January 2014

Theatre – “Epistle”

Dear Small Town, This is the understanding. Perhaps we weren’t clear. Art is made in places like this, far removed from your provincial, hidebound town. Theatre is made here. Plays are tried and tested, reviewed and digested until any questions they raise are answered and [...]

January 29, 2014

The History of This: Duct tape

It saved the life of three of the astronauts aboard Apollo 13. It’s been the central topic of best-selling books. It’s been used to create high fashion gowns, seaworthy vessels, even shoes. The Red Green show called it “the handyman’s secret weapon” for good reason. [...]

January 28, 2014

The Great Park

Great cities have great parks. Imagine New York City without Central Park to alleviate the miles of concrete and steel. Who has not walked or biked in Stanley Park in Vancouver? Seattle residents can hike and walk for hours in rugged Discovery Park. Soon, Bellingham will join [...]

January 9, 2014


Film can offer the perfect recipe for a sensory experience. Combining visuals, state-of-the-art sound, and an endless choice of topics, the cinema can take you on an adventure to far-away lands or refocus your mind to consider world issues at a local level. That’s why I love [...]

January 9, 2014

The Soul of Everett – Everett Music Initiative

It’s always been a company town. All that money. Old barons like Rockefeller & James J. Hill once gambled on the city of Everett, brought heavy track that still runs straight through town—down to Port Gardner Bay. Today, before the freight (and soon endless coal) trains [...]

January 9, 2014

Bellingham Happy Hours

There is no shortage of great watering holes in Bellingham—it is a college town after all. From the divey to the swanky, there are options for everyone. Drives across the border can be tedious and exhausting, so once you’ve driven into Bellingham, grab a drink and some great [...]

January 9, 2014

Enamored by La Conner’s Hotel Planter

The front doorway of the Hotel Planter in La Conner, Washington, opens in on an imposing staircase covered in lush, emerald carpeting. I notice the floral wallpaper as the curved wooden railings guide me up the staircase. At the top, there is a small desk with a crystal jar of [...]

January 9, 2014

Music – Listen Local

Br’er Rabbit: The local three-piece Folk/Americana band Br’er Rabbit has a distinctive sound that’s bound to catch your attention. Every member sings in the band, creating a beautiful blend of different vocal styles that enhance their unique music. The vocal mixture, in [...]

January 9, 2014


  Learning to Breathe: My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life by Priscilla Warner Birth is suffering, aging is suffering, sickness is suffering, dissociation from the loved is suffering, not to get what one wants is suffering.” First Noble Truth of Buddha. You would [...]

January 8, 2014

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