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Healthy Living: Parasites
August 17th, 2022
By Nana: When I was six years old, I became very ill with flu-like symptoms. I was running a low-grade fever and could not hold down any food. I was “number four” in the birth order so my mother’s instincts were well-honed by the time I came along and she knew in her “knower” that something was radically wrong. ...
Anniversary Gifts that don't break the Bank
August 10th, 2022
By Alicia Olsen Have you ever said to your spouse or significant other, "Let's not give each other gifts for our anniversary this year?" Maybe you have a big trip, a remodel or another big expense that you use as an excuse to justify the fact that you don't need to buy gifts. Then as the day gets closer, you feel like you want to show your love in a tangible way, but maybe without breaking the ban...
Summer Math: Learning Together
August 3rd, 2022
By Stuart Jenner In addition to summer reading, as I wrote about recently, I would like to share some thoughts on summer math for both adults and students. Why both adults and students? The simple answer is  that everyone can benefit from review of math facts. The “investigations” and “discovery” techniques that have been widely employed over the past 25 years don’t emphasize extensive practice; i...
Grandma's Wisdom: Exercise
July 20th, 2022
Healthy Living Tips with Nana When I first went to a clinical nutritionist in my late thirties, my form of exercise was swim aerobics. I thought it was such a perfect form of exercise for me. I would drop my kids off at school and head for the local pool. The pool was located near two huge retirement homes, so the average age of the ladies attendees was somewhere in their eighties. (Ruth was the o...
Grandparenting: Memory Making
July 15th, 2022
By Tamera Duke The Fourth of July  has come and gone but so many wonderful memories were made!  The grandkids are always excited for the 4th of July at Mama and Papa‘s house!We started off the day with the annual “4th of July Breakfast” up the trail from us. Walking this trail reminds me of the small-town feel of our peaceful Three Tree Point neighborhood. The stunning views, the sound of the wave...
Rusty Nuts Car Show: 8/20/22
July 14th, 2022
The Rusty Nuts car show will take place August 20th, at The Bean of Seahurst. Type your new text here.......
Gregory Seahurst Summer Swim Lessons
July 13th, 2022
Gregory Seahurst is offering our last session of swim and tennis lessons open to the public. The session runs from July 18th to July 29th. M-F, Classes are 30 minutes and start at 11 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 12:30 pm. We offer preschool, stroke and turn, level 1, 2, and 3 and beginner tennis.Preschool is our youngest swimmers starting at 3 years old. Classes are progressive learning, meaning we...
Marriage: The Long Haul
July 13th, 2022
By Mark and Jan Yokers Have you ever wondered why, in an instant, your emotions can escalate from 0 - 10? Your spouse is late again for dinner and forgot to call you, so you open the door with a response of anger. Or, at a holiday gathering, you argue with your wife and then leave the conversation for the back patio to grill meat, and don’t talk to her for the rest of the day.     In 1915 American...
Grandma's Wisdom
July 6th, 2022
Healthy Living Tips from Nana I was so sick in my mid-thirties that the joy of life was getting sucked right out of me! I was exhausted and didn’t know why. I had no visible symptoms other than I was really, really tired and my back was giving me almost constant pain. My in-laws had started going to a clinical nutritionist and suggested I go too.  So, I did and finally got the answers to why I was...
Gift Ideas for the 4th!
July 1st, 2022
By Alicia Olsen Whatever you do this 4th of July, please don't bring those artificially-colored red, white and blue flowers from the grocery store as a hostess gift! Not only are they hideous, but they add unnecessary work to an already-busy host! Instead of getting drinks for the guests,  they now have to stop, find a vase, cut the flowers and find a place for them. So many hosts already have all...
Three Fathers and Four Generations of Hospitality
June 18th, 2022
For some of the readers, this story will be something you have tasted and experienced. For most it will not. For those who read this without any taste of its sweetness, I encourage you to embrace it and resist potential cynicism. For while this might not be what you experienced, it can be what you give to the next generation. Every legacy begins with a person of courage who chooses the highest and...
My Favorite Memory with Dad
June 17th, 2022
By Laurel Mercury My favorite memory with my dad was him letting me stand on top of his feet and dance with me when I was young. My dad was a musician from New York and played clarinet and sax with Glenn Miller’s secondary Air Force band around the country. As I grew older, I would go out dancing in nightclubs in Spokane with my dad when he didn’t have a band job lined up. I so cherished those tim...
The Art of Saving
June 16th, 2022
By Janice Hammond: Just like the short-term savings account that we talked about last week, the balance of your long-term savings account is determined by your personal comfort level. Many like to keep between $5K – 50K, depending on the individual. To refresh, once our short-term savings reaches your personal threshold, then anything additional gets swept into your long-term savings account.Once ...
Memories of our Fathers
June 16th, 2022
By Erwin Eykel In my 57 years of life, I have many great memories of my dad. One of the best memories is such a simple thing! When my brother and I were small kids, he would always watch Saturday morning cartoons with us after coming home from his graveyard shift. He would sit in-between my brother and me on the couch and would pretend to enjoy Scooby Doo! He would always nod off, but he was alway...
Memories of Our Fathers
June 15th, 2022
By Lauren Welch Was it the time I woke up to Dad holding a fan and wafting the smell of fresh donuts in my face?  Perhaps. Or was it the time that Dad came to my second grade classroom for show-and-tell and lit up the party with our basset hound, Bailey, along with an electronic keyboard (which was very high-tech in those days!)? Maybe. But I think my best memory with Dad was our day out for my te...
Ready for Father's Day?
June 15th, 2022
By Alicia Olsen Do you ever have a party to go to and you feel like you can't show up empty handed? I have this happen all the time, and that's why we opened Paper Delights in Burien! Whether you have 10 minutes before you need to be at the party or 10 days, we can help you find the perfect gift, wrap it, and you can even sit down and write in the card at our shop!        With Father's Day just ar...
Marriage: The Long Haul
June 10th, 2022
By Mark and Jan Yokers Marriage is like a marathon. It is definitely not a sprint. There are so many forms of bonding that take place when two choose to become one, that it takes a lifetime to build, nurture, and enjoy the relationship. This is also why any rupture of the relationship will have lasting negative effects. The energy put into developing a strong relationship plus the dedication for t...
The Most Important Account
June 10th, 2022
By far the most frequent question people ask me is, “What should I invest my money in?” This makes sense, right? I’m a financial advisor. It always surprises me a little bit because it seems to be the automatic go-to question, whether in a professional or personal setting.The first question I ask in return is, “How much money do you have in savings?” Basically, do you have an emergency fund, or wh...
The Joy of Youthful Nature Walks
June 9th, 2022
By Stuart Jenner Greetings! I will be writing about education and family–related topics for Gem of the Sound. Some of my writing will focus on local schools, other articles will focus on broader topics related to learning and families.I am writing my first story about a very inspiring elementary school student. The other day, this student got off the bus, and after walking a few dozen feet, he sto...
The Joys of Being a Grandparent in Burien
June 2nd, 2022
By Tamara Duke: I have lived in Burien for 30+ years. My husband and I moved down to Three Tree Point 19 years ago and we adore our sweet community here.I am a grandmother to 11 grandchildren, ages 6-15, (I am affectionately referred to as, “Mama”, “Nana” and “Grandma”). All 11 kids have been able to experience the beauty and fun that Burien has to offer. I have spent many years walking up Maplewi...