Barbara Clarke

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

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Fall & Winter on the Farm

Fall & Winter on the Farm

On some days I felt like I could never be anything but an outsider in Salem, Missouri. Mentioning that I was born in St. Louis always drew a—whatever brought you here? —bubble over heads when I interviewed people for my feature stories.  But they always invited me in...

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The Joy of Dropping Out

The Joy of Dropping Out

Maybe it’s the fact that Jack and I were looking out onto the vast Pacific Ocean that I felt free to answer his question from my heart. Or maybe because no one had ever asked. “So, what do you want to do with the rest of your life?” He already knew that working in the...

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At first my daughter and I called them mini-vacations, then we switched to getaways, and finally simply “away.” Nothing fancy but a must was the second floor, a double queen-bed room with a balcony, and a water view. First “away” was to Port Angeles, Washington. We...

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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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