Ask a pediatrician: Should my unvaxxed children take swim lessons?

Yes — but look for pools that follow public health guidelines to protect against COVID-19 transmission.

  • Jul 14, 2021
Head pain, migraine, and mental illness concept. Vector illustration.

If you suffer from migraines, what you eat might be a trigger

You could have a sensitivity to the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate and the sugar substitute aspartame.

  • Jul 14, 2021
Head pain, migraine, and mental illness concept. Vector illustration.
Twelve hour intermittent fasting time concept with clock on plate over a rustic wooden table / background. Top view.

On Nutrition: Does intermittent fasting work — or is it just a fad?

A common method of intermittent fasting is to only eat during limited hours of the day. An example is the 16:8 plan.

  • Jul 14, 2021
Twelve hour intermittent fasting time concept with clock on plate over a rustic wooden table / background. Top view.
Cypriot-style potato salad made with olives, lemon, mint and olive oil offers a taste of the Mediterranean. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

Eat this: Cypriot potato salad adds Mediterranean sizzle to cookouts

The original recipe calls for Cypriot potatoes, or potatoes from Cyprus — but you can use baby Yukon gold potatoes.

  • Jul 13, 2021
Cypriot-style potato salad made with olives, lemon, mint and olive oil offers a taste of the Mediterranean. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)
Arturo Salinas, 16, left, Ed Newsom, 63, and Johnryan Newsom, 16 were all together when Ed Newsom was pulled under a log while floating the Green River in Auburn where Arturo Salinas and Johnryan performed life saving measures to revive Ed Newsom. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

River rescue: A breath away from being a drowning fatality

Ed Newsom was saved by his son and a friend, both 16, after he was swept underwater while tubing.

Arturo Salinas, 16, left, Ed Newsom, 63, and Johnryan Newsom, 16 were all together when Ed Newsom was pulled under a log while floating the Green River in Auburn where Arturo Salinas and Johnryan performed life saving measures to revive Ed Newsom. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The 2021 Ford F-150 full-size pickup offers a choice between six different powertrains, three cab sizes and two bed lengths. (Manufacturer photo)

All-new 2021 Ford F-150 has segment’s first hybrid engine

Revisions inside the cab include new design, upgraded materials and the latest Sync infotainment system.

The 2021 Ford F-150 full-size pickup offers a choice between six different powertrains, three cab sizes and two bed lengths. (Manufacturer photo)
Book-related events in Snohomish County.

Author events and poetry readings around Snohomish County

The listings include Third Place Books, Everett Public Library and Neverending Bookshop events.

  • Jul 11, 2021
Book-related events in Snohomish County.
Homemade swamp coolers are an internet sensation, but were no match for Washington's heatwave in June. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Do-it-yourself hacks to beat the heat — do they actually work?

After the June heatwave, she’s taking stock of which heat prevention tricks worked and which were a waste of time.

Homemade swamp coolers are an internet sensation, but were no match for Washington's heatwave in June. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Heading south from the Nakashima Barn. Mike Griffith is lead by the family dog, Crumb as wife Jen and daughter bike along the Centennial Trail on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Easy riding: Centennial Trail offers bicycle fun for everyone

The wide, paved path is suitable for all ages and abilities. On the way, there are plenty of places to stop for a rest and lunch.

Heading south from the Nakashima Barn. Mike Griffith is lead by the family dog, Crumb as wife Jen and daughter bike along the Centennial Trail on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Mostar and its famous bridge, rebuilt after the war.

Mending bridges in Mostar, a killing zone during ’90s civil war

For Rick Steves, it’s chilling to think that the city’s friendly people were killing each other not so long ago.

Mostar and its famous bridge, rebuilt after the war.
"The Legend of Tommy G" is one of 17 short films and documentaries featured in 2021's Banff Film Festival World Tour. (YouTube)

Outdoors classes and activities around Snohomish County

The listings include Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest updates and REI Lynnwood workshops.

"The Legend of Tommy G" is one of 17 short films and documentaries featured in 2021's Banff Film Festival World Tour. (YouTube)

Parenting 201: Developing relationships with your adult children

They have to decide what kind of adult relationship they want to have with us, too — close, distant, or something in between.

The Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a “Summer Pruning” webinar July 14 via Zoom. (Getty Images)

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

The Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a “Summer Pruning” webinar July 14 via Zoom. (Getty Images)
Bill Taylor sits in an area called "Hobbit House" in the southwest area of his garden on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in Edmonds, Washington. The Taylor’s home is a stop on the Edmonds in Bloom garden tour to be held on July 18th. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

This garden featured on Edmonds in Bloom tour must be explored

Bill and Pat Taylor’s landscape has Japanese maples, conifers, rock work, a waterfall with a stream system and a pond.

Bill Taylor sits in an area called "Hobbit House" in the southwest area of his garden on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in Edmonds, Washington. The Taylor’s home is a stop on the Edmonds in Bloom garden tour to be held on July 18th. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Water the lawn three times a week with your automatic sprinklers — not everyday. (Getty Images)

Five secrets for the proper watering of your summer garden

Here’s a tip: Layers of mulch and compost will reduce the frequency with which you need to water by as much as 50%.

Water the lawn three times a week with your automatic sprinklers — not everyday. (Getty Images)
Frame this shrub with other shade-loving plants like hosta, epimedium and ferns in the garden. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Hydrangea ‘Preziosa’ aka mophead hydrangea

Frame this shrub with other shade-loving plants like hosta, epimedium and ferns. (Richie Steffen)

Frame this shrub with other shade-loving plants like hosta, epimedium and ferns in the garden. (Richie Steffen)
This stenciled wooden wagon with removable side panels from the early 1900s sold at a Cowan auction for $160. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

Newsboy sold newspapers out of this Detroit Times wagon

Around 1899, the price of 10 papers was 5 cents. Most of the newsboys were homeless and this is how they earned a living.

This stenciled wooden wagon with removable side panels from the early 1900s sold at a Cowan auction for $160. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)
Cathy Richardson of Jefferson Starship performs during the Heros of Woodstock concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, N.Y. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, marking the 40th anniversary of the original 1969 Woodstock concert. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Tickets for sale in Snohomish County and around the region

The listings include Historic Everett Theatre, Edmonds Center for the Arts and Thumbnail Theater shows.

Cathy Richardson of Jefferson Starship performs during the Heros of Woodstock concert at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, N.Y. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009, marking the 40th anniversary of the original 1969 Woodstock concert. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Tayler Lynn

Hear Vaudeville Etiquette at Edmonds curbside concert series

The Seattle folk-rockers, named for an obscure 1920s act, will play two shows July 10 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Tayler Lynn
Scarlett Johansson stars in "Black Widow." MUST CREDIT: Marvel Studios

‘Black Widow’ a welcome distraction from Marvel movie machine

Scarlett Johansson’s superspy character finally gets a movie of her own, and it’s a breath of fresh air in the male-dominated franchise.

  • Jul 8, 2021
Scarlett Johansson stars in "Black Widow." MUST CREDIT: Marvel Studios