Friday, June 20, 2014


I grew up in a time when everybody's farm was referred to as a "place" and Pickering Place was just that, a large, stinky dairy farm. Now much of the farmland of my childhood is gone and Pickering Place is an upscale suburban shopping mall anchored by a multiplex cinema, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a big red barn used for weddings and the like.
On my cynical days, I hear Joni Mitchell's crystal voice singing Big Yellow Taxi. Still, Issaquah claims a special spot in my heart, and Main Street, Gilman Village, and yes, even Pickering Place, hold much of the charm I remember.

I hope you'll join me at Pickering Place for my homecoming!

Pickering Place
1530 11th Avenue NW
Issaquah, WA 98027
Saturday, June 28 @ Noon


Jan said...

It's always bitter sweet to back to a childhood favorite place and find it's changed. I grew up in Reno, left at 18 and every time I go back, I get lost in my childhood neighborhood it's changed so much. Best of luck at the book signing, Jan

mary rowen said...

I hope the signing goes well, Arleen! Have got to say, though, I wish Pickering Place still looked like it did in the older picture. With maybe a little bookstore down the street :)

arleen said...

Thank you for your thoughts and well wishes. Yes, change is tough, especially when the new is somehow less than the old. Is that what we call progress? But then, here we are on the internet!