A look at Seattle’s exciting pinball present and sketchy past

Chole Crumbliss, with the Castle Crashers, plays during the Monday Night Pinball league at Jupiter Bar. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Chole Crumbliss, with the Castle Crashers, plays during the Monday Night Pinball league at Jupiter Bar. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

An explosion in Seattle pinball over the past 10 years has brought a game many thought was dead — pummeled long ago by gangsterism and racketeering scandals, then drowned in the wake of video games — back to vibrant, flashing, noisy life.

Gather

Writing this feature about how we find community confirms what I thought: We’re more alike than we know.

A YEAR AGO, I ended my debut Gather column with “We are not as alone as we might think.” Writing about how people around Seattle find community has shown me that it’s more true than I ever thought. While I’ve written about many sorts of groups, I’ve been struck by the common threads between them....

GROW

Houseplants are having their day in the sun

HOUSEPLANTS ARE HAVING their day in the sun on Pacific Northwest windowsills. Ingrid Nokes is the houseplant buyer for the West Seattle Nursery, a position she’s held for nearly 22 years. Every week a veritable jungle of mostly tropical plants along with a goodly collection of cacti and succulents shows up at the nursery only...

Now & Then

What shines and what’s hidden? It’s all in the game

It’s a game I play with others while on a Bainbridge or Bremerton ferry or at West Seattle’s Hamilton Viewpoint Park down the street from my home: “Do you have a favorite building in the downtown skyline?” I have my own answer at the ready. “It’s easy,” I say with a smile. “It’s the building...