What Do Farmer’s Markets And Monsoons Have In Common?

They both run from May to October! Most Thursday afternoons, you’ll find me at my local Snohomish Farmer’s Market, not just shopping, but engaging in a vibrant community. Here, I connect with farmers, artisans, and fellow food enthusiasts, all united by our shared love for fresh, local produce. Local markets are not just a way…

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April Showers Bring Independent Bookstore Days!

April 27th – National Independent Bookstore Day! Here in Snohomish County, we really love our local bookstores and celebrate for a week! April 20th – 27th. Five participating shops will be hosting special events and promotions. I’m excited to be signing books at two different locations. Please stop by and say hello! Main Street Books…

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How To Travel Without Leaving Your Couch

It’s the season for snowdrops peeking up from winter soil – harbingers of warmer weather to come. My family loves to pin down the year’s travel plans around now – purchasing plane tickets and making hotel bookings. In April, my husband and daughter will visit family in Belgrade, Serbia while I stay home for a…

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The Worth of a Ruby Book Launch Celebration

Last November, I experienced one of the finest moments of my life! Launching a book is like birthing a child. The story grows within one’s private heart and then is out in the world for all to see. Hello! My dear friend, artist Karen Guzak, offered her fantastic studio, a historic former church, and videographer AJ…

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Eight Birth Days of Burmese Astrology

Myanmar Zodiac Painting from Ancient Bagan   Unlike Western astrology, the Myanmar astrology system has only eight signs. Known as Mahabote, this zodiac employs eight signs in a seven-day week, with each sign representing its own day, cardinal direction, planet (celestial body) and animal. Ancient Buddhist monks created the system using observations of the skies…

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Trains and Viaducts

Shan State is a beautiful part of Myanmar with deep red earth and forested mountain tops receding in the distance into various shades of indigo blue. I had a picturesque, yet occasionally terrifying, experience traveling by rail from Pwin Oo Lwin to Hsipaw, crossing the deep gorge on a narrow, teetering wooden bridge that seemed…

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