Pumpkin spice cupcakes

The best (and strangest) pumpkin spice things you can actually buy this fall

Pumpkin spice season is in full swing. It's officially fall, it's October, it's chilly out, it's football season, Halloween is approaching . . . . How many reasons do you need to order that PSL or any other product that's fine on its own but even finer with a dollop of pumpkin spice added to its...
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Corn Maze

Where to get lost in a corn maze around the sound this fall

Supported by The last time I visited a corn maze, my son was maybe five years old. We entered, walked about 50 feet down the path between two walls of giant cornstalks, and he looked up at me with skepticism in his eyes. "Dad, I don't like this," he said. "Can we go back?" It was a...
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Where to celebrate Oktoberfest around the Sound and throughout the state

Supported by If you ask me, nothing takes the gloom out of the beginning of fall like a hot, spicy brat slathered in brown mustard and a frosty stein of Bavarian beer. Or rather, bier . It’s the only time non-stop oom-pah-pah music makes sense to me, too. I’ve got some German in me,...
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UFOs among us, baseball all over, music in the air: Around the Sound this weekend

Supported by There's something about the humble but blossoming town of Burien that seems to make it the perfect spot to have a UFO festival . As the Seattle area continues to grow and lose some of the quirkiness that used to be a signature of our part of the world, we need places...
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Young John and an old radio

Happy National Radio Day!

Supported by Radio fascinated me from the time I was a little kid. I noticed how on summer nights my dad leaned in to the hi-fi in the family room to hear every moment of a Tigers baseball game through the crackle of the static on WJR-AM in my hometown of Detroit. I first heard The...
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Edgar Martinez

Baseball, block parties, outdoor summer concerts -- around the Sound this weekend

Come on, let's show some love to Edgar Martinez this weekend! The Mariners have declared it Edgar's Hall of Fame Weekend, so no matter how the team is playing, you've got a great reason to hang out with the family at T-Mobile Park. Here's the weekend rundown: Seattle Mariners Friday 7:0pm, Saturday...
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Blue Angels

Blue Angels, world-class art, baseball, food, music, fun -- around the Sound this weekend

It's going to be a noisy, busy, fun-filled weekend around the Sound. The hydro races on Lake Washington, the Blue Angels above Lake Washington, the big Seattle Art Fair at CenturyLink Event Center (you can thank the late Paul Allen for that one) and sports, music and food all over the place. Where...
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Art on a wall

Art, baseball, biking at night, and a big parade -- around the Sound this weekend

Maybe you've picked up on the fact that I'm an artist -- I paint. So I'm excited about two big art events this weekend: In Bellevue, they turn the parking garage at Bellevue Square into an art extravaganza that's really quite spectacular. And in my own neighborhood -- West Seattle -- they line up...
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Me and my art at Circa in West Seattle

Where to see John's art on display in West Seattle

I'm a painter. Not the house-painting kind of painter; the hang-it-on-the-wall kind of painter. I started a couple of years ago, and I love doing it. I've sold some of my stuff at art fairs and local art walks, which is nice. It's very gratifying to think that someone wants to spend their hard-...
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#Bottlecapchallenge Jeanne Ashley Style

Supported by I've never been tempted to try an internet challenge. There was no way I was ever going to attempt to eat a spoonful of cinnamon in under 60 seconds or see how long I could plank. But the latest challenge seemed to be something that's right up my liquor aisle, I mean...
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