Author: Kate Poss | With Photos by David Welton

Kate Poss This Is Whidbey was founded by Kate Poss for readers who are interested in cultivating our island’s quality of life, including its land, sea, and air; its people, plants, and animals; and the bodies, minds, and spirits of its inhabitants. You may know Kate from her work in island libraries through May of 2016. Her background includes a career in newspaper reporting in Los Angeles for various weeklies and dailies, including The Los Angeles Times. She was a frequent contributor to the online Whidbey Life Magazine and still writes for the biannual print magazine. David Welton Stories are highlighted by David Welton’s excellent photography. David is a retired physician who was a staff photographer for Whidbey Life Magazine since its early days. His work has also appeared in museums, art galleries, newspapers, regional and national magazines, books, nonprofit publicity, and on the back of the Whidbey Sea-Tac Shuttle!

Join us on our 2022 road trip with Beatrix the Toyota Highlander and her faithful companion, Marion, the 1979 Trillium Travel Trailer. This week we visited Tucson. Hooray! We are in Tucson for the next week. To stay cool in this desert heat, I bought us tank tops at Ross for Less nearby Rubio’s Mexican Grill, where we ate delicious Mexican street-style food. Can’t remember when we wore sleeveless shirts last. Bill and I went swimming at the Quincie Douglas public pool. The city of Tucson has free swimming through the end of the summer. The swim was refreshing after…

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Note: Our friend Kristo O’Donnell asked that we run this story regarding two upcoming concerts with Cafe Impromptu, a popup ensemble of women musicians.   Cafe Impromptu: A place? A band? An event not to be missed! It was a late night Gypsy jazz jam during DjangoFest NW 2014. Looking around I saw over a dozen women in the group. We sang- played- and got to know one another. These were the inspirations. I decided to create Café Impromptu the next year. Café Impromptu, is a ‘pop up’ ensemble where female musicians who share an interest in the genre of Django Reinhardt’s music, can play…

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Welcome to week two of our road trip with Beatrix the 2022 Toyota Highlander, and Marion the 1979 Trillium Trailer. Photos by Bill and Kate Poss Bishop, CA A week ago on April 11 wind gusts of 60+ mph sandblasted Beatrix, coating every surface in thousands of pinpricked raised dots. Oh no! We thought we’d need our windshield replaced. More about this later Earlier in Bishop on that day we were caressed by the increasingly strong wind. Bill said it felt like he was charged up on high voltage. His smile reflected that. It could be the smile came from…

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Hello readers.This is the first in our ‘On the Road’ series of 2022, featuring the adventures of Beatrix the Toyota Highlander, and Marion, our vintage Trillium Trailer. While I’m typing this, I am holed up in Marion with all the windows closed. There are ferocious 65 mph wind gusts blowing skin-abrading sand and gravel through our Keough’s Hot Springs Campground, just south of Bishop. —Kate Poss photos Whidbey Island to Millersylvania State Park We left home at 8:47 AM on April 1 in Beatrix, our new 2022 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Her odometer reading started the trip at 1685. We’re glad…

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The South Whidbey School Farms program is a win-win for South Whidbey students who benefit from learning farm and cooking skills and the young AmeriCorp adults who teach them while gaining experience for future employment. It is heartening to meet the team of five clear-eyed, thoughtful, and down-to-earth twenty-somethings who say their lives have been enriched by their experience so far. How could they not be? They work in one of the best programs on the island founded by Cary Peterson, who influences those around with her with an optimistic outlook and a willingness to joyfully work in the garden.…

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Note: Kate Poss traveled to New York earlier in March to visit and receive treatment for arthritis from her friend Linda Hanson. Linda Hanson and her client Nicole added clarifying additions to this story. Earlier this month I visited a long-time dear friend I’ve known since we were five years old, first meeting as playmates in 1960 in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Sixty-two years later, Linda Hanson is a New York State-based physical therapist who also practices CranioSacral Therapy,  Feldenkrais® Method. and Child’Space Chava Shelva Method. These health-enhancing modalities, complimenting her 40+ year physical therapy practice, have been a part of…

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Mike Gallion is the kind of guy you always hope to find when your chainsaw needs repairing. Living on Whidbey Island part time since 1948, and full time since 1959, Mike has earned a reputation as the go-to man for repairing small engines. With his long white hair, his green coveralls sporting a patch with his name Mike in red letters, and his penchant for telling stories, Mike Gallion is a man’s man. His numerous sheds of all things tools and parts, his yard of old trucks, landscape machinery, and abandoned cars, all serve to create a backdrop of endless…

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Performing during Langley’s Mystery Weekend last February gave seventh grader Anja Bentsen a chance to practice tunes she had been working on for months. Later this month she will record her songs in a studio. “It felt better to busk with people I knew and not just by myself,” Anja said of sitting with her friends outside the Clyde Theatre while she sang and played guitar, and they accompanied her on drums and maracas. “We got $7.” Anja’s song writing and recording her first CD at Bear Creek Studio in Woodinville are also part of her middle school curriculum.  Her…

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Locals may know Jeremiah Donier as the friendly and helpful library assistant at the Langley Library. They may not know that, as of March 1, he became the National Family Impact Program Manager with Parents for Parents. Parents for Parents is a program run by the Children’s Home Society of Washington, which was founded in 1896. Historically the society focused on foster care. In recent years, it transitioned to keeping families together through early investment in child and family well-being.  “They’re scared when foster care happens,” Jeremiah said of parents who face having to give up their children. “A parent…

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Nearing completion, the first cottage in a tiny house village will provide affordable shelter to qualified low income workers on South Whidbey Island. The village, located across from the South Whidbey Community Center, represents a five-year effort of volunteers, donation of goods and services, permitting with the City of Langley, and help from high school students. Tiny Houses in the Name of Christ, or THiNC, began as an idea in 2017, and is the first tiny home village to be approved in Island County. The plan for each of the nine, 264-square foot homes contains a bedroom, bathroom, and living…

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