Jean Godden

Jean Godden wrote columns first for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and late for the Seattle Times. In 2002, she quit to run for City Council where she served for 12 years. Since then she published a book of city stories titled “Citizen Jean.” She is now co-host of The Bridge aired on community station KMGP at 101.1 FM. You can email tips and comments to Jean at

Unique Seattle: The Quirks That Won’t go Away

It isn’t fair to say that adding density is going to wipe out Seattle-ness. There are many other Seattle Uniques: places and objects that define this city’s character. Here's a list.

Upzone: Mayor Harrell’s Plan to Grow Seattle

The mayor’s plan is being sold as encouraging density sufficient to accommodate city population growth for the next 20 years, with Seattle projected to increase by 200,000, and to prepare for an estimated 1 million population by 2050.

All Hail, Caesar!

Many years later Caesar salad finally arrived in the provinces. In my case, I would first savor a Caesar salad during a 1970s family reunion in Powell, Wyoming.

Old, A Concept

“Old” is also described in the OED as “great, plentiful, abundant” and “existing from an earlier period; long established, associated with a classical time.” Shakespeare used “old” to mean “rare.”

“Incurring the Wrath of a Holy God”: Alabama Court Redefines “Children”

The court’s ruling, which rattled reproductive medicine practitioners across the country and shut down in vitro fertilization (IVF) operations in Alabama, is not only unscientific but absurd.

Kristin Hannah’s New Novel: The Cost of Being a War Heroine

This book is arguably local author Hannah’s finest of the more than 20 historical novels she has authored.  In her latest work, the reader closely follows a 20-year-old nursing graduate intent on serving her country in Vietnam.

Lenny: The Maestro Behind “The Maestro”

The New York expats (composers, lyricists, producers, most with Jewish backgrounds) would play elaborate word games and engage in scavenger hunts with insanely difficult clues. Mary Rodgers describes Bernstein and Sondheim winning at anagrams by turning 10-letter words like harmonicas into maraschino. 

A Fond Farewell to Vito’s, a Seattle Icon

Vito's on First Hill was the well-loved stomping ground of attorneys, judges, politicians, labor leaders, sport stars, and priests. The restaurant also housed ghosts from long-ago Seattle.

No Surprise: Community Activist Woo Fills a City Council Vacancy

Tanya Woo, promptly sworn in following Tuesday’s vote, insisted that, even though she had been picked not from a district but for a city-wide seat, her neighborhood-honed priorities were unchanged.

Heroic Achievement: Jonathan Raban’s Last Best Book

When a rehab doctor had dismissively referred to him as “someone who used to be a writer,” he insisted he still was a writer. Indeed he was. Despite his handicaps, slowly and painfully, he resorted to voice-activated software to complete "Father and Son."