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Divine Visions

Julian the Humble

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

When reading through press materials for local playwright Rosalind Reynolds’ new work, Julian the Humble, the word “anchorite” was used more than once to describe the fascinating woman the title character is based on.

Before searching out more details about Reynolds and the Middle Ages mystic and author who was her muse, I admit to needing to open a dictionary to look up what in the heck an anchorite was. In simple terms, it is defined as a “religious recluse” or “a person who lives…

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Whatcom READS

A racial reckoning

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

George Washington Black is resilient. In order to survive, he needs to be.

As imagined in this year’s Whatcom READS selection, Esi Edugyan’s 2018 bestseller Washington Black, “Wash” is a 12-year-old orphan enslaved at a sugar plantation in Barbados when readers are first introduced to him. The year is 1830, and his narrow worldview is about to expand.

When he’s spirited away from the plantation by his brutal master’s abolitionist brother, Christopher “Twitch” Wilde, to build and…

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Country Living Expo

Learning from the ground up

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

When registering for the virtual Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winter School taking place Jan. 29-31, a required field directs participants to check a box indicating whether they’re an urban resident, rural resident, small farm owner/renter (five acres or less), farm owner (six acres or more) or “none of the above.”

Living near downtown Bellingham, I reside firmly in the “urban resident” category, and a perusal of the programs being offered at the event presented by the Livestock…

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Meet Bellingham’s new chief of police

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Bellingham made history this month, appointing the first woman as the city’s chief of police. Flo Simon began her assignment as interim police chief, following a ceremony where she received the badge of office from Mayor Seth Fleetwood.

Interim Chief Simon is a 30-year veteran of the department who most recently served as Deputy Chief. Bellingham Mayor Seth Fleetwood selected her to serve as interim chief upon the retirement of former Chief David Doll. Doll announced his retirement…

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Screens and Strings

Bellingham Folk Festival, Virtually

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

When Cayley Schmid interviewed herself in the pages of Cascadia Weekly last September in advance of the Bellingham Irish Festival, Virtually, the lauded fiddler and multi-festival-founder proved not only that she has a sense of humor, but also that she remains committed to keeping connected the community of musicians and music-appreciators she’s cultivated over the years—even if it’s via online events taking place in the midst of a global pandemic.

With the Bellingham Folk Festival,…

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The Best Medicine

Make politics fun again

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

No matter where you exist on the political spectrum, you’re likely pretty worn out by the events of the past few…weeks? Months? Years? Most of us had hit a point of exhaustion long before the invasion of the Capitol building by domestic terrorists (call them what you will, but I believe “terrorist” to be the most accurate descriptor) snapped us out of our alert fatigue and back to a state of horrified attention.

Now that President Joe Biden has been inaugurated, I’d like to…

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The Gristle
A capricious flower

A CAPRICIOUS FLOWER: Jay Inslee delivered his inaugural address last week as he begins his historic third term as governor of Washington. The governor and the state’s eight other newly-elected and re-elected officials were sworn into office as the Legislature set to work on a new session.…

Alan Rhodes
TGIO (Thank God it’s Over…Sort of)

Whew! At last! Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. After four disgraceful years we have dumped a deranged cult leader and now have a real president again.

The Trump regime has been so irredeemably incompetent, racist, criminal, destructive and downright…

Rumor Has It
Save Our Stages

The time draws nigh.

No, I’m not talking about the end of the COVID-19 crisis—that end is still a very long way off. Nor am I talking about the end of the long national nightmare known as the administration of former president, pocket dictator and despot king of the Oompa-Loompas Donald…

Improve election outcomes

The election season last year showed clearly that our election system—in stark contrast with many states—is exemplary: easy registration; open (not party) primaries favoring moderate,…

The lasting effects of COVID

The story recently published in local media about the 10-year-old Bellingham boy who suffered life-threatening illness from SARS-CoV-2 should be a wake-up call that all ages are at risk of…

A call to arms

The Kitsap County Health Department officer gives new meaning to “a call to arms” in a reecnt guest column entitled “Vaccines Present a Community Challenge.“
Few people realize that…

Today's Events
As You Like It


Watch an abridged version of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It—as told by finger puppets—as part of Shakespeare Northwest’s “Plays by the Handful.” It’s free to view the short play online,…

BAAY Online Winter Classes


Registration is still open for Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth’s online winter classes for kids and teens, which continue weekly on Zoom through early April. Students from ages 5 to 17 can…

Teen Events with WCLS


Students in grades 6 to 12 can sign up for a variety of virtual events through Whatcom County Library System, including “Teen Reads” from 3pm-4pm Wednesdays, “Whatcom Teen Writers” from…

From Where They Are


Help raise funds for Fairhaven’s Firehouse Performing Arts Center by watching Kuntz and Company’s virtual performance of from where they are online as part of the Firehouse Studio. The focus…

A Forest of Words Poetry Competition


Teens in grades 6-12 can submit their original writing for consideration in Whatcom County Library System’s annual poetry competition, “A Forest of Words,” through March 15. All styles of…

Women of Color Speaker Series


The YWCA hosts a “Race and Gender in Whatcom County” virtual presentation from 12pm-1:30pm on Zoom. The event is the first of a four-part Women of Color Speaker Series taking place through…

Food Bank Distribution


Bellingham Food Bank will be distributing pre-packed food boxes from 1pm-4pm Thursdays at 1175 Jersey St. People can join a car queue and, when it’s their turn, volunteers will offer food…

What We're Reading Book Club


From 4pm-5pm, Deming Library staff member Erin Suda will host a virtual What We’re Reading Book Club meeting on Zoom. The club is for folks who love to share books they’ve enjoyed and hear…

Pasta Primavera Cooking Class for Kids


From 4pm-5pm, food educators from Common Threads Farm will lead a virtual cooking class focusing on Pasta Primavera. Kids ages 5 and older are encouraged to follow along on Zoom, ask…

Civil Conversation in an Angry Age


At 6pm, philosopher David Smith leads a virtual Humanities Washington presentation, “Civil Conversation in an Angry Age.” Smith takes a deep look at those moments when civility breaks down…

Quarantrivia with Aireekah


Sign up a socially distant team to take part in virtual Quarantrivia with Aireekah from 7:30pm-9:30pm Thursdays. Teams can be one to six players, and whoever signs up will be the team…