When it comes to the media, it's often what you don't see that is the most telling.
I've been thinking for the last few days on the latest tragedy and really trying to see things as holistically as I possibly can. I have had a few thoughts that I have revisited from a number of different angles and feel that they are not reactive, nor are they partisan. They are humanistic and patriotic. If they put me in box in your mind, so be it, but I would also counter that might be a reactive thought in itself.
A huge congratulations to all of the island seniors who graduated on Saturday and are taking the next step in their lives, whatever it happens to be: work, school or a gap year. From those sticking close to home at the University of Washington, Tacoma Community College or other nearby schools, to those venturing across the state or into Canada, The Beachcomber wishes you all much success, happiness and good times. You graduates get the spiel.
Over the years, we have written about the community in action over and over again, striving to make the island — or the world — a better place. It is always a pleasure to cover the stories of islanders rolling up their sleeves and tending to important work. Still, last week's Cascadia Rising stands out as a marvel of volunteer effort.
The world has gone mad. Systems already barely holding it together have taken a turn for the weirder or the worse. Is it too much to ask for the ferry system to know how to load cars, for presidential candidates to be coherently ideological, for credit cards to save us time and for local health care to … exist?
There has been a lot in the news lately both locally and nationally regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and bullying. These are complex issues, and many islanders have been reaching out to The DoVE Project with questions and concerns. As advocates for social change, we'd like to begin a dialogue to address your questions and concerns and explain how we can and cannot help.
Eight and a half years ago, my husband and I were driving across the country destined for Vashon. I was running out of the hideously purple alpaca yarn I was knitting with when not behind the wheel, so I Googled "Yarn + Vashon." A local alpaca farmer was included in the results that popped up, and I thought, "meant to be."
Temperatures in the Puget Sound region last weekend climbed to above 90 degrees, causing hundreds to flock to beaches and to the water by kayak, paddleboard and sailboat. With temperatures expected to drop, but remain pleasant just in time for the annual Vashon Sheepdog Classic slated for this weekend, more than 10,000 summer tourists are expected to come to Vashon.
My husband and I moved to Vashon Island in 1992. We had been living in Seattle for several years and wanted to live in a more rural setting and build our own home. While building our home we were living in our barn and a 1968 Airstream trailer. We both loved dogs and, given the rough living quarters we were in, we opted to get a puppy.
On May 23, Washington State Ferries officials changed the loading and ticketing procedures at the Fauntleroy Ferry dock. Not long after the changes were implemented, Vashon commuters voiced their frustration with the new systems and the fact that the changes did not seem to be making the loading process any more efficient.
It is a sacred moment in life, expecting a child. Pregnant mothers and their partners spend hours rubbing the swollen belly, talking to the growing child inside and dreaming of the future. Parents who create their families through adoption ready themselves for the child who will arrive at an unexpected moment. We know our children will take us to new places and adventures.
There is a popular trend you've probably noticed over the past few years. It's a trend that confirms what many of us have intuitively known our whole lives: Spending time in nature is good for us. It's good for the brain, it's good for the body, it reduces stress, it slows us down, and it teaches us about our environment and our role within that environment.
You don't have to pay a per-page fee to get your medical records from CHI Franciscan Health. CHI states that I would have to pay 39 cents per page, after a complimentary 10 pages, to get a copy of my medical records. However, you have the right to ask for an electronic copy of your medical record, and CHI cannot charge you a per-page fee. CHI can charge you the cost of the CD or USB drive, the cost of postage for the records to be mailed and the cost of transferring the information from CHI's computer to the portable media. CHI can't include the cost of time to search for the records, just the hourly rate of the employee doing the transferring of data and the time it took that employee to transfer the information from CHI's computer to the portable media; the hourly rate must be reasonable. Alternatively, CHI can charge a flat fee that does not exceed $6.50.
As more facts about the lawsuit filed by two families against Vashon Island School District are made public, the accompanying commentary on social media seems to gain fervor and anger.
The other day I went to Island Center Forest with some friends to walk our dogs. We entered at 188th Street. I used the porta-potty, and there above the urinal, written in bold marker, was a racist comment. I pulled out my phone, took a picture and showed my friends. This started a conversation on race and what race looks like on Vashon.
I am a backyard dyer. Plant a seed; give it water, warmth and light from the sun; a little compost for food; then watch. The day the first seed-leaves (cotyledans) push up from the soil is amazing. This is where I can sense the movements plants make, the life they have. Later in the summer when the flowers are full of bees and stalks grow tall, that is another satisfaction.
Washington is one of multiple states participating in next month's Cascadia Rising exercise, a disaster drill aimed at preparing emergency response agencies from the federal government to local organizations for a large-scale earthquake and tsunami. But while the exercise will prove useful for the agencies and help improve communication among them, the exercise does not address the underlying fact that Washington is behind when it comes to earthquake policies and legislation.
Friday's announcement that Vashon's primary health care clinic will close its doors in August sent shockwaves through the island. But while the majority of the island's 11,000 residents were scrambling for answers and wondering who to blame, a quiet group of islanders, who call themselves the Vashon Maury Health Collaborative, kept their heads and vowed to work to fill the void.
Throughout the month of May, parents, professionals, politicians and others are joining together to celebrate Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. The goal is to raise public awareness of the prevalence of maternal depression, its impact on families and communities and the importance of screening and early intervention for all postpartum women.
Every year around prom and graduation, students from hundreds of high schools throughout the country participate in dramatic crash reenactments and assemblies that address the issue of drunk and distracted driving.