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 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion 

A van of the times

A few months ago, I met up with a former student who had been spending most of the pandemic driving across the States, seeing the country, and making money driving for Instacart sin... — Updated 6/18/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

I love, therefore I am | A Moment's Notice

One of my all-time favorite jokes is about Rene Descartes and his famous words, "I think, therefore I am." Descartes arrives at a party and is welcomed by the host, who is very... — Updated 6/11/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Simply the Best | A Moment's Notice

You're simply the best Better than all the rest Better than anyone Anyone I ever met Tina Turner has been having a bit of a best-ever year. In addition to one of her songs... — Updated 5/20/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The Life of a Home | A Moment's Notice

Home is where the heart is. There's no place like home. Home, Sweet Home. For all our lives, we organize everything around home, whatever form it takes. We leave home to go to the p... — Updated 5/7/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Earth Day and Chomsky's Big Brain | A Moment's Notice

A friend recently noticed my Gnome Chomsky in the backyard...a fabulous little garden creature in the likeness of Noam Chomsky, standing above the spring flowers. It reminded me... — Updated 4/22/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Renewal, COVID-Style | A Moment's Notice

resurrection n. res·ur·rec·tion | \ ˌre-zə-ˈrek-shən \ 1 a: the rising of Christ from the dead b: the rising again to life of all the human dead before the final judgment c:... — Updated 4/9/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Giving a Kind Word, More Often | A Moment's Notice

“Kind words are worth much but cost little.” – George Herbert Studies show that nearly 90% of consumers seek out and are influenced by online reviews of businesses—as the... — Updated 3/25/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

19 years of cheese

The message on the signage, the website, social media is consistent: The Cheesemonger’s Table will be closing permanently on April 1, 2021. Strom, Maria, and the whole team from T... — Updated 3/19/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Bystanders | A Moment's Notice

by·stand·er | \ ˈbī-ˌstan-dər \ bystander : one who is present but not taking part in a situation or event : a chance spectator I was thinking the other day about a call I... — Updated 2/12/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The Problem with Christmas Music | A Moment's Notice

"A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let's hope it's a good one Without any fear And so this is Christmas And what have we done? Another year over And a new one just... — Updated 1/15/2021

 
 By Maria Montalvo    A & E

Dinner and the theater, COVID-safe

Dinner and theater tickets? Possible during a pandemic? Yes, thanks to our very own Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) and a new restaurant in town, Fire & the Feast. I was nearly... — Updated 12/29/2020

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

A force of nature | Moment's Notice

Humans love a good hero. Admiration for others is in the place in our brain where fear and pain live – we have a visceral need to see the traits we admire in others because it mak... — Updated 12/20/2020

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Going postal: Good noise pollution

In 1989, the U.S. military went into Panama to extract an installed dictator, Manuel Noriega. There is much to this story that every American should know, but that is another... — Updated 8/21/2020

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

It's not you or me. It's you and me.

It typically applies to those painful one-sided breakups, where one person wants to end the relationship and the other wants to stay in but has no influence over the decision.... — Updated 4/17/2020

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Bright light: Cascadia Art Museum’s Alaska | Arts & Appetite

John Muir saw most of the stunningly beautiful natural environments, and he described his fascination with one the following way: "Alaska is one of the most wonderful countries... — Updated 5/4/2018

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

The word is out on B Thai | Arts & Appetite

We have been hearing the quiet buzz about B Thai, just outside of the Edmonds city limits, for several months. When some good friends, who always find the best food in a 50-mile... — Updated 4/20/2018

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Looking for chai, and finding a great meal | Arts & Appetite

Looking for Chai Taiwanese Kitchen – that’s the name – sits around the corner from the 99 Ranch Market (a place I have always referred to incorrectly as Ranch 99). A good... — Updated 3/23/2018

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Yummy Amata Thai for lunch | Arts & Appetite

Amata Thai Cuisine Where: QFC Shopping Center, 22814 100th Ave. W, Edmonds Hours: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner every day of the week until 9 p.m. Information:... — Updated 3/8/2018

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Performing arts in Edmonds taking off | Arts & Appetite

Edmonds’ performing arts scene continues to grow far beyond what many would expect from a city of our size, but our community’s well-known love of the arts definitely... — Updated 2/23/2018

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Barkada: An octopus of another color | Arts & Appetite

An octopus can change the color of its skin to reflect different environments. The new chef in town, Brian Madayag, is definitely showing a new kaleidoscope right here in Edmonds.... — Updated 2/8/2018

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Art as life: Cascadia’s new exhibit | Arts & Appetite

Oscar Wilde said that "life imitates art far more than art imitates life." Cascadia Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Northwest Design at Mid-Century,” presenting a variety... — Updated 1/27/2018

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Claire’s: Try it again for the first time | Arts & Appetite

Claire’s Where: 301 Main St., Edmonds Hours: 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday- Saturday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday Information: 425-776-2333, www.facebook.com/ClairesEdmonds/ “We used to... — Updated 12/14/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Engel’s Pub: An Edmonds institution

Edmonds is a place that revels in its history, its traditions and its institutions. On Thanksgiving morning, as families across town were beginning meal preparations, we were lucky... — Updated 12/2/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Bar Dojo: sustainability, simplicity, sophistication | Art & Appetite

Editor’s note: Former Art & Appetite columnist James Spangler has left to pursue other opportunities. We welcome Maria Montalvo, who also writes the Moment’s Notice column... — Updated 11/15/2017

 
 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Arts & Appetite

Maria Montalvo is an Edmonds foodie and arts connoisseur who also writes the Moment's Notice column for the Beacon. Send ideas for food and arts news, including for advance... — Updated 9/18/2014

 

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