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Born to be wild (flowers): Three springtime delights in the desert

If spring wildflowers were people, they'd be a carefree lot, free spirits who don't set their alarm clocks and never check email. They'd toss their colorful heads with a mischievous catch-me-if-you-can dare, living by the seats of their pants. If they had pants. But they don't. They're flowers, born to be wild and au so naturel.

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Artist haven, foodie heaven: The tiny paradise of Edison

Edison nestles into the watery-green Skagit County farmlands like a lazy bend in the slough. At 11 a.m. on a Friday, you could be the only person walking around the old-fashioned storefronts and tangled, art-filled gardens. But foodie journals and lifestyle blogs have been discovering Edison for years now: a tiny hamlet (it’s not officially a town) filled with more artists, artisans and chefs than you’d think possible, yet still keeping its offbeat, dusty-saddle charm.

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Canada’s First Nations return to Vancouver

Wearing a woven cedar headband that distinguished her from the other boots-and-backpack-clad hikers, Candace Campo guided a walk in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, last fall, pointing out path-side huckleberries and blackberries. She stripped a soft piece of bark from a fraying cedar trunk to demonstrate how it can be used as fiber for clothing, and detailed how to extract vitamin C from western hemlock needles by steeping them in boiling water.

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Searching for chimpanzees in the Mahale mountains

The dhow slowly makes its way south down Lake Tanganyika, the Mahale Mountains in the background. The captain keeps the boat moving extra slow, and his crew hands me sodas to combat my motion sickness. We are halfway through an adventure trip trough Tanzania — and I am focusing on the horizon to squelch the queasiness.

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Playing Tchaikovsky: Kristin Lee on that famous violin concerto

Kristin Lee has been playing the violin since she was 6. She's been playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto since she was 13. Now, at 30, she'll play it again with Symphony Tacoma this weekend – and she finds something new in it, every time.
Rosemary Ponnekanti rponnekanti@thenewstribune.com
Playing Tchaikovsky: Kristin Lee on that famous violin concerto 2:49

Playing Tchaikovsky: Kristin Lee on that famous violin concerto

State Patrol continues finger printing as legislature considers biometric data protections 1:58

State Patrol continues finger printing as legislature considers biometric data protections

Watch a calzone, pizza's best friend, come to life 1:43

Watch a calzone, pizza's best friend, come to life

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Problem motel in Lakewood to be demolished