Mutual respect fosters cooperation and connection

In a world where aggression is on the rise, we need to cultivate peace and harmony — now more than ever.

Looking at the top of multiple Wild Iris Flowers Dietes Grandiflora FLower, White, Purple, Orange Yellow Iris,

Always something coming and something going in my new garden

A large variety of plants that provide beauty all through the year keeps things interesting and fulfilling.

Looking at the top of multiple Wild Iris Flowers Dietes Grandiflora FLower, White, Purple, Orange Yellow Iris,
Colchicum autumnale. (Great Plant Picks)

Great Plant Pick: Colchicum autumnale

This plant really shines in the fall, when lavender-pink blooms burst from the ground.

  • Sep 16, 2022
Colchicum autumnale. (Great Plant Picks)
Puzzle jugs provided a drinking game for centuries. Do you think you could drink from one without spilling?

Puzzle jugs challenged drinkers to do it right — or make a mess

The drinker had to know which holes to cover and which to drink from in order to draw the liquid up through the handle.

Puzzle jugs provided a drinking game for centuries. Do you think you could drink from one without spilling?
Possession Point Bait Company owner Dan Cooper fishes live herring out of his holding pond with a net on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Clinton, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fish on! Whidbey bait shop delivers $7 bucket of herring to your boat

Possession Point Bait Co. owner Dan Cooper keeps afloat the Clinton fishing business his family started in the 1960s.

Possession Point Bait Company owner Dan Cooper fishes live herring out of his holding pond with a net on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Clinton, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” a murder-mystery that is the world’s longest-running play, will run for 11 performances from Sept. 16 to Oct. 2. (Courtesy Edmonds Driftwood Players)

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

MUSIC Mill Creek Summer Concert Series: The music continues with Laurel Canyon Legacy (1970s pop/rock), Sept. 21; Big Dog Revue (1970s dance music), Sept. 28.… Continue reading

Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” a murder-mystery that is the world’s longest-running play, will run for 11 performances from Sept. 16 to Oct. 2. (Courtesy Edmonds Driftwood Players)
Autumn Covington makes all of the bakehouse's six-ounce cookies. (Rachel Rosen/Whidbey News-Times)

Cookie shop stirs up excitement on Whidbey Island

A new family-owned business in downtown Oak Harbor has been whisking up quite a buzz lately.

Autumn Covington makes all of the bakehouse's six-ounce cookies. (Rachel Rosen/Whidbey News-Times)
The 2022 Buick Envision is a premium compact SUV with seating for five. (Buick)

2022 Buick Envision puts emphasis on relaxing ride, slick styling

A four-cylinder turbo engine delivers 228 horsepower with energetic but not stirring acceleration.

The 2022 Buick Envision is a premium compact SUV with seating for five. (Buick)

Books Briefly: Lake Stevens man publishes self-help book

Lee Cuesta draws on more than 40 years of experience to unpack the deepest, fullest meaning of waiting on and for God.

Can she get a refund for this Priceline car rental?

Dollar cancels Vivian Everhart’s rental when she tries to swap out an unsatisfactory car. Can she get a refund from the company, or does she have to pay for a car she couldn’t use?

  • Sep 11, 2022
  • By Wire Service

Learn about Mount Rainier National Park’s endangered birds

The outdoor adventure speaker series begins Sept. 13 at the Marysville Opera House.

Caption #1: Pacific Northwest mother of two Jennifer Bardsley loves her Hyundai IONIQ 5’s responsive handling and extensive battery life. (Jennifer Bardsley)

The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is the EV this Subaru mom’s been waiting for

Jennifer Bardsley had never before owned a “cool” car. This EV has made her an IONIQ 5 fangirl.

Caption #1: Pacific Northwest mother of two Jennifer Bardsley loves her Hyundai IONIQ 5’s responsive handling and extensive battery life. (Jennifer Bardsley)
Sagrada Família, under construction since 1883, is the culmination of Antoni Gaudí's wildly creative Modernista style.

The spirit of Catalunya lives in art, culture and politics

Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, is jammed with tourists. But there’s plenty to enjoy — especially the architecture.

Sagrada Família, under construction since 1883, is the culmination of Antoni Gaudí's wildly creative Modernista style.
Owner and operator Tracy Rice walks up the ramp to the Potleaf Treehouse, one of four available for booking, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Mountain View’s Treehouse Joint in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

This B&B (bud and bong) is a stoner’s forest paradise

Relax and spark up at this cannabis-friendly treehouse BB in the woods outside of Sultan.

Owner and operator Tracy Rice walks up the ramp to the Potleaf Treehouse, one of four available for booking, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Mountain View’s Treehouse Joint in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Tips on surviving the myth of the perfect parent

If your children grow into mature, responsible, independent adults, you’ll know did the “right thing.”

Sheila Murphy, founder of Alma Bonita Animal Rescue, cools off Cheyenne, left, and Weeneeham with water at the farm in Morgan Hill, California, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. She said her outdoor thermometer read 116 degrees. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Bay Area farm animal owners get creative to keep cool

They’re putting ice in pigs’ mud puddles and feeding frozen carrots to horses.

  • Sep 9, 2022
  • By Joan Morris The Mercury News
Sheila Murphy, founder of Alma Bonita Animal Rescue, cools off Cheyenne, left, and Weeneeham with water at the farm in Morgan Hill, California, on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. She said her outdoor thermometer read 116 degrees. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group/TNS)
Sedum 'Bertram Anderson'  (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Sedum ‘Bertram Anderson’

This groundcover thrives in sunny, dry areas with poor soil. It’s also a good choice for containers.

  • Sep 9, 2022
Sedum 'Bertram Anderson'  (Richie Steffen)
Photo by Scott Chase

Learn how to stalk the wild mushroom, via Zoom

A retired WSU Extension program coordinator will teach the online class Sept. 21.

Photo by Scott Chase
This Cloudless Sulphur butterfly creates nature’s version of the monochromatic color scheme as it feeds on Color Coded, One in a Melon coneflower. (Norman Winter/TNS)

One in a million: Introducing a dreamy new coneflower

One in a Melon starts off golden orange and matures to a vibrant butter yellow that’s just as gorgeous.

  • Sep 9, 2022
  • By Norman Winter Tribune News Service
This Cloudless Sulphur butterfly creates nature’s version of the monochromatic color scheme as it feeds on Color Coded, One in a Melon coneflower. (Norman Winter/TNS)
Mowed green backyard grass under trees closeup view

September is the month for restoring your parched lawn

Here’s what to do to keep the grass in decent shape — the environmentally responsible way, of course.

Mowed green backyard grass under trees closeup view