Pat's View: Ace Reporter

By Pat Cashman

My college sophomore nephew surprised me twice the other day. “Hey, Uncle Pat,” he said. “I want to feature you in a class assignment.” That was a surprise. And it caused me to wonder exactly what the assignment might be? Drop me from a tree to see if gravity is a real thing?

The second and bigger surprise was that the assignment was for his journalism class. Journalism? Didn’t that subject vanish from curriculums years ago? At the very least, some would say, it’s as relevant these days as taking a course in telegraph receiver repair.

But it turns out that journalism---even in the midst of being pilloried by the latest U.S. president and others---is nonetheless hot as a career choice. Even as traditional birdcage-liner newspapers are getting harder to find, many readers keep turning to them. Plus, their favorite publications (like this one) are also on-line. Then, that version can be printed for the birdcage.

Journalism was a key part of my own college experience. I was the editor of the school newspaper---taking bold editorial stands on hot campus issues---like why pizza had been dropped from the cafeteria menu.

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Jean Godden

I won't ever look at Seattle the same way again -- not after reading "Too High & Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography," a book that's just now available in paperback.

What I had not realized before stumbling onto this remarkable volume was how much Seattle's features have been changed. No other major city in the world has had such extensive man-made remakes in a comparatively short history. The city we see today looks vastly different from the one that Midwestern settlers found when they landed at Alki Point 165 years ago.

The author, geologist David B. Williams, chronicles Seattle's amazing transformation. He begins with a quick thumbnail account of the region's geology, taking us back 17 thousand years when glacier-driven forces carved the troughs we call Hood Canal, Lake Washington and Puget Sound.

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Teanna Gentry: Everybody wants to move here!

by Teanna Gentry

What a crazy market we are living in! The housing market that is. This week I was reading the Seattle Magazine and saw our little town of Burien was featured as a "Place to Live" in Washington. How cool! And this article just reaffirms what we are all seeing. Everyone is moving to Westside Seattle. Homes are getting 10-20 offers, selling in hours, and people are even paying in cold hard cash just to snag their prized house. From what I am hearing, it's not going to get any better. 

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