Reporting from the heart of Cascadia

Happiness is a Cold Fish

Measuring health and satisfaction in Puget Sound

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Is hugging trees good for you?

A recent study of Puget Sound-area residents found that engagement with nature can be linked to overall happiness.

Scientists across the world have long reported a link between spending time outdoors and an improved mood. Going for a hike in the countryside is not only good for your health, but it also may be essential to your happiness, research indicates.

“The well-being of human communities is inextricably linked to the health of the earth’s…

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Music

The Wild Buffalo

Choose your own adventure

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Having spent most of the past few months making our way from one outdoor venue, music series and homegrown festival to the next and then back again, we’ve been treated to a steady diet of mostly soul, funk, bluegrass and folk music, all bathed in the golden glow of a seemingly endless summer.

But summer is ending and we’re taking our show indoors for the foreseeable future.

For whatever reason—perhaps because children are no longer at risk of exposure or maybe our collective…

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Visual

Evidence

A magical resonation

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In “Evidence,” the current show at Smith & Vallee Gallery, two exceptional artists give us their views—David Blakesley, of a world that might have been or what it might become, and Kathleen Faulkner, images of the forest, examined close-up and transformed by the creator’s eye. Although each artist’s medium and conception are vastly different, the works the gallery has chosen resonate magically together.

Both Blakesley and Faulkner have long been identified with Edison and the…

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Food

Market Walk

Dine your way through downtown

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I’ve always felt incredibly lucky to live within walking and biking distance of downtown Bellingham. It’s where I head when I go to work, bank, shake my booty, listen to array of music, check out original art, see live theater, shop for groceries, dine out and meet friends for cocktails or craft beer, and my life is richer because of it.

But even if the urban core of the City of Subdued Excitement wasn’t within view of my York neighborhood abode, I’d still make it a point to visit…

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Outdoors

Water Week

A resource worth celebrating

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When rain fell late last week, and again over the weekend, it was the first time in almost three months that Whatcom County had any “wetting rain”—rainfall that was widespread over an extended period of time.

And although the soggy Saturday likely threw monkey wrenches into outdoor weddings, music festivals and other long-planned get-togethers slated for the typically sunny skies of late summer in the Pacific Northwest, the cooler temperatures and consistent moisture falling from…

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Words

Skillshare Faire

Give as good as you get

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Got a skill? Want a skill? Got a thing? Want a thing?

Skill-sharing is about teaching and learning all kinds of useful, handy and practical skills. Bartering is about offering things you have and know to receive things you do not have and do not know.

“Years ago, lots of people knew how to repair and sharpen tools, make a braided rug, raise chickens, make soap, build a fence, make simple toys and much more,” Skillshare Faire organizer Terri Wilde says.

Now in its sixth year, the…

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On Stage

Forever Plaid

Adoration and the afterlife

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

James Dean died in a tragic automobile accident in 1955, but the actor has never been forgotten. The same goes for actresses Grace Kelly and Jayne Mansfield—both of whom were in deadly car wrecks when they were at the either at the height of their fame, or were so well-known their names were already a part of the modern lexicon.

But what happens when talented people expire before they get noticed by the world at large? Do they live on in the memories of those who saw them share…

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Film

Mother!

Something nasty this way comes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Writer/director Darren Aronofsky wants to have his commercial cake and chomp down on some vexing personal issues, too, in Mother!, a very Rosemary’s Baby-like intimate horror tale that definitely grabs your attention and eventually soars well over the top to make the bold concluding statement that, for some creators, art is more important than life. How the film’s compelling star Jennifer Lawrence may feel about this sentiment is another matter, but this is a tale that, like any…

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The Gristle
Dwelling On It

DWELLING ON IT: Bellingham is at last beginning to grapple with its existential housing crisis, thanks to the persistent efforts of the Bellingham Tenants Union. The association of renters helped pack a meeting of the Bellingham Planning Commission last week on accessory dwelling units…

Community
Electronic Home Monitoring

When considering reforms to our local criminal justice system, three questions must be answered: are we reducing victimization, do we save taxpayer costs to systems and are we transforming or helping to stabilize the lives of people who enter the system? When it comes to Bellingham’s…

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Decline and Fall of the Trumpian Empire

The following is taken from the high school history book The Story of the American Nation, 8th edition, 2040.

By mid-2018 circumstances were worsening for President Donald Trump. The House and Senate on both sides of the aisle had largely turned against him, as there was no one left who…

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Letters
Resolve disputes

The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center is a valuable resource to our community, especially in these times of perceived escalating conflict and misunderstanding, whether in the workplace, at…

Lone Star can go it alone

When Hurricane Sandy struck New York and New Jersey and President Obama requested congressional support to help the suffering residents in rebuilding, 19 out of the 20 Republican members of…

Truly, planning for disaster

Houston has been the national building industry’s poster child for the miracle of affordable housing through permissive planning, environmental and building codes. No wetlands protections,…

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Today's Events
Eat Local Month

10:00am

Farm Week (Sept. 3-10), Market Week (Sept. 10-16), Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23), and Restaurant Week (Sept. 24-30) will be part of Sustainable Connections’ annual “Eat Local Month) taking place…

Bard on the Beach

12:00pm

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona can be seen as part of the 28th season of Bard on the Beach at Vancouver, BC’s…

Boating Center Open

12:00pm

The Community Boating Center will be open through the summer from 12pm until sunset on weekdays and 10am sunset on Saturdays and Sundays at their headquarters at 555 Harris Ave. Rentals…

Dog Day Afternoon

3:30pm

Cuddle up to a good book and read to a canine friend from the Whatcom Humane Society at “Dog Day Afternoons” from 3:30-5:30pm today and again Sept. 26 at Sudden Valley’s South Whatcom…

All-Paces Run

6:00pm

Staff and volunteers are always on hand to guide the way at the weekly All-Paces Run starting at 6pm every Tuesday at Fairhaven Runners, 1209 11th St. The runs are 20 minutes out and back on…

Try Something New

6:30pm

Award-winning playwright and novelist Nicola Pearson leads a “Stuck in Your Writing? Try Something New” presentation at 6:30pm at the Mount Vernon City Library, 315 Snoqualmie St. She’ll read…

Back to School Night

6:30pm

Parents, students and teachers are invited to a Back to School Night from 6:30-7:30pm at the Lynden Library, 216 4th St. Introductions to homework help features and library databases kids can…

Books on Tap

7:00pm

Deming Library staff Erin Suda and Katrina Carabba lead a “Books on Tap” discussion from 7-8:30pm at the North Fork Brewery, 6186 Mt. Baker Hwy. Tonight’s read is Tim O’Brien’s The Things…

Skagit Folk Dancers

7:00pm

Join the Skagit-Anacortes Folk Dancers for a weekly International Folk Dancing event from 7-9:30pm at Bayview Civic Hall, 12615 C St. No partners are needed; just show up and dance. Entry to…

Comedy Open Mic

7:30pm

The weekly Shakedown Punch Up Comedy Open Mic begins at 7:30pm at the Shakedown, 1212 N. State St. Entry is free. If you’d like to take your turn onstage, show up at 7pm to sign up for a…

Salsa Night

9:30pm

Join DJ Antonio Diaz as he mixes a fabulous combination of the best Latin rhythms at Rumba Northwest’s weekly “Saturday Salsa Night” taking place from 9:30pm-12am at Cafe Rumba, 1140 N. State…

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