Barbara Clarke

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

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I just discovered a book – Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress. Full disclosure - I’m waiting for it to come from the library and love the book’s cover. I did see the author, Christopher Ryan, on a “Useful Idiots” podcast ­and...

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Aging Is Not for Sissies

Aging Is Not for Sissies

In 2006, I was hired as the Community Coordinator for a multi-year foundation grant to determine what the elderly population of a Pacific Northwest county needed in order to make their lives better. The Partnership was divided into two phases. First, the Executive...

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100 Million People

100 Million People

I thought I’d read it wrong when I saw this heading in a recent posting from Kaiser Health News (KHN). I looked again and saw that the full title of the well-researched article was as follows: “100 Million People in America Are Saddled with Health Care Debt.” This is...

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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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