Revered Hall of Fame basketball coach and longtime Bothell resident Marv Harshman passed away on April 12 at age 95.
Bothell headlines the news lately with its award-winning designs for a revitalized downtown — an accomplishment most boast-worthy. Not only will Bothell’s new appearance sparkle, but the city’s cultural life will also shine brighter with the addition of a new neighbor.
Welcome to Bothell, Lenore Vardi, a renowned violinist who has performed at landmark New York City venues, played in chamber groups in Canada and London, recorded with Placido Domingo, jazz greats Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn and Tony Bennett and world-famous violinist, Itzhak Perlman. Lenore is also known for creating chamber music festivals. She remembers sailing up New York’s Hudson River to the Westchester Chamber Music Festival that she founded.
“I played a Bach cello suite on the violin on the boat ride up the Hudson,” she said, adding, “I closed my eyes and I’d get seasick, then opened them to see the waves, which was disconcerting.”
For all you “lazy bums” who would prefer curling up on the couch with a good book, instead of tending to your “to do” list, I applaud you!
Recently, I spent a week engrossed in 530 pages of “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. There was no way I was going to vacuum, run errands, write essays or fix dinner. I was hooked and couldn’t get enough of this page-turner.
We bookworms are so fortunate to have Bothell’s Sheryn Hara step up to the plate to organize this year’s Northwest BookFest. The festival, with the appropriate theme “It’s Raining Books,” will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2 in Kirkland.
In October 2010, Angie Strickland, owner of Bothell’s Hair Designers and The Hair Express, received news from her beauty-salon product supplier, Matrix, that her salons were chosen to “spread the love.” “Spread the love” is a warm, gentle phrase, but in this case, the words are packed with action and meaning for Angie, her salon stylists and our community.
In April, stylists at Hair Designers and The Hair Express volunteered their time and talents to help women from Eastside Domestic Violence, HopeLink Women’s shelter and several wives of Army soldiers from Fort Lewis who served in Afghanistan.
A phrase I often hear from hanging around publishers, publicists and authors are the words “create a buzz.” I had no clue what that meant and am just now realizing how important the phrase is.
It seems that writing a book is only a small part of the publishing journey. What’s important is that the author creates a buzz about his/her book way before it’s even completed. Here, we’ll create that buzz and highlight two authors from Frances Dayee’s manuscript critique class.
What’s the best way to describe my experience of being interviewed for “The Will,” an Investigative Discovery series on Cable Channel 271? Well, it’s like being stuck in an MRI machine, staring at the top of the less-than-roomy cylinder for 2 ½ hours. I’m not complaining, but wasn’t prepared when the French-Canadian camera man sat me on a small stool where I stared at a camera lens placed 12 inches in front of my face, surrounded by bright, eye-straining lights. Instead of the lens, I concentrated on the face of the director, a charming British chap. Charming British Chap (CBC) asked me many questions, which I tried to answer enthusiastically. After over an hour, I tended to “space” and forget the question, at which time, CBC called for a break and a do-over, saying, “Welcome to Hollywood, Suzanne!”
Delores “Dee” Dahl’s greatest lessons in writing have come from acting.
By interconnecting the arts, she concludes, “You are an instrument, like a piano! The 88 keys are your emotional range — from the darkest to the lightest notes of human nature.”
She says, “As an artist, you strive to use all those keys.”
The keyboard analogy has served her well throughout her life’s creative journey.
The University of Washington, Bothell (UWB) hosted the first African American Student Union (AASU) breakfast last month at the college’s North Creek Event Center.
The blessing of the event came in the form of musicians, clad in bright-colored traditional African garb, beating various drum rhythms to welcome UWB and Cascadia College students and staff. Seated at round tables, participants were invited to meet their neighbors. At our table was a homesick student looking for a connection, a young man from Senegal whose major is business and a high-school student filled with anticipation for a bright future.
Music settles deep into our souls, evoking emotions of sadness or joy, peace, comfort or an exuberant energy resulting in our bursting into dance. Bothell’s Michael “Mike” Matesky lives, hears and breathes music.
Anderson Cooper hosts his annual CNN Heroes award show where we television viewers get to witness amazing acts of kindness that affect many people around the world. Here at home, as we live our daily lives, we also meet heroes and guardian angels, who wouldn’t have a clue as to why we’re addressing them with such admiration. I call them “Angels in Everyday Places.” One person immediately comes to mind.
The iconic Pink Toe Truck joined Bothell’s Fourth of July parade for several years in the 1980s. During one parade, Mills Music band members even hitched a ride on it. If you missed seeing the Toe Truck in the parade, you probably saw it parked in full view as you exited from Interstate 5 onto Mercer Street.
Germany refers to the game of soccer as fussball (pronounced foosball), which makes a lot of sense since the ball is touched with the feet, unlike our American football where the quarterback passes with his hands to a receiver who, hopefully, catches it.
Sheryn Hara’s Book Publishers Network has remained a well-kept secret in our Northshore area … a treasure hidden among the antique shops, peacocks, roosters and restaurants in Bothell’s quaint Country village.
The wetlands at the University of Washington, Bothell and Cascadia Community College campuses serve as a serene place for the public to admire, for ducks, bald eagles and goldfinches to call home, for crows to roost and for salmon and trout to swim. There’s also an unseen bat population that Bothell’s wildlife biologist, Greg Green, is keeping an eye on … or an ear to!
Russell’s Restaurant (The Barn!) in Bothell welcomes the organization, Eastside Women in Business, which meets there the first Wednesday of each month. The organization provides a low-pressure, non-stressful venue where people enjoy each other as individuals and encourage each other in their business ventures.
Your “grandchild” calls from Canada desperately pleading for you to send him money. Do you send it? You receive a sweepstakes check in the mail for $500, but you must wire-transfer cash first to cover taxes. Do you do it? A charity calls and wants you to make a donation to its cause. Do you donate?
So, what does defeat look like? It’s 24 dejected American ice-hockey players receiving Olympic silver medals after the final game against the Canadians. With heads hung low, each player reluctantly extended his hand to the distinguished-looking men in the black suits draping medals around their necks, their lips mouthing a faint, “Thank You.” There were no smiles, no emotion, just a blank look of loss and devastation.
It’s a little after 5 p.m., and joining the rush hour with my husband, Don, and me, are hundreds, make that thousands, of crows flying overhead. We were driving west on 228th Street Southeast in Bothell when we spotted them. It appears they’ve come from Mill Creek, but where are they going?