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Vol. 10, #4
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Oscar night returns to
Vashon Theare
By Leslie McMichael
Vashon Film Society and the Oscar
Night committee are bringing the
island’s annual Academy Awards bash
back to the Vashon Theatre on Sunday,
February 24.
It will be the group’s sixteenth year
of spotlighting Vashon’s historic movie
house by producing a local gala that
incorporates the glitzy Hollywood Oscar
awards show broadcast with homegrown
entertainment on the commercial breaks.
The 2013 Oscar party is also a
significant milestone for the Wolcott
family who will be celebrating their
tenth anniversary of owning the Vashon
Theatre. Documentarian Michael
Monteleone has been tapped to make
a short film summing up the family’s
eventful decade of providing movies,
filmmaker events and premieres,
comedy, concerts and birthday parties.
Before the Academy Awards are
shown live on the big screen of the
Vashon Theatre, Vashon Film Society
offers rides around the block in a classic
British limousine from 4 to 5 pm and
a swarm of local “paparazzi” doing
interviews as islanders arrive on the red
carpet.
During the Oscar Night festivities,
party guests of all ages can compete in a
costume contest with eleven categories
including the “Cher” award for most
outrageous garb.
This year’s costume contest judging
panel is helmed by a power duo of
operatic talents, voice and theatre pros
Meaty
Considerations
Continuing with the conversation
about corporate agriculture from the
last article, I’d like to talk about the
meat in our diet. I don’t want to get
into a discussion so much about the
ethics of eating meat per se, but about
the situational ethics and sustainability
of the way that we produce our meat.
Practically all the meat you buy in
the store, that is not specifically labeled
“grass fed” or “organic”, has been
raised in a concentrated animal feeding
operation (CAFO). According to the
EPA, ”a CAFO a) confines an animal
for more than 45 days of the growing
season b) in an area that does not
produce vegetation.” Most of these can
be characterized as extremely crowded,
creating conditions that allow diseases
and neuroses to run rampant. The feed is
grain, an unnaturally concentrated food
source for ruminants like cattle which
results in a perpetual state of sickness.
The general state of disease requires
large prophylactic doses of antibiotics,
which in turn encourages new resistant
strains of bacteria. The antibiotics, and
sometimes the bacteria pass on to us
through the meat. I should mention
as well that the waste created at these
Delusions of Grandeur
Joey Pipia
You can enjoy the sensational,
world-class stage magic of Joey Pipia
featured in, Delusions of Grandeur,
presented for one show only, Saturday,
February 23rd, 8 pm, at Open Space for
Arts & Community on Vashon.
Expect to be dazzled by this stage
show crafted from years of unique
experiences.
Pipia is a central performer, writer
and producer of the legendary Stage Left
Vaudeville Show at the Oregon Country
Fair. His escape from a straightjacket
while hanging 80 feet above Water
Street in downtown Port Townsend
was featured on Seattle NPR’s KUOW
Presents, he performs at the international
Moisture Festival, and tours regularly
with The New Old Time Chautauqua
and The Flying Karamazov Brothers.
Delusions of Grandeur is a seventy-
Continued on Page 8
Road to Resilience
By Terry Sullivan, Transition Vashon
operations has a major impact on global
ecosystems.
The sustainability picture is not
much better. According to the Cornell
University Science News, over half the
grain we grow in this country is fed to
animals. That amount of grain is five
times as much as humans in this country
eat. The most efficient converters of
grain to meat are chickens, which convert
from grain to meat protein at a ratio of
4:1. The worst are cattle which convert
at a ratio of 54:1. It also takes about
100,000 liters of water to produce a kilo
of beef, only about 5400 liters for the
protein equivalent of wheat (6 kilos).
World grain production per capita has
been shrinking for some time now, and
it would be unwise for us to continue to
produce meat protein in this way when
we can get the protein equivalent from
a small fraction of the grain needed for
meat production.
We have been eating animals for
a long time. There were and still are
groups, such as the Masai in Africa, that
eat exclusively animal products. Herders,
like the Masai, tend to live in areas that
are unsuitable for agriculture. Ruminants
can convert cellulosic vegetation like
grass, which humans can’t digest, into
Continued on Page 9
February 14, 2013
five minute one-of-a-kind theatrical
event where wonder and the absurd
are presented as one; the audience
leaves affirmed in the belief that life is
profoundly marvelous. No fancy boxes,
no smoke or mirrors. Instead, it’s just
the magic; straight up, fast paced, funny,
and amazing.
“Joey Pipia is a pro,” says islander
Kevin Joyce about the magician’s
performance on Joyce’s TV show, Big
Night Out. Pipia added an original twist
to Houdini’s classic needle swallowing
effect; he used shards of broken glass
taken from a bottle Joyce had just
smashed.
“He created a huge sensation,” adds
Joyce.
“See this show, live happily ever
after,” says Jake Seniuk, Director of The
Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, who
brought in Pipia’s original magic as the
final event of the museum’s series, The
Art of Healing, adding, “he’s an imp, a
wizard with a sixth sense.”
Pipia is back on Vashon after last
year’s two sold out shows of The Magic
Continued on Page 11
VAA Family Series
Lp Camozzi
By Janice Randall
Music and more awaits Island
families in this delightful VAA Series of
five performances. Dedicated to fostering
accessible arts experiences for all ages,
Vashon Allied Arts is joined in this
commitment by lead sponsor Vashon
Rotary Foundation with additional
support from Goforth Gill Architects and
Vashon Thriftway.
Sunday February 24, 1:30pm.
Children’s singer/songwriter/author
from Montreal, Canada, Camozzi wraps
up his three month debut tour of the U.S.,
right here on Vashon Island. Dubbed
“Neil Young for kids,” Camozzi sings
original songs about being a kid, school
and parents from his two albums Even
Kids Get the Blues and Even Kids Get
Country. Great for the whole family,
come laugh at his songs, sing along and
even learn to play spoons to accompany
his guitar and harmonica.
Get tickets on line & more information
at www.Vashonalliedarts.org.
Performace takes place at Blue
Heron Performing arts center, 19704
Vashon Hwy SW.
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February 28th - April 25th Thursday’s 4-5:30pm.
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Pet Partner
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March.
Vashon Pet Partner meeting
schedule for February and
March.
February 18th-NO
MEETING, Presidents Day,
VHS is closed
February 25th 5PM, VHS
March 4th,
5PM, VHS
March 11th
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March 18th
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March 25th
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Volunteer Opportunity:
Groundwater Protection
Committee
Interested in volunteering to protect our precious water
resources on Vashon and Maury Islands? The Vashon Maury Island
Groundwater Protection Committee is recruiting for a resident of
Vashon or Maury Island to serve a three year term. This committee
meets four times a year on Vashon (Wed nesday evenings) with
additional subcommittee meetings as needed.
The Groundwater committee efforts focus on caring for
the limited water resources of Vashon and Maury Islands.
Activities include: * Monitoring the water quality and quantity of
groundwater and streams.
* Protecting groundwater with an island-wide approach.
* Coordinating with the county on community water protection
activities including educational efforts.
* Learn more at www.kingcounty.gov/environment/
waterandland/groundwater/management-areas/vashon-mauryisland-gwma/committee.aspx
If interested, please go to www.kingcounty.gov/exec/boards.
aspx and submit your application by March 1, 2013. If you have
any questions, please contact Greg Rabourn at 206-296-1923 or
[email protected] . Feel free to forward this message
if you know a great candidate.
Greg Rabourn
King County Vashon Maury Island Basin Steward
From Tailings to Trees! Help restore habitat at Maury Island
Marine Park. February 23rd, 10 AM to 2 PM
Meeting location is at the viewpoint, 5100 SW 244th Street
Vashon. Maury Island Marine Park was once part of a gravel
mine that operated on the island. Due to Washington’s Job Corps
Bill, we now have young adults working to remove the introduced
invasive weeds and plant the site. Come help join the effort and
plant native species, providing more biodiversity and habitat for
wildlife.
Please note this is not the former Glacier pit site, but the Maury
Island Marine Park to the northeast of Gold Beach.
Make sure to bring lunch and dress for the weather!
To sign up, please contact [email protected] or call
206-296-2990
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Drama Dock Presents
Improv Night
… a fundraiser for Drama
Dock and the Performing Arts
Center.
Come join us for a hilarious
evening of theatrical antics as
Drama Dock sponsors a
night of Improvisation.
Anyone can form a team
of 3-5 to compete against
other Island teams to perform
as characters in scenarios
generated by the audience.
There will be many twists
and turns along the way as
teams face surprise challenges
from the audience and our
Master of Ceremony, Andrew
McMasters, straight from Jet
City Improv. in Seattle.
As always in our Island
Community, teams will be
coming from all levels of
previous experience, and some
will be new to the game of
Improv. Either way, this evening
promises to be a celebration of
good humor and exuberance.
Save the date, Saturday
March 9, at the Blue Heron Art
Center. Schmoozing begins at
7:00 with a no host wine bar
and gourmet chocolates. If you
plan to compete, you may pick
up an entry form to register your
team at Vashon Book Shop or
Blue Heron Art Center. The cost
for all tickets will be $10. Did
we mention the winning team
(selected by the audience) will
receive great prizes?
The audience wins with
a belly full of laughs, wine,
chocolates and caramels from
Island Confectioners. No
sleeping during this show!!!!
Questions? Call Sue Wiley
463-2892
[email protected]
VMICC General Meeting
The VMICC General
Meeting will be on February
18th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at
McMurray Middle School.
This month’s general
meeting will be a follow-up
to our meeting with Sheriff
Urquhart regarding “Drug
Houses” and related crime
on the island. Please come
with your ideas and energy to
help create feasible solutions
to the issues brought up last
month. We will also explore the
possibility of creating a working
group or VMICC committee
to carry this important work
forward.
Also on the agenda is a
discussion of a new meeting
venue due to the increased cost
of using McMurray Middle
School. Possible solutions to
consider are Courthouse Square,
the Land Trust Building, the
Harbor School, an area church,
or the possibility of securing
long term funding to cover the
costs at the current location.
Free Taxes & Property Tax
Exemptions help
Free Taxes & Property Tax Exemptions help at library starting
January 30th. Wednesdays from 11am - 1pm starting January 30
to April 3rd doing taxes for people whose gross income is $25,000
or less.
Need help with forms for property tax exemptions.? To qualify
you need to be at least 61 years of age and your income must be
under $35,000 and that includes social security.
No appointments, just drop in at the Library.
Guest Bartender Nights at The
Hardware Store
Each third Thursday of the month, a charity will be featured for
Guest Bartender Night of the Month. Ten percent of the specialty
drink sales will go to the charity. Donation jars will be set up
around the bar, and restaurant checks will include an opportunity
to write in an amount to go to the charity that patrons can charge
to their credit cards. The Hardware Store also makes a financial
contribution to the organization. In addition to the allure of the
‘celebrity bartender,’ some charities will take the opportunity
to sell their merchandise or hold a raffle as ways to leverage the
event’s potential.
This month’s Guest Bartenders will be Bill Moyer and John
Sellers for the Backbone Campaign. Thursday Feb. 21, 6-9pm
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February 14 ‘13
Ready to volunteer for
community gardening?
By Julia Lakey
A new growing season is about to
launch. Vashon has three community
vegetable gardens that need helping
hands: the ‘garden in the round’ at
Vashon Community Care, the raised
beds on the Lutheran Church grounds,
and the Food Bank garden. Whatever
your growing skills, you can make a
contribution and expand your skill base
by helping. Garden managers will be
available to work alongside you.
Garden work days are the first
Saturday of each month from 10 to 12.
Meet at the VCC garden March 2nd
and May 4th. Meet at the Lutheran
Church garden April 6th and June 8th.
Bring gloves and your favorite hand
tools; tools will also be available.
Each of the gardens offers unique
growing circumstances. The VCC
garden is going water-wise this season,
after the manager Julia Lakey made a
trip to visit the “Back to Eden” garden
of Gary Gautschi in Squim. Gary grows
in about a foot of composted chips and
does not irrigate. That is pretty amazing
considering that Squim is in the rain
shadow and gets only 16” of annual
rain—less than half what we get locally.
He does water his fall seeds until they
sprout; then they also grow without
irrigation. The video of Gary’s garden is
on the web for viewing and he continues
to give periodic tours. His plantings
are spaced further apart than irrigated
gardens but their size and flavor was
outstanding. He describes his garden as
“no till, no weeding, and no rotation” in
addition to no watering.
Most of the chips and other
amendments are already spread in the
VCC garden on the north side of the
building so helpers will actually be
planting during the work days. The
garden produce benefits the staff at VCC
and the plan is to meet food safety needs
so the residents can also eat the produce.
For any questions, contact Julia Lakey at
the Care Center at 567-4421.
The Care Center also has a garden
outside the dining area that the residents
work and community volunteers are
needed there also. There are raised
beds so folks can work in walkers and
wheelchairs as well as ground plantings,
flower pots and fruit trees. Last year
the residents clamored to renew the
planting beds: squash, corn, sunflowers,
beans, salad veggies, sunflowers, and
ornamentals burst from every planting
surface.
The garden at the Lutheran Church
grows produce for the Food Bank. The
garden is directly behind the meeting
hall. They have 14 raised beds with
garlic and raspberries in permanent beds.
Seasonally they grow beans, peas, kale,
chard, and squash. During the harvest
times, produce is gathered on Tuesday
mornings for delivery by noon. For any
questions, contact James Dam at the
Vashon Lutheran Church. The email is
[email protected]
The Food Bank has a garden to the
north and east of the Food Bank building.
Contact the Food Bank to see how
volunteer gardeners can get involved.
So this spring, dig in with your
neighbors to help our community
gardens. Meet the first Sat. of each month
from 10 to noon as scheduled above.
Flying Commercial: How Air
Travel Works with Truman O’Brien
By Linda Milovsoroff
Have you ever wondered what goes
on behind the scenes when flying on an
airliner? What happens when a plane is
flying on auto-pilot? Why do those little
flaps go up and down on the wings?
How do you land a 737 with caribou on
the runway? Come find out the answers
to these questions and many more
from Truman O’Brien, a retired Alaska
Airlines Captain. Having first soloed
when he was 16 years old, he had a 25
year airline career.
Truman will explain the technical
aspects of flying with fascinating stories
from his many years in the air. It will
be like taking a backstage tour of an
airline pilot’s job. You’ll also hear some
of the quirky things that happen while
flying. How about landing a DC-4 on
the beach in Alaska to pick up 23,000
pounds of fish? Or landing a 737 on a
gravel runway? Or flying to the arctic in
the dead of winter? These are just some
of the many interesting stories Truman
will share.
Truman tells his stories at 4 pm
on Sunday, March 3, at Bethel Church.
His talk is part of the Telling Stories
Speaker Series, by and about Vashon
locals. All proceeds from this talk benefit
Vashon Community Care. Ticket sales
are by donation and are available in
advance at Vashon Book Shop or Vashon
Community Care. The Telling Stories
Speaker Series is made possible by a
generous donation from the estate of
David W. and Catharine A. Carr.
The Powerbroker: Whitney
Young’s Fight for Civil Rights
Kimberly Stove in
world competition
Kimberly Stove has been selected as
one of 14 finalists to go to Washington DC
this coming November 2013 for a wood
stove competition with stoves from all
over the world. These competitors
are all seen as the World’s best, and
the competition will be fierce. The
promoters and supporters of this even
include U.S. Dept. of agriculture and
forestry, Global Alliance For Clean Cook
Stoves, Hearth Products and Bar-B-Q
assn., New York State Energy Research
And Development Authority, Popular
Mechanics, and the Washington State
Department Of Ecology.
Local inventor Roger Lehet and
his wife Bridget have been perfecting
a new breed of wood stoves which
are capable of simultaneously heating,
cooking, baking, producing hot water,
and electricity. Their stove is now one
of fourteen finalists to be included in
the Alliance for Green Heat wood stove
decathlon this coming November in
Washington D.C.
The story behind this incredible
stove is one of invention due to necessity
as the Lehet’s ended up living on a boat
just off the shore of Vashon Island after
losing their wood stove shop after 25
years in business in the down turned
economy.
Today the little stove has
the accreditation of numerous and
prestigious agencies such as UL Safety
Standards, Environmental Protection
Agency, Canadian Safety Standards,
Sierra Club Green Home Products
Provider, and Mother Earth News.
The Lehet’s have not only been invited
to the competition in D.C. but as Key
speakers at the Mother Earth News Fair
in Puyallup Washington this coming
May. Their topic of discussion will be
“Off Grid Living and Clean Bio Mass
Heat”.
For more information on this stove
and the goals of the company please see
www.unforgettablefirellc.com or contact
Roger Lehet at 206 850 2322.
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Community Cinema Vashon’s free monthly screenings and moderated
discussions of documentaries from the Emmy Award winning PBS film series
Independent Lens is presented with generous support from Voice of Vashon, Island
GreenTech, and the Vashon Theatre.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated — and controversial —
leaders of the civil rights era. The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil
Rights follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban
League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white
elite, gaining allies in business and government, including three presidents. Young
had the difficult tasks of calming the fears of white allies, relieving the doubts of
fellow civil rights leaders, and responding to attacks from the militant Black Power
movement.
Mark your calendars for March 26th and join in the Community Cinema Vashon
screening of “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines”, 6pm
at the Vashon Theatre.
For further information, contact Janet Welt 567-4048
or visit http://www.ccnw.tv/
Adopt A Cat Day!
Vashon Island Pet Protectors
Saturdays 11:30-2:30
Our VIPP Shelter is open for adoptions every Saturday.
Visit our website www.vipp.org for Directions and to
view the Cats and Dogs available for adoption.
Or give us a call 206-389-1085
February 14 ‘13
Island Life
Paradise Lost
by Peter Ray
All of a sudden I am in Florida.
That’s the way it feels- that’s the way it is.
That feeling is the biggest reason I don’t
like flying- that whole time warp thing
where you are sitting in this cramped,
metal tube for what seems like an eternity
and then you are somewhere thousands
of miles away in what, paradoxically,
seems like a blink of an eye. There is also
the guilt of hypocrisy thing- the luxury of
flight versus the destruction of the planet
kind of choice one sort of has to make in
this regard. There is of course the train
option for getting where you want to
go in these United States, continentally
speaking, but that would increase travel
times by a number of factors and that is
not always an option at all. There is also
the issue of cost (beyond the cost to the
planet). One could ponder all day as
to why the ancient technology of train
travel costs way more than the space
age advancements of modern air travel,
but then one would be revealing one’s
own ignorance of the profit motives and
greed of the airline industry which make
pondering and ruminating about any of
this a rather pointless exercise.
One might ask at this point why
I have subjected myself to all these selfinquiries as well as the hassles (yes I did
refuse to be full body scanned and was
mostly full body patted down) of airline
time travel in order to be here in sunny
southern Florida. It is not so that I can be
smiling smirkily at the meteorological
machinations characteristic (or as what
seems more likely- uncharacteristic)
of this time of year in northern climes.
Instead, it is to be here in order to help
my sister get our parents’ house ready to
sell. Here resides another layer of guilt
not of my making, as this place has sat
unoccupied for over two years since my
mother’s passing, spinning a number of
meters- both actual and metaphoricalthat register numbers which need to be
paid for while powering and maintaining
a space devoid of residential activity.
In these two years, my dad has slowly
come around to the realization that with
advancing Parkinsons and an aversion
to cooking for himself that he was never
really going to be able to be here again
on his own.
And so we are here, my sister
and myself, with the appointed task of
preparing a house for sale in a somewhat
deflated market. We are here to sort
things, to remove things and to fix things.
This involves pawing through drawers
and poking and probing through closets
and deciding what is an heirloom and
what is a Goodwill donation, as well as
crawling under sinks, replacing clock
batteries, drilling holes and spraying
WD-40 everywhere. There is a cumulative
residue factor of nearly twenty five years
of stuff here- there is also an element
of decay, not the least of which is a
refrigerator that gave up the proverbial
ghost not long before our arrival and is
now needing to be replaced.
There is also the tropical garden,
which although it is supposedly being
“tended” by a garden service, we find
that it is need of more than just a little
bit of care. It seems that there is a game
that is played by gardeners and pool
guys with employers who are absent for
a part of the year. This involves doing as
little as possible of what would otherwise
be weekly work while sending north
regular billings, and then bursting forth
with a flurry of activity just before the
return of the “snowbirds” so everything
looks just as it should. Since the lots
in this neighborhood association are
all walled, the relative neglect is not
readily apparent to the rest of the small
community. We did not find a wasteland
when we walked through the gate, but
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for the first few days I was pruning out
dead wood and making a variety of
things that shouldn’t have been there go
away.
I had anticipated part of this
duty by bringing along my trusty
Felcos for general pruning, but for the
specialized task of removing dead palm
fronds I had to improvise with a six
dollar hand saw attached to the pool
skimmer pole with packing tape. When
the gardener did arrive a day into my
chopping spree he informed me that he
had intended, today, to do a bunch of
pruning, which he did. My sister said
she had never seen him work so hardespecially in removing all the piles of
debris I had left in my wake. I also had
a conversation with Mario, the gardener,
about the white fly infestation of the
small banana grove just off the back
corner of the patio. Apparently there
was to be a neighborhood meeting about
what was to be done about the white
winged blight that had spread through
the collective yards and, in our case,
turned undergrowth and patio bricks
black with their drippings of inky soot. I
pointed to the spray bottle of insecticidal
soap I had used in the twilight of the
evening before to avoid the suns burning
rays. Mario shook his head and said he
had a spray that would really take care
of them- either that or a systemic that
would be poured onto the ground and
taken up through the roots to poison
the white flies’ sap supply- this would
also render the bananas that were just
ripening inedible. I told him that would
be a bad idea and I would continue
my spray assault, which seemed to be
working, although it was a bit more
labor intensive than Mario would have
liked, with its spraying on and washing
off method of doing battle with the bug
enemy.
We did not go to the white fly
meeting- we did not have time with
all the stuff we had to take care of. I
imagined that the more organic, personal
responsibility approach would not
go over too well here. It was, after all,
on the second morning we were here
when the spray truck with its large
tank and walking attendant, who was
tethered off the back with a long hose
and spray wand, passed by dousing the
grassy ground and exotic shrubberies
with some unnamed agent of control.
After they had gone through, small
white placards atop black plastic stakes
appeared in the grass strips on either
side of the meandering drive through
the cul-de-sac which informed all who
chose to read the small print that walking
on the grass for the time being might not
be the best of ideas. This was the price
of maintaining the illusion of paradise,
and I’m sure most of the residents were
willing to pay it, in spite of what it might
be doing to everything else.
On one of our trips out with
boxes of books intended for a resale
shop that supported a local hospice, I
noticed an interesting small tree in the
parking lot in front of the shop with
dark leaves and what appeared to be
glowing, silvery undersides. I removed
my sunglasses and went in for a closer
look only to find that the dark tops were
actually a mottled discoloration, most
likely being caused by the massive,
solid colonies of white flies hanging on
underneath. It seemed that it was not just
the Bay Villas neighborhood who were
battling these invaders, it was a more of
a widespread event. In my experience,
large infestations generally mean some
sort of imbalance has been wrought upon
the system. It was easy to see why things
were the way that they were here, and
that “doing something about it” in the
neighborhood would more than likely be
an ongoing battle, as it seemed that the
flies would keep coming from elsewhere
no matter what they did to control them
at home. As it was, I chopped off the
worst of the banana leaves and did the
same with the worst affected shrubs and
flowers underneath. I kept up the spray
and rinse regimen while we were there,
and pressure washed the black soot
stain off the bricks beneath. We ate the
small but delicious fruit as they ripened
in waves. All I can say is that at least I
tried, but given what I saw down there,
that seemed to be not nearly enough in
the bigger picture of things.
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died of old age, and no one
thought much about it. Now
the cause of death is detected
and people die of pneumonia
or its effects, or myocardial
infarction, or renal failure, or
complications of cancer or its
treatment, or whatever. There’s
usually a name for what finally
gets you. Saying that we lived
it up until we were used up is
not a medical label. Too bad.
We used to have a sense that
a person went when it was by Karen Crisalli Winter
their time. Now it’s that one and March Twisdale
medical condition that could
Over the past several
not be cured and took you
years, our island has become a
down like a cheetah leaping on
veritable battle ground around
a wheezing gazelle. We’ve lost
the issue of public health. In
the big picture.
particular, the method by which
Ah, well. It’s easy to think
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island residents manage their
about such things when coming
personal immune decisions has
After a
home from a diagnostic test.
been thrust under a nation-wide
I was told I’d hear from my
Mammogram
microscope. Various members of
doctor in ten days or so.
the media from The Stranger to
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Until then I live in the limbo
PBS Newshour to The New York
There is a joke that if the of unknowing – didja find
Times to a Stanford Graduategenders took turns having anything? Or not? I want to hear
Student Filmmaker have come to
babies – if the woman had the what the result has usually been
interview local residents on the
first, the man had the second, over time: I’m fine, and I can go
issue. The interviewers always
and the woman had the third, on my yippy-skippy way and
focus on a few simple issues. “Do
there would never be any fourth not think about it for another
you vaccinate? Why? What do
babies.
year or two. Unfortunately, the you think of others who choose
I thought about that this last time I had this test, three
differently?” The interviewers
morning as I drove home from years ago, there was something
often strive for balance, but the
having a mammogram. If men found, and that led to surgery
result is usually polarization.
had to put their secondary and a recovery that seemed to
As frustration builds, coercive
sexual characteristics between take a long, long time. It was ideas begin to surface. “If people
a couple of flat plates and tedious, friends. A person gets can’t be swayed to make the right
have them squeezed flat while tired of waiting rooms and choice,” goes the reasoning, “then
being told that compression is magazines full of helpful advice perhaps we should mandate their
necessary for a good reading, on how to be healthy, all left health decisions for the good of
they’d get busy and invent a lying around for perusal by all?” From gun control to abortion
better way to take a look at the people who wouldn’t be there to end of life decisions to vaccines,
inner man.
if they were healthy. I think there is a human tendency to
As it is, men don’t get it’s the smiling models in these try and force people into “right
compressed in this fashion and magazines that annoy me the behavior,” as defined by majority
women are encouraged to get most. Have you noticed how the opinion. And yet, how often is the
a mammogram every year or people in drug ads are always majority opinion less than perfect?
two. I encourage any women grinning like they won the The history of health care is filled
inventors and researchers to get lottery? “I have cancer/heart with tragic examples of the harm
busy on inventing a better way disease/erectile dysfunction/ that can result when commonly
to look at the inner woman.
bipolar disorder but I couldn’t held medical beliefs are either
Getting machine-mangled be any barking happier because false or incomplete.
while the technician calls me I am using this drug!”
The history of cholera
“honey” and “dear” and pushes
Aah, that’s enough out of provides an excellent example
me this way and that, telling me me for one day. I have ten days of this concept. During cholera
to turn my feet this way and to live in ignorance, and I plan o u t b r e a k s , a l l m a n n e r o f
my arm that way and my chin to enjoy those ten days. If the “solutions” were proposed, often
a third way, is not my idea of a results are negative, hallelujah. based on nothing more than
great way to spend the morning, If they’re not, we’ll cross that fear and hope. The few who
but I went and did it out of a bridge when we come to it. were trying to use a scientific
sense of duty, and oh yeah, Either way I’m going to keep approach misunderstood the
because I had a lumpectomy a sitting out on the kitchen porch data and concluded that cholera
couple of years ago and it’s good in the morning, drinking my was an airborne disease. John
to keep an eye on these things. coffee and listening to the birds Snow and Henry Whitehead
I was told I’d hear from my sing. And that’s the truth.
looked at the existing data, did
doctor in ten days or so, and I
some independent research,
can wait. When I was younger
and concluded that cholera was
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having cancer, and rightly so – I
was too young to die. Now –
well, let me tell you a story.
I was online one night when
an ad from Swedish Hospital
popped up encouraging me
to take a quiz to see what my
greatest health threat might be.
With Gluten Free Buns!
I figured I knew already – I’m
fat. I’ve been told to lose weight
and get my cholesterol down for
years. So I took their quiz, and
Open 11am to 8pm Monday-Saturday
according to Swedish – and they
claim they know – my biggest
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health risk is my age.
It’s not the fat, the
cholesterol, the angina, the
lurking type II diabetes, the
lingering effects of injuries, the
lung congestion, the fatigue, all
the conditions I worry about
which I wonder, “Which one
is the bullet with my name on
it?” No, my greatest threat now
is that I’m old. That’s the bullet.
We used to say that people
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and condemned mercilessly for
this outrageous claim. They were
also right. And their courage and
persistence eventually led to city
governments prioritizing clean
water supplies and ended the
scourge of cholera.
Think of it this way. Most
of us understand that freedom of
speech is essential to democracy.
Protecting the minority voice is
uncomfortable, but in the long
run it protects us all. Informed
consent is to ethical health care
what freedom of speech is to
democracy. The principle of
informed consent is what gives
us the right to ask questions and
to make the final decisions about
our health care. When it comes to
vaccines, it is vital that we protect
informed consent.
What we hope to show, over
the next twelve months, is that
there are as many right decisions
as there are people making them.
When it comes to health care,
a “one size fits all” model is
absolutely contraindicated. Every
disease is different, every vaccine
is different, every individual is
different, and every community
situation is different. It is okay
for our health care decisions to be
different as well.
Over the next twelve months,
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However, credentials are not
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with credentials are people and
have all the variation of genuine
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If you have credentials,
welcome to the conversation. If
you have no credentials, welcome
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extensive scientific background,
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We’ll talk together, we’ll share
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important things.
For next month, we will
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will recognize and respect the
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Aries (March 20-April 19)
In the cosmic scheme, your sign is
the one designed to be about assertion
and action. With Mars currently in
Pisces, life may not be presenting you
with clear direction; you seem to be
lacking a tangible sense of where you
are at the moment. This is an invitation
inward. Yes, there are other influences
that are heightening your desire for social
contact, though I suggest you ask yourself
whether these are offering you what
you want, or presenting a distraction
or worse, a source of needless drama.
You may have the sense that you’ll find
someone you want, someone you’ve
been looking for, ‘out there somewhere’,
though I suggest you question that theory
at least long enough to see whether the
one you’re looking for isn’t right inside
you. One other point to consider this
week: this is a time of completions rather
than of beginnings. The recent New
Moon initiated a time of closure and
resolution that extends from now until
your birthday.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You may be wondering how you’re
going to handle all this responsibility;
your astrology answers that in two
words: organization and cooperation.
The first word implies the second -- an
organization is a cooperative enterprise.
If you feel like you’re pushing against
something immovable, it will help if
you invoke the collective mind and
develop new ideas. This may not be
straightforward, and you will need to be
in a coordinating role. What you need
to be doing is keeping track of all of
the ideas and variables surrounding a
particular seemingly intractable situation,
and see the whole picture in composite
rather than fixating on any small piece of
it. From there, it will become clear that
certain ideas are more useful than others.
Make sure you evaluate the impact of
every option. The law of unintended
consequences is in full force and effect.
Therefore, you need to think in multiple
dimensions and anticipate the problems
that any potential solution might create
-- and change course sooner rather than
later.
Gemini (May 20-June 21)
Many factors are trying to call your
attention to the ways in which it’s time
to take control of your life. This is not
going to be instantaneous, nor should
it take ‘forever’. While you may be
inclined to think you want to get your
career in order, the matter at hand is
much larger. This is about taking back
authority over all of your affairs, though
to do that, you will need to see the places
where you’ve given up that authority,
or had it taken from you -- beginning
with your parents. Along the way, you
may vacillate between thinking you’re
a force to be reckoned with and fearing
that you have no power whatsoever.
Both are distortions. You tend to think
in absolutes; in this instance, seeing
shades of gray and different hues of
color will help you. I suggest you plan
for a rethinking process as you make
each decision. You will not be arriving at
final destinations; stop first and see where
you are and how it feels to be there. Then
decide what to do next.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
There are those days when we seem
to live in a world of the self-centered
and superficial. It’s frustrating if you’re
one of those people who practices selfawareness, because a little goes a long
way, though it comes at a cost. And
what cost would that be? Well, selfawareness is the antidote for hypocrisy,
and not being a hypocrite puts one at a
voluntary disadvantage. Anyway, for the
moment, you will be encountering some
people who cannot see past their own
self-interest, and it will help immensely if
you recognize them for who they are. You
should have the information you need to
sort this out fairly quickly after you meet
someone. You then will have the option
to forget what you discovered, or put the
information to work. If someone is not
interested in anyone or anything besides
themselves, as evidenced primarily by
their actions, then you cannot logically
expect them to be of any help to you.
This is not an accident; it’s a way of life,
and I’m here to tell you that you have a
different agenda.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)
The recent New Moon encouraged
you to see the widest possible picture;
to think systemically. I suggest you do
this as you solve every seemingly small,
separate problem. Look up from what
you’re doing and consider the total
circumstance -- the human as well as the
technical; the psychological as well as the
emotional. If you are noticing a world in
crisis, it’s about the lack of faith in love,
and the expectation of betrayal. The
people around you need more emotional
contact, though they may seem to be
indicating otherwise. That contact doesn’t
need to drain you, though there are
several distinct stresses on your energy at
the moment. Contact is just that -- it starts
with hello; with a basic acknowledgment
of existence. It includes being somewhat
consistent, even a bit persistent, making
sure that others know that you care and
that you have their best interests at heart.
They may not seem appreciative, though
I assure you that they are.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22)
Certain relationship situations seem
to be at a boiling point, and you may
feel like people are transgressing your
boundaries left, right and center. It’s up
to you, therefore, to be the gatekeeper in
your own life. The challenge here is about
your emotional investment in those who
might cross some line that you may not
have clearly articulated. To speak up may
feel like you’re betraying someone. This is
a form of codependency not often called
what it is, mainly because it’s considered
normal behavior. It may be normal but
it’s not helpful, particularly to you. I
suggest that you get clear with yourself
about what you want and don’t want.
Then make sure that others know your
position before they act on some other
assumption. The key is before, not after,
so I suggest that -- though it might seem
difficult -- you get your situation sorted
out. As for the betrayal piece, it’s not true
-- it’s a holdover from another era of your
life. The only person you have to worry
about betraying is yourself.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23)
In our society at our time in history,
there is no aspect of sex that’s not
touched or compromised by the abuse
of trust or power. This is one reason
why sexual situations typically become
so complicated so fast. We can find
ourselves involved with abuse survivors;
we might find ourselves involved
with perpetrators. Yet one of the core
hypocrisies is that most of the time, we
tend to see ourselves as neither. You can
safely assume you’re somewhere in the
system because you grew up in the midst
of all of this. The typical way to deal with
this situation is to ignore it, but you’re at
the point where that’s no longer possible.
The thing you may be feeling is that to
confront this web of psychological and
sexual intrigue, you have to take a chance
-- and if so, I would agree with that. All
progress requires taking a chance. In this
case, the chance is akin to H.G. Wells’
metaphor of how the one-eyed man in
the land of the blind is considered crazy
-- because he can tell light from dark and
night from day. It’s worth the risk.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Often the most interesting aspects of
people can be found in the places they’ve
been hurt. This is true whether they’ve
dealt with the injury or not; it’s more
convenient for everyone if they have.
Hey, it’s more convenient for everyone
if you have as well, and apropos of
Scorpio, the question of the moment is
where some aspect of ‘sexual’ intersects
with some aspect of ‘spiritual’. Or more
accurately, you’ll find it in the place
where sexual has been ripped apart from
spiritual. There is more in this split than
you may recognize, since it’s actually
about severing you from your creative
power. It’s also about whether you have
an inherent respect for life. Sex is not
something to be consumed, tolerated or
used as a bargaining chip. It’s the creative
core of existence -- and how you feel
about sex is exactly how you feel about
life. Therefore, I suggest you consider
carefully how you feel about sex and
why. This includes what you say and do
not say, and why; what you do and don’t
do, and why.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22)
Sagittarius has one of the coolest and
grooviest reputations of all the signs,
though secretly, I believe this is one of
the most reserved and even conservative
signs of the zodiac. Part of this is how
you tend to think -- in fixed patterns and
abstract ways rather than the tangible
and the concrete. And those patterns
and abstractions can easily get hung up
on themselves. Every now and then you
reach a point where you simply have to
flex your mind in new directions. You
might have to make a decision you’ve
been avoiding until the last possible
moment. You might have to face some
unpleasant fact and then deal with it -and when these times come, you can be
bold and decisive. That’s about where
you are today. The recent New Moon
will help you go even deeper -- you can
address what we could call a systemic
issue, some quality of how you tend to
think all the time that you may not have
given a name to yet. Now, it’s likely to be
visible and in clear focus, to the point of
being obvious.
Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)
For both of the Saturn-ruled signs
(yours and Aquarius), self-esteem is the
issue of the season, though there are
subtle shades of distinction in how that
will manifest. For you, there seems to
be a titanic struggle to let go of an idea
about yourself that is not true, and which
is not working to further the course of
your life. You need to know what that
idea is, so you can change your mind
about it. It’s likely to be something that
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which was supported, or implanted, by
the people who were around you when
you were much younger. There is some
element of what you had to say or do in
order to have their approval, which may
have included going along with things
that violated your conscience. You’ve
reached the place in your growth where
you cannot persist in thinking or doing
anything that goes against your ethics,
and that seems to be the focus of the
moment -- and it may feel like a kind of
squeeze point.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19)
Have your persistent self-doubt
and self-questioning actually gotten
you anywhere? They may have, though
not as far as you think, and even if so,
whatever purpose it had now seems
to be served. Get used to the idea that
self-improvement doesn’t necessarily
improve you. What does? Let’s see -- it
looks like your passion for beauty is
both helpful and in full bloom right now.
Beauty might come in any form of art or
music, talents I would be surprised if
you would hear any astrologer ascribe to
your sign. However, we both know you
deeply value them, though you may not
have come as far as counting yourself in.
I suggest you do that. There are spiritual
and psychological approaches to growth
and healing, and if you ask me most of
them are getting pretty old. And then
there is the creative approach, which is
always new, and which is designed to
get your whole brain thinking, feeling
and growing.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)
This is a moment of passion, drive
and clarity for you. Mars and so many
other planets in your sign might be a
caution not to overdo things, though I
would say you would be better advised to
use this moment to focus your intentions
and your plans and get into action -now. You know what you need to know,
including about yourself; you’ve done all
the sorting out you need to do. Therefore,
act on what you want. Make the changes
you need, and don’t let anyone stop you.
You have some unusual mojo going at
the moment. I would, however, remind
you of its real source -- your inner life.
As I emphasized extensively in your
annual reading, the two fish of Pisces
are the introvert and the extravert. This
is a moment of contact with the world, of
asserting yourself and figuring out that
there is room for you here. The other side
of this is honoring your interior space,
the space where nobody else can really
meet you. That is the real source of your
inspiration and momentum. If you want
the best guidance and the real facts, meet
yourself there regularly.
Read Eric Francis daily at
www. PlanetWaves.net
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The Vashon Loop, p. 8
Island Epicure
By Marj Watkins
A Valentine’s Day
Dinner for Two
For a supper that includes
the Valentine’s Day motifs of the
color red and a heart shape, you
might try a heart-shaped Salisbury
steak. It comes to the table under
a blanket of red sauce. The whole
menu could be: Vegetable salad,
Salisbury Steak, steamed brown
rice, kale with garlic, ginger, and
a sprinkle of rice vinegar or red
wine vinegar, a salad of dark green
lettuce leaves, diced cucumber
and diced red bell pepper with
your favorite salad dressing, and
for dessert sliced strawberries and
whipped cream over chocolate
shortcake.
Order of preparation: Start
the rice cooking. Set your timer for
when the rice will be half done.
Prepare the kale. Peel and slice the
garlic. Mince the ginger. Wash,
hull, and slice strawberries. When
the timer goes off, start cooking
the meat.
Salisbury Steak
2 servings
Spray-on olive oil Or 1
Tablespoon extra virgin Spanish
or Turkish olive oil
½ pound leanest ground beef,
flattened and formed in heart shape
15 ounce can tomato sauce
Coat the bottom of a large
skillet with olive oil. Heat it.
Apply the heart-shaped meat
patty. Brown it, turn it and brown
the other side. Pour the tomato
sauce over it. Reduce the heat to
medium low. Cover the pan. Cook
20 minutes. This is difficult to
transfer to a serving dish. I’d just
serve from the pan.
The extra red sauce, flavored
by the meat, goes well on steamed
rice.
Kale with Garlic & Ginger
½ bunch kale
2 garlic cloves
3 or 4 slices ginger
Dash chicken granules
½ cup water
sprinkle of rice vinegar
Wash the kale. Cut the tough
center rib out of each leaf. Stack the
leaf halves and cut in several small
pieces. Place in saucepan and add
remaining ingredients. Toss. Bring
to boiling, reduce heat, cover and
cook 15 to 20 minutes, until tender.
Offer rice vinegar at the table.
Chocolate Shortcake: The
Chocolate Cake, or the Chocolate
Angelfood Cake from my
cookbook, Wholegrain and Gluten
Free, available at Minglement. Or a
chocolate cake from a store bought
mix with an extra tablespoon of
cocoa powder stirred into the
batter, will serve well here. Bake
in a square pan or pans. Cut in
squares, top with sliced strawberries
marinated with a little brown sugar
or coconut sugar and topped with
whipped cream.
A very happy Valentine’s Day
to you all! Marj.
Oscar Night at
the Vashon Theatre
Continued from Page 8
Elizabeth Nye and Elizabeth
Ripley. Providing contrasting
sartorial opinions is John
Staczek of Island Greentech, the
organization that spearheaded
the successful digital projector
campaign for the Vashon
Theatre.
Snapdragon Bakery and
Café is catering the dinner for
the first time, and culinary
artists Megan Hastings and
Adam Cone are creating an
Oscar Night feast of sweet
potato enchiladas, garden salsa,
and carrot/cabbage black bean
slaw with cilantro. Chocolatier
Julie Farrell of Tease Chocolates
will be providing a sweet
conclusion to the Academy
Awards spread with her
exquisite artisan confections.
Another first for the 2013 Oscar
Night, wine sales will benefit
Vashon Maury Community
Food Bank, and George and
Linda Kirkish of Palouse Winery
are generously contributing
their award winning whites and
reds to Vashon Film Society’s
black tie party.
Sharing mistress of
ceremonies duties this year
are Tami Brockway Joyce and
Jennifer Sutherland. The pair is
best known as the Washington
State Fairies singing telegram
company, but Joyce and
Sutherland will debut a new
act for Oscar Night: Nan and
Fancy Filson, lounge singers
from Boca Raton.
Tickets are $10 advance
($12 day of show), and the
$30 Superstar Deal offers
a substantial $5 savings by
packaging admission, limo ride
with photo, beverage and meal
together.
Proceeds from Oscar Night
ticket sales go toward annual
scholarships Film Society
awards to aspiring film makers
through Vashon Community
Scholarship Foundation.
Oscar Night Costume Contest Categories
Best Dressed Child Female
Best Dressed Child Male
Best Dressed PJs
Celebrity Look-alike
Best Dressed Adult Male
Best Dressed Adult Female
Outrageous Award – the “Cher”
Best Dressed Teen Male
Best Dressed Teen Female
Best Dressed Adult Couple 21+
Award for Best Ballot
February 14 ‘13
VHS Student
awarded national
scholarship from
NANPA
Sophie Harrison’s photo of a Lady Bug, one of several photographs that
helped win her.
Sophie Harrison a 10th
grader at Vashon High
School, was recently awarded
a national scholarship from
the North American Nature
Photography Association and
will be traveling to Jacksonville,
Florida to participate in their
program on February 24th. This
program is designed to help
young photographers learn to
document nature and assist in
nature preservation efforts at
the same time.
Since its founding nearly
twenty years ago, the North
American Nature Photography
Association promotes the art and
science of nature photography
as a medium of communication,
appreciation, and environmental
protection. NANPA unites
the most talented advocates of
natural history photography to
provide information, education,
inspiration, and opportunity
for all persons. From national
geographic photographers to
the editors of major magazines,
NANPA provides an essential
network for its members.
For the last fourteen years, a
major component to NANPA’s
annual summit, which is
held in different locations
each year, has been the High
School Scholarship Program.
Applications are sent from all
around the world to participate
in this prestigious program.
Ten students, from freshmen to
seniors, are selected to represent
their schools and cities as the
next generation of nature
photographers. Throughout
the week, the high school
students will receive personal
instruction from industry
leaders and attend workshops
and keynote addresses from
some of the top shooters in
nature photography. This
year’s winners have submitted
impressive portfolios and essays
and they come from all over the
country, from Alaska to Florida.
This year, their program is
sponsored by Canon, Bogen/
Delkin, Wimberley, and Hunts
Photo and Video. These major
sponsorships will allow the
students to use professional
equipment while they are out
in the field to learn what it’s like
to be on assignment. At the end
of the conference the students’
photographs are displayed in a
presentation to the hundreds of
members who attend.
The 2013 annual NANPA
summit will be held in
Jacksonville, Florida from
February 23rd through March
3rd at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront Hotel. For three days
the students will be camping
on a nearby national park and
photographing the stunning
wildlife and landscapes of
Florida’s wilderness. This is
truly a unique experience and
one that the students will never
forget.
The Vashon Loop, p. 9
February 14 ‘13
Positively Speaking
Dirty Rugs and
Clean Money
There is a feeling inside one’s body
when one steps out into the unknown
hoping for a good effect in one’s life.
It’s difficult to know if the area of
focus ought to be in the head or the
heart. Like the Spring breeze that blows
through a house on the first day doors
and windows can be thrown open
with abandon after the long winter
closure, one’s soul feels the suspension
of the comfortable in exchange for the
possibility of better circumstances or a
life that is lived more in tune with that
which will open the opportunity for
blessings to be showered down.
So it was that through the Fall, as
various events piled on top of each other
boxing me in in ways that felt like a trap,
and very far away from my values and
hopes and dreams, I made a decision
I only discovered when talk of New
Year’s Resolutions started happening in
the media.
That traditional week between
Western Christmas and the New Year
is abuzz with research that supports
personal change or points to the
difficulties of making such choices,
narrative testimonies to past efforts
either successful or not, and countless
media hosts sharing their own personal
choices about said resolutions.
This year I found myself longing to
have the courage to make the biggest of
all. I made the decision to not let anyone,
as far as I was personally able to set limits
to contain such events, to waste my time
or money.
Soooooooo…..that would be
preceded by a confession that I frequently
wait way too long to set limits around
those activities that come from others
and create a sieve of time and resources
that drains my efforts to push forward
in the achievement of my dreams and
pleasures.
By golly, January 1st I put the plan
into effect. Whew! That is a HUGE
resolution. Think about. How much of
your life ebbs away in other people’s
issues that have nothing to do with how
you are trying to move forward with
your life.
I was in the mess of letting way too
much of other’s struggles into my life
because I suffer from a sever case of ‘nice
girl syndrome’ and too healthy a dose of
the ability to live the in the cracks and
nooks and crannies of time and space left
to me by others. The only daughter of a
family of four children = during the fifties
and early sixties= there were three boys
more forceful at making their presence
known to the world than I. Defer.
Well…the rest of my cultural history
of deference is irrelevant here and now
in these few words, but basically the end
of the story is I traveled through my own
story enough to start staying ‘Oh I don’t
think so.” For someone who felt guilty
By Deborah H. Anderson
Give them something
uniquely Vashon
reading the book ‘When I Say No I Feel
Guilty’, this has been a pretty enormous
first two months.
And I really LOVE it!!! The fall out
from others is a little tough, but I think
everyone will get used to it. For the first
time, my focus is on that which builds
toward a brighter tomorrow, more
peaceful, more joyful, more carefree
and fun.
The only metaphor I can give you to
share what it feels like is dirty rugs. I’m a
life long renter and the one phrase I know
landlords never mean is, ‘don’t worry
about the rugs; we’re going to replace
them after you leave”. So every day you
end up with frayed, Berber rugs whose
seams don’t match, have stains of long
since departed residences and serve only
to protect one’s feet from sub flooring…
well…except in one particular house
where I entered to find loops of carpet
tossed atop a pile of sawdust, the result
of exposure to daily life. I put a rocking
chair over it.
The biggest positive result has been
in matters of money. I have found that
money flows where there is clear water.
You know what I mean. If someone is
mismanaging money and my money
is tied up in that situation, it’s like the
drain is clogged. But if I place myself
in tandem financially with those who
are responsible and sensible and frugal
and prudent with their pennies, it’s like
floodgates open.
I take a deep breath everyday for the
courage to keep going as I am. I suspect
my resolve will overflow into my own
health care, relationships, adventures,
cheer and amusement. Oohhhh, how
exciting is THAT?!
Can’t tell you anything to try. I
might find in a few months I suffer from
terminal feelings of guilt of selfishness,
but until that sets in, I’m going to
keep trying just to see what happens.
Sometimes you just have to go where
you don’t know how it’s going to end.
Love,
Deborah
Save the date!!
March 9th 6-7:30 PM at the Land Trust : Second Saturday Lecture “Of
COURSE You Know What You’re Doing...and if you don’t you can figure it
out!” The Parenting class for all ages and stages of parenting from pregnancy
through adolescence. Come find out how to choose The Easy Fix, The
Educated Fix, or the Enduring Fix. Personalize your parenting and fortify
your confidence as you develop a stronger more positive relationship with the
children in your family.
Sunday 10 March 1:30 PM Vashon Theatre. Free Family Film Series ...the
original ‘Footloose” . Come dance in the aisles like nobody was watching!and
a few laughs thrown in.”
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here...
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there!
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Last Minute Birthdays
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206-463-3655
Deadline for the next
edition of The Loop is
Friday, February 22
We’ve still got some Weatherbeeta
Blankets/Sheets left! 35% Off
until they are GONE!
We also carry blankets/sheets
from Rambo & Horseware Ireland
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& Leg Boots
Ask us about our Demo
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all your horse and farm needs! We
have feed and supplies for all of
the critters who live at your place,
not just horses! For all your poultry, goat, rabbit, llama, alpaca, pig,
& cattle needs, think of us first!
Remember, if we wouldn’t use it
ourselves, we won’t sell it!
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Hours: 9:00 – 6:00 pm Daily
10:00 – 5:00 pm Sunday
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
206-463-9792
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The Road To Resilience
Continued from Page 1
usable meat protein and rich manure.
Animals are vital to agriculture as well;
they forage for undesirable plants and
pests, spread manure, and help maintain
a healthy soil. It appears that animals
play an important part in our food
system whether we eat them or not.
Feeding CAFO animals grain that
we can eat ourselves negates the only
rationale for eating animals in the first
place. However, pastured livestock
require a great deal more land than
CAFO’s. Of the 302 million hectares of
land devoted to livestock, only 30 million
are devoted to feed grain. Yet, that feed
grain allows us to produce most of the
meat we consume.
I think most will agree that, today,
all of our protein needs could be supplied
by plant sources. Unfortunately, plant
production, as it is primarily done today,
requires a severe alteration of the land
and subsequent habitat loss for wild
species. The harm of killing animals for
food needs to be weighed against the
indirect killing of wild species through
pollution and habitat loss inherent in the
production of today’s plant diet.
I think most of us would agree that
CAFO’s are an ethical and ecological
abomination. But, if we closed them
down and pastured all of our livestock,
we would only be able to produce about
40% as much meat. If we eliminated that
quantity of meat, the remaining meat
consumption plus current consumption
of plant protein would still provide us
with more that the recommended daily
allowance (RDA) of protein. If we want to
get rid of CAFO’s and regain local control
over meat production, we will have to
change our diets so that we eat 60% less
meat, a radical change in our food habit
but a marked improvement in our health
and the sustainability of the planet. We
owe a debt of gratitude to all of you
that are vegetarians and, even more, are
vegans. You have gone out of your way
to consider the implications of your diet
and have acted on it, and diet is very
personal and difficult to change. Now, if
we can grow those plants organically in
a way that preserves habitat and builds
soil health and species diversity, we can
create a truly sustainable vegetarian diet.
Ultimately, we will eat whatever
we have to to survive. All things
being equal, the economics of plant
consumption are far more efficient
than animal consumption, but we can’t
always guarantee that things will be
equal, that we will have access to the
foods we would prefer. However, it
is clear that we need to end corporate
agriculture, both toxic plant factories
and CAFO’s, and we will have to do
that partly by making deliberate and
thoughtful changes in our diet. For most
of us, that means checking out some of
the really great vegetarian recipes out
there, or at least recipes in which meat
plays a much more subsidiary role.
Comments? [email protected]
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The Vashon Loop, p. 10
February 14 ‘13
Love Duets
Delilah Pearl and The Mantarays
A Benefit for Risk
Bring your honey to the Red
Bicycle Bistro and Sushi for an
evening of song. Musicians will
pair together to perform duets in
never before seen combinations
of talent. You won’t want to miss
this.
The concept is simple - the
only requirement is that it is two
people on stage and they both
have to sing a duet together,
preferably with a love theme.
Like the Backbone shows, we
will rotate these duo’s through
so there is a nice variety of music
throughout the night. We are
requesting one to two songs for
each duo and they can be covers
or originals.
This will be a fun show - the
day after Valentines Day, but
carrying on the love.....
Friday, February 15 at 8pm.
This is a free cover all-ages show
‘til 11pm, then 21+ after that.
At the Red Bicycle
17618 Vashon Hwy SW
206-463-5590
www.redbicyclebistro.com
Find the Loop on-line at
www.vashonloop.com
VAA Women in Jazz: Cocoa Martini
OneNiteStand
We all know a OneNiteStand
is never enough – You just want
more! Well good news, they’re
back! And they have new stuff
with girl guest artists who will
redefine the local blues scene.
This band is ‘nothin’ but rockin’
blues’ and you’ll say “oh yeah!”
when you hear them! Can Blues
be this much fun?
These musical veterans play
their favorite blues tunes and
spice ‘em up with their own
originals. They’ve all got blues
chops, from growling it to flat-out
rockin’. And wait ‘’til you hear the
girl singers! Fresh from playing
in the local band, Avaaza, Terri
and Azula will leave you crying
for more. This band has been
been playing for a long time and
have musical histories too long
to mention here. The all-island
players present a perfect mix of
talent:
• Luke’s guitar screams the
blues like a down-hearted frail
and goes raw at just the right
times. And when he sings, he
knows most of the words too.
Amazing!
•Harmonica king, Lonesome
Mike, will slip you some of his
own grimy vocals over the swe-e-e-e-t sound of blues harp all
night long, baby.
• Slab blows his sax to
the max with his own brand of
playing that will even impress
your friends.
• Gib, well, he has that
strong back beat that keeps things
smokin’ as he’s layin’ down the
beat.
•Fletcher keeps it interesting
with that fancy percussion stuff
that only he knows.
Delilah Pearl and The
Mantarays perform sultry
ballads and jazzy rousers from
the era of the divas: Peggy
Lee, Nina Simone, Billie
Holiday, Sarah Vaughan
and Ella Fitzgerald. Singer
Christine Goering sizzles in
front, leading stalwart Vashon
Island musicians Greg Dember
(piano) , Ed Otto (guitar),
Toliver Goering (bass) and
Dodd Johnson (drums). The
Mantarays deliver the standards
freshened by an approach
influenced by years in rock,
experimental and indie music.
Friday, March 1, 7:00 - 9:00
Cafe Luna
9924 SW Bank Road
Phone: 206-463-0777
By Janice Randall
• Matt [you know that guy!
The Strawberry Fest award is
named after him] drives home a
solid cobalt bass getting’ funky or
just bluzin’ it up.
• And don’t forget about
the guest chick singers, Terri and
Azula!
Everybody loves a
OneNiteStand and you’ll never
forgive yourself if you miss this.
Friday, February 22 at
8:30pm. This is a free cover allages show ‘til 11pm, then 21+
after that.
At the Red Bicycle
17618 Vashon Hwy SW
206-463-5590
www.redbicyclebistro.com
Hear award-winning talent
when VAA’s Women in Jazz
Series continues in February with
Cocoa Martini. Featuring three
talented Seattle-area vocalists –
Kimberly Reason, Kay Bailey and
Nadine Shanti, these distinctive
female soloists are backed by
Northwest jazz luminaries Bill
Anschell on piano, Chuck Kistler
on bass and Brian Kirk on drums.
Cocoa Martini consistently
delights and surprises their
enthusiastic audiences. Expect
inventive vocal ensemble
harmonies and a dynamic, eclectic
repertoire of straight-ahead jazz
mixed with lively Latin standards
and infused with pop, funk and
old-school soul – perfect for a
Valentine’s weekend outing.
Libations and treats included!
Since the ensemble’s soldout debut at the Triple Door in
2007, Cocoa Martini has grown
to become a Northwest jazz
favorite. They have been featured
on Seattle Channel TV’s “Art
Zone,” lauded by The Seattle
Times and heard on KKNW 1150
AM’s Urban Forum Northwest.
The group earned Earshot Jazz
Society’s prestigious Golden Ear
Award for Best Vocalist of the
Year in 2009.
Cocoa Martini Performs
1/4 Pound
Cheese Burger
Express Menu
(Available only to go)
Tacos - Assorted delicious tacos, 2 for
$2.99
Bacon,
Cheese
and
Fries
Tortas
- AAmerican
traditional
Mexican
sandwich
made with your choice of filling for
$4.99
$4.99 only for take out
Burritos - Flour tortilla stuffed with
beans, cheese and chicken, ground beef
Family Style
Mexican Dinning
or picadillo
Three sizesFood
to fit
toyour
Go appetite!
Pequeno (8 inch) $1.99
Grande
(10Days
inch) a
$4.99
Open
Seven
Week
El Muy Grande (12 inch) $6.99
11am
tosalsa
10pm
Chips
and
$1.99
463-6452
17623 100th Ave ~ Vashon
at the Blue Heron Arts Center
Saturday, February 16, 7:30 pm.
Tickets: $18/$22 and are for sale
on the VAA website.
Tickets also available now
for Jewell Jazz Quartet, March
16, 7:30 pm
Vashon Allied Arts
19704 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon
206-463-5131
www.vashonalliedarts.org
February 14 ‘13
Clinton Fearon
Always a crowd pleaser on Vashon
Island, Clinton Fearon & The Boogie
Brown Band is coming back to the Red
Bicycle for a performance of his roots
reggae music this Saturday night. If
you like roots reggae, this is a show you
won’t want to miss. Clinton Fearon
has quickly won the hearts of many an
Islander and will pack the dance floor
with happy feet.
Much like quite a few other reggae
musicians who came of age in the late
1960s and early 1970s, Clinton Fearon
was a country boy who migrated to
Kingston as a teenager in order to
seek his musical fortune amongst the
proliferating studios and sound systems
of the big city. He was born in St.
Andrew in 1951 and moved around
the countryside with his father and
stepmother before relocating to Kingston
in 1967; he immediately organized a
singing group with some friends, but it
never amounted to anything and broke
up before it could record. It was around
1970, when he joined Albert Griffiths and
Errol Grandison to form the Gladiators,
that he hit his stride as a musician,
and began what would be the most
significant and commercially successful
association of his career.
Flash forward to 1989, when Clinton
came to Seattle and co-founded The
Defenders and then finally in 1993,
formed his own group called The Boogie
Brown Band.
When asked about his music,
Clinton states that “…our sound is roots,
its roots, lovers rock, rock steady. It’s not
too far from the root. I’m not trying to
branch off into anything I’m not totally
relaxed with,” he continued. “A lot of
(other bands) try to follow the market. I
try to follow my creativity more so than
follow the market. It’s what’s in your
heart; you have to follow your heart.”
Clinton Fearon is counted among
Jamaica’s most talented musicians by
peers and professionals in the Reggae
music industry. His infectious bass riffs
have always led the way, whether he
is playing bass, guitar or percussion,
singing lead vocals or providing
background harmonies.
The show begins at 9pm, the cover
is $10.00 and it is an all-ages event ‘til
11pm, 21+ after that. The Red Bike has
experienced sold-out shows with Clinton
in the past and anticipates the same for
this one, so it’s highly advised that people
buy tickets in advance by calling 4635959 or by purchasing them in person
at the Bike.
Saturday, March 2nd, 9:m. This is a
free cover all-ages show ‘til 11pm, then
21+ after that.
At the Red Bicycle
17618 Vashon Hwy SW
206-463-5590
www.redbicyclebistro.com
Make a date with Vashon!
www.VashonCalendar.com
Vashon Library Events
Art & Music Events
Submit your Event on line at
www.vashoncalendar.org
The Vashon Loop, p. 11
Jim Malcolm House Concert
Jim Malcolm will be returning again to Vashon Island for a house concert on
Sunday, February 17 at 3pm. Jim is the ultimate Scots troubadour. Traveling the
world with his guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit, he sings the traditional songs
of Scotland and his own masterfully crafted songs in a style which is modern and
accessible, yet utterly authentic. He is highly regarded as an interpreter of the songs
of Robert Burns, and has been described as one of the finest singers in Scotland, in
any style. Though he now performs solo, Jim was lead singer with the multi‐awardwinning Old Blind Dogs for eight years. Enjoy songs of Robert Burns, Jim’s original
compositions and a Scottish wit that ensures the evening will be entertaining and
delightful! Tickets for this intimate house concert are $20 and can be purchased in
advanced by contacting Lori Lowrance @ [email protected] or 206-369-9234
Delusions of Grandeur
Joey Pipia
Continued from Page 1
Chamber: 30 seats, 60 minutes, one outrageous event. That intimate show toured
the Northwest culminating in a sold out run at Seattle’s Intiman Theater.
Pipia has appeared in film, on TV, and on stages across the country.
As for living happily ever after? “You’ll just have to see the show,” he says.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 seniors and for kids under 12 years. Tickets
may be purchased online from Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.
com, or by calling 800-838-3006; or locally at Books by the Way, 463-2696, or at the
door if still available. Open Space for Arts & Community is located at 18870 103rd
Ave SW, Vashon.
Adopt A Cat Day!
Vashon Island Pet Protectors
Saturdays 11:30-2:30
Our VIPP Shelter is open for adoptions every Saturday.
Visit our website www.vipp.org for Directions and to
view the Cats and Dogs available for adoption.
Or give us a call 206-389-1085
The Vashon Loop, p. 12
February 14 ‘13
More Than Just A Lumber Yard
Your Complete Home Center
Winter Is For
The Birds!
Attract a Yard
Full of Colorful Birds
Silver Linings Playbook
Please come and play with him.
(206) 463-3401
Island Escrow
Service
[email protected]
www.islandescrow.net
Want To Get Rid of
That Junk Car or Truck?
More Often Than Not We Can Haul It Free!
Django Unchained
March 1-7
Vashon Theatre
17723 Vashon Hwy
206-463-3232
Call for Times
For show times and info check
www.vashontheatre.com
Deadline for the next
edition of The Loop is
Friday, February 22
Loopy Laffs
Lots of good specials! Price busters deal Earthborn Holistic Dog Food - 30# bag for $29.95
Three flavors to choose from.
It’s not horrible. While supplies last.
Bo’s Pick of the Week: Cat Tail cat toys!
Island Home Center & Lumber 206-463-5000 www.islandlumber.com
Starts Feb. 15
Winter is on the way out.
Not a single day of snow for us this year. Much to the boys dismay.
Rick’s
Diagnostic & Repair Service Inc.
206-463-9277
Washington Hulk Hauler’s - License #0463-A
www.ricksdiagnostic.com
$8 Nail trimming with no appointment
17321 Vashon Hwy SW Big Red building w/Animal Stuff on the porch

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