Art welcomed for Library Art exhibits

Avatar_SJILibraryAs you walk through the San Juan Island Library you will notice beautiful works of art. Art adorns our walls, and you'll find pieces on our end tables and the fireplace mantel. When you are in the Library you're surrounded by art. It's pretty special, and one of the many things I love about our community Library.

The San Juan Island Library District encourages the exhibition of artwork because it believes that artwork in the building enhances the Library environment for patrons. In this effort, the Library has an Art Policy and an Art Committee.

Art displays and exhibits would not be possible without our dedicated Art Committee members. This dedicated group of volunteers coordinates art exhibits in the Library six times a year. They recommend, develop, and implement temporary and permanent exhibits of art in the building.

The next Art Exhibit starts this Saturday, July 30th. The theme is Textures and Patterns. The Art Committee is accepting 2 or 3-D artwork of any media type. Everyone is welcome to bring art for the show. Please bring your 2 or 3-D artwork ready to hang or display to the Library on Saturday from 10am to 12noon.

Three other Art Shows are scheduled this year:

  • Seas and Seashores (Oct.1);
  • Art that Tells a Story (Dec.10); 
  • Photography (Jan. 2012)

The Library also has a permanent art collection, and patrons often ask us about our art. Right now the Art Committee is in the process of putting together a guide to the Library's art collection. The guide will be available at the Library once it's complete.

Marjorie Harrison
Library Director

San Juan Island Library



Deadheading Roses

Avatar_DavidBentleyOn a sunny afternoon with a couple of hours to kill, I decided to deadhead the roses. I learned how to do this at a Master Gardeners demonstration where I discovered how much I didn't know about roses. Before the demonstration, I just cut off the dead rose blossoms and trimmed back bothersome branches. Now, I know the differences between stems and canes as well as leaves, leaflets and bracts. Heck, I even know what a rose hip looks like.

Removing spent blooms, otherwise known as deadheading, makes the rose bush produce more flowers. Normally, spent blooms become the fruit of the plant which is called a rose hip. Through deadheading, the plant conserves energy normally spent producing fruit, thus producing more blooms instead. That's the easy part.

What complicates the matter is that there is a difference of opinion about the best method of deadheading. The old rule of thumb is to cut just above the first outward facing leaf with five leaflets on it. Did you know that the clusters of leaflets make up a single leaf, and that these compound leaves can have two to seven or more leaflets on them? Who knew?

However, new trials have shown that the more foliage a rose plant bears the more blooms it puts out. So the new rule of thumb is to cut just above the first tiny leaflets below the bloom. These are called bracts because they don't actually form a compound leaf. Confused yet?

So which rule is right? Well, that depends. The new one seems to produce more blooms, but smaller flowers. The old one produces fewer blooms, but larger and showier flowers. It would appear, then, that neither one is right for all situations. Yet if you ask any seasoned gardener how to deadhead roses, I bet you'll get a single, definitive answer.

It's just like the rest of life. Tax increase or spending cut? Privatization or nationalization? Black and white or shades of gray? Immovable or willing to compromise? It just depends on the outcome you want: fewer big, showy flowers or more abundant smaller ones.

  • How do you choose which rule of thumb to follow? 
  • Do you consider the outcome you want to achieve? 
  • Are you looking to produce fewer big, showy blooms or more abundant smaller ones? 
  • What is it that motivates your choice?



It's time to stock up at the Annual Book Sale

Avatar_SJILibraryThis Friday and Saturday, stop by the Turnbull Gym at the Friday Harbor High School for the Friends of the Library's annual book sale. This is one of the Friends' biggest fundraisers of the year for the Library. Proceeds from sales help fund adult and youth library programming, as well as other purchases and projects that would not be possible without our Friends' assistance.

Most of the books in this sale are generously donated to the Friends by you and other members of our community. The Friends accepts donations of books and other materials at their store, the Treasure Cove, every Wednesday and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m.. Some of these donations go directly for sale in the store and others go to their paperback rack at the ferry. And still more make it to the annual holiday sale or the summer sale.

A large part of library work is maintaining and evaluating our collections to ensure we are providing materials that meet the needs and interests of the community. Keeping our collections current and relevant is a priority, and we do this within our space considerations. Besides shifting books on the shelves and pulling items out for display, the library regularly weeds its collection to make room for newly purchased materials.

Weeding is the periodic examination of a library's collection of materials in order to determine which items are no longer useful or needed. So when you hear a librarian talk about weeding, she's not maintaining library grounds, she's developing library collections. When items are weeded from the collection, the Friends accept them as donations for their annual book sale. This past year, as usual, we've weeded from all collections of the library. Maybe you'll find a book that's no longer checking out with our patrons, but is an old favorite of yours.

Okay, enough of the library lingo, now back to the book sale. The Friends sale begins at 6 p.m. on Friday for Friends members only. This is your opportunity to see everything first! Memberships may be purchased at the door.

Marjorie Harrison
Library Director

San Juan Island Library




Hey there everyone! Laura Holden here to let you know that I am officially back in the office after some time at home with my new baby boy Theron. I am very excited to be back and look forward to seeing you.

For those of you who I have not yet met, my name is Laura Holden and I have been with San Juan Holistic Healthcare for about six years and while I wear a few different hats in the office, including hormone balancing through saliva testing and bio-identical hormones, my main focus is, as my instructors call it, the "Tool of the Future." It is called Spectra-Vision.

Spectra-Vision, or bionetic testing is a non-cognitive biofeedback that originated in the 1950s in Germany. It allows me to access your body's response and reaction to thousands of frequencies or substances; being bacterial, viral, parasitic, chemical, hormonal, allergenic, molds and fungus, heavy metals and even emotional imbalance. Also, I can see where your body needs energetic support or where your body needs detoxification. Let me explain a bit about the technology...

The scan itself takes about nine minutes. We then proceed to the second phase to E.A.V. testing. (Electro Acupuncture by Voll). By using the principle of E.A.V. testing, we are able to measure electrical conductivity and receive an immediate functional overview of your body's system. The next step is testing a therapy or homeopathic remedy to determine which options are most complimentary to returning your body to an energetic balance.

The advantage of this technology is that it is not a "One size fits All" treatment. Let us use migraine headaches as an example. One person's migraine headaches could stem from a hormonal imbalance, where another person could be suffering from a chemical toxicity issue, while yet another person could have an allergy that is triggering the migraine headache. Everyone's blueprint is different and at our office, we aim to look at each person as an individual, not a symptom.

With this treatment I have also had profound success in greatly reducing, even completely eliminating allergies, whether they be seasonal, environmental or foods.

Toxicity that cannot be eliminated is a major cause of disease. Through bionetic testing and creating homeopathic remedies specific to your body's needs, we can begin to get your body back to a balanced state.

For those of you who have chronic issues that have not been resolved or if you are interested in improving your overall health, this could be the answer you have been looking for.

If you are interested in learning more about the Spectra-Vision testing or have any other questions about our office services, please call us at 378-5660. I would be happy to answer any questions you have.

Yours in health
Laura Earnhart Holden, C.A.




Avatar_SusanVernon Over the Fourth of July weekend, I drove to the Land Bank's Westside Preserve near Lime Kiln Point State Park. Standing on a southwest-facing slope looking out upon Haro Strait rays of sunlight skipped across the calm blue-green sea in a shimmer of sparkling light. Summer had finally arrived and the white-crowned sparrows singing nearby proclaimed it so.



Avatar_SusanVernon It was the end of June and I still had butterflies on my mind. Even after a spring in the field doing Island Marble surveys and, in the process, encountering several other butterflies including azures, anglewings, elfins, ringlets, and admirals, I still felt I might have lost the opportunity to see a long-time favorite due to the rapid arrival of the summer solstice. Time does hurtle by.


Your Nerve System and You

Your nerve system is your body's master communication system. Your brain - your body's central processing unit - receives information from every other system. Information on sight, sound, touch, taste and smell is constantly bombarding your brain. Information on muscle activity, placement of your arms and legs, fingers and toes, and the positioning of your joints reaches the brain nanosecond by nanosecond. Feedback is constantly being supplied on how many new red blood cells are being manufactured, how much acid has been secreted into the stomach to help digest your breakfast, and how much insulin, epinephrine and other hormones is need for healthy functioning.

Your brain processes information faster than the world's fastest computer, and you get to have one for free! Remarkably, man-made computers are exactly like the human brain. How information is received, how it is processed, and how instructions are sent back out again - these activities are quite identical in both the artificial machine and the living organ.

How is all the information transferred back and forth? Messages coming to the brain from the body and messages going from the brain to the body are transmitted via the spinal cord, the tail-like direct extension of the brain itself. The spinal cord - delicate nervous tissue - is encased in the bony structures of the spinal canal, housed within the spinal column.

Of course, all systems in the body are related. Interestingly, problems with spinal mechanics may interfere with normal activities taking place in the spinal cord. If spinal muscles are irritated and spinal ligaments are tight, pain signals from these structures will affect normal signals flowing through the local spinal nerve. Ramped-up pain signals impact levels of other signals, enhancing some and depressing others. The ultimate result is that of "wires being crossed". Systems then begin to break down and the person's health may be affected.

So, mechanical problems in the spine can lead to many other physical ailments. Tight neck muscles, headaches, painful lower backs, even arm or leg pains suggest altered spinal mechanics. How may these health issues be addressed?

Chiropractic health care is specifically designed to diagnose and treat spine-related complaints. Treatment is gentle and directed toward restoring mobility, reducing pain and irritation of spinal muscles and ligaments. As these painful conditions resolve, more normal functioning within the nerve system is made possible. The result is greater health and improved well-being across the range of your body's systems.

Of course, spinal adjustments alone do not always completely address your pain. Sometimes there are other factors involved in keeping your spine healthy. As we have stated before there are six interferences that can cause spinal imbalance and ill-health. They are:

  1. structural imbalance 
  2. electromagnetic interference 
  3. nutritional imbalance 
  4. allergies and sensitivities 
  5. emotional issues (past or present) 
  6. toxicity

For more information on these interferences and how they affect your health, go to our website at or come in to our office and pick up a free CD on the six interferences to health. Both of these have an enormous amount of information. As always, if you have any questions, you can also call us at 378-5660.

Yours in Health,
Mark W. Earnhart, D.C.



Basic Supplementation

We have talked in the past about the problems with getting good nutrients in you body. Some of these issues include: high fructose corn syrup, gluten, pesticides in vegetables, hydrogenated oils, loss of vitamins in our vegetables due to planting over and over again in depleted soils and the list could go on. This article is about what are the basic nutrient supplementation we recommend in our office if you are basically healthy and have no symptoms yet.

These are the FOUR basic things people should take every day:

1) A good multiple vitamin that contains vitamins and minerals to support the basic cell function in the body. This needs to be natural and not synthetic.

2) Adrenal support - research is clear - over 80% of Americans suffer from chronic stress which leads to adrenal stress. Adrenal fatigue causes an increase in cortisol ( which helps keep us a little chubby), a decrease in DHEA (DHEA helps keep us young), an increase in insulin resistance which leads to diabetes and other sugar handling disorders, a breakdown in muscle and general loss of energy.

3) Omega - 3 oils. Yes, fish oil. Our diet is over saturated with pro-inflammatory oils such as corn oil, canola oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil to name a few. Inflammation is the number one cause of all chronic diseases so we recommend you reduce you intake of hydrogenated oils and increase Omega-3 oils including fish, flax and olive oils. Omega-3 oils are anti-inflammatory and have been shown to also improve heart function and brain function as well. In England it is almost considered malpractice if a doctor does not recommend Omega-3 oils to heart patients.

4) Vitamin D - most of have heard about vitamin D recently. It has been in the news as research has found out how important it is to all the functions in our body. Especially in the northwest where the sun is in such limited supply (And especially this year).

There are of course other things most of us should take as well but this is a basic start to good health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 378-5660 or go to our website at

Yours in Health,
Mark W. Earnhart, D.C.




0Avatar_SusanVernon Until a week or so ago, it had not been a good spring for butterflies. Unseasonably cold temperatures and above average rainfall are not a good combination for the ethereal insects that require ample sunshine to survive and to thrive in our rainshadow world.