustafson was born May, 25, 2019, at 7:45 a.m.,... — Updated 5/29/2019

 By Chuck Sigars    General

Lunch with a fellow traveler on this aging road

I was visiting my daughter in San Antonio last week, a spontaneous trip that needed no special reason, as the reason is 5 years old and has a nightlight in his room. If you catch... — Updated 5/22/2019

 By Mark Smith    General

Problems can be friends

Life is a series of problems. We all have our big and not so big troubles. We all have to deal with painful situations and relationships. The question is, how do we deal with them?... — Updated 5/22/2019


Your body. Your choice. For life.

Dear SharonAnn, I am a baby boomer, my kids are grown and gone, and I'm watching my parents grow older. Sometimes my parents do silly things, like buying a thousand forever stamps because the price is going up. They'll... — Updated 5/17/2019


Playing Hooky is an art

I can’t say with any definitive expertise about playing Hooky on the West Coast. I can speak with some authority about the game of the same name on the Other coast. To wit: Playing Hooky is the “art” of skipping school and... — Updated 5/17/2019


Rosehill acrylics

Last week I spent an afternoon at Rosehill painting with acrylics. A kind gentleman approached me and asked, “Are you the Travelsketcher?” That is always such a thrill. With... — Updated 5/15/2019

 By Chuck Sigars    General

Making history the old-fashioned way

John Tyler was our 10th president, the first one not born an English subject, and the namesake of Tyler, Texas, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas. I suspect most of Tyler’s... — Updated 5/15/2019

 By Arhiaha Shek    General

Loving all of our neighbors

Are there people in your life you think the world of? Someone you would even give the coat of your back to if he needed it? On the other hand, is there a co-worker who tests your li... — Updated 5/15/2019

 By Chuck Sigars    General

Pass on the password, please l Chuck’s World

It occurred to me a few years ago that if I’d known, as a little boy, that in the future I’d use so many passwords every day, I would have imagined a much cooler life. I’d be... — Updated 5/8/2019


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