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Do You Really Want to Know?

For almost 30 years of his life, Jeff Carroll was, as most of us are, ignorant of Huntington’s Disease. Then, when he was in his late 20s, his mother became ill and Huntington’s officially entered his lexicon and forever changed his life.

Exceedingly rare, Huntington’s Disease, or HD, is a degenerative neurological illness with effects on the body that are best described as having ALS, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s at the same time. Onset tends to be early, the progression is long and

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This Week

The Gristle

Taxation and Representation

TAXATION AND REPRESENTATION:

All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
—Washington State Constitution Article One, Section One, Sentence One

The cardinal rule of representative government is, when the consenting governed have their infrequent and fragile moment to speak on what has been proposed in their name, you do not waste their precious time or dishonor their opinion. You do not challenge that opinion. You

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Film

Do You Really Want to Know?

A life and death decision

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For almost 30 years of his life, Jeff Carroll was, as most of us are, ignorant of Huntington’s Disease. Then, when he was in his late 20s, his mother became ill and Huntington’s officially entered his lexicon and forever changed his life.

Exceedingly rare, Huntington’s Disease, or HD, is a degenerative neurological illness with effects on the body that are best described as having ALS, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s at the same time. Onset tends to be early, the progression is long and

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Music

Record Store Day

Vinyl is forever

Given the general air of revelry and excitement that surrounds Record Store Day, it can be easy to forget that its creation was as much a response to a crisis as it was an excuse for celebration.

The year was 2007, and it was apparent that independent record stores were becoming casualties of the internet changing the price of music from already pretty cheap to free in nearly all cases. However, one retail sector of the music store was not just holding the line, it was actually experiencing

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Visual

Neo-Naturalist

Mixing matter at MoNA

A glorious assemblage of David Eisenhour’s sculptures of sea creatures, cast in silvered bronze, greets the visitor to “Neo-Naturalist,” currently at La Conner’s Museum of Northwest Art (MoNA). These brilliant objects celebrate our joy of discovering the beauty in nature. 

Guest Curator Robert Yoder places a very different piece opposite the Eisenhour gems. The huge painting “Switchback,” by Michael Paul Miller, shocks with its pathos and despair. Here’s a ravaged old man who

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Outdoors

Breakfast on Blanchard

Switchbacks and squirrel chats

It was just a shade before sunup, and I’d already been chugging my way up through pitch-dark, mist-shrouded forest for the better part of an hour when daybreak finally broke over Blanchard Mountain enough for me to switch my headlamp off without worrying about inadvertently stepping off the trail and plummeting straight down-slope into Samish Bay.

Even though I could still hardly see beyond the next tree trunk and/or boulder at that point, a sudden surge of self-propelled animal joy jolted

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Food

Burger Express

Get your caboose to Sedro-Woolley

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As you drive east along Highway 20 heading into Sedro-Woolley, you might not notice the old red and white caboose in a parking lot just outside of town. Or if you do notice it, you might think twice about stopping there to order food. That, however, would be a mistake, because this caboose is Skagit Valley Burger Express, home of the best burgers in Skagit County.

Although the Burger Express has been around for a while now, I hadn’t seriously considered visiting it until personal

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Words

Northwest Bookshelf

Native art, native trees and a journey to the north

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Northwest Coast Indian Art
Bill Holm (University of Washington Press)

From blankets to gambling sticks, coffins to rain hats, spoons to shaman’s paraphernalia, seemingly every material aspect of the indigenous cultures of the northern Pacific Coast was decorated with representations of the natural world, usually animals. Salmon, bear, raven, wolf, whale, seal, beaver: the wild creatures of the British Columbian and southeast Alaskan coastlines and islands are memorialized in bold strokes of

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On Stage

Ded Reckoning

Singing their way through space

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There’s a moment in Ded Reckoning: A Space Musical in Two Acts when Tiny, one of the five crew members aboard the Galaxy Guppy, finally understands what the space/time continuum is all about.

Thanks to the helpful (and catchy) lyrics in “Moving Fast”—the song that accompanied the “aha!” moment for Tiny—I also came much closer to comprehending why the six-plus years the crew had been adrift in space translated to nearly 48 years for those they left behind on planet Earth. 

Like the 11

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Film

While We’re Young

Friends without borders

The title of Noah Baumbach’s wry generation-gap comedy, While We’re Young, could be read as an ode to youth, like the name of a lost Cole Porter tune.

It could also be taken as sarcasm, as when Rodney Dangerfield shouts, “Let’s go, while we’re young!” to Ted Knight’s slowpoke golfer in Caddyshack.

Either way works, and does it ever. While We’re Young pairs two New York couples, one middle-aged and anxious and the other millennial and carefree. Both are in for a satirical

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Best of Bellingham

What's the best neighborhood? The one you live in, judging from this fiercely competitive category. With more than 2,400 entries in the Cascadia Weekly readers choice awards, every neighborhood was named again and again. But with so many terrific places--Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, Kulshan Brewing Company, Jeckyl & Hyde, Homeskillet, on and on--Sunnyland comes out on top.

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