2.4 - Pastries at Colville St. Patisserie

Guest host Becci Lubbers, Alex, and Kris recorded an on-site episode early last summer at one of Walla Walla's sweetest treasures. The Colville Street Patisserie is a French bakery and cafe in the heart of downtown and features some of the greatest handmade desserts that can be found for hours of driving in any direction. The three discuss the nature of memory, how scent is tied to it, and how individual taste develops and evolves for us as humans. They explore the concepts of greatness and rarity, exclusivity and scarcity. Finally, they talked about the important qualitative differences between quantity and quality. 

On a week when Jenn Ogden was unavailable, we are grateful that Becci happily stepped in. Becci owns Shop Eleven in downtown Walla Walla, a small jewelry and gift shop that has developed quite a following from locals who love to purchase handmade treasures, most of which from Shop Eleven originate from the NorthWest. Thank you once again Becci!

We must also apologize for the errors that are obvious at the close of this episode. We are a small, volunteer, amateur operation and on this particular recording, our equipment encountered a problem unbeknownst to us. The final 5 minutes are still decipherable, but just barely. Our editors chose to put the material out as it is, because replicating the recording session to fix it is untenable now, 4 months later. 

2.3 - Smoke

Alex, Jenn, and Kris discuss the summer fire season in the NorthWest. In Walla Walla, the air quality index during the last couple of weeks of August was very poor - where several days, students were kept inside from school and sensitive persons were at risk from the smoke. 

The conversation dove into the topic of what things get our attention, the tyranny of the urgent over the important, grace, stewardship, and a whole lot more. Thanks for tuning in, and as always, please reach out to us with ideas for stories we should cover. 

2.2 - Baseball


America's pastime is also Walla Walla's pastime. Sit down with Alex, Kris, and Jenn once more as they discuss the city-wide affection for America's game. The three talk about the Walla Walla Little League team that made it all the way to Williamsport, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2017 to compete in the Little League World Series as the representative team from the US NorthWest region. They also talk about what makes the sport of baseball so enchanting to Americans at large. What is it's lasting power? Why has it stuck around? What about the game is so compelling. The three share some great resources as well as touch base on the theme of completion. Thanks once again for joining us!


Pictures of the Little League World Series team from Walla Walla reposted from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin's website: union-bulletin.org

2.1 - Brights Candies

Pictures shared courtesy of the Bright's Candies home page.

Bright's candies is a downtown Walla Walla legend. Originally opened in 1934 by a local family, the Russells, it was later purchased by the Bright's family in the 1970's and renamed with that brand. Paul Jenes purchased the operation later, in the 1990's while living in Seattle. He and his family made the move to Walla Walla and shortly thereafter found a new location for the storefront itself. Originally on 1st street in Walla Walla, Jenes moved the store to its current spot at 11 E. Main. Brights Candies has become an important part of life in Walla Walla: not just a touristy location for families, but an important part of family events, love stories, weddings, holidays, and big events.

Jenn, Alex, and Kris discuss the value of giving yourself to a craft, the magic that emerges when natural talent gets combined with attention and practice. They also talk about education, calling, and the joy of "the special" feasting.

Learn more about Bright's, the store, their story, and products by visiting their website: http://brightscandies.com or at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Brights-Candies-61783475188/

18 - Highway 12

"Walla Walla is on the way to nowhere." You've heard it said before - perhaps of other towns and certainly here on the Walla Walla Podcast. Our little city is in some ways, a one-road town - at least in terms of its highway/interstate access. Serving Walla Walla proper and connecting it to the rest of the world, is just a standard two-lane country roadway. In the immediate future, Washington State will fund a major project involving this highway, 12. In this episode, the gang discusses the final phases of this significant building project; and through it, they talk about the themes of: quality of life, access to the world, imminent domain, wealth, gratitude, taxes, infrastructure, criticism, and long-term leadership.

17 - Coffee Perk

Coffee Perk was one of Walla Walla’s first espresso cafes. All the way back in 1995, the owner of Konan Rock Products opened the shop and within a few years sold it to Kendra Bennet. Despite many challenges most small businesses face, Ms. Bennet has continued to own and operate this truly local joint with distinction now for 20 years. In the first on-site recording for the Walla Walla Podcast, Jenn, Kris, and Alex discuss the concept of 3rd spaces – physical locations that are neither private nor public, but that promote gathering, community, and dialogue. The three also explore the phenomenon of gentrification: the development of urban areas by investors and the hand-in-hand change in culture that accompanies it.

Coffee Perk’s Facebook page can be accessed here: https://www.facebook.com/Coffee-Perk-102840866435689/ A recent article by the Union Bulletin profiled Kendra Bennett and her path to business ownership here: http://www.union-bulletin.com/local/business-bio-kendra-bennett-owns-and-operates-coffee-perk-in/article_20d8bd5a-f927-11e5-9a4d-d34a5057c969.html

16 - Paper Tigers and Lincoln High School

In this conversation, Alex, Jenn, and Kris talk about a story told in a documentary filmed in Walla Walla called "Paper Tigers." Director James Redford explores the disciplinary culture at Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, how staff shifted their orientation toward students, many of whom had dealt with significant childhood trauma. The film tells how Lincoln's innovative "trauma sensitive approach" impacted individual students, and greatly improved educational outcomes for their school (more than tripling its graduation rate, for example). Kris, Jenn, and Alex talk about the importance of telling stories, the impact of confession, projection and judgment, as well as the importance of taking small actions even in the face of enormous challenges. Check out the film itself here: www.kpjrfilms.co/paper-tigers

As always, check out our gallery below to get links to the resources mentioned at the end of the episode. Give us a shout out at kris.loewen@wallawalla.edu to send us advice or compliments! 

15 - The "World-Famous" Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park in Walla Walla is a 43 acre public gathering point for all citizens in the city. On the East side of downtown, the park houses some of the largest trees of their species in the entire country (4) and in the state of Washington (59). Originally purchased in 1897 by the City, it was designed in part by Frederick Law Olmstead, the father of landscape architecture and the designer of New York City's Central Park. 

The Walla Walla Podcast team discuss the value and importance of public spaces, the social equalization that occurs through them, and the usefulness of being a part of a stratified community. The three talk about the incredible gift that foresight offers to people in the future, inviting us to consider how we "pay it forward" to future generations we will never meet. How are we sacrificing our lives for what will come next, for things that will not benefit us directly? How are we giving ourselves even in the complexity and chaos of our own experiences? What legacy will we leave behind?

The three also talk about the American cultural ideal of pain-avoidance - in the extraordinary sense as well as the mundane. The gang takes a moment as well to discuss the value of slowing down, stopping, resting, and taking a breath. Parks like Pioneer are invitations into a simpler life where we have time and space to notice details that are easy to overlook. In addition, they reflect on the Biblical tradition of Sabbath-keeping, taking regular time with community to stop and take a different pace.

The resources recommended this episode (pictured below) include: