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Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers will perform at 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road in Quilcene. The show is part of the ongoing Concerts in the Woods series. Entry to the all ages show is by donation. T"his will be the third appearance of Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers in Coyle," said Norm Johnson, series organizer. " I love having them play here because they not only have such an authentic blues sound but also they have so much fun playing it. That energy and joy is contagious and quickly spreads to the audience who then goes home feeling that same way. My favorite song of Michele's is 'Dress Code' that contains the line, 'We don't wear spandex in the blues.'" For more information, visit coyleconcerts.com. more
An obligatory box of chocolates or bouquet of roses given this Valentine’s Day may be a romantic gesture, but one therapist said it shouldn’t be limited to just one day a year. “I think finding those ways to give each other acknowledgment and affirmation of their connection” year-round is essential, said Craig Isenberg, a licensed marriage and family therapist. “Even having a holiday, it seems less sincere at times.” Holidays can be detrimental to romantic relationships, Isenberg said. more
Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to flex your writing skills and treat your loved one to a heartfelt letter. But writing one isn’t as easy as it sounds. How do you convey your most complex and inner emotions in a clear, concise and sincere way? Anna Quinn, a Port Townsend author and owner of the Writers’ Workshoppe, said the first thing to do is to look for inspiration from famous love letters of the past. Quinn provided some examples. more
A well-handwritten word can convey warm emotions and romance in ways print simply cannot. “There is nothing like getting something handmade,” said Rebecca Wild, a professional calli-rapher who lives in Port Townsend. “There is nothing like taking your words and putting them into something beautiful. There is nothing like opening an envelope that has a real handwritten card and a message that is not just manufactured but built by hand.” While the art of handwriting may be thing of the past, that shouldn’t prevent people from crafting a handwritten valentine, Wild said. “Sit down and use your own handwriting,” she said. “No matter how insecure you feel about your handwriting, use it.” Wild finds writing out beautiful letters and words can bring a sense of well-being. more
When three Pacific Northwest poets arrived in Venice, it was during the worst flood the city had seen since 1966. more
Beckett Point, located on the eastern shore of Discovery Bay, is a serene little village where golden afternoon sunlight lights up the single street that meanders by houses on the waterfront. Off the beaten path, this location is well worth a brief jaunt to take in the views. more
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Like Francois Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows,” Mexican writer-director Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” employs black-and-white footage shot in sweeping, extended takes to evoke an almost documentary feel, even as he hearkens back to his own childhood. more
As an immigrant, Margie McDonald is appalled by the treatment of families who are trying illegally to cross the border from Mexico to the United States to seek asylum. more
For some, knowledge of their family tree can end just a few generations ago. That leaves an enigma Beverly Brice and Rene Rodgers love to solve. more
When John “Greyhound” Maxwell sings the blues, he is careful to choose songs he knows something about. more
When they perform on stage together, the chemistry between Kate Power and Steve Einhorn is undeniable. That’s because the two have been married for more than two decades.   more
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