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Looking For Signs Of Century-Old Clam Gardens

Boulders and cobbles were piled beside the ancient clam gardens. On the beach they mark gardens and also pens where fish were herded for capture. More than a century has passed since the gardens were kept and wave action has been constant. Would the patterns survive?

Trump’s Dangerously Political Plea To Open Churches

While it’s nice to be dubbed essential, the source is wrong. God calls us to worship, not a President or other political leader. Moreover, gathering in a church building is not the only way for people to worship.

Climate Politics: At Last Some Reasons to Hope

One decision is to give up on the Republicans, rather than trying to woo them into some marginal concessions, since they have obviously been "bought." The effort now is to unify the Left, not seek a center.

Set to Soar: This Week in Space

We are all rooting for the success of the launch -- if anything mobilizes the national spirit, it’s a rocket on its way to space.

Godden on West Seattle: Bring Back the Mosquito Fleet? (and other news)

A new way to get off West Seattle, and a local city's leg-pulling twitter site.

Coming Up: Live Zoomcast with Mort Kondracke And David Domke on Election 2020

Mort Kondracke Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, a nonprofit membership library in the Pike Place Market, is launching a digital series of live discussions moderated by Mort Kondracke, a Post Alley writer. The first one will be Zoomcast live...

High Stakes: Amid COVID-19, Trump and Xi Escalate Disputes

“The world should stand with Hong Kong because it belongs to the world, and if Hong Kong burns, the world gets burned too.” -- Ching Kwan Lee, UCLA sociology professor and chairwoman of Society for Hong Kong Studies

Remembering Lynn Shelton, Storyteller

At REEL Grrls, all the hard drives we used to store our short films we made were named after female directors. By fate, I got “The Lynn Shelton” hard drive. I admired Lynn because she had the courage to take a leap of faith, shift gears, and begin a second life as a filmmaker.

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Low-Cost Housing: Here’s the way to do it

Building microhousing for use as transitional housing, or renting it from private developers, is the most obvious way to move forward. But we don’t.

Celebrating Cinerama – It Made Watching Movies an Event

The Cinerama is such an important part of our city because, to take a page from the Martin Scorsese’s school of cinematic thought, there are some movies that demand to be seen on the big screen.

How to Cook a Weed

One evening, when I was maybe nine years old, we were in Spokane having dinner at another family’s house and one of their children pushed his plate of asparagus away and declared to his mother, “I hate vegetables.” Appalled by his ignorance, I shot him a look of withering scorn and said, “Asparagus is not a vegetable. It’s a weed.”

High Stakes: Amid COVID-19, Trump and Xi Escalate Disputes

“The world should stand with Hong Kong because it belongs to the world, and if Hong Kong burns, the world gets burned too.” -- Ching Kwan Lee, UCLA sociology professor and chairwoman of Society for Hong Kong Studies

Looking For Signs Of Century-Old Clam Gardens

Boulders and cobbles were piled beside the ancient clam gardens. On the beach they mark gardens and also pens where fish were herded for capture. More than a century has passed since the gardens were kept and wave action has been constant. Would the patterns survive?

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How to Cook a Weed

One evening, when I was maybe nine years old, we were in Spokane having dinner at another family’s house and one of their children pushed his plate of asparagus away and declared to his mother, “I hate vegetables.” Appalled by his ignorance, I shot him a look of withering scorn and said, “Asparagus is not a vegetable. It’s a weed.”

Looking For Signs Of Century-Old Clam Gardens

Boulders and cobbles were piled beside the ancient clam gardens. On the beach they mark gardens and also pens where fish were herded for capture. More than a century has passed since the gardens were kept and wave action has been constant. Would the patterns survive?

High Stakes: Amid COVID-19, Trump and Xi Escalate Disputes

“The world should stand with Hong Kong because it belongs to the world, and if Hong Kong burns, the world gets burned too.” -- Ching Kwan Lee, UCLA sociology professor and chairwoman of Society for Hong Kong Studies

Celebrating Cinerama – It Made Watching Movies an Event

The Cinerama is such an important part of our city because, to take a page from the Martin Scorsese’s school of cinematic thought, there are some movies that demand to be seen on the big screen.

Low-Cost Housing: Here’s the way to do it

Building microhousing for use as transitional housing, or renting it from private developers, is the most obvious way to move forward. But we don’t.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Adds New Twists to ‘The Good Death’

Everything is being affected in wrenching ways -- telemedicine, volunteers for hospice, family conversations, overwhelmed professional services, palliative care, death-with-dignity options.

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Set to Soar: This Week in Space

We are all rooting for the success of the launch -- if anything mobilizes the national spirit, it’s a rocket on its way to space.

How Convention Centers Devour Their Cities

"What troubled me about the whole convention center business/financial model was its self-feeding locomotion. Once a city begins to compete in the big leagues (not unlike sports) it has to buy into a whole multi-decade commitment. And the bar keeps getting raised."

A Suddenly-Endangered Convention Center Project: Time to Rethink Seattle Tourism?

How we can tame this beast, and (if it comes to this) what might be a better use of the convention center 3, now one-third built and facing a serious financing problem?

The Growing Case For Taxing Automation That Costs Jobs

Replacing human labor with machines can have a positive impact if it frees up people to use their human empathy and understanding to help the many who need help to survive and enjoy life. However, the money to allow them to assist the larger community needs to come “from the profits that are generated by the labor-saving efficiency there; some can come directly in some kind of robot tax.”

You’re Unemployed and You’re Unemployed and You’re Employed… Here’s how it Breaks Down

Quietly, tens of thousands of office workers, salespeople and their managers have been let go. A restaurant or construction supply company can't do much business with all the restaurants and sites shut down. We look at unemployment claims by occupation.

Celebrating Cinerama – It Made Watching Movies an Event

The Cinerama is such an important part of our city because, to take a page from the Martin Scorsese’s school of cinematic thought, there are some movies that demand to be seen on the big screen.

Low-Cost Housing: Here’s the way to do it

Building microhousing for use as transitional housing, or renting it from private developers, is the most obvious way to move forward. But we don’t.

We’re Number 29!

Seattle had the fastest growth for a central city from 2010 to 2020. But at the same time, the balance of the Seattle metro area ranked only ninth for growth.

Godden on West Seattle: Bring Back the Mosquito Fleet? (and other news)

A new way to get off West Seattle, and a local city's leg-pulling twitter site.

Take Back the Streets: Remaking Seattle As ‘The Outdoors City’

Restaurants are reinventing themselves in this way, knowing that eating outdoors is healthier for resisting transmission of the coronavirus. Might Seattle reinvent itself broadly as an outdoors city, despite the mild and rainy winters?

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Looking For Signs Of Century-Old Clam Gardens

Boulders and cobbles were piled beside the ancient clam gardens. On the beach they mark gardens and also pens where fish were herded for capture. More than a century has passed since the gardens were kept and wave action has been constant. Would the patterns survive?

Climate Politics: At Last Some Reasons to Hope

One decision is to give up on the Republicans, rather than trying to woo them into some marginal concessions, since they have obviously been "bought." The effort now is to unify the Left, not seek a center.

Climate Change And Dubious Science Threaten The Canada Lynx In U.S. Mountain Forests

“Lynx are good sentinel species for climate change,” says Dan Thornton, an assistant professor in Washington State University's School of the Environment.. “They are like an early warning system for what’s going to happen to other climate sensitive species.”

Unglamorous But Useful: Behold the Wild Choke Cherry

The choke cherry’s beautiful bark is its claim to fame. Native people used strips buffed to a gorgeous copper to imbricate designs on baskets.

Earth Day At 50: Present At The Creation, Anxious At The Birthday

Fifty years later, we seem to be approaching another important transition, pushed by the dual threats of a second Trump term and fear of global pandemic. Democrats have been slow to mount an aggressive climate-change agenda, and the dominance of pandemic news and fears does not bode well for climate to influence the November election.

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