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 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Now, why didn't I think of that?

Ever since my Darn Wright column in the June 21, 2021, Mill Creek Beacon, “Sunnier times means pickleball time,” hit the newsstand, pickleball has been a hot topic. I discussed... — Updated 1/20/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Names and statues must empower our values

Standing inside of St. Mary's Anglican Church in Battersea, London, looking at the crypt and then looking up at the stained glass window that had a colorful side view of a general i... — Updated 1/12/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

The plane truth about Paine Field's noise

It was a dark and dreary 3 a.m., and I was drifting in and out of sleepiness when I again felt those unsettling piercing engines from another one of those landing airships. My... — Updated 1/6/2022

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Taking control by smartly challenging your principles

2021 was an isolationist year full of “don’t do this,” rather than “do this.” Maybe 2021 will go down into our history books as “The Lost Year”? With those “Lost... — Updated 12/31/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

Strong winds and big waves | Moment's Notice

“Don’t let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace.” – Maya Angelou This past Sunday morning, our 11-year-old dog, Lulu, took on the strong winds and... — Updated 12/29/2021

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Are you a real Christmas aficionado?

Get your pencil in hand. Or better yet, get your indelible pen and paper out and take this Christmas quiz to verify that you can pass as one of the greatest Christmas aficionados!... — Updated 12/23/2021

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Christmas can be a time of mixed emotions

Are you, or is someone you know, missing a deceased love one or a beloved pet more than usual? During this time of year, do you feel out of sync with the rest of the world? It's... — Updated 12/22/2021

 By Mike Gold    Opinion


I’m sure we all remember as kids the night before Christmas. There is that unbridled joy and expectation when you go to sleep on Dec. 24. As I was an only child, I did not have the extra joy of having either brothers or sisters... — Updated 12/17/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

You'll go down is history (like George Washington)?

The other night, at a small but very lively holiday party that began with stories of pandemic life and gratitude for some of the simplest of things, most of the guests became embroi... — Updated 12/17/2021

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Like rivers, local roads have changed course

Everyone knows about the Titanic. Almost no one has heard of the Sultana. The Titanic sinking claimed more than 1,500 souls. It was worldwide news. But 50 years earlier, the... — Updated 12/17/2021


Behavioral health coping strategies focus on resilience this holiday season

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) recognizes this holiday season may bring with it some unique emotional challenges. While some may be celebrating renewed opportunities for reconnecting, others may still be grieving... — Updated 12/17/2021

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Becoming a Santa team member

Over the decades there have been many supportive Santa letters, and here is one of those many. I have taken the liberty to shorten this Santa team member’s support letter that... — Updated 12/17/2021

 By Maria Montalvo    Opinion

At Charcoal, chefs meet the artists | Arts & Appetite

After visiting Charcoal, the new restaurant in downtown Edmonds tucked inside the Graphite Arts Center, I planned to title this review "Food as Art." However, when I asked Mary... — Updated 12/10/2021


Editorial cartoon for week of Nov. 26

 — Updated 12/10/2021


Flyin Tacos; tasty tots at the market

As readers of this column may know, we recently went on a few searches for good pizza in the area and called it the "Pizza Chronicles." The title was inspired by a fantastic show... — Updated 12/10/2021

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

Music and musicians

OK, first I need to say that my father was a professional musician (piano). Why is that important? Because musicians, at least several dozen I met or worked with over the years,... — Updated 12/10/2021

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Post offices and the past

Did you ever play post office? I never did, and had no idea of the rules until doing some research on local post offices. A town was measured by its post office, as much as by its... — Updated 12/10/2021

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Our 1st social media was Christmas cards

Those days of yesteryear are now in our history books. I am talking about the times when we would get Christmas mail twice daily, which included Sundays, hand-delivered by a... — Updated 12/6/2021

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

Last minute bailout from a sinking ship | Darn Wright

If we were alive back on April 15, 1912, how many of us Mill Creek residents would have approved of this type of a letter? “The White Star Line is grateful for you Captain Edward... — Updated 12/6/2021

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Bridges to nowhere in Puget Sound | History Files

A number of years ago there was much complaining about a bridge to nowhere in Alaska. My story today is a bit different. It is about roads that would have gone somewhere useful in... — Updated 11/30/2021


Mill Creek Women's Club makes donation to Mill Creek Food Bank for new building

Mill Creek Women's Club members Lynn Moody, Jeannette Bliss, and Kathleen Corbiere were on hand recently to present to Jennifer Boyington, Hope Creek Charitable Foundation Global... — Updated 11/28/2021

 By Michael Gold    Opinion

An off-kilter look at language | Off Kilter

I thought it would be interesting to look at our use of language that might need some clarification. Some of these observations are mine. Some are from notable comedians, such as... — Updated 11/24/2021

 By Tim Raetzloff    Opinion

Forgotten locations include Caspers, Holmes corners | History Files

I play pub trivia Tuesday nights at Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub. O’Donnell’s location is usually described as in south Everett, or maybe Mariner. It... — Updated 11/24/2021


Editorial cartoon for week of Nov. 19

 — Updated 11/19/2021

 By Chuck Wright    Opinion

A Native American became vice president | Darn Wright

California’s Sen. Kamala Harris made history as the first woman to serve as our country’s vice president, but a Native American was the first non-white to be elected to that... — Updated 11/19/2021


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