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Food

Essential Service

A market for everyone

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

I’m waiting with bated breath for the day Governor Jay Inslee decrees yard sales are an “essential service,” but in the meantime I’ll make do with celebrating the good news that farmers markets throughout Washington state have been given the green light to proceed.

When the Bellingham Farmers Market kicked off in mid-April—a week later than their typical opening day—they were paving the way for what a modified market would look like in the face of a pandemic. To make sure booths were…

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Words

The Truffle Underground

A darkly delicious mystery

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Authors and publishers have learned that if you add a lengthy, intriguing subtitle to your book, you increase the chances of someone picking it up. Investigative journalist Ryan Jacobs put this into practice with his first full-length work, The Truffle Underground: A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulations in the Shadowy Market of the World’s Most Expensive Fungus.

With a title that dramatic, it’s important to deliver, and Jacobs does, crafting a fast-paced, fascinating…

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Visual

Tour Talk

Go virtual on Lummi Island

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

On a typical Memorial Day weekend, a drive or bicycle ride around the eight-mile land mass of Lummi Island might reveal stunning views of Mt. Baker and Orcas Island, bald eagles perched regally atop tall trees, and colorful balloons placed by the roadside that signal stops on the Artists’ Studio Tour.

Three times a year, the event highlights a number of the creative humans who call the island their home by opening up their studios or galleries to the public for perusal. The late-May…

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Outdoors

Smart Tripping

Self-guided solace, on wheels

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The conundrum of having a bicycle that needs some major work, but not having a vehicle big enough to ferry it to the fix-it place, has been weighing on me lately.

I gaze longingly at my sky-blue Trek cruiser and ponder how easy it would be to just walk the hobbled conveyance to a nearby bike shop—the Hub Community Bike Shop, Kona Bike Shop, Fanatik Bike Co., Trek Bicycle Bellingham, and Jack’s Bicycle Center are all within strolling distance of my house, and as essential businesses…

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Film

For the Love of Lynn

A Seattle filmmaking force

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

While Seattle boasts its fair share of cultural icons, its relationship with those legends tends to be, well, complicated. Folks such as Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, while bright, blazing talents, burned out long before they had the chance to fade away. Seattle Seahawk Marshawn Lynch, aka Beast Mode, a widely embraced sports superhero, wore his fame uncomfortably, and his utterance of “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” is as much a part of his legacy as his exploits on the…

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Music

Costume Home-araoke

A pandemic party

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Aireekah Laudert is a woman of many talents, all of which focus on using her abundance of creativity and proven ability to bring people together in the name of having fun. Few people can being a walking, talking human party into a business, but that’s exactly what she’s done with Glitt3r Lyfe, which offers a range of services that won’t exactly save your life or anything, but they’ll certainly help make it worth living.

However, when the pandemic struck, Glitt3r Lyfe was one of…

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Robert Reich
American Exceptionalism

No other nation has endured as much death from COVID-19 nor nearly as a high a death rate as has the United States.

With 4.25 percent of the world population, America has the tragic distinction of accounting for about 30 percent of pandemic deaths so far.
And it is the only advanced nation…

Letters
Serving a cause beyond the self

I miss the days when if you wrote the president about a concern, you could be relatively sure your concerns would be greeted with the respect a concerned citizen deserves—even if you were…

Masklash

The evidence is in. Health officials strongly recommend face coverings to help contain the coronavirus’ spread.
To reopen society and the economy as seamlessly as possible, face masks…

Let’s work together

Our country is so divided, and COVID-19 has contributed to the schism. When we combine politics with science in today’s hyper-partisan environment, we end up with politics winning. That’s…