Déjà vu

Living on a small island like Lopez, it doesn’t take very long before you feel like you’ve been someplace before. There probably isn’t another Lopezian who has that feeling more than Jennifer Turunen. Her consignment clothing store is located in the exact spot she was babysat as a little girl in the 1960s – the…

Los Lobos

This week, in an effort to get our kids reacquainted with school after a long summer, my wife and I took our soon-to-be 1st and 3rd graders to the Lopez School playground. While there, I noticed a crew installing solar panels on the gym roof. Wondering what other new things are in store this school year, I dropped…

Food is Medicine

“I was a goner. They sent me home to die.” This is how Randall Waugh, founder of Chicaoji, started to tell me the story of the event that changed his life. In 2010, Randall’s liver failed. After preventing him from dying immediately, the doctors at St. Joseph Hospital gave Randall a few months to live,…

Be Their Guest

Anybody who has traveled by ferry to the San Juan Islands is familiar with this type of announcement over the ferry’s loudspeaker: “Would the owner of a white Volvo station wagon please report to the car deck.” It’s usually followed by the owner’s walk of shame down the ferry’s stairs, which is followed by their…