Have a whopper of a conversation with a smart speaker

1. Malty balls Americans have Whoppers and the British have Maltesers. Well, now we have them, too. Sold at discount stores and supermarkets, the Brit… Continue reading

Outdoor classes and activities in and around Snohomish County

Mountain movies: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will show in Everett at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave.… Continue reading

Snohomish County book calendar

G. Roger Schoenhals 3 p.m. Dec. 9, University Book Store, Mill Creek An ordained minister, professor, pilot, outdoorsman and writer, Schoenhals shares an inspiring collection… Continue reading

The future is now: The sweet life of a modern housewife

When Walt Disney imagined Tomorrow Land, he probably pictured Jennifer Bardsley in her living room.

The long-lost tale of the umbrella is sprinkled with wit

“Brolliology: A History of the Umbrella in Life and Literature” is a whimsical and thoughtful survey.

  • Dec 3, 2017

This week’s best-sellers from Publishers Weekly

HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Rooster Bar. John Grisham. Doubleday ($28.95) 2. Hardcore Twenty-Four. Janet Evanovich. Putnam ($28) 3. The People vs. Alex Cross. James Patterson.… Continue reading

  • Dec 3, 2017

Holiday decoration inspiration (or envy) in Snohomish

The Snohomish Christmas Parlor Tour on Dec. 10 features historic homes decorated to the hilt.

Jubie’s Barbecue and Caribbean Delight lives up to its name

The new Everett eatery offers food from Trinidad and Tobago. The owner and chef is Caribbean.

A recipe for a well-seasoned holiday

We all have stresses that detract from the experience, so let go of the less-meaningful traditions.

Buying a fresh-cut Christmas tree is the natural choice

When decorating for the holidays, Steve Smith goes for the real deal. He lists some pros and cons.

Garden clubs in Snohomish, Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Erica x darleyensis ‘Silberschmelze,’ darley heath

Great Plant Pick: Erica x darleyensis ‘Silberschmelze,’ darley heath

Here’s how to tidy up your gardens ahead of winter

It’s time to finish jobs that will put your flower and vegetable beds to rest for the season.

Sally and Tom Joy are surrounded by Christmas decorations at their home in Mukilteo. The Joy house is one of five on the Assistance League’s Holiday Home Tour set for Dec. 4. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Holiday workshop: noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Family workshop to make holiday-themed things.… Continue reading

Sally and Tom Joy are surrounded by Christmas decorations at their home in Mukilteo. The Joy house is one of five on the Assistance League’s Holiday Home Tour set for Dec. 4. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Indulge during the holidays, but do it with a plan

You don’t have to deprive yourself, just don’t forget to plan for exercise and healthy eating.

Seven tips for a season of health and happiness

It’s time to celebrate; just keep healthy habits as part of the mix.

Transgender patients shouldn’t be traumatized by doctor’s visit

Medical schools don’t prepare doctors-to-be for the transgender patients they are sure to encounter.

  • Dec 2, 2017

Vintage rug with funny picture and saying sells for $1,500

Collectors want early-20th-century hooked rugs made from burlap backings and strips of old clothes.

CBS evening news getting a new anchor and extra airtime

Jeff Glor takes over as the broadcast’s anchor replacing Scott Pelley, who was shown the door.

  • Dec 1, 2017

‘Carrie’ and ‘The Exorcist’ go to Scandinavia in ‘Thelma’

The Norwegian film lifts many of those shocks from those horror classics, but does it effectively.