This summer, my teenaged kids will spend a few weeks in a dark theater, rehearsing a musical with toe-tapping tunes but also themes including bullying, mental illness, child abuse, and revenge. Oh, with a little supernatural powers thrown in, and the worst prom ever.
Do you know what a Luddite is? I didn’t. I assumed it’s how you ordered a Bud Light when you’ve had too many. Since I’ve been called one often enough, I thought I’d better find out the meaning of the word.
Volunteerism is big on Vashon, where there are countless nonprofits that rely on donated labor and islanders frequently field requests to lend a hand. At Vashon’s fire department, volunteers play a different but vital role: they respond to medical emergencies and fires, saving lives, transporting people to the hospital and sometimes putting out fires
When I first became interested in agriculture in the 1980s, I heard this joke: A farmer wins the lottery. When a reporter asks him what he will do with all the money, he replies, “Well, I’ll just keep farming till it’s gone.” The joke made it clear that farming was low-status work — the farmer was making a foolish choice because he didn’t have enough sense to do better.
The news earlier this year that the Tramp Harbor dock is in such bad shape that it might be closed to the public was met with dismay on Vashon.
Vashon Island School District’s board is leading our community to a brighter and healthier future as we are forging a “culture of ecology” in our schools.