Barbara Clarke

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

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Nordic Know-How

Nordic Know-How

Several years ago, I spent two weeks in Iceland, the first one in Reykjavik and the second in the far north. My friend and I stayed at an all-age, downtown hostel with a great bar and café. We met a lot of locals due to the amazing café cuisine. Most had been to the...

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Just Stopping By

Just Stopping By

“Oh, they’re here,” I say to my walking companion. Each winter, starting in late November, we are treated to the winter ducks making a major stopover at our Marina. They are here because we live along the glorious Pacific Flyway. I love how these visitors are on the...

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Words matter. And it’s entirely reasonable to put truly offensive words on the “our history” shelf. There, never to be forgotten and used in the context of understanding our ______ist (fill in the blank) past. I’m fine with be aware of the power of words. And then...

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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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