Pat's View: Marriage is a good idea, even if somebody else suggests it

by Pat Cashman

“Marriage is like a dull meal with the dessert at the beginning.” Henri, Comte de Toulouse-Lautrec, French painter (1864-1901)

Someone once asked a famous WW2 general, “What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?”
He replied, “To marry the girl I did.”
“And who gave you that advice?”
“She did.”
My wife gives good advice. And so it came to be that on an October day many moons ago, she decided that we should get married. While I was crazy about the woman, I had cold feet. She suggested thicker socks. That seemed to do the trick.

The wedding was to take place in a beautiful catholic church here in the Northwest. Unfortunately, the beautiful Catholic Church was yet to be built---and so the service was set for the parish’s temporary quarters: A school gymnasium.

Further mention of that gymnasium in a moment.

It seems like in recent years, a number of my acquaintances maintain that the idea of getting married has become rather quaint. What used to be called “tying the knot” has changed to “tying the square knot.” According to them, it just isn’t very hip.

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At Large in Ballard: Dinner Party on Whidbey Island

The weekend when a solar storm created the possibility of Northern Lights a Ballard friend invited me to her house on Whidbey Island for the weekend.

The ensuing weekend was a social whirl with a large cast of artists and former Ballardites now meeting to “collage” together and prepare food grown in gardens overlooking Puget Sound. Over a dinner that included gigantic Romano beans and pickled plums the host Tom Blumer shared something he thought might be of interest to his Ballard guests.

“We had a bit of disaster when we were in Ballard for a dinner party night before last,” he said by way of introduction.

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Photo by Peggy Sturdivant.
Tod Gangler and Charles Berger.

At Large in Ballard: Dusk to Dawn Love Letter to Ballard

by Peggy Sturdivant

After attending the opening of the Nordic Heritage Museum’s new photography exhibit “The Color of Time,” with Ballard as its subject, I was torn about how to do it justice. “Are you going to write about it?” neighbor and original NHM member James Hafterson called out to me after the event, “because I think it’s the best exhibit I’ve ever seen there.”

For the last four years Tod Gangler has been walking through the streets of Ballard at night, a neighborhood he thought that he already knew, using tri-color photography and a color carbon printing process that returns to the origins of photography circa late 1800s France. Like Daguerre in his day Gangler photographs with long exposures, as long as an hour at a time, for each of three separate black-and-white photographs which he later prints through a process that takes eight days (after having a single negative made in Portland).

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