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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Traveling in Style with Pedal Party NW

Pedal Party NW Full bike by Lorraine WildeI had a blast riding around beautiful downtown Bellingham with Pedal Party NW. Its a unique new take on celebrating with friends. Check out my article at WhatcomTalk.com to see why they’ll be at the top of my next party-planning list.

Writing About Amazing People Like Natalie Ransom of Pozie by Natalie

Pozie By Natalie Bouquet by Katheryn moran-photographyI’m incredibly blessed that part of my job has become about telling other people about some of the AMAZING humans that I get to know in my community. Natalie Ransom of Pozie by Natalie is one of those people.
I’ve always loved flowers…who doesn’t? But what she does with them is pure art. Her creativity and bold, confident personality inspired me to write about her for WhatcomTalk.com. I’ve loved getting to know this fellow Michigander better (and she’s a Yooper to boot!) and I hope you will to. You can check out my article about her and see more examples of her incredible floral work on her her website, Facebook, and Instagram. The next time you need more flowers in your life, you’ll know exactly who to call.