Carlos Raphael of Everett runs an indie comic studio called Champion Comics. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Up, up and away: Everett man finds audience for superhero comics

Thorvald the Viking and The Night Demon are a few of the heroes in Carlos Raphael’s comic books.

Carlos Raphael of Everett runs an indie comic studio called Champion Comics. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The GPP for tomorrow is Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light', commonly called MORNING LIGHT VARIEGATED MAIDEN GRASS. Image credit to Richie Steffen.

Great Plant Pick: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’

Commonly called morning light variegated maiden grass, it’s a silvery addition to garden borders.

The GPP for tomorrow is Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light', commonly called MORNING LIGHT VARIEGATED MAIDEN GRASS. Image credit to Richie Steffen.

Pick up your winter spirits with these indoor blooming bulbs

Easy-to-grow Paperwhites and Amaryllis can help you fill a need to be grounded in nature.

Priscilla Lowry makes candles at her workshop on south Whidbey Island. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Whidbey beeswax candle maker’s art casts warm glow for holidays

Priscilla Lowry has been turning the building blocks of beehives into extraordinary candles since 1999.

Priscilla Lowry makes candles at her workshop on south Whidbey Island. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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See vintage Christmas cards by leading Northwest artists

Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds brings back a holiday exhibition of evocative 20th century regional art.

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Javier Bardem, left, and Nicole Kidman in "Being the Ricardos." MUST CREDIT: Glen Wilson/Amazon Studios

Aaron Sorkin’s got some ‘splaining to do for lousy Lucy biopic

Nicole Kidman’s frozen face is not the problem here — it’s the poorly focused screenplay, the murky photography, and more.

  • Dec 9, 2021
Javier Bardem, left, and Nicole Kidman in "Being the Ricardos." MUST CREDIT: Glen Wilson/Amazon Studios
A scene from "West Side Story." MUST CREDIT: Niko Tavernise/Twentieth Century Studios

Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ a dazzling update of classic musical

The director and screenwriter Tony Kushner rejuvenate the story for a modern audience with a new generation of stars.

  • Dec 9, 2021
A scene from "West Side Story." MUST CREDIT: Niko Tavernise/Twentieth Century Studios
Reflections School of Dance students performed Dec. 4 at the Mill Creek Towne Center. They plan their annual holiday show Dec. 11 at Jackson High School. (Len Wiens / Reflections School of Dance)

What’s happening in music, theater and more in Snohomish County

Music Cherry Cherry: The Neil Diamond tribute band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets… Continue reading

Reflections School of Dance students performed Dec. 4 at the Mill Creek Towne Center. They plan their annual holiday show Dec. 11 at Jackson High School. (Len Wiens / Reflections School of Dance)
Public Health Essentials! (Snohomish Health District)

COVID vaccine is a game-changer for keeping our kids healthy

Public Health Essentials! A blog by the Snohomish Health District.

Public Health Essentials! (Snohomish Health District)

Low income, food insecurity are major factors behind obesity

The estimated 50 million Americans who are food-insecure often have access only to processed food, which is a leading cause of obesity.

  • Dec 8, 2021
Anthony Schmidt, 13, uses forced perspective photography to make model cars look real. This was taken at King Charley’s Drive-In on Highway 9 in Snohomish. (Anthony Schmidt)

He’s 13, and famous for photos making toy cars look real

Anthony Schmidt, who is on the autism spectrum, has gallery exhibits, 2,500 model cars and a real 1957 Ford named Betty.

Anthony Schmidt, 13, uses forced perspective photography to make model cars look real. This was taken at King Charley’s Drive-In on Highway 9 in Snohomish. (Anthony Schmidt)
Zuri's Donutz display case filled with an assortment of doughnuts on Sunday, July 18, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Here’s where to find the best doughnuts in Snohomish County

From classic to cutting-edge, these shops have the sweet treats you’ve been craving.

Zuri's Donutz display case filled with an assortment of doughnuts on Sunday, July 18, 2021 in Lynnwood, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is available in four trim levels, all with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. (Manufacturer photo)

Infiniti QX60 midsize SUV is all new and deluxe for 2022

An extra dash of exterior drama, upgraded interior, and new Autograph model keep QX60 in the running.

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is available in four trim levels, all with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. (Manufacturer photo)
Carolyn Cross repairs light strands on a flower christmas light frame at Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 in Stanwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

All is merry and bright at Warm Beach

The Lights of Christmas endures as one of Snohomish County’s premier holiday traditions.

Carolyn Cross repairs light strands on a flower christmas light frame at Warm Beach Camp & Conference Center on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 in Stanwood, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Beachcombing on London’s riverbank.

Beachcombing through London’s long history

At low tide, the banks of the Thames teem with the flotsam and jetsam of centuries gone by.

Beachcombing on London’s riverbank.
Caption: Family photos like this one of the author’s grandmother give extra meaning to this family’s holiday decorations.

Memories linger like the scent of fake Christmas trees

On this family’s tree, the most important ornaments are framed photos of beloved family, especially the ones who have passed away.

Caption: Family photos like this one of the author’s grandmother give extra meaning to this family’s holiday decorations.

Some ways to take care of yourself during the 2021 holidays

This is such a busy time of the year! Here are some ways of taking care of yourself during this hectic time. Drink herb tea:… Continue reading

Photo Caption: Francois-Xavier Lalanne often used animal motifs in his modern, minimalist sculptures. His porcelain eggcup with a chicken's head, wings and tail sold for $2,080 at Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

(c) 2021 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.

‘Pocillovy’ is the obscure hobby of collecting eggcups

It stems from Victorian times, when nearly every type of food had its own specialized dish and utensils.

Photo Caption: Francois-Xavier Lalanne often used animal motifs in his modern, minimalist sculptures. His porcelain eggcup with a chicken's head, wings and tail sold for $2,080 at Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

(c) 2021 by Cowles Syndicate Inc.
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Great Plant Pick: Orangebark Stewartia

This tree’s stunning bark is shown to perfection when it’s planted with a backdrop of evergreens.

Orangebark Stewartia, Stewartia monadelpha,

Seven gift ideas for weathering the holiday season

Smart thermostats and portable power will be thoughtful presents — especially when energy bills and power outages hit.

  • Dec 3, 2021