Book Review: The Paragon Hotel

Book Review: The Paragon Hotel

I really hate doing this, but it’s so bad. Mine is not a universal opinion, not even universal in my book club (though it is also not unique). But while I was interested in what was happening and kept turning the pages, the writing style was just way too much. And the plot was all …

New Neighbor Guide – Pierce Summer 2024

New Neighbor Guide – Pierce Summer 2024

Letter from the Publisher Welcome to the New Neighbors Guide! On behalf of the local community, we welcome you to Pierce County. Whether you’re here temporarily or for the long haul, we know you’re going to love our region. With our natural beauty, lakes, streams and forested trails, this is the perfect location for outdoor …

Interview: Gabriel Massan & LYZZA

Interview: Gabriel Massan & LYZZA

The audio-visual collaborators discuss world-building, identity and decolonising spaces in the digital and offline realms. Gabriel Massan and LYZZA both want to build new worlds, but it’s up to us to figure out how to navigate them. This shared conviction from the scene-defining CGI artist and DIY wunderkind is foundational to Third World, a multi-level, …

Painting sails

Painting sails

Heavy Weather (Ketch Angelique), 24X36, oil on canvas, framed, $3985 includes shipping and handling in continental US. That red buoy on the left is a nun. They mark the edge of the channel on the starboard side when a boat is heading in from the open sea. That tells us the ketch Angelique is heading …

New Neighbors Guide – Thurston Winter 2024

New Neighbors Guide – Thurston Winter 2024

Letter from the Publisher Welcome to the New Neighbors Guide! On behalf of the local community, we welcome you to Thurston County. Whether you’re here temporarily or plan to make this a permanent home, we know you’re going to love our region. With our natural beauty, lakes, streams and forested trails, this is the perfect …

What do you think plein air painting is?

What do you think plein air painting is?

Midsummer, 24X36, oil on canvas, $3,188 includes shipping and handling in continental US. This painting was completed on site over several days. “Do you have a good source for the definition of plein air painting?” a reader asked. “Can the painting be finished in the studio? Can it span a couple days in execution?” More …

Boba Tea Bringing Joy to Their Community

Boba Tea Bringing Joy to Their Community

Tammy Phan and her husband Timothy Yang grew up in the Tacoma area spending some of their first dates at boba tea locations. When the opportunity to open the franchise Bober Tea and Mochi Dough presented itself, they realized it was a wonderful combination of their desire to create joy with their love of boba …

The Harbor History Museum

The Harbor History Museum

Nestled on the Gig Harbor waterfront where Donkey Creek meets the bay, the Harbor History Museum is celebrating its 14th year of operation. Yet the Museum’s campus has a much deeper history, first as a village site of the sx̌ʷəbabš , or Swift Water People, a band of the Puyallup Tribe. In the early 1900s …