From Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker Suite, premiered in St. Petersburg in 1892, to the GI’s who visited Germany’s “open aire markets” and saw the Steinbach nutcrackers. The soldiers brought the tokens home to “ward off evil”.
Today, nutcrackers are a holiday symbol in the United States, and not any more so than at Scott LeRoy’s home on Hollywood Hill. When walking into this home, you cannot help but be enchanted with the season. There is beauty, humor and not an ounce of discrimination. The nutcrackers of all sizes, ethnicities, creatures and even a Santa mouse nutcracker.
The Holiday season is a time of joy and peace. So why do people feel so stressed and chaotic or even lonely? It is easy to be focused on all of the tasks you have to get done, or places you have to visit, family you need to spend time with, and stuff to buy. For this season I am going to give you some tips on how to stay calm and peaceful through the end of the year rush.
On Good Friday, March 27, 1964 the most powerful earthquake in North American history shook Alaska for nearly five minutes. Two tectonic plates that had been grinding against each other for millennia finally caused a 600-mile fault to rupture. Fissures, landslides, and a chain of tsunamis ripped through the state. Soil liquification—a process that causes solids to behave like liquids—dropped entire expanses of land into the sea. Two little girls, Gretchen and Michelle, had just returned to their neighborhood of Turnagain in Anchorage after an afternoon of ice skating when they felt the ground rumble. They immediately ran up the stairs, seeking Gretchen’s mother.
“We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry” is a PBS television series hosted by award-winning journalist Ann Curry. The show explores some of the most harrowing moments in history and reconnects the individuals separated by these dramatic and life-altering events. “We’ll Meet Again” provides an intimate yet relatable look at how ordinary people’s lives are changed. The first season of the show highlighted the lives of those affected by war, the Civil Rights movement, and even the tragedy of 9/11. The second episode of the second season aimed in part to reconnect two little girls caught in the second largest earthquake in recorded history. Woodinville resident Gretchen Huizinga was one of those little girls.
Austin Mitchell, a junior at the Northshore’s North Creek High School, grew up surrounded by family members who have been involved in aviation in some form or other, so when the District launched an Introduction to Aviation class this school year, he signed up for it immediately.
“My great-great uncle served in World War II and flew B-17 bombers,” Mitchell said. “My grandfather worked for Lockheed Martin, and my father currently works for Boeing. Through my life I’ve had a history of aviation. Once I saw this class was available, I thought it would be the best thing to take it.”
Boxers have held Americans’ hearts as one of the most popular dog breeds for decades. Their brindle or faun colored coats aesthetically blend with their energetic and active personalities. Snub-nosed with wrinkled markings that lend an inquisitive look, these beautiful creatures have made the transition of German working dogs to the living rooms of thousands of families. Though their good looks and well-mannered behavior has made them a popular dog, they are not for everyone.
“Boxers are not like Labs,” said Northwest Boxer Rescue (NWBR) Vice President Chris Sperry. Sperry, who herself has had over ten Boxers throughout her life. “They believe that they’re humans. They don’t understand personal space,” said Sperry, laughing a little. NWBR is a non-profit organization that has made a commitment to help every abandoned or homeless boxer find the homes and medical care they need. NWBR works with a team of over 300 volunteers and veterinarians in collaboration with city and county groups. NWBR also strives to educate the public and help end animal overpopulation and needless suffering.