SouthSoundTalk has published more than 400 stories all focused on the people, businesses and things to do in the South Sound in 2017. Each month, we put up a post about what our readers most loved, but with the year coming to a close, it’s time we turn things over to our writers. In our annual tradition, we’ve asked our writers what their favorite stories were from this year.
Thank you to our writing team, and thank you to our readers for spending another year with us!
My favorite article from this year was the Pierce Transit article I wrote about the old Twin Coach bus. As a writer, I had so much fun listening to the stories everyone at Pierce Transit had to tell about the restored bus. There is so much history and love surrounding The Twin and it was great to feel like a part of the moment in time. Bob also drove me around in the bus at the Pierce Transit lot – it was quite the adventure!
These were my favorite stories:
Hidden Castle Even has Knights, because it really is a gem of Tacoma that is just now becoming appreciated by the public.
Michael Sullivan – Keeper of Tacoma’s Stories, because historical facts and figures are just information, but it takes talent to tell their story, and Michael does that time and time again.
Dismantled Ferry Kalakala Still Has Stories to Tell, long after the headlines disappear, history keeps being told in new ways to new audiences because great stories never fade into history.
My favorite story of the year was the profile I had the honor of writing about the student interns at Abe’s Acres farm at Lincoln High School – Feeding Tacoma, Harvesting Food Justice. The student interns, along with their inspiring leader, Kale Iverson, absolutely deserve the recognition for their amazing work in their community: the farm raised over 6,000 pounds of produce for local food banks last summer alone. Lincoln High School has some amazing students and faculty, and it was truly a blessing to see so many readers respond to this piece.
My favorite article had to be about the Brony fan base that’s alive and well in our community. Having grown up with My Little Pony and being a fan myself, it was fun to find so many individuals that shared my interests. That’s the best thing about living here, no matter what you like, you can find someone else to share it with and this article really highlighted that.
My favorite article was Tantalize Your Tastebuds with Tease Chocolates. I’m an amateur chocolatier, so I thoroughly enjoyed learning of the Farrells’ journey to success and how Julie learned her skill. When I ran into the couple around town, they told me more than once how much they enjoyed the piece. It’s always fulfilling for a writer to learn people actually read and like their writing. Plus, the chocolate samples weren’t too hard to take either.
The whale watching one was fun to write, as it helped let more people know just how great of a region for whale watching Point Defiance is. I had many people thank me for writing this, as they got to see a whale for the first time from the park. That was really cool!
The story about Thea Foss was fantastic, well written and gave me the knowledge to start telling more people about Thea and her impact.
I know I go fangirl on Steve every year, but I really look forward to reading his pieces! I think our community should count itself lucky to have someone as passionate about our local history living amongst us. My favorite stories this year are two of his more recent ones – Tacoma’s Rust Mansion (I love this sort of thing!) and the story about the Ferry Kalakala.