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What’s Up! Awards

A pretty good idea

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I’ve known Brent Cole, editor and publisher of What’s Up! magazine, for many years now, long enough to know that he hatches most of his plans by saying, “This might be a bad idea, but…”

I like to imagine that’s how the What’s Up! Awards began some 16 or so years ago.

I have to imagine it because although I was part of the What’s Up! staff around the time the awards ceremony was founded, those early years are a little hazy in my memory.

I do remember the awards show…

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Growth Patterns

Observing nature through oil and stone

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

On the bitter-cold day I visited Smith & Vallee Gallery in Edison to see Patty Haller’s oil paintings of flowers and forest scenes, it was like entering a verdant greenhouse. No wonder so many of her beautiful paintings have been chosen by hospitals—they offer healing, visual therapy.

And the stoneware sculptures by Brian O’Neill in the exhibit, “Growth Patterns,” are a perfect complement to Haller’s sinuous designs and exuberant color. His work has been seen at the…

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Nest Moves

The Trojan horse of breakfast

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Egg-in-a-nest, a perennial children’s favorite, never seems to get old. To prepare it is to create a tractor beam between a child’s mouth and breakfast. As we grow up, it maintains a residence in many an adult heart. The novelty of using edible materials as a form of cookware with which to encase other edible materials doesn’t easily wear off.

With young and old alike, eggs-in-a-nest are especially appropriate this time of year because the winter season is also nesting season. Get…

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Whatcom READS!

Road tripping with Jonathan Evison

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sometimes a book’s title really draws in readers, but the 2017 Whatcom READS! selection, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, sounds more like a textbook for a Bellingham Technical College nursing course than the tragicomic road trip novel that it is. 

Don’t let the title stop you from picking up this worthy tale by Jonathan Evison and joining your friends and neighbors across Whatcom County in discussing the nature of redemption and what it means to truly care for…

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March On

Women of the world, unite!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When Saturday morning dawns, the nation’s 45th president will have already been inaugurated and, consequently, the world will be a much scarier place for many—including women, minorities, immigrants, rational humans who believe in addressing the catastrophic effects of global warming, defenders and admirers of the natural world, people who depend on health insurance to help keep themselves and their loved ones alive and well, and so on (let’s face it, the list is practically…

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On Stage

Turned Off

An inauguration day primer

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

When he who really should not be named becomes President of the United States on the morning of Fri., Jan. 20, a growing number of congressional delegates from across the nation won’t be in attendance to see the reality television star pledge his questionable allegiance to our country.

If you’re among those citizens who are also intent on sitting out the inauguration, we’d like to offer up a few ways for Bellinghamsters to avoid the spectacle.

Start your day by attending a Don’t…

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20th Century Women

A piece of the past

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

20th Century Women isn’t a great film, but it does something great. It replicates a quality of memory in a way that I’ve never quite seen before. It captures the way we think about people we knew and the lives they lived when we remember them from the distance of decades.

Written and directed by Mike Mills, and loosely based on his own childhood, it tells the story of a teenage boy being raised by a single mother in a big house in Santa Barbara. To make extra money, Mom has two…

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A Light in Dark Times

Sikhs invite interfaith service at temple near Lynden

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The religious faithful from all sects teemed into the Sikh temple in Lynden last week for a prayer service. The interfaith service at Guru Nanak Gursikh Gurdwara Sahib temple marked the 350th birthday of the last guru, Guru Gobind Singh, and marked a reawakening, ten years after the 100th anniversary of the expulsion of Sokhs from Bellingham.
The service began with a keynote address from Noémi Ban, a Holocaust survivor and Bellingham resident. Ban, 94, spoke of the need for love and…

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Best of Bellingham
Best Neighborhood


What makes a great neighborhood? In the years we’ve been polling readers for their favorite places, this category has moved steadily north—as has the emphasis on great parks, trails, schools, places to hang out, and homes that are stylish, established yet affordable have come into focus. The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series is just one example of a neighborhood laying out all of its finest for the enjoyment of others. Roll on, Columbia!

Best of Bellingham write-ups by Tim Johnson, Carey Ross, Amy Kepferle, Scott Pelton, and Trail Rat
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The Gristle
Stormin’ ORMA

STORMIN’ ORMA: The Washington Supreme Court substantially raised the bar for the siting of additional crude export projects on the Pacific coast, even as Sen. Doug Ericksen introduced legislation that could make that siting easier. Like a bar fight that moves titanically from room to…

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A dereliction of duty

What we saw in this last election was a lot of misdirected anger from people feeling they are being left…

The Republican coup

“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls…

Inside out

In 1981, the Republican Party gave us “The Great Communicator.” Now, they have produced “The Great Fabricator.” I hope the…

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Today's Events
Maple Alley Inn


Hot, home-cooked meals are served as part of the Opportunity Council’s Maple Alley Inn from 9:30-10:30am Tuesdays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (2117 Walnut St.) and 11:30am-1:30pm…

Teen Poetry Contest


Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to enter original poems for inclusion in a teen poetry anthology, A Forest of Words, through Feb. 14. Along with having their poems published in the…

Cyber-Surveillance Presentation


“Cyber-Surveillance: Who’s Watching Us Online, and Does It Even Matter?” will be the focus of a public lecture with cyber-security engineer Shay Colson at 5pm at Western Washington…

Travelogue Talk


“Exploring Northern Africa with Bob the Mule” will be the focus of a Travelogue Series presentation with local traveler Jake Strauss from 7-9pm at Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall, 121 Prospect…

Winter Dances


Experience original student choreography and movement when members of Western Washington University’s dance program present the annual “Winter Dances” at 7:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and…

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