Barbara Clarke

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

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Unions on the Rise

Unions on the Rise

When Amazon General Counsel David Zapolsky called Chris Smalls “not smart or articulate” in 2020, he unintentionally put another log of motivation on an existing fire. In Amazon’s mind, Smalls was just a Black warehouse worker; a mouthy guy who didn’t talk like a...

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This amazing mother-daughter mask created by Salish Sea* artists Janice Morin and Randy Stiglitz got me thinking again about Mother’s Day. My favorite photo of me and mom I’m bucking the trend of banning words. Instead, I’d like to expand the word Mother to Mothering....

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The Paradox

The Paradox

When I finished reading Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, I had mixed feelings. Could a UC Berkley sociology professor really shed her liberal leanings and give her study subjects a fair hearing? Curious at reader responses, I...

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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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