The difference between life in Oak Harbor and life back home in the Philippines is so profound that it’s difficult for Lorena Albert to describe. Albert grew up in Cabpangi, a small village within the rural farming town of Libungan in the Cotabato province, and didn’t come to the United States until she was 18. She’s lived in Oak Harbor on and off over the years and settled down in the city for good 16 years ago.
I spent all day Thursday in Seattle, visiting my daughter who teaches third grade at Queen Anne Elementary. Mount Rainier stood watch over the city with stunning strength and beauty, owning the landscape.
Dane Rauschenberg’s biggest rush used to be imagining himself as a counter-terrorism officer for the CIA. It’s a dream he chased most of his life and kept in his sights as he embarked on a new pursuit as a long-distance runner.
The popularity of the Whidbey Island Marathon and affiliate races is climbing to new heights this year. More than 3,100 people have registered for marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5K and 1K races, which is up from 1,749 last year.
Fernando Duran started living a dream in 2013. And he hopes it’s only the start of bigger things to come. Duran, a 31-year-old actor from Oak Harbor, got small parts in four feature films shot in the Puget Sound area last year.
After 25 years of defending clients in a court of law, Tom Pacher’s body and mind needed a break. One day, he turned to his wife and suggested an idea that was literally right before his eyes. Why not open a cigar shop?
Gas costs 10 cents per gallon, but on the drive home from filling the tank, a car may be delayed by cows crossing the road. Lanterns were the mode of lighting, even after the introduction of electricity, since it wasn’t on 24 hours a day. Trucks with benches passed as school buses and bartering for gas, eggs and chickens took the place of using money.