Herr Jung leads a group through Bacharach, Germany.

Rick Steves’ Europe: Lessons from a schoolmaster on the Rhine

Herr Jung dedicated his life to sharing Germany’s hard history so others can learn from it.

Herr Jung leads a group through Bacharach, Germany.

She canceled her Iceland trip in time. Where’s her refund?

When Kim Josund cancels her trip to Iceland, she believes she’s entitled to a full refund. Why are her hotel and dive operator refusing?

  • Jan 16, 2022
Photo Caption: This antique Betty lamp was made by a known craftsman of the early 1800s, so it is very expensive: $2,000. You can find old Betty lamps for sale for less than $100 if they are in poor condition.

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Antique lamps would come in handy during today’s outages

A Betty lamp made by a 19th century craftsman recently sold for $2,000 at auction.

Photo Caption: This antique Betty lamp was made by a known craftsman of the early 1800s, so it is very expensive: $2,000. You can find old Betty lamps for sale for less than $100 if they are in poor condition.

(c) 2022 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.
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Great Plant Pick: Acer tegmentosum “Joe Witt”

This Manchurian snakebark maple boasts beautiful highly striped white bark that brightens the shade garden.

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Header, garden shovel or spade puts into soil, green meadow in the back, low angle shot

Regenerative gardening helps save the planet one garden at a time

Regenerative gardening is founded on the principle that if we take care of our soils then everything else will work out for the best.

Header, garden shovel or spade puts into soil, green meadow in the back, low angle shot

Register now for 33rd annual Whidbey Gardening Workshop

The three-day event in March will offer 6 field trips, 12 webinars and 30 in-person classes at Oak Harbor High School.

Amir Jadidi, right, and Saleh Karimai in the movie "A Hero." (Amir Hossein Shojaei/Amazon Studios/TNS)

A good man scrambles to erase a bad debt in absorbing drama

The Iranian film “A Hero” explores how life is shadowed by doubt, fear, economic uncertainty and countless ethical questions.

  • Jan 13, 2022
Amir Jadidi, right, and Saleh Karimai in the movie "A Hero." (Amir Hossein Shojaei/Amazon Studios/TNS)
Jesse Cook. Photo by Barrio Santa Cruz

Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

Guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook to perform in Edmonds on Jan. 20, on the heels of singer-songwriter Joan Osborne’s gig there Jan. 15.

Jesse Cook. Photo by Barrio Santa Cruz
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Neve Campbell, left, and Courteney Cox in a scene from "Scream." (Brownie Harris/Paramount Pictures via AP)

New team ably delivers a fifth installment in ‘Scream’ franchise

The people who made “Ready or Not” continue the series’ tradition of bloody violence and winking sef-awareness.

  • Jan 13, 2022
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Neve Campbell, left, and Courteney Cox in a scene from "Scream." (Brownie Harris/Paramount Pictures via AP)

Factors to obesity can go beyond our individual choices (part two)

Last month, I attempted to be a medical advocate for my friend. I failed at this task due to my shock when her doctor poked… Continue reading

Jack Rice, left, gives his grandmother Carolyn Rice, a tutorial on her new tablet Saturday afternoon in Edmonds on November 20, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Need to Ring or Zoom? Edmonds teen comes to the rescue

Jack Rice, 17, started a free service to help seniors connect with tech. “He’s a hero around here.”

Jack Rice, left, gives his grandmother Carolyn Rice, a tutorial on her new tablet Saturday afternoon in Edmonds on November 20, 2021.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The 2022 Lexus RX 450h is a premium mid-size hybrid SUV. The model shown here has an optional F Sport appearance package that includes 20-inch wheels. (Manufacturer photo)

Lexus RX 450h tradition is comfort, quality, fuel efficiency

The premium mid-size hybrid has new paint colors for 2022, and fog lights are now a standalone option.

The 2022 Lexus RX 450h is a premium mid-size hybrid SUV. The model shown here has an optional F Sport appearance package that includes 20-inch wheels. (Manufacturer photo)
Lisa Riddle jumps for joy after hitting a bullseye on her last throw on a game of axe throwing at Arrowhead Ranch on Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Camano Island, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Axe throwing hitting a bull’s-eye in Everett and Camano Island

“It’s not scary. It’s a fun night out and a stress reliever,” says an axe-throwing devotee.

  • Jan 9, 2022
Lisa Riddle jumps for joy after hitting a bullseye on her last throw on a game of axe throwing at Arrowhead Ranch on Thursday, July 15, 2021 in Camano Island, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Caption: When the furnace broke in freezing weather, they were glad to have a wood burning stove and a newspaper subscription. (Jennifer Bardsley)

In need of a winter rescue, the newspaper delivered

When the furnace dies, “logs” of Daily Heralds stuffed with dryer lint ignite a warming fire.

Caption: When the furnace broke in freezing weather, they were glad to have a wood burning stove and a newspaper subscription. (Jennifer Bardsley)

A time for reflection and a time to look ahead

As January takes hold, many of us wonder about the year ahead. What will it bring? Will the pandemic finally end, ease or continue to… Continue reading

Authors to speak at Edmonds Bookshop’s online event

Laurie Easter will discuss her new work with fellow author Jeannine Ouelette on Jan. 27.

Orbitz switched her Aruba vacation — but not her hotel in Tahiti

When Jennifer Waters changes her vacation location, her online agency drops the ball. How can you get Orbitz to fix a botched reservation change?

  • Jan 9, 2022
The old-time sweet shop in York's Castle Museum.

Rick Steves in York: Vikings, bygone days and a ruined abbey

Learning the history of a place makes visiting it much more interesting and worthwhile.

The old-time sweet shop in York's Castle Museum.
Show posters hang on the wall next to an empty stage at Lucky Dime in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Live-music flyers are taken down again as omicron surges

With bands reluctant to play and few people buying tickets, local music venues wonder: Will we be able to stay open?

Show posters hang on the wall next to an empty stage at Lucky Dime in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Photo Caption: This toy car was a clever ad for Moxie, a soft drink popular in New England. It sold for $2,600.

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Antique toys conjure fond memories — and fetch premium prices

A Moxiemobile, named for the turn-of-the-century soft drink, sold for $2,600 at a recent auction.

Photo Caption: This toy car was a clever ad for Moxie, a soft drink popular in New England. It sold for $2,600.

(c) 2022 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.