I’m currently dating two women who don’t know about each other. One gets me like no one else does. We have great conversations, and are interested in the same things, but the one problem is she’s very religious, so sex is completely off limits until marriage. The other is a woman who is fun, but not quite as challenging intellectually. We have a great physical chemistry though; she’s the best bedroom gymnastics partner I’ve ever had. If I could combine the two of them it’d be great. I know that I’m going to have to let one go, because each of them wants me to make a commitment. What do I do?
Once again, it appears that the State Legislature will fail to comply with the demands of the McCleary decision, which requires a significant increase in K-12 funding. I believe it is likely that this is about to lead to the biggest political crisis in the state in decades. I acknowledge that predicting policy outcomes is perilous, but I also believe that it is important to attempt to infer where this critical policy road is leading. Continue reading The McCleary Debacle and The Upcoming Institutional Crisis→
Jude’s Old Town, Rainier Beach’s family-friendly neighborhood bar, is also the de facto headquarters of South Seattle’s hard-hitting journalism scene. Its dispatches consist of a random quote overheard at the bar and the advice column “Dear The Beauster,” in which Beau, the owner of Jude’s, serves up no-nonsense advice along with a prescription from the pharmacy at Jude’s Old Town. Continue reading Dear The Beauster→
For many Northwest residents, summer is the season we head outside to work and play. At Rainier Health & Fitness, we see less of our members in June, July and August who update us in the fall with stories like “I’ve been busy gardening” or “I skipped my workouts to run/walk around Seward Park.” While we applaud getting active in the great outdoors, we still recommend rounding out your fitness routine with regular gym visits. Here’s why: Continue reading Six Reasons to Stay Active This Summer→
More than a year ago, I sat looking at Marcus Green from behind a beer at Rookie’s in Columbia City, listening to a pitch for what would become the South Seattle Emerald. He had already shown me a little of what he could do when we worked together on another project. But when he asked me to help him start a non-profit publication in South Seattle, I did not understand what it could mean for Marcus Green to truly live his vision of community-based journalism. All I knew was that Marcus was a wonderful writer and a talented and diligent interviewer, and that the people in this community had a story to tell that was not being told by any other publication. That was enough to get us started. Continue reading The South Seattle Narrative: We Are the Stories We Tell Ourselves→
Q: I’ve been with my wife for going on 13 year now. I love her, but to be honest I’ve never been in love with her. Our marriage was somewhat out of necessity. I’ve spent the last 4 year trying to end things. We’ve had separations during that time and she’s even caught me a few different times with other women. However, no matter what she want let me leave.
Seattle/King County Real Estate values have rebounded from the Great Corruption/Recession which began in 2008; some analysts are reporting that prices have returned to what they were in the peek market of 2007. Seattle Metropolitan neighborhood values increased sharply last year and the upward trend continues. Continue reading Seattle Real Estate Forecast: Sellers Rejoice, Buyers Lament→
Emerald Executive Director Marcus Harrison Green and Board Vice President Devin Chicras recently sat down with Mike McCormick, host of KEXP’s Mind Over Matters, to discuss the need for communities to take ownership of their own narratives. Continue reading “Reclaiming South Seattle’s Narrative”→
Usually, finding yourself in a high school classroom as someone in your thirties while “peers” half your age run mental circles around you is a glaring signifier you’ve made a succession of disastrous choices in life, but on January 22nd – as I played the part of a wilted bud planted amongst sophomores and juniors, squirming in his seat, too scared to be called on to give an answer to a barely absorbed question – there didn’t seem a better place for a South End native to be. Continue reading “And the Youth Will Lead Us”: Community Transformation and Absenteeism→
Amplifying the Authentic Narratives of South Seattle