Tom Cruise insisted in doing all of his own stunts in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.” (Paramount Pictures)

‘Mission: Impossible’ tops 12 best movies of the year (so far)

A few of the films on this list are still in theaters, including “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

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A timeline of major events in the life of Aretha Franklin

The Queen of Soul’s music quickly climbs the iTunes’ charts following her death.

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Are you setting a good example for your children about marriage?

Author Peter Davidson jokes, “Be careful what you confess to. Women have a memory like an elephant.”

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Author events and poetry readings around Snohomish County

Paulette Perhach: 7 p.m. Aug. 21, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, 7171 Bothell Way NE. Perhach’s “Welcome to the Writer’s Life” provides a crash… Continue reading

Evergreen State Fair: 5 things to know before you go

Some ideas to save money, give back and get to and around the fair.

Flowers for Tokitae: Remembering Puget Sound’s captured orcas

Activists vow to bring the last surviving killer whale of the Southern Resident captures home.

Irish cuisine: Much more than just potatoes

Long gone are the days where Irish food was something you ate to survive rather than to savor.

Irritated by tweedy academic types? Read this campus comedy

“The Shakespeare Requirement” is Julie Schumacher’s sequel to award-winning “Dear Committee Members.”

  • Aug 19, 2018

Mom is trapped in house with kids this summer due to smoke

It’s 85 degrees inside and they don’t have air conditioning. So she sits still and drinks water.

Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

GET OUT Jetty Island Days: Ferries from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 10… Continue reading

She found the courage to travel the world alone, and so can you.

Terry Woods, 75, wrote a memoir about her travels around Europe as a single woman.

As Elaine Wilson, 74, steps out the door of her wool shop behind the main farmhouse, “Piglet,” a small black goat runs down the staircase where husband Dale, 75, is sitting. Elaine, retired after years as the Open Class Wool Superintendent at the Evergreen State Fair, is the 2018 honoree. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

The face of the fair has wild and woolly friends on her farm

This year’s Evergreen State Fair honoree has lifelong connection to Lowell-area land that’s her home.

As Elaine Wilson, 74, steps out the door of her wool shop behind the main farmhouse, “Piglet,” a small black goat runs down the staircase where husband Dale, 75, is sitting. Elaine, retired after years as the Open Class Wool Superintendent at the Evergreen State Fair, is the 2018 honoree. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Winnie the Pooh is Washington’s favorite Disney character

1. Disney love. What’s your favorite Disney movie? If you answered “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,” you’re not alone. The 1977 animated classic… Continue reading

The moon is visible in the background as a multitude of migratory Vaux’s swifts flock to roost for the night inside a brick chimney at Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, on Sept. 13, 2016. (Don Ryan/AP file)

You can watch thousands of Vaux’s swifts funnel into a chimney

On Sept. 8, hang out at the Frank Wagner Center in Monroe to see the migrating birds dive right in.

The moon is visible in the background as a multitude of migratory Vaux’s swifts flock to roost for the night inside a brick chimney at Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, on Sept. 13, 2016. (Don Ryan/AP file)
A bee looks for pollen in the center of an orchette dahlia, commonly called “Fancy Pants”, at the home of Snohomish County Dahlia Society’s president Alli Richards on Thursday, Aug. 16 in Everett. The Snohomish County Dahlia Show is this weekend. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Showtime for ‘dazzling dahlias’

The 109th annual Snohomish County Dahlia Show happens this weekend in Everett.

A bee looks for pollen in the center of an orchette dahlia, commonly called “Fancy Pants”, at the home of Snohomish County Dahlia Society’s president Alli Richards on Thursday, Aug. 16 in Everett. The Snohomish County Dahlia Show is this weekend. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Garden clubs in Snohomish and 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

Go ahead — have a summer fling with a tropical beauty

They create drama in the garden like no other, before they meet their fate in the compost pile.

Great Plant Pick: Waldsteinia ternata, barren strawberry

This strawberry-like spreading perennial will form a low, tight-knit groundcover over time.

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Gardening 101: Attend a free class on the basics of gardening at 10 a.m. on Aug. 18 at Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. This… Continue reading

How to stay secure when all your devices rely on the internet

Here are five ways consumers can protect themselves against a hack.