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Pandemic Fiction

This is not a drill

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Playing the board game Pandemic recently, it was oddly comforting to have a role in eradicating the virus and fighting the good fight with our team of scientists, researchers and first responders.

Thinking about the experience, I realized I’ve been feeling the impulse to read some pandemic fiction, even though that subject matter isn’t my usual go-to for a pleasurable experience. And hasn’t my newsfeed given me enough to read about pandemics, viruses and exponential…

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Food

Modified Market

A different kind of opening day

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

When the Bellingham Farmers Market begins its 28th season from 10am-3pm Sat., April 11 at the Depot Market Square, it won’t be business as usual.

While shoppers will still be able to procure fresh vegetables, eggs, meat and baked goods from longtime vendors such as Rabbit Fields Farm, Foothills Farm, Alluvial Farms, Ten Fold Farm, Breadfarm, and Raven Breads, due to concerns about the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the modified market will have a decidedly different vibe than is typical…

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Outdoors

What's at Stake

Saving Tulip Town

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Endless rows of frost-covered tulips were revealed in the fields of Tulip Town early Monday morning as the sun made its ascent over Cultus Mountain.

As Mt. Baker showed itself and the mist settled over a nearby ditch, the acres of flowers that every April fill the Skagit Valley with visitors from near and far came into clearer focus. Even closed up tight in the morning chill, their vibrant colors—some easily identifiable like red and yellow and white, others mysterious hybrid…

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Film

More Than Movies

The Pickford’s virtual screening room

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

William Shakespeare once said, “All the world’s a stage,” and while that might be true in a theoretical and metaphorical sense, these days all the stages of the world have gone dark. Same goes for movie theaters—and it’s not the kind of darkness that comes when the house lights go down and the trailer reel begins.

However, of the things uniting First World humans across the globe these days, foremost is we’re all streaming something all the time. Netflix and chill is no…

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Visual

Pet Project

Paw-Casso Portraits

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

You had me at “paw-thenticity,” Whatcom Humane Society.

I’m referring to the email that recently directed me to a pun-filled press release about the unique “Paw-Casso Portraits” fundraiser being hosted by the longtime nonprofit through April 16.

“During these challenging times when social distancing is so very important, the Whatcom Humane Society would like to offer you the opportunity to support our lifesaving mission and have a one-of-a-kind pet portrait of your companion animal…

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Music

Bham Music

Live from living rooms near you

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Over the years, one of the more common inquiries I get about my job is whether I ever run out of things to write about.

Typically, when asked that question, I tend to scoff at the notion. With so many music venues, events, organizations, concert series and other assorted music-related offerings, the idea of running out of inspiration seems absurd, to put it mildly.

I never took a global pandemic into consideration, but why would I? I’m not a doomsday prepper—hell, I can hardly plan…

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Rumor Has It
My Pandemic Diary

I have not left my apartment in nearly a week, except to check the mail. I have not changed out of my pajamas in going on 72 hours—although I have made an effort to dress in normal clothes during those times when I go to my new office in my living room. I find myself growing envious of…

Amy Goodman
Cruel and unusual punishment

Stay at home. Shelter in place.  Maintain social distance. We now know how to slow the COVID-19 pandemic. Containment of the novel coronavirus requires that we act together, as a global community. But not everyone has the freedom to take these steps. The United States is the greatest jailer…

Letters
Respect safe distancing

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bellinghamshould make space for families and kids walking, playing and riding bikes. Schools and gyms are closed, transit is reduced, and Governor Inslee…

Coronavirus conundrum

In a matter of months, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has bombarded our precious planet Earth. Worldwide, the United States is the third country with the most individuals testing positive—with a…

Plan for advanced care

As COVID-19 spreads across the country, physicians and nurses are pleading with the general public to complete their health care advance directive. Why? Because, these medical directives…