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 By Maggie Wilder    Opinion    April 3, 2024

A view from the Jenson Field neighborhood

Just beyond the deer fencing, lying between this old rotting house with fruit trees just as old, between these and a dense development, lies what used to be called a “vacant lot.” It might have been called a “swamp,” also, rather than a vestige...

 By Maggie Wilder    A & E    April 26, 2023

Seventy years since the Life Magazine article named the 'Mystic Painters'

I first met Guy Anderson in the La Conner post office, back when you could rent a box for peanuts. There, in the seventies, you had an equal chance of running into a local luminary, your neighbor (might be one in the same) or the person who shouted...


Bill Slater: An artist with a visionary eye

William Slater, known variously as Bill, Billy or Weeyum, lived among us here in the lower Skagit River area some forty years. He hailed from the other coast, an estuary that had been famously...


Some thoughts on mysticism

Computers are useless. They only give you answers. — Pablo Picasso Mysticism seems to focus on the questions, on wonderment and awe. In world religions, mysticism stands in contrast to fundamentalism. Not its opposite, for I don’t believe m...


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