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.

Bringing Broadway to Small Towns

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When I was in 9th grade, my high school English teacher Mrs. Garner (and other teachers and my school I’m sure) organized field trips to a Flint, MI theater so that those in advanced English class (that could afford it) got to see a couple of traveling Broadway shows. My first was A Chorus Line. My mother gladly paid the $15 to cover the ticket and the bus to get me there so that I could be exposed to the arts that never came to our tiny farm town.

I am also a big fan of the movies and I’ve lost count of the number of Broadway shows I’ve seen and sung along with in movie form. FAME is one of my long-time favorites.

So it was my pleasure to write and article for WhatcomTalk.com about A Day in the Life of Broadway Show Passing Through Mount Baker Theatre. I was fascinated by the sheer person-hours required to unpack, produce, perform, and pack up again in such a short time.

Although my children are more interested in anime than Broadway right now, I’ll do my best to continue to introduce them to an art form that has brought joy to so many. I’m just so thankful that Mount Baker Theatre is bringing them to my small town too.

One of Bellingham’s Hidden Gems

img_0009Politics aside, who do you vote for: Mead or Cider? Before stepping into Bellingham’s Honey Moon I’d never tried mead, the drink of knights and peasants. But Honey Moon has both made from scratch, all while supporting the local music and poetry scene too!

An exemplary business, Honey Moon takes care to treat its employees well by valuing their work and including their ideas in event and product planning. That makes for a tight-knit work family. They also pride themselves on giving local artists, musicians, and poets a space to share their work.

That’s why I enjoy writing about wonderful places to be for my Insider Blog for Bellingham Experience. Hot Damn Scandal, New Orleans’ Jocose Bird, and so much more can be found at this hole-in-the-wall spot. Take a look.

Letting Your Freak Flag Fly at Bellingham ComiCon

501st-legion-group-photo-with-eric6I’m not afraid to admit that I will be attending my first comic book convention, Bellingham ComiCon, in costume on Oct. 22. I’m just embarrassed to admit that haven’t been to one sooner. If you can’t already tell, comic convention people are my people. They love what they love and enjoy sharing that with like-minded…well…nerds…geeks…whatever. Choose your label. Who cares. Its weird fun and I’m looking forward to it.

I was excited to write about it for WhatcomTalk.com, and I’ll be even more excited to take my kidlets. Hopefully they won’t be too embarrassed to be seen with me in my Game of Thrones Daenerys costume.

Writing About Film: Pickford Film Center’s Doctober

 

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From the documentary film “Yarn” about artist creating new ways to bring an ancient art to the world.

I’ve always been drawn to film. As a kid in my pajamas, hugging my blanket, I would watch The Magical World of Walt Disney on Sunday night TV. My love of the non-fiction version of the art form, documentary film, may have started with Jacques Cousteau and Wild Wild World of Animals. But that love expanded to include documentaries on a variety of subjects ranging from the environment to comedy to music.

Watching a documentary is like reading the encyclopedia of a subject but with an incredible story arc that sucks you in. You don’t have to suspend reality because it is reality.

It was my pleasure to write about an annual film festival held in the Bellingham community, Pickford Film Center’s Doctober for WhatcomTalk.com. More than 50 documentaries from across the globe are brought to our independent theater and screened throughout the month of October.

Be sure to check out my article and see their extraordinary films this month and every October.

Improvisation in Life

img_0194_smThe time I’ve spent at the The Upfront Theatre over the years in classes and performance have made me a better human being. I enjoyed writing this Insider Blog for Bellingham Experience at Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. Take a look at the article, and then take a class and see a show. 

Feeling Inspired

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Photo by Dawn Matthes Photography.

Writing about someone who makes me feel inspired is a pretty easy gig. That’s how I felt writing my WhatcomTalk.com article about my experience with my friend Stephanie Williamson and our Life and Leadership Coaching sessions. I didn’t think I needed it. But after our first meeting, I realized everyone can benefit. Learn how to get out of your own way and start rolling forward.

Channeling Mount Baker Theatre’s Ghost Judy

mount-baker-theatre-momixWhen WhatcomTalk.com asked me to write from Mount Baker Theatre‘s Ghost Judy’s perspective, I thought maybe I was being punked. Someone might pay me to do that? How much fun is that? Turns out, a lot of fun.

Check out the first of what I hope are many posts that I wrote on behalf of the friendly ghost Judy.

Traveling Green

fiddlehead-tours-sarah-graingerCaring for the environment has always been a part of my core and appreciating it in the outdoors is one of my favorite things. So at Bellingham Green Drinks, when I heard Sarah Grainger’s 30-second pitch about her new tourism company, Fiddlehead Tours and Adventures, I knew I had to write about her and her business. She called it “Holistic Commodity Tourism.” Its a technical term for a way we could all look at every day life, or a a vacation, or both. Its a kind of tourism that considers the big picture, treading lightly, and leaving no trace. I was delighted to write about her for WhatcomTalk.com. Not only is she a savvy business person, she knows how to have fun too. Go check out her vision and be inspired.

Getting Wilde at Wild Buffalo

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My favorite place in the “balcony” of Wild Buffalo. Photo by Kenneth Kearney Photography.

I’ve discovered so many great bands for the first time at Bellingham’s Wild Buffalo. I enjoyed getting to know owner Craig Jewell better in order to write this Insider Blog for Bellingham Experience Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. We are so lucky that they bring such a variety of music to our town. Take a look at why I keep going back.