Real Estate Update by Merri Ann Simonson: Update to Our Internet Connection

Rock Island has been busy for the last four years installing the base structure for our fiber and other internet connection options throughout the County.

I decided to write this article as a layperson so that the options for our Internet service could be easily understood. I have purposefully not used acronyms and the technical terms. I hope that this article won’t make the technical persons in the industry LOL, too much.

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Janet Thomas: Hanging Out and Hanging In

Recently, while on an evening walk with a friend, out of the blue she said, “I wish I could move to a place just like this was 40 years ago.” Her tone of voice was yearning. It was also a surprise because her life on San Juan Island appears nurturing, inspiring and secure. When I asked what she missed, her response was a non-verbal gesture of sadness and a few words, “It was community.” she said. “We all knew each other.” She then went on to talk about the fishing boats in the harbor, the salmon cannery, the farmers, and the intimacy of simple island life when community was more important than consumption.

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My Friday Harbor Labs Macfarlane Art Studio Fellowship

Every morning when I was at Friday Harbor Labs last Fall, I would rise with the birds before sunrise and walk from my Whiteley Center cottage through the chilly indigo dawn to turn on the fireplace in the Macfarlane Art Studio, a remodeled former carriage house. While I waited for the studio to warm up I would have my tea and breakfast in the dining hall while studying a bit of anatomy for an hour or so, and chat with some friendly oceanography students. Returning to the studio, I would turn on an audiobook to keep me company while I sat under full-spectrum desk lighting and worked on the focus of my residency: drawings of cute sea otters and watercolors of kelp forest seascapes.

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Drath: Stop throwing banana peels on the roads

Dear Islanders,

Nobody, and I mean Nobody, has permission on this island to leave their banana peels on the road. I have just picked up yet another whole banana peel while walking between the fog line and the grass, along the road near our house. It was not there three hours ago.

I feel sure it was a cyclist, and I hope that person sees this letter. This gives an unfortunate name to the cyclists here who use the roads carefully and wisely.

Eileen Drath

Friday Harbor

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Janet Thomas: Why Now, Vietnam?

On Saturday, May 26th, the Friday Harbor American Legion Post 163 will be open to the public for a special Memorial weekend visitors’ day event. And I’ll be there. No, I am not a veteran of Vietnam. But my life was profoundly affected by those who are. “War Never Ends” is the name of the local Vietnam Veterans exhibit at SJIMA—and it is true. War lives on, shaping lives and destroying them too.

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Note to Self: Raise & Release

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I find myself compelled to comment on the trending “college admissions scandal.” If you haven’t been following the saga, you may be shocked to learn (hold on to something to steady yourself) that wealthy parents often use their influence, fund endowments, pay for building construction and brazenly just bribe elite institutions to get their mediocre academic offspring admitted.

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