Do you know where Tasmania is? Of course you don’t. No one does. Except maybe Tasmanians. It’s like Narnia: a fictional place maybe somewhere on our globe or maybe only in our imagination. Maybe, like me, you have a vague sense that it’s somewhere south of Australia. But is there anything south of Australia other than the South Pole? I have no idea. I wasn’t that good at geography.
The time K2 was almost purchased by a marijuana edibles company is fast becoming a memory for Vashon, as other cities with legal marijuana business take over news headlines. But when the topic of EdiPure and K2 does come up, either as the butt of a joke or in serious conversation, memories of the divisiveness the issue brought to our island community can still feel fresh.
A laugh track bleats from a TV down the hall while five-fingered maple leaves wave listlessly in mid-July afternoon heat. Our children are bundled up in the cool shade of the TV room, watching an insipid teen comedy while I’m seated at a computer, working from home after a week’s vacation.
At my house, we’ve been watching a lot of “Survivor” lately (don’t judge), and we have learned something important: Ozzy is super hot. That and a $1 million prize, a national audience and forced dehydration makes people mistrust everybody and want to vote them off the island.
In a place that values local sustainability — and, simply put, food in general — we should pay close attention to what’s happening to bees.
When it comes to disaster preparedness, Vashon is doing pretty well. Should a major storm, earthquake or other catastrophe strike the island, volunteers are ready to staff our local Emergency Operations Center and direct emergency efforts.
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.