Barbara Clarke

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

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Welcome to 2024!

Welcome to 2024!

The good news. I’ve finally stopped making a list of resolutions for the new year. The ones I never faithfully accomplished and grew tired of feeling guilty about, like not flossing every day or letting my writing goals slip. What I do want for myself is to say...

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Braided Lives

Braided Lives

You can’t make it through childhood without at least one notable event that stands out in your adult memory. For me it was my braids and while I prized them with all my heart, they were a source of conflict every Saturday. Just before dinner, my mother would insist on...

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It Was a Dark & Stormy Night…

It Was a Dark & Stormy Night…

Winter 1955 I was in 10th grade, happy to have the house to myself and spend the day reading Frankenstein; Or the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein was first on a reading list I’d been given by my English teacher, Miss Goff. I adored her and how she made...

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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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