Okay, its no real secret. Youth isn’t eternal. Its ephemeral, which means we have to enjoy the hell out of it before its gone. We all know about the diet, exercise, and sleep yada, yada. But one way to make youth last is a little healthy denial. Never underestimate the value of being playful and taking time out from responsibility to relax and have a little fun.
A non-profit local to my area, Inner Child Studio, is helping everyone–adults included–focus on finding ways to play. It was a joy to write an article for WhatcomTalk.com about all they are doing for our community. With their help, we can keep our minds and bodies sharp and happy.
I first discovered biology at the age of six in the farm drainage ditch that ran behind my lower Michigan home. That’s when and where I decided I would pursue science. High school science classes convinced me that I was on the right path and solidified my path through college. Although I don’t work in a lab or collect field data these days, environmental science is still a part of my daily life. I live, teach, and write about science as much as I can.
It was a joy to interview an intelligent, articulate, confident, resourceful bunch of Sehome High School students for my most recent article for WhatcomTalk.com about their participation in Science Olympiad. My old friend Mark Toney is their student adviser and my good friend Laural Ringler suggested I write about them. Whenever you can, support your local science experiences in any form. It makes a huge difference in their lives that echoes well beyond the event itself.
I really enjoyed writing this article about Dan Welch of [bundle] and his award-winning ultra-green home. There’s something to be admired when someone lives their values every day, going off the grid in an environmentally-conscious way in order to test the limits of possibility and inspire others. Check out my article for WhatcomTalk.com to find out how one family is living in an experiment every day.
My craftsman home built in 1928 has 15 years-worth of recycled, reused, or repurposed building materials, fixtures, and hardware sprinkled throughout it. All of those materials came from the RE Store just a few blocks away. That resource has saved me literally thousands of dollars over the years and kept hundreds of thousands of pounds of used, discarded, and vintage building materials out of the landfill.
So it was a pleasure to write this article for WhatcomTalk.com about the RE Store’s REvision Division. Their creative furniture designers take materials no one wants and makes them into beautiful, useful pieces of furniture. Check out the article to find out how you can get the perfect piece for your home.
For the past several years, I have had the honor of performing at a saucy avant-garde little theater in Bellingham, the endearing iDiOM Theatre. They recently announced that they would be moving after 14 years to a new location for next season. I was so excited for them that I wrote about it for WhatcomTalk.com.
Do go read about all the incredible improvements planned not just for the iDiOM, but also for the entire Bellingham arts community. We’ll all benefit for all that Sylvia Center for the Arts will bring to our doorstep.
Thank you to Cass Murphy for the photos and to Glen Nelson Bristow and Patrick Timmins for their help with this article.
Proposed location for the new Sylvia Center for the Arts
My family converted to solar this past fall and our only regret is that we didn’t do it sooner. As I discovered while writing this article for WhatcomTalk.com, we may have hit it at exactly the perfect time. Washington State is about to modify it’s incentives, which are not expected to be better than the existing ones, that will take affect July 1, 2016. As the article also mentions, going solar now will benefit the Bellingham Food Bank too. If you’re at all curious, check it out. Its never too late to move toward sustainability, but now seems to be the right moment.
Thanks to Ecotech Solar and Itek Energy for getting my house squared away.
I’m excited to take advantage of the snow this season, especially since last year was lackluster in the Pacific Northwest as ski seasons go. This year, we’ve been sledding and snow shoeing and the weather report promises more snow in the mountains into the spring. It was great fun to do research for my sledding article at WhatcomTalk.com.
Thank you to all my friends and family for help identifying the best spots to fly down a hill around Whatcom County.