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Storm Warming

The fruits of fall

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On a recent visit to my father’s house on Lummi Island, I helped myself to a hefty bag of pears and apples sourced from a giant mound of fruit he had spread out on one of his living room recliners (don’t ask).

“I got those from my friend Henry’s garden on the sunny side of the island,” my pops said a few days later when I admitted I’d absconded with the fruits of fall. “I’ve been making pear ‘butter’ to spoon on my morning oatmeal. It’s a delicious addition to what can be a boring…

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Spooky Sojourns

Of gore, lore, ghosts and more

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What do a graphic murder mystery, Depression-era tales of darkness and despair, and spooky voice recordings have in common? They’re all part of what can be experienced by getting in on the Good Time Girls’ seasonal “Gore & Lore” tours taking place in downtown Bellingham every Saturday through October.

On Fridays through the month, the historical tour guides will also lead citizens on excursions through Fairhaven, focusing on stories of Spiritualism, hauntings and the “dark and dingy”…

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The Holocaust on trial

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Denial is a movie about a real-life libel case. The filmmaking isn’t fancy or ambitious. Its aim is to tell the story of the case, from its origins to its finish, and it does so clearly, with no embellishment. Fortunately, the issues surrounding the case are so fascinating and so packed with moral importance that a straightforward telling is quite enough to make Denial a worthwhile drama.

In 1996, American historian Deborah Lipstadt was sued by the British historian David Irving over…

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On Stage

Alien Alert

Top of the food chain

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

When Woody Ciskowski was growing up on Orcas Island, his television choices were limited, so the fact that he discovered the alien invasion spoof known as Top of the Food Chain was completely by chance.

“About 15 years ago, my father was late-night channel surfing our six channels and he called me down to check out this ‘crazy movie’ he found,” Ciskowski says. “We only saw the second half, but the main character (played by Campbell Scott) and a line about ‘genetically engineered…

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David Dondero

Just another hardcore troubadour

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

In this era of all the music in existence being available for the streaming on the Internet, it can be surprisingly difficult to find something to listen to. More truly lovely music than I could ever hope to hear in my lifetime is out there, waiting for me to discover it, but it’s sometimes challenging to filter through all the noise and find the good stuff.

Real rough problem to have, I know.

This time of plenty is, of course, much harder on musicians than it is on me. When they…

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Indelible Images

Worlds of wonder at Whatcom Museum

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Thanks to a recent viewing of the exhibit “Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates,”  I’m now convinced that an underwater denizen dubbed the “stubby squid” (Rossia pacifica) is my new spirit animal.

Like the dozens of other up-close-and-personal photographs taken by marine biologist Susan Middleton of the sea creatures that make up more than 98 percent of the known animal species in the world’s oceans, the image of the diminutive cuttlefish at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher…

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Community Paramedic

Saving lives, saving money

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

911. It’s an easy number to remember—deliberately so!—and, like a light switch, it always works.

Emergency dispatch is always there, but a lot of times—a lot of times—people will call it for non-emergencies. That gets expensive.

In 2014, the City of Bellingham began an experiment to help connect frequent utilizers of 911 services for non-emergent medical needs to more appropriate services. The benefit of the program was conceived as twofold—citizens are connected…

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The Gristle
Twice Zero

TWICE ZERO: The first law of holes is, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”

Whatcom County found itself at the bottom of an enormous deep hole earlier this month when the Washington Supreme Court agreed with the findings of a state growth board that determined the county had…

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Motive matters

The public service of former presidential nominees includes leading the forces of D-Day, fighting in World War II, governing…

Misogyny writ large

In this presidential election sexism plays a significant role. Most people say they are not sexist, but social research shows…

Proud of young voters

I just want to say that this last year and a half has give me great deal of hope for…

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Today's Events
Word Sprints


Prep for the the upcoming NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), by taking part in a Word Sprint Challenge at 6pm at the SkillShare Space at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.…

October Chores in the Garden


Register in advance for a free “Putting It All Away: October Chores for Spring Splendor” at 6:30pm in Mount Vernon at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S. First St.

Crossing Zion


Learn more about the joys and perils of mountain climbing, divorce and love when Keith Johnson discusses his book Crossing Zion: Travels in Nepal at 7pm at the Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy.



Those looking to share their creative verse as part of Poetrynight can sign up at 7:45pm at the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. Readings start at 8pm. Entry is by donation.



A weekly open mic for comedians, “Guffawingham!,” takes place at 9:30pm every Monday at the Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. Entry is free. Each week, the event features approximately 20…

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