The piano man, Erren Barnhard

Music To The Ears — The Piano Man

To the discriminating musician, the sound of a well-tuned piano is, well, music to the ears. And behind every well-tuned piano is a gifted tuner who uses part art and part skill to understand the instrument’s idiosyncrasies and make it sound its best. … read more

Debbie Teashon's Rainy Side Garden

Debbie Teashon’s Rainy Side Garden

Jefferson Beach photographer, writer and gardener Debbie Teashon personifies the term “rainy side gardener,” which happens also to be the name of her popular website. Teashon lived in Marysville on the east side of Puget Sound and had a successful photography career, along … read more

Tina Bright

Catching The Light

Jewelry designer Kristina “Tina” Bright has an easy smile, a vivacious personality and a talent for creating beautiful things: graceful, hand-tooled silver earrings; necklaces that sparkle and beg to be worn; bracelets adorned with a delightful, eclectic mix of crystal and beads. “I’ve … read more

2014 Kia Cadenza
2014 Kia Cadenza

An All-New Full-Size Flagship Sedan

At the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s (NWAPA) Run To The Sun event last summer, the participating manufacturers pitched their vehicles to the journalists present, with a brief Q&A after each presentation. When Kia came up, I asked if, considering the success of Hyundai’s … read more

HiLo
Hi-Lo’s 15th Street Café

Feel-Good Café in West Bremerton

At one time everyone in America could walk down to the neighborhood café and enjoy a relaxing meal, or just a cup o’ joe. In West Bremerton, thanks to Heidi and Lowell Yoxsimer, you can do this again. Stepping into Hi-Lo’s 15th Street … read more

Universal Design

The Beauty of Universal Design

Creating living spaces for people of all ages...

Universal design (UD) is more than 36-inch-wide doorways, wheelchair ramps and grab bars. It is a method of designing and building spaces so that they are accessible and safe for people of all physical and cognitive abilities. Often mistakenly referred to as aging-in-place, … read more

Dragonfly Farms

Growing Obsession — Dragonfly Farms Nursery

When it comes to plants, Heidi Kaster just can’t say no. Even though her Dragonfly Farms Nursery and attendant display gardens are full to bursting, she continues to bring in truckloads of cool new plants, old tried-and-trues and leafy-green deals throughout the growing … read more

Anna’s hummingbird

Hummingbirds of Winter are not The Same

Hummingbirds may appear dainty because of their diminutive size, but these dazzling visitors to local gardens are bursting with energy. And they need to refuel often to maintain their dizzying blur of activity. But those who love hummingbirds are always sad when the … read more

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