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Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands

  • Written by David B. Clark

A map of the Salish Sea can look like the early phases of a Jackson Pollock painting. With the blue of the water set as a canvas, a scattering of seemingly unconnected islands acts as paint blotches. Yet, nestled northeast, as close to Canadian waters as you can get while staying stateside, is the collection of San Juan Islands.

Getting to the San Juan Islands can be remarkably difficult during the summer. Drawn by the almost definite months of unaccustomed sunshine, tourists and locals both scurry from the mainland inevitably jamming busy ferry lines.
Yet, there’s a clear cut and quick way north that nixes the chaos and saves money and time while offering a truly unique experience. In lieu of rolling around to Anacortes and waiting hours to hopefully snag a spot for your vehicle, passengers can hop on Clipper Vacations’ catamaran from Seattle that will land you directly in Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands major hub and jumping point for endless activities. Additionally, Clipper offers package deals providing accommodations through three partners: Friday Harbor Suites, Earthbox Inn & Spa, and Friday Harbor House. Leave the car at home and enjoy a break from the headache-inducing traffic.

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Father’s Day Is an Opportunity to Ask Dad About His Health

  • Written by Catherine Field, Intermountain Region Market President, Humana
With Father’s Day coming up, many of us are looking forward to this day of celebration when we can express our love and gratitude for all that Dad has done for us over a lifetime. Those of us with fathers in their golden years may find that Father’s Day becomes more poignant with each passing year, as the person we have always depended on now turns to us more and more often for help and support.
 
As the dynamic between parent and child shifts, it can sometimes be difficult to talk with our fathers about the new challenges that arise with aging. Whether we talk with our fathers in person or by phone or video chat, our conversations can often dance around difficult subjects – or we may avoid them altogether, figuring that we can wait until we find the “right time” to talk. But as some of us learn the hard way, if we keep waiting for the right moment, sometimes it’s too late.
 
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5 Tips for Selling Homes With Pets

  • Written by Blue Team: Ashley Farrington & Michelle Blue, Windermere Woodinville

We love our pets so make sure you minimize the stress of the home sale process on them and, at the same time, maximize your home sale price by managing their impact on your sale. 

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Spring Vegetable Bulger Salad with Fresh Peas

  • Written by 21 Acres
Now that the weather is warming if you need hearty recipes that don’t heat up the kitchen, give this one a try using peas from Alvarez: Spring Vegetable Bulger Salad. 
 
Make it ahead on the weekend and take it for lunch during the week. Or, enjoy ready-made dinner to grab on the way out to the evening’s activities.  This recipe is good eaten with a fork, or stuffed inside a pita for easy eating.  Most of the ingredients can be found in the Farm Market produced by local, sustainable farms.
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Understanding the Real Impacts of Student Loan Default

  • Written by Take Charge America
The student loan crisis has reached epic proportions. As college tuition continues to rise, student debt is following suit – and so is the rate of default. The Institute for College Access and Success reports that a staggering 8.5 million borrowers were in default as of June 30, 2017.
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