It’s Snowing in Whatcom County!

sledding-sky-duryee-mt-bakerI know, so what, right? But in the greater Puget Sound area of Washington State, we only get a few days of snow a year, if any, so its a big deal to us.

No one knows how to drive in it, schools and businesses close, its like you’re a kid again with an extra day off school. I choose to embrace the snow day.

I wrote an article about sledding in Whatcom County  for WhatcomTalk.com last season and it still applies so I’ll share it again now.

Don’t forget to take your snow day sometime soon.

The Kid in All of Us Loves the Circus

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Photos by Jorge Lausell.

Except for that one incident with too much cotton candy, most of my experiences with the circus have been so very positive. I saw things I never could imagine. By people so glorious and different from my world. The lights, the music, the dancing and laughter. I could go every year.

Luckily, in my neck of the woods, I can actually go every month, or every week if I want. Whatcom County is the home to the Bellingham Circus Guild. I can see a performance on the 15th of every month and take a weekly class. So can my children. We are so fortunate.

It was a delight to write my Bellingham Experience Insider Blog about them. Go read it and then figure out how to get more circus in your 2017.

Fishing Back to My Roots

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Yes, the fish my sister Wanda is holding on the left is frozen solid. And yes, that really is the hairdo and glasses I had in the late 80’s, just like everyone else.

When I mention my roots, I’m not talking about changing my hair color. The older we get, the more we sift through our old memories and experiences.

To tame the chaos, I have been dedicating time to declutter and get organized. That includes going through old boxes, papers, and photos. I’m descended from a line of collectors and pilers on my mother’s side so my tendency to keep is strong. I think, you never know when you might need that, or how will I remember that moment without the photo? Lately I’ve been talking myself out of that mindset and answering those thoughts instead with live in the present because it is so precious, you’re not remembering it while its in a box in the attic anyway, and that unfinished project is keeping you awake at night.

While sifting old photos I was reminded of my time spent fishing. I fished bluegill and perch, pike, and whatever else would bite in the humid mosquitoey summers and below zero winters where I grew up in Lower Michigan. I fished alone, with my younger sister, and with my father, who taught me the little I know.

My fishing experience continued when I moved to Washington, shifting from lakes and ponds to the deep, cold waters of Lake Whatcom and the Puget Sound. Instead of standing on the shore, I bobbed in a sailboat or kayak.

Its been a while since I fished for anything. I’m recently practicing a vegan lifestyle for all the usual environmental and ethical reasons. But I loved fishing. For me, it wasn’t about the size of what I caught or catching what I ate. It was always about being on the water, learning about the fish and its life cycle, slowing down, and shutting out everything else but the quiet hum of the outdoors.

That’s why I wrote this article for WhatcomTalk.com about the new Bellingham, WA-based North Sound Chapter of Trout Unlimited. I understand where they are coming from and I respect that they are willing to take action to preserve and conserve rivers and their fish for generations to come.

I’m recycling most of the pictures of the fish I once caught. Then I’m going to head out to my local stream to see the salmon coming in. I’ll spend some time with the pictures in my head and then head home with any trash I find along the way.

Theater in Bellingham

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BTG’s 2008 production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

I love Bellingham and all it has to offer. We’re fortunate to have local original theater, improv, dance, and even nationally touring shows that stop by. I enjoy blogging for Bellingham Experience Whatcom County Tourism about the theater, music, and the arts that contribute to the culture and entertainment in our community. My hope is that by writing about them, I’ll bring them more attention, help them reach new audiences, and hopefully be appreciated more fully.

I got to speak with my friend Jeff Braswell, Bellingham Theatre Guild’s (BTG’s) publicity director, about all the exciting upgrades that are happening there, and just in time for their production of White Christmas. Please check out my blog post and then help BTG spread the word.

Name the Subject. I’m In.

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Jenn Sewell, owner of Run Those Dogs, and her dog, Lilo.

I love being a writer. I get to be creative, express myself, share my voice and thoughts with the world. Yes, it sometimes feels like talking into the void, that I’m just a stream in the Matrix, but it brings me joy. I wish everyone could do what they love. Perhaps there would be a lot less hate, anguish, and anxiety in the world?

I’ve been expanding my business, Wilde World Communications lately, dedicating myself to it full time and loving it. In addition to creating social media content, press releases, and simple web sites, I’m also blogging to help small businesses and organizations be seen, be heard, be discovered and appreciated by new customers. I’m helping them stand out from the other streams in the Matrix.

Snohomish County’s Run Those Dogs is a new client I’m excited to be working with. Owner Jenn Sewell and I will be developing blog content for her site to help her find new customers and connect with colleagues. When she asked me to write about using hemp seed oil in pet care, it didn’t matter to me that I hadn’t used it before. She had used it for her dog Lilo, and I was excited to learn more in order to share her story.

Please head over and read my blog post and be sure to like her page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Expanding Theater in Whatcom County

idiom-move-sylvia-centerI’ve had the pleasure of performing in locally-written plays at the iDiOM Theatre for many years. It was my honor to perform in the first 48-Hour Theatre Festival at the new Sylvia Center for the Arts, and the home of the new iDiOM Theatre.

My Insider Blog for Bellingham Experience via Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism shares what felt like an historic experience, including a video recording of my performance, as well as all that’s happening at Sylvia as a result of the hard work of Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao, the Board, and the volunteers in Bellingham’s incredible theater community.

Healthy Generosity

community-boating-center-kulshan-creek-youth-programGrowing up in small town Michigan, my father was the City Parks Director. Representing the City, he worked with local business owners through the Chamber of Commerce. Twenty-five years later, my sister worked for the office of that same Chamber. I grew up believing that business owners are the pillars of community. I saw them create jobs, solve problems, provide leadership, and through philanthropy, help those in need in our community.

Writing about a new program in my Whatcom County, WA community for WhatcomTalk.com, The Community Boating Center’s Youth Enrichment Program,, brought back all those warm feelings about how successful business owners can help others.

By getting at-risk and under served youth out onto the water in a safe and supportive environment, the youth that participate in this program build confidence, find friendship, and learn new physical and social skills. I hope you’ll take a look at my article and do what you can to help others in your community.