The morning of December 27, 2022 brought a king tide to Washington State’s Puget Sound. A storm surge caused by a deep low-pressure system raised the water level by a further two feet. The resulting tidal anomaly caused significant coastal flooding, including around Whidbey Island in Island County, Washington, where many homes have been built on beaches and sand spits. Many of these low-lying communities were impacted, some residents had to be evacuated, and homes and businesses suffered water damage. Roads were closed in places. Fortunately, there were no reports of loss of life. Continue reading An Imperfect Storm
Looking quickly over her shoulder, she smiled, leaned forward, and said quietly “Yeah, and they keep having to take them down and put new ones up. When I came in this morning the ladder was up again and I thought ‘uh oh, who’s gone now?'” Continue reading Stocking up, stocking down
Although animal agriculture is a major contributor to the degradation of Washington State’s Puget Sound ecosystem. While the proposed solutions address dealing with its consequences, there has been no attempt to tackle the problem at source by reducing the number of cows. Continue reading Surf or Turf?
This is a guest post by my grandfather, Richard Lovie, written in the days following the Armistice on November 11th, 1918. Looking through some old photographs, I found his notebook from those days. He was serving in France at the … Continue reading Armistice Day, 1918
Just before 9/11 I had fallen from my bike and had stitches in my lip. To my embarrassment, everyone I passed running assumed I was a survivor and nodded gravely. Continue reading 9/11
So why now did I want to become a US Citizen? Perhaps because in Donald Trump’s America my definition of freedom of speech or right of assembly might at some point intersect with the Administration’s definition of felony, for which I could be deported to Boris Johnson’s Brexit Britain, where my UK passport would no longer give me right of abode in continental Europe. Continue reading Ferry to America