Author and spiritual leader Marilyn Sewell will talk about her new memoir, Raw Faith: Following the Thread. Marilyn writes about a universal longing — the longing for love and acceptance, the longing for home. Marilyn lost her mother at age nine when her father took her to live with his parents in a small town in North Louisiana. She didn’t get reacquainted with her mother until she was 33, when her mother was dying of cancer. Having grown up with no real home, she looked for home in the arms of men, in schools and churches, and in marriage. These places served as a temporary refuge, but for the most part, home eluded her. She was sustained throughout her journey by her faith and her understanding that she was held by something larger than herself. Her wandering taught her at last that home is not a place, not even with people she loves and who love her, but is rather a condition of the spirit. Home is always available, as she puts it, “if I can quiet my scared heart.”
Marilyn Sewell is Minister Emerita of the First Unitarian Church in Portland. She writes regularly for Huffington Post's religion page. She teaches at Attic Institute, a local resource for writers, and also at Maitripa, a Buddhist college. Currently she's writing flash fiction.
This event is FREE and open to the public. It's at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.Google Plus One Facebook Like
Submitted by Warren Miller Entertainment
This fall, Warren Miller releases its 65th film, No Turning Back. The newest installment celebrates the 65 years of mountain culture and adventure filmmaking that has led Warren Miller to every end of the winter world. Warren Miller’s annual film tradition marks the beginning of colder weather, winter exploration and premier cinematography. Come experience the stoke with Warren Miller and revel in winter’s heritage as we push the boundaries in Niseko, Japan, the Swiss Alps, Montana, France and more. See athletes Ingrid Backstrom, Seth Wescott, Sierra Quitiquit, Rob Kingwill, Oystein Aasheim and others carry on the legacy in winter sports storytelling.
Warren Miller’s No Turning Back shows in Olympia at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, November 14. Two showings are scheduled at 6:30 and 9:30pm. Click here for all show info.
Since he began creating films in 1949, Warren Miller has known that as skiers and riders, there’s no need to look back—instead, we continuously drive to keep our edge and chase the snow. Because whether it’s Josh Bibby and Tyler Ceccanti carving turns on Mount Olympus in Greece or Kaylin Richardson breaking trail in Norway, these athletes pray for storms and seek mountain thrills for the same reason snow lovers have for decades: sheer delight.
“Everywhere we go, Warren Miller Entertainment finds people who have dedicated their lives to the mountains,” says Producer Josh Haskins. “Every location we shoot at, from the smallest local hills to the top of Alaska’s Chugach, speaks to skiers and snowboarders because, at the end of the day, all we need are some steep slopes and some snow to cover them.”
No Turning Back continues the tradition, taking a legacy that dates back to before skis had edges, and running with it around the globe, to the top of the world’s highest peaks to the mom-and-pop hills that define skiing and riding and back again. Join Warren Miller in welcoming this winter season, and remember this year there’s No Turning Back.
By Katie Hurley
Two of the surest signs of fall are here… piles of pumpkins adorning the entrances at locally owned Ralph’s Thriftway and Bayview Thriftway, and the large variety of colorful pumpkins, squash and gourds inside their produce departments. Whether you plan to use them in your fall décor or as the star of sweet or savory fall dishes, this is the time you’ll find the best and most colorful selection.
Kabocha squash, also sometimes called Japanese pumpkin, looks like a bumpy dark green pumpkin. The flesh is smooth and sweet, with a chestnut-like flavor when cooked. A whole kabocha squash doubles as a cooking vessel in a simple soup recipe that takes minutes to assemble and
Kabocha Squash Soup
1 kabocha squash
1 leek (white and light green part only), thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 sprig fresh rosemary
5 fresh sage leaves
2 T grated parmesan cheese
2-3 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
Rinse and dry the squash and then cut out a lid as you would if you were going to carve a pumpkin. Scrape out the seeds and stringy pulp and discard them. Set the squash in a baking dish with sides (in case the stock leaks out of the bottom of the squash). Add the leek, garlic, rosemary, sage and parmesan. Top with the stock, leaving about 1” of space between the top of the liquid and the lid. Put the lid back on and bake in a 400 degree oven for 60-75 minutes, or until the squash inside is very soft. Ladle the stock into a bowl, discarding the rosemary sprig and sage leaves. Use a spoon to scrape the squash into the bowl. Add additional stock if desired. Top with additional grated parmesan to taste. This soup can also be pureed with a stick blender or in a food processor to make a smooth, thick soup.
Pumpkin has become a seasonal staple in everything from pies to scones to lattes. Pumpkin waffles are a great breakfast, but they also make an excellent dessert. For breakfast, top these Pumpkin Waffles from Miss Laura’s Kitchen with butter and pure maple syrup or some warm applesauce. For dessert, cut large waffles into quarters and top each quarter with a scoop of dulce de leche ice cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce and some chopped toasted pecans.
Butternut, acorn or delicata squash are all great to have on hand to add to your menu. Cut them lenghthwise, scoop out the pulp and seeds and place them cut-side down on a greased baking sheet. Roast at 350 until the skin is easy to pierce with a fork and the flesh is tender, about 25 minutes for delicata or acorn squash and up to 50 minutes for a large butternut squash. Scoop the squash out and mash it with a little butter and desired seasonings. A dash or two of chipotle powder and a pinch of salt makes a smoky, spicy, creamy side dish.
516 W. 4th Ave., Olympia
1908 E. 4th Ave., Olympia
By Cara Bertozzi
Dan Baxter, a veteran and small business owner, has learned through experience not to take his current success for granted. Today, he is running an in-demand carpet cleaning business, DKB Restoration, and has a beautiful family with two children. However, he has navigated a spectrum of highs and lows both professionally and medically, and he has a story of perseverance to share in hopes of encouraging others who are enduring hard times.
Dan joined the Army and was assigned to the Infantry following his high school graduation in 1994. At this young age, he was able to travel extensively and had many rewarding experiences. He escorted VIPs, including former President Jimmy Carter and General Colin Powell, during his time in Haiti and worked for former President Bill Clinton’s security detail team as well.
Another memorable Army assignment was to Bosnia, where Dan worked with the Secret Service. His unit partnered with the FBI to arrest a terrorist assassin in that country, an achievement for which he received an award. Amazingly, he also broke his leg during that deployment but continued to walk on it for five months until returning to the States, where it was casted. This was to be the first of a number of challenging injuries that tested Dan’s mental ability to deal with setbacks.
In 1998, Dan left Active Duty for the Reserves and transitioned to civilian life. A few years later, his path took an unexpected turn when the car he was driving was hit by a drunk driver, shattering his kneecap. Dan worked hard to rehab his knee, and it was around that time that he accepted a position in management at a carpet cleaning business. He couldn’t have predicted it, but caring for and restoring carpets in his clients’ homes and businesses to improve their appearance and increase their functionality as passive air filters would become his passion.
After working for only three months in this new role, however, Dan blew a disc in his back and found himself in the vulnerable position of being unable to walk. With a six-month waiting list to get into the Veterans Affairs hospital system, Dan struggled to get the care he needed to recuperate. He and his wife sold everything they had and held signs at the street corner when they were particularly desperate to make their rent.
Dan says this difficult time was clarifying for the couple. His wife is also disabled. They learned the true differentiation between needs and wants and were exposed to a lot of criticism and shame for not being able to effectively meet their own needs. Experiencing this type of instability heightened their sense of empathy.
Fortunately, the Baxters belonged to a generous church community that helped to meet their tangible needs in addition to providing emotional and spiritual support. There were countless moments when they feared eviction, and then, someone would send them just the amount they needed to get through that month.
Finally, with the help of a civilian chiropractor, Dan was able to literally get back on his feet and returned to work after a year of unemployment. He took a job in management at Burger King and began to rebuild his savings. This time, Dan determined to embody the lessons he had learned from his lean times. Like many people who have had to rely on others for help, he was eager to again be in the position to reach out a hand to assist others.
After some soul searching, Dan decided to save up to start a business of his own. The flexibility was appealing, and he liked the thought of being able to hire other people who needed work and give them purpose and stability. He had enjoyed working as a carpet cleaner, and it became his long-term goal to start his own carpet restoration business. Dan gradually got this dream off the ground by taking small jobs while retaining his full-time job at Burger King. However, after only three months, he was getting enough orders to resign from Burger King and strike out on his own. It required another leap of faith by the Baxters, but the timing felt right.
Today, business is booming at DKB Restoration, and there is no lack of available work because of his reputation as a high-quality service provider. This September was three times as busy as the same period last year. In fact, Dan has filed a petition with the state to hire more employees and add another cleaning truck to his fleet. Through it all, the Baxters remain committed to remembering their journey and using their trials to inspire and encourage others. As Dan likes to say, “Everything happens for a reason, and you can trust God to take care of you and not give you more than you can handle.”
No matter your personal faith system, the Baxters are proof that you should never give up when things seem bleak because a better day may be just around the corner.
DKB Restoration can be reached at 360-688-4392 or by visiting their website.
Friday, October 17th, doors at 8pm
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Discover the enchanted world of the fairy folk at Tumwater Timberland Library's annual extravaganza! Dress in a fairy folk costume and enjoy a fairy tea and activities so exciting they're magical. Dancers from Ballet Northwest will also be performing two dances from the Nutcracker ballet. Free tickets will be available at the Tumwaterlibrary information desk beginning Friday, October 31. The library is normally closed at this time and will be open only for the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tumwater Timberland Library.Google Plus One Facebook Like
Celebrate National Novel Writing Month by starting that novel you've always wanted to write! The Tumwater Timberland Library will provide a quiet space, free from distraction, in a supportive and focused environment. Stop in and get to work!Google Plus One Facebook Like
Celebrate National Novel Writing Month at Tumwater Timberland Library! Local author Lindsay Schopfer offers a three-part writing class. In part one, he discusses how a great story must start strong to get the reader’s attention. Each novel’s beginning must be a balancing act of description, backstory, and action. Participants will learn how much backstory to include in their novel, how to identify essential establishing information, and how to effectively drop their readers into the action. Attendance at all three classes is not required. Part 2 of the series will be on 11/15, with Part 3 on 11/22.Google Plus One Facebook Like
Submitted by FORMA Construction
FORMA Construction Company has named Ned Owens of Olympia the company’s new chief financial officer. Owens succeeds Harvey Hanson, who will be retiring from FORMA this December after a 27-year tenure.
As CFO, Owens will provide leadership, oversight and direction for the financial operations of the $125 million company.
Owens comes from McGladrey LLP, the fifth largest accounting, tax and consulting firm, following 13 years in McGladrey’s Olympia and Seattle offices as a tax and audit associate and manager. Prior to his tenure at McGladrey, Owens was an ocean import representative for Expeditors International, in Kent, Washington.
After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College in 1995, Owens was awarded a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Seattle University and a Master of Science in Taxation (MST) from Golden Gate University.
Owens is a certified public accountant and a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
An Olympia native, Ned and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of three children. Owens enjoys hunting, swimming, skiing, tennis and music. He is a member of the Olympia Rotary Club.
To learn more about FORMA, visit www.formacc.com.
By Gail Wood
“If it wasn’t for this,” Asman said as she looked around at students practicing martial arts, “I’d be home reading a book. I like drama a lot. And this gave me the confidence to do it.”
“I was really, really shy when I was little,” Asman said. “This brought out a lot of confidence in me in a fun way.”
Her story is a common one.
Legrand Jones, a sophomore at Capital High School, began taking classes at USMAC six years ago when he was in fifth grade. Like Asman, he had something he wanted to overcome.
“For me, what they helped me with a lot was the idea of self-control and discipline,” Jones said. “I used to have a lot of anger management issues.”
“It’s helped me a lot,” Jones said. “I’ve enjoyed it.”
The emphasis at USMAC isn’t learning how to slap kick or punch. That’s the lure, the attraction. The emphasis is teaching respect and learning discipline. Each week, students bring a report card from their parents, not their teachers. Students are graded on things like how they behaved, how they clean they kept their rooms and information about their performance in school.
“The biggest thing I get out of it is what they teach you,” said Aaron Field, a junior at Capital.
There are five tenants that USMAC teaches.
“There’s indomitable spirit, integrity, confidence and self-control,” Field said. “That confidence carries over to school. I’m very confident when it comes to presentations or public speaking. I don’t think I would have had that if I hadn’t taken taekwondo.”
Three years ago, Aaron Kioshi, now a junior at North Thurston High School, got involved with martial arts at USMAC when his mom got a coupon to the center for a free lesson. He went once and got “hooked.”
“That first day, there was all this energy,” Kioshi said. “Everyone was really happy and ready to go. It was fun. Everyone was wanting to do it.”
His martial arts experience has helped Kioshi develop his coordination and confidence as an athlete. Now, he’s turning out for football at North Thurston and he plans to turn out for wrestling for the first time this winter. He will also run track again in the spring. Right now, he comes to USMAC on Wednesdays after football practice.
“The first rule is to never use your martial arts to hurt anyone,” Kioshi said. “It’s all to defend yourself. It’s all about respecting others. It’s never about going out and causing trouble.”
For kids who are shy, it teaches them confidence. For kids who are more aggressive, it teaches them restraint, how to hold back and respect others. And that is the emphasis. It’s not just learning how to kick box and combat, it’s about learning respect.
Saehee Kwak, a junior at Capital, has been going to USMAC for three years. Her experience as a junior instructor and in her own workouts is a stress reliever.
“I get a lot of stress from school,” Kwak said. “I come here and go home happy.”
Kwak moved to Olympia from Korea in 2011 and she said she didn’t know any English. Her experience at USMAC has helped in her transition.
“I’ve learned how to be confident, to speak up, to answer with confidence, showing who I am,” she said.
The ultimate goal of USMAC is building tomorrow’s leaders today. The focus is more on building character than building punch power.
“The things we teach all lead someone to be a strong leader in the community,” said Debbie Winters, project manager with USMAC. “We have ten home rules for children. The first one is to show respect to your parents and family members. Our focus is more on character.”
On Saturday, about 700 students from across the Northwest with similar stories will compete in the annual Governor’s Cup at Saint Martin’s University. Black belt sparring begins at 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon board breaking and sparring continues.
Kioshi won’t be able to judge at Saturday’s Governor’s Cup competition. He’ll be in Tacoma at a conference for deaf students. He knows sign language and works with deaf children.
“That’s fun, too,” Kioshi said.
Winds are blowing. Dark nights are settling in early. Rain drops are falling hard and frequent. It must be October – and therefore time for some frightful (or fright-less) fun. Harvest festivals, Halloween parties, pumpkin patches, and freaky haunted houses are all on the agenda for the weekend. Use our full event calendar to plan your activities or skim through our highlights below.
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It’s been 13 years since Harley-Davidson has introduced an all-new model. This spring, the company introduces the 500cc and 750cc Street. This new bike is aimed at younger, more urban riders and has a price point to match. Starting at $6700, the Street is within reach of younger riders who love the Harley brand, but aren’t yet ready for the price tag on some of the larger bikes.
The Street is described as a smaller, more nimble bike that can handle the roughness of urban streets with specialized suspension. The smaller design means it’s lighter with an instant throttle response, a plus for urban riders handling heavier traffic and multiple stop and go situations.
Julio Valdenegro, for one, is thrilled to see the Street hit the floor at Northwest Harley-Davidson. The co-owner has worked at the Lacey dealership since 2001 and is looking forward to the impact this new model will have. “We’ll see a new type of buyer for this bike,” shares Valdenegro, “and we are looking forward to a new generation of Harley riders in the store.”
Conspicuously absent from the Street is the large amount of chrome typically seen on most Harleys. This “blacked-out” style adds to the urban appeal as does the more neutral riding position, providing comfort and stability.
The Street is made in Kansas City, Missouri and showcases the top quality you’d expect from Harley-Davidson. And with the two engine sizes and many customization options, the Street gives buyers a lot of choice.
Want to check out the new Harley-Davidson Street 500 and Street 750 for yourself? Visit the Lacey shop where the always friendly experts on staff can show you the Street in person.