Barbara Clarke

“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.”
~ Mark Twain

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My daughter, Cara, and I live in a large, older apartment complex in the Pacific Northwest with the standard amenities. Our favorite is the swimming pool, but as we like to think of it—where the mallards hang out after the summer season. Our apartment is on the second...

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It’s the mid-1970s and I’m sitting with the women in my consciousness raising group.  The what group? You smile now but it was a godsend then. We are a mix—single, married, divorced or soon to be, a range of ages—united in our new feminism and the joy to be talking...

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One Foot in Front of the Other

One Foot in Front of the Other

In early September, my daughter Cara and I drove south on Farm to Market road through the charming towns of Bow and Edison for an early morning walk. We were headed for Padilla Bay where the Skagit River meets the Salish Sea. The estuary at the saltwater edge of the...

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Nicole Braddock Bromley

Since 2003, Nicole Braddock Bromley has been a powerful voice for sexual abuse awareness and a recognized speaker and force for positive change…

Bob Merberg

After 25 years as a workplace wellness insider — cajoling workers to get moving, eat their leafy greens, and find nirvana…

Cami Ostman

A “Jill of all trades” including therapist, teacher, coach, and a great friend to writers. And there’s more…

Maria and Geoffrey Knight (and Jack)

What do you do when the pandemic shuts down your thriving business? Maria and Geoffrey Knight (and Jack) owners of the Pilates Studio of Bellingham had to create a Plan B.

Alita Zurav Letwin

September 17, 1932 – January 16, 2020

Alita Letwin was smart, funny, kind, and an inspiration to people of all ages.

Joan Robins

“Wildlife photography found me many years ago and is now a full-fledged obsession.” Explore this obsession
with Joan…

Louise Aronson

“I realized that the most important stories, and the ones that make my work so meaningful…

Nancy Canyon

She is truly a maker—memoirist, poet, painter, and more—everything but a candlestick maker.

The Bellingham Sock Monkey Project

It’s 2:00 a.m. and there is something bad happening in my house. This isn’t the first time but tonight something is different.

Andrew Shattuck McBride

Andrew Shattuck McBride is an editor, a friend, and…

Electric Guava Designs

“Would you try to fix your car given your skill set?” she asked, as comforting as this no-nonsense person can be. I got the message and set out to find such a person with “make a website” on her resume.

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