Jean Godden

Jean Godden wrote columns first for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and later for the Seattle Times. In 2003, she quit to run for Seattle City Council where she served 12 years. She now writes for Westside Seattle and has been a co-host on The Bridge, aired on community radio station KMGP. You can email tips and comments to Jean at

Northwest Rain: ‘How Horrible Is the Day!’

The poet Richard Hugo wrote of "the moody damp and wanton rain."  He said: "What is harsh about this rain-soaked landscape is the bone-infecting, soul-deranging, forest-brooding damp." 

What’s in a Name? Ancient Sourdough Starter

Among the names I thought about were: Kneady, Puffy, Sour Pants, Doughbert, Sourfina, and Weirdough. It was almost harder than picking a name for one's infant.

‘Seattle’s Best Gift’ — How Richard Fuller willed the Seattle Art Museum into Existence

In his director's role, Fuller hired local artists to hang pictures and do odd jobs. He was an early patron for Northwest artists including Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, Guy Anderson, Helmi Juvonen, William Cummings, and Mark Tobey.

Twelve Suggestions for Seattle’s New Mayor: Take a Councilmember to Lunch!

Your buddy Norm Rice lunched each month with a different councilmember at a neighborhood restaurant of his/her choosing. By all accounts, it worked to cement relations.

Me and Kshama: Our Mad Love For “Succession”

What's next? Will I suddenly discover that the city's resident Marxist has a taste for Dutch Babies and Fran's chocolates? That she's bought a copy of Hillary Clinton's best seller?

How Kamala Harris Could Get Her Mojo Back

Savvy politicos point out that Biden himself had early missteps as Obama's vice president. Those pols are now offering suggestions for Harris.

Running in Reverse: What Overturning Roe V. Wade will Bring

Should the court overturn Roe v Wade, it will trigger laws in more than 21 states to make abortion illegal.

Three Books Out of COVID

I am thinking about some books I've read that use the pandemic as a main character

Former Chief Carmen Best’s Book: Why I Quit

Best asks, "l couldn't help thinking: Are they dismissing me because I am a Black woman or is the city council refusing to include me because they don't want to be seen as working with the police?" 

How Seattle has Led the Way on Paid Family Leave

While the nation has been disgracefully derelict at providing parental leave, Washington, along with six other states and a number of municipalities, does offer such a benefit. It was Seattle that first led the effort.

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