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!

Note:–I am writing a story about scones on Whidbey Island for an upcoming edition of “Whidbey Life Magazine.” This week Bill and I visited a number of places that serve scones. Bill–The ‘Lord of the Scones’ as our son Raymo has dubbed him–is my discerning taster for this fun assignment. For Bill, a scone must be moist, have good crumb, be generous with its fruit or savory ingredients, and have just enough sugar to give it flavor. Given that I am über sensitive to gluten ever since March of 2020, it’s usually Bill who enjoys baked goods while I vicariously…

Read More

Volunteers outnumbered the folks they were there to serve at the Island Church of Whidbey, during the annual Point in Time count Jan. 25, where unhoused people trickled in throughout the day. The count was held at SPiN Cafe in Oak Harbor, Ryan’s House in Coupeville, and The Island Church of Whidbey in Langley—places where those without stable housing are likely to gather. Besides welcoming folks with warm clothes, food and personal care bags at the centers, Island County employees and trained volunteers visited camps where folks live to collect data. Annual Point in Time counts are mandated in each…

Read More

Note: all photos provided by Andre Feriante. I chatted with classical/flamenco guitarist Andre Feriante at Ott & Hunter Wines in Langley this week, and found his outlook on life and the musical world refreshing. His smooth shaven head and face—save for a slight mustache and soul patch, his calm eyes and manner of speaking, brings to mind a Buddha nature reflected in a man dedicated to the healing power of music. Besides playing and composing music, Andre writes poetry, collects hats, guitars, international stringed instruments—and creates photographs of his collection of die-cast vintage cars so they look life-sized in natural…

Read More

Nosework, also known as Scent Work, is a sport in which a dog fully relies on his own sense of smell, turning a dog’s favorite activity—using his nose—into a fun game. According to the American Kennel Club’s definition, scent work “…is a sport that mimics the task of working detection dogs to locate a scent (e.g., explosives or narcotics) and communicate to the handler that the scent has been found.” In training and in competition, dogs hunt in all the venues of professional working dogs: interiors, exteriors, vehicles, containers, water, and buried ‘hides.’ Georgia Edwards, has taught nosework classes for…

Read More

During this reflective month of January feelings of grief may come up, and our tendency may be to push them away. Charlene Ray, an interfaith minister, licensed independent clinical social worker, and counselor for grief and loss, believes we can learn from emotions we normally have a hard time facing. My husband Bill and I met Charlene at The Commons Cafe & Books on an overcast afternoon. She arrived wearing a cozy green cabled wool sweater she bought on one of her last trips to Ireland, which she considers a home for her soul. You might think that someone who…

Read More

This year marks the 10th anniversary of South Whidbey’s annual Point in Time Count to document the island’s unhoused population on central and south Whidbey. The Island Church of Whidbey, at 503 Cascade Avenue in Langley, will host the South Whidbey event Thursday, Jan. 25th, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Whidbey Westside, the Rotary needs volunteers to fill some two-hour volunteer shifts that are still available. Email Cliff Ridgway, club service director, for the Rotary Club of Whidbey Westside, at cdridgway@yahhoo.com. Bags containing personal items will be given to the Jan. 25 visitors.…

Read More

Note:  All photos by Kate Poss, except for the one taken by Rob Harris. Greetings from Morning Glory Lane. I’m in the second week of post-Covid symptoms–I have brain fog, lung and sinus congestion, loss of hearing, scent and taste. I now have compassion for what it feels like to have hearing loss–to hear words through what sounds like layers of wool in my ears. Meanwhile, we’ve had a cold spell with temperatures as low as 12° since Jan. 11, along with a bit of snow, graupel and ice. We’ve been keeping the neighborhood’s winged nation energized on these extraordinarily…

Read More

Today is Epiphany. In the Christian faith it celebrates the baptism of Jesus. It also celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the baby Jesus. Epiphany is also a word to describe a sudden insight. What insights do you have on this day? How do you see 2024 evolving and what can you do to make your own world better? Today is also the third anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Bill and I sat frozen in front of the TV that day, watching the PBS feed, feeling the fear of journalists and our Congress,…

Read More

Note: I came down with the latest variant of Covid Dec. 26, on the heels of my husband’s catching the bug Dec. 24. The virus knocked us flat, sending us to bed with achy joints and eyeballs, severe cold symptoms and fatigue. Glad to report I feel human today. Grateful our son Raymond and his partner Gino are here to care for us. Since I don’t have the bandwidth to write a story, I’ll share this one written for the Whidbey News Times, which ran on Dec. 27. Photos by David Welton unless otherwise noted–Kate When the Covid-19 pandemic shut…

Read More

Happy Holidays to all of you. I am sitting on our couch using our home’s wifi to type this story. It feels luxurious to be unhurried, home with our Ollie cat, have warm indoor bathrooms and an oven to bake in. We are grateful to Emily Moore, her mum Kristen Kogler and Emily’s boyfriend Lucas for their great care of our home, our cat Ollie, and our aging plecostomus Lazarus. We arrived home Dec. 15 after traveling for 13 weeks on the road. The last leg of this journey took us from Harris Beach State Park near Brookings, along the…

Read More