Turkey is native to America | Kitsap Birding

On Thanksgiving, the turkey is the iconic bird of the day. But wild turkeys get a lot of attention any time of the year. They’re one of our biggest birds, and a strutting tom is an impressive sight with his fanned peacock tail, distinctive wattle and bright colors.

A feast for eyes and ears | Kitsap Weekly

Kitsap's shorelines and waterways host an amazing diversity of wintering birds

  • Oct 21st, 2016

Loving the skin you’re in | Kitsap Weekly

Documentary and movement are challenging the way people view their bodies, and others’

Suquamish master artist brings works back to life | Kitsap Weekly

It’s part of Ed Carriere’s DNA to be patient. His Suquamish ancestors have been here since the beginning, so a year, 100 years, 1,000 years are mere fragments of time.

A new method to remove that ‘mistaken’ tattoo

It was just one of those times. Young sailors on shore leave, out for a good time in Everett. The next morning, Jay Yeager woke up with a large tattoo scrolled across his back. It read “In Nominee Patris, et Filii et Spiritus Sancti.”

Introducing Marnie Holt Swenson | Bookends

I went to the first author event presentation Sept. 8 at Kitsap Publishing, 1450 NW Finn Hill Road, Poulsbo. Marnie Holt Swenson presented and read from her book, “Migratory Moment.” It’s a book of poems and she says it is written from the perspective of a very young child — before they can really understand anything.

  • Sep 22nd, 2016

On Sept. 24 in Brownsville, it’s all about you | Kitsap Weekly

Brownsville is one of Puget Sound’s most secluded and snug harbors — and one of its most charming maritime communities. Tidal changes in Port Orchard Channel stir up nutrients that draw birds, seals and other marine life. Boaters and residents shop at Sweeney’s Country Style Meats or dine and visit at the Brownsville Deli, watch sunrises and sunsets at Burke Bay Overlook Park, or picnic at the pavilion.

  • Sep 22nd, 2016

Coming full circle in Kingston | My Kingston Life

My Kingston life began with a high-wire act in 1978 and life has been full of synchronicities since my return. That sense of coming full circle pervades my world.

  • Sep 16th, 2016

Golden anniversary for Bill and Barbara Erickson | Anniversaries

Bill and Barbara Erickson celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Aug. 20 with a gathering at My Girl Drive-In Museum in Kingston.

  • Aug 30th, 2016

‘They heal everyone, no matter what they have suffered’ | Kitsap Weekly

The Kitsap Peninsula has long been a draw to people who have crafted unique lives and livelihoods for themselves. Lynne Ferguson is just such a person, and here on the Kitsap Peninsula she has created a life for herself that allows her to pursue two great passions from her childhood: Native horsemanship and music.

  • Aug 30th, 2016

Bremerton National Airport hosts West Coast Fly-In Aug. 19-20 | Kitsap Weekly

Nearly 500 aircraft will descend on Bremerton National Airport for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association’s West Coast Fly-In on Aug. 19-20.

  • Aug 19th, 2016

The Great Reindeer Project and an interview with its award-winning author

With the Sami gathering in Poulsbo, it seems fitting to recount the story one of the greatest Sami heroes, Anders [or Andrew] Bahr. No Texas trail drive can begin to compare with the distance and hardships he faced during his epic reindeer drive across the frozen arctic. Bahr is buried in Poulsbo.

  • Aug 19th, 2016

Rompers and runners to love, or despise | Garden Life

There are many, great garden-worthy plants that spread out over a garden. I’ve grown quite a few of them. Then there are the garden thugs — plants that romp around overtaking anything not big enough to stand up to them. I’ve grown too many of those bullies.

  • Aug 16th, 2016

An introduction to author Karen K. Brees | Bookends

For writers, writers’ conferences are a wonderful source of information. Besides meeting fellow writers, you can meet, talk to and present your work to agents, publishers, editors and generally submerge yourself into WRITING.

  • Aug 16th, 2016

Mission to get ‘the next best shot’ pays off | Kitsap Weekly

During the latter part of May, that’s when eagles and herons come out to play. That’s according to Kingston-based nature photographer Bonnie Block, explaining the story behind a photograph she submitted to the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards for consideration.

  • Aug 16th, 2016

Reasons why women should not go topless | This ‘N’ That

I’m sorry, folks, but I just have to get this off my feminine chest ...

From ‘Happenings’ to ‘Bookends’ | Hansville Happenings

Donna Lee Anderson says goodbye: Hansville Happenings has been a truly lovely gig. Thank you to all for reading my column all these years, and I hope you’ll continue to follow me in Kitsap Weekly — in the Herald and online.

‘60s band ’The Seeds’ film bio at Dragonfly Cinema

The movie “The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard,” will appear one night only on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Dragonfly Cinema in Port Orchard.

  • Aug 12th, 2016

The BARN: Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network | Bookends

When I moved to the North Kitsap area, I looked around for resources for writers. Field’s End Writers Community was one of the first names I came across. It was housed at the public library on Bainbridge Island and offered speakers, writing events, and classes.

  • Aug 1st, 2016

‘One Dead, Two to Go’ is fast and fun | Bookends

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of meeting Elena Hartwell, author of the Eddie Shoes Mystery Series.

  • Jul 9th, 2016

I am From | Roundabout

Our Libby just graduated from high school. She’s our third, so we’ve done this before. But it wasn’t until this time around that I realized I don’t love it when my kids graduate from high school. In fact, it occurred to me that I’ve been tricked.

From a storyteller to ‘Happenings’ columnist | Hansville Happenings

Some little known facts about me: I have always been a storyteller.

Hot fiddles kick off summer concert series July 5

uly 5 at 6:30 p.m., Poulsbo Parks and Recreation kicks off its free Summer Nights at the Bay concert series with the Voetberg Family Band, at Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and head down to the waterfront for some fun, music and dancing.

Cabernet Franc begins to take center stage

Known as “the third Bordeaux variety,” Cab Franc often has been hidden behind much more well-known Bordeaux grapes as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. But now it is coming out of the shadows and playing more of a starring role.

  • Jun 16th, 2016

Ensuring all your four-legged friends are safe this summer

High heat and summer activities can pose potential dangers for our pets. Here are some potential issues you may face as a pet owner, and ways you can help prevent any harm from happening to your pets.

  • Jun 16th, 2016

Port Orchard filmmaker wins global film competition

Port Orchard author and filmmaker Dianne Gardner’s production company, Xylon Productions LLC, has won an Award of Recognition from The Accolade Global Film Competition. The award was given for “Cassandra’s Castle” TV trailer; the program is a time-travel fantasy based on Gardner’s novel.

  • Jun 16th, 2016

Day trips: Make Port Gamble your playground

Traditionally, summertime in Port Gamble means big festivals like June Faire and Old Mill Days. Although Port Gamble will not be hosting large festivals this year, the quaint historic town is expecting a busy summer.

  • Jun 16th, 2016

The joys of backyard bird watching

it’s a relaxing pastime that makes us feel more in touch with nature. For others, it’s a rewarding hobby filled with seasonal surprises. You never know what might show up at your feeders.

  • Jun 16th, 2016

Robin Hood, retold: a sneak peek at Port Gamble Theater Co.’s production | Kitsap Weekly

“Robin Hood,” the saucy chap with the sense of social justice who turned Sherwood Forest into a revenue stream for the less fortunate, leads his merry band onto Port Gamble’s stage July 8 –24.

  • Jun 16th, 2016

R. Lynch is winner of Viking Fest runes translation contest | Kitsap Weekly

Twenty-eight people correctly translated the runes on the cover of the May 13 edition of Kitsap Weekly.

  • May 23rd, 2016

When garden art goes bad | On Kingston Time

Whatever the reason for his missing head, Jiminy Cricket sits in the Wolfle children’s garden like a cartoon victim of the French Reign of Terror. Welcome to Edgar Allan Poe Elementary, he seems to say.

It’s adventure time in Hansville | Hansville Happenings

You can make your life full of adventures by just changing your attitude about doing new or different things. Why not give it a try? If it doesn’t make you happy, you can always go back to your everyday ways, right?

Get ready for a fun-filled weekend May 20-22 | Kitsap Weekly

Carnival rides, eating contests and horned helmets aside, Viking Fest is a celebration of cultural and historical significance to Norway’s descendants in Kitsap County. Viking Fest celebrates Norway’s Constitution Day — May 17, 1814 — when Norway declared itself an independent kingdom (it had been united with Denmark and, after the Napoleonic Wars, was trying to fend off being ceded to Sweden).

Paint Out Poulsbo — by the numbers

63 winners of first en plein air art event Paint Out Poulsbo contest exhibit their works at NCAD

A Poem for Mother’s Day | This ’N’ That

Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, I would like to share a lovely piece of poetry my youngest daughter Donna wrote for me at 2 a.m. the morning of Jan. 3.

Fast and furious: 57th season of drag racing at Bremerton Raceway | Kitsap Weekly

Lonnie Sharkey beamed a wide smile after his bright red 1966 Chevy II Nova completed the quarter-mile time trial in 9.68 seconds at 138 mph. “It was a good run,” said Sharkey, of Silverdale.

  • Apr 28th, 2016

Fish Park’s hidden gem | Kitsap Weekly

With the exception of a small salmon mural along the sidewalk, the Lindvig Way bridge is about as ordinary as any other bridge — a gray mix of asphalt, concrete and guard rails. The understory of the bridge, however, is far from ordinary.

Performances that come from the heart and soul | Kitsap Weekly

Arnie Sturham is a tough cookie. Normally, the Treehouse Café owner lives by two criteria for booking a gig: name recognition and a built-in following. The Bainbridge crowd can be picky — “discriminating,” is the kinder word Sturham uses on his website — and the Treehouse Café receives dozens of inquiries every day, so he takes his time curating a line-up.

  • Apr 7th, 2016

Visit a farmers market and taste all that’s great about Kitsap | Kitsap Weekly

Long after those fresh leeks and potatoes are consumed, the memory of the farmers market experience will live on.

  • Apr 1st, 2016

Apply now for local groups’ scholarships and grants | Hansville Happenings

If you are interested in applying, please log onto the website Under the Scholarship tab, you will see where you can download the appropriate submission document. And don’t forget: your postmark deadline for this application is May 1, so if you are interested, get started today.