May Day Art, Surveys, End Of Life Planning, Masks, Film Fest, Planning, Lots More

CONTENTS 4/27/2020
May Day Neighborhood Art On Display
Masks + Nylon Stockings
Fishing Industry Surveys
Bellingham Makerspace Sews 12,000 Masks For Frontline Workers
End Of Life Planning
    Ask The Doctor
    Realities Of Advanced Medical Interventions Video
    Realities Powerpoint Slides
    Realities Of Advanced Medical Interventions – Glossary
Fl!p’s Pix For Music
Cascadia Women’s Film Festival
Piano Wanted
Columbia Neighborhood
Package Mixup
Masks At Goods
Survey Assistance For Students
Editor’s Corner
Resilience Block By Block
Spare Instant-Pot

Wow! This is long. I took the weekend off. You can go to directly and look at this there if it’s easier for you. All the past posts are there too.

May Day, Friday, May 1, 2020, 9am-9pm,
Hello Columbia neighbors,

The Columbia Neighborhood Association Board would like you to know about an upcoming activity for all neighbors, in hopes of  bringing the community joy while maintaining the distancing guidelines put in place during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Columbia Share Shack will provide a place for kids to hang up art to display. Also, art could be hung in the windows of homes or businesses, or be done with chalk on the sidewalks! On May 1st, let’s all take a walk through the neighborhood and enjoy some art to celebrate May Day, which has a history of many different celebrations in different cultures around the world, from welcoming spring to International Workers’ Day. Your art can reflect the theme that you choose. This is an opportunity to share our cultural diversity through our art on display at the Share Shack or from our windows or on our sidewalks!

The wires and clothespins are installed at the Share Shack at the corner of W. Connecticut St and Henry St, ready for children’s pictures!  Have fun!

If you have questions, please send them to

On the NPR website there is an article about combining nylon stockings with a cloth mask. Adding an outer layer made from nylon stockings to a homemade face covering can boost its ability to filter out small particles in the air by creating a tighter seal between the mask and the wearer’s face.

This article from NY Times discusses different kinds of disinfectants and when/where/how to use them. Since we use a bleach solution at our home, I appreciated that this article discusses recommended concentrations, what surfaces they’re good (and bad) on, how many minutes they require in order to kill coronavirus, recommendations for rinsing, health precautions, and shelf life (just a couple of days once you mix bleach with water!).
~ Marc Hoffman

Whatcom Unified Command’s Economic Impact task Force has developed three unique surveys to measure the impacts of COVID-19 on our commercial fishing industry. If you, or anyone you know is in the commercial fishing industry, please fill out this survey. The survey is voluntary, all questions are optional, and many are open ended. The survey does not ask for your business name or any other identifying information unless you choose to provide information in order to be contacted for a follow up. It is open to anyone in this industry in Whatcom County, and will close for analyses at 5pm on Wednesday, May 6. If you are in the commercial fishing industry, please select the survey most relevant to your specific operations – fishing, tendering, or processing.


Making your own choices, and letting both your family and your medical providers know your choices, is a huge gift to others, and is a way of taking charge of your own life during these uncertain times. What better time than the present?

Dr. Lombard,
Our two adult kids and their spouses hounded us to get our advance directives done. The tables are turned now, we started hounding them to do theirs with the coronavirus upending even young lives. Your video helped us understand the whys and the whats of choosing and has brought our family to common ground that we should all prepare in advance of a crisis. We watched your talk in our separate homes, then met on Zoom to discuss our choices.

One son-in-law needed to be convinced in this time of Covid-19 to do his advance directive. But, we did it, thanks to your talk. My Ask the Doctor questions are, do you plan to continue Realities of Advanced Medical Interventions in the future in person? And, could you edit the video a little and have it shown at The Pickford or The Limelight once there is some normalcy in our daily lives? I can see it up there on the big screen. You and your team could be there “live” for Q&A.

That’s a great story of your family taking the risk of COVID-19 seriously and working together to be appropriately prepared. I’m very impressed!

Also, really good questions. Our expectation is to return to live presentations of the Realities program when it is safe and permissible. At this point, I don’t know when that will be possible. It could conceivably be late summer or early fall, recognizing that the window may be small if there is a significant recurrence of the epidemic. 

I never thought about playing it (appropriately edited) for a live audience but it’s an intriguing idea worth exploring. Zoom presentations are another consideration and may represent an easier way to get to a larger audience. 

Thanks for your story and suggestions,
Bill Lombard

Realities Of Advanced Medical Interventions Video:

Dr. Lombard’s Realities Powerpoint Slides 

The Realities Of Advanced Medical Interventions – Glossary

After reviewing this info, if you need clarification on an aspect of a medical intervention before you tackle completing your Advance Directive, email and she will contact Dr. Lombard, who has agreed to clarify wherever possible. Please DO NOT ask for personal medical advice.


CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival
On-line festival, May 14-17. Passes for CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival’s on-line 2020 festival are on sale now through the festival’s website at:  CASCADIA scrambled to move its films on-line after the ‘live’ festival in April was cancelled due to COVID-19. All access passes are only $19.95 and give pass-holders access to all the films during the four-day festival to watch whenever they want from anywhere they want.  In addition, passholders can watch interviews and panel discussions with the directors and take part in ‘live’ Q&As.  Student passes are available for $4.95 for students with an .edu e-mail address. Pass purchases help to support the festival and its women filmmakers to help insure that festival and films will survives the COVID crises. Three short films will be available for free this upcoming weekend.  For that showcase click here starting Friday, May 1 through next Sunday, May 3.

I am in charge of the Senior Singers at the Senior Center. Since we can’t sing together right now, I thought it would be a good time to search for a replacement piano for the Senior Center. Our current piano is just not very good anymore. Ideally we would like to get a good piano as a donation, but we might be able to raise some money among the singers, etc. We welcome any ideas for finding a piano. ~ Maggie Malone, Eldridge Ave. 425-747-8684   or


It’s been found and delivered! Thank you so much, everybody!    ~ Anita Harker, Williams St

We received an Amazon Prime package with our address, but a different name.  It’s addressed to Eddie Blakely.  Please call or text if that’s you, or you know where he lives!  We thought we’d try the blog before we return to sender. ~ Miriam Ban, Park Street, 831-359-3720

Thanks to all who got Masks at GOODS! They were all gone in 5 hours!  I plan on making another batch of 20+ to be ready there on Tuesday morning.  ~ Sarah Guenther, Peabody street

I teach PR and journalism at WWU.  As part of their capstone projects, my students typically conduct in-person surveys in the community (Haggen, Farmers Market etc.) to help develop strategic communications plans for local organizations.

Obviously, that isn’t happening this year. Instead, the students developed short, online surveys, and I’ve been recruiting people to help me disseminate those links. The surveys are completely anonymous and will not be published anywhere. They are only used to assist students in creating a plan (and, therefore, assist the organization as well). 

Survey 1 (media related):

Survey 2 (local nonprofit related):

~ Jennifer Keller, Chair & Associate Professor, Dept. of Journalism, Victor Street


I still want to help us gather as neighbors, one block at a time, to figure out how to best care for one another. I’d love to know what information you all think would be most useful. If I can create a questionnaire for neighbors to fill out in advance it could actually speed the meeting, or at least leave room at it for the most important things. Before we meet, we need to figure out mentors to get each neighbor onto zoom if possible. And if they can only come by phone, we get to figure out how to be thoughtful about them. There is such an economic and electronic divide! If you have thoughts about this, I’d love to hear from you. ~  Love/Fl!p

It’s actually some other brand. It works fine. 6 quart. The inner pot is lined instead of stainless, and some of the lining has worn away. The silicone ring smells like onions, because I cook a lot with onions. Anyway, if someone wants it, let me know. You’re welcome: text 360-671-4511

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