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September 1, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Northwest Wanderings: Igniting the energy of healing

Posted by Alan Berner

Think of being by a campfire, with its elemental appeal and power.

"Fire is a great transmuter of energy. Like all the elements -- earth, air, water and fire -- it gives life but it can also take life," says shaman Llyn Roberts.

Roberts trained in Ecuador and for two decades has been learning spiritual healing from indigenous people around the globe.

She has a master's degree in Tibetan Buddhism and Western psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colo., and teaches workshops at holistic educational institutions. She also is co-founder of the Olympic Mountain Earth Wisdom Circle based in Washington state.

On a Guatemalan altar cloth given to her, she places "huacas," sacred items.

There's a rattle from Tuva on the Asian Steppe, given to her by a shaman.

From Uzbekistan there's a yurt bag, holding chimes from Tibet.

From Ecuador there are two ancient Incan stones, along with river stones from other parts of the world.

Walking barefoot for direct connection to the earth, Roberts takes a sip of highly volatile rum because Trago, a sugar-cane alcohol from Ecuador, is not available.

The flame of a candle ignites it in a fireball. She describes a circle of people in Otavalo, Ecuador, naked, who would be cleansed with fire brought close to the bodies.

For her, this is the channeling of powerful forces to "become one with the spirit of the volcano. Have great respect for fire. This is not a party trick."



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Llyn Roberts is a shaman, and she uses fire to heal and cleanse, produced with flame and rum. Roberts has spent years learning spiritual healing from indigenous people worldwide. She is co-founder of the Washington-based Olympic Mountain Earth Wisdom Circle.

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Llyn Roberts places sacred items on a Guatemalan altar cloth, including a rattle from the Asian Steppe, a yurt bag with chimes and ancient Incan stones.

September 1, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Passing on passenger-pigeon lore

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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Lea Shaw, 8, center left; Kailyn Shaw, 6, center; and Raigan Mao, 6, right, spot the passenger-pigeon-styled origami they made during the "Fold the Flock" event Saturday at the Burke Museum in Seattle. The event, which took place worldwide over the holiday weekend, commemorated the 100-year anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon after the last of the species, Martha, died in the Cincinnati Zoo on Sept. 1, 1914. The passenger pigeon was once the most populous bird in North America, and the anniversary tribute aims to re-create the astounding size of that population by fashioning 1 million paper birds by the end of 2014. Visitors over the weekend could watch a one-hour, award-winning documentary that will be screening alongside the event.

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Sophie Newton, 6, folds passenger-pigeon-styled origami during the "Fold the Flock" event at the Burke Museum on Saturday.

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Mark Jennings, left, Charlotte Jennings, 10, center, and Chiara Lettieri, 17, take a selfie after folding their passenger-pigeon-styled origamis.

August 31, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Working up high — Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Posted by Ellen M. Banner

I've always wanted to go to the top of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and when WSDOT gave me permission to photograph two of their bridge maintenance specialists recently, I was thrilled.

I was asked several times if I am afraid of heights, which I am not, as long as I have a camera in my hand. We took an elevator almost to the top of the bridge. Both of the bridges have elevators in the west towers; on the east towers, stairs go to the top.

After taking the elevator, we climbed up two ladders attached to interior walls inside the tower. There is a huge area at the top where it is very safe and you can easily walk from one to the other side of the bridge.

When driving to the bridge, a sign warned of severe winds at the bridge, and I thought it might be scary, it turned out the winds weren't too strong and it wasn't frightening to look down. Until hours later when I saw the GoPro video that Steve Hodge shot as he was working on the cables.

He agreed to wear the camera as he worked and climbed up the cables with his colleague, Tom Courtney. The footage he shot while sitting on the cable and looking down on both sides was very intense. Hodge said that his family thinks he's nuts for doing what he does for a living.

I was lucky to be able to hang out for awhile at his workplace and am luckier to have the best job in the world.



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Steve Hodge, left, and Tom Courtney, both bridge maintenance specialists for the Washington State Department of Transportation, climb on the cables up to the top of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge as they do their monthly cable inspection. The men check the hand rails, casting bolts, paint basically every nook and cranny along the cables supporting the bridge deck. Nine inspectors carry out this work.

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The view from the top of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Tacoma, looking at eastbound traffic.



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Steve Hodge, left, and Tom Courtney, both bridge maintenance specialists for the Washington State Department of Transportation, sit while working on the cables that support the bridge deck.

August 30, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Soggy start quickly fades, music lifts off at Bumbershoot

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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Raz Simone surprises the Fisher Green audience as he dives into the crowd while performing with Sam Lachow Saturday. Lachow invited him to join his rocking rap set and Simone provided more than vocal accompaniment.

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Hair flying, Lizzy Silverstein dances to the hip hop, R&B and electronica music of Fly Moon Royalty at the Fisher Green Stage.

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Sister and brother, Grace and Seth Armstead of Portland didn't bring an umbrella to Bumbershoot Saturday but they did have two tickets they won to the Labor Day weekend music festival at Seattle Center.

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Adra Boo with Fly Moon Royalty provides soulful vocals to the band on the Fisher Green Stage Saturday at Bumbershoot, the annual 3-day music festival at Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend.

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LEFT: Otieno Terry, R&B and soulful artist, sings "happy birthday" to his mother in the crowd at the Fountain Lawn stage Saturday on her actual birthday. RIGHT: Mizsunni Terry, mother of singer Otieno Terry, is moved by the singing of "happy birthday" by her son.

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Otieno Terry's horn players belt it out from the Fountain Lawn Stage during the soul and R&B set.

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Beatles song "Good Morning Good Morning," from their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is played about 11:30 a.m. each day of Bumbershoot from the Starbucks Stage (Mural Amphitheatre) and sends Kathy Ringo into a dance, appropriately with her umbrella.

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August 30, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Seahawks' unwavering fans

Posted by Courtney Riffkin

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Cyrus McGahan, 13, of Pocatello, Idaho, and his 12th man jersey.

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Mario Frado of Kennewick, and the Super Bowl patch on his Marshawn Lynch jersey.

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Jayden Corbray of Yakima says that Marshawn Lynch is his favorite player. On a confidence scale of 1-10, he says he's a "10" for the team; absolutely sure the Seahawks will return to the Super Bowl this year.

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Ruth Soto of Seattle did her makeup for the game in blue and green, and is layered with the designs on her jersey.

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Dakota Bultez, 11, is all threes in her Russell Wilson Jersey.

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Jordan DeJesus, 10, of Yakima is ready for the game in eye black stickers and his Russell Wilson jersey.

Read Jack Broom's full story "Hawks fans expect to defy odds for a Super Bowl repeat", here.

August 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Having a splash at new Seahurst Park

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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Friends Jacob Gentry, 11, right, and Josue Ostos, 7, both of Seattle, play at Ed Munro Seahurst Park in Burien. The park reopened Monday after 1,800 feet of shoreline concrete in the northern section of the park was removed. The park was closed last October for the demolition. The seawall in the park was taken out to restore the beach habitat to help endangered salmon. Natural habitat for forage fish and salmon rearing now replace the seawall. The improved habitat will help the recovery of species such as bull trout, steelhead and chinook. Barges were brought in to export material from the seawall's demolition, and 17,000 plants were added. A new picnic area was installed, and a new playground and shelter were added. Bald eagles, osprey, great blue heron and other shorebirds are showing up at the park because of schools of fish that are now along the shallows. The park has nearly a mile of natural beach.

August 29, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Winds paint skies as weather turns

Posted by Katie G. Cotterill

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Windmills that dot the landscape above Vantage, just west of the Columbia River and along Interstate 90, stand starkly against a rainstorm as it blows through Central Washington recently.

August 28, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Mexican Navy Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc

Posted by Colin Diltz

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Sailors aboard Mexican Navy Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc descend from the rigging as it docks at Pier 66 on Aug. 28, 2014. It will be here until September 1. The Cuauhtémoc is a teaching vessel from the Mexican Navy, where cadets are trained in international waters before graduating as officials. It was built in Spain in 1982 and has since sailed around the world for over 30 years. It's open to visitors daily from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm. The ship will set sail for Vancouver, BC on September 1st.

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With sailors in the rigging, the Mexican Navy Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc arrives at Pier 66 Thursday. It carries a crew of 245.

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Cadets aboard the Mexican Navy Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc wear Converse All Stars on wooden decked vessel.

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