What’s Good? Making Sense Of Science, Herald Needs Help, Masks, More

CONTENTS 4/29/2020
What’s Good Today?
Making Sense Of Science
Bellingham Herald Asks For Help
Mallard Ice Cream
Bagelry
Masks For Sale
  Four Sizes, At Goods
  Masks & Button Straps
  Zip Jelineo
  Beyond Bellingham
Seeking Art Easel For Painting
Fl!p’s Pix
Virtual Choir “For The Longest Time”
Editor’s Corner
Lost Volunteer
Sowing Division
How To Request A Post

WHAT’S GOOD TODAY?
A facebook friend asked what was making people smile. This is what I wrote to her: “My neighbors have been caring for one another; sewing, donating and gifting masks,;shopping for one another’s groceries; beginning to organize a block at a time. Warm greetings to passers-by. Stuffed animals in the windows as a treasure hunt for children on walks with their families. Digging in garages and emergency kits for N95 masks, and just my own neighborhood has donated over 300 masks to local hospital workers and first responders. More and more of us are wearing masks. It feels like love to me. And Spring has plants leaping out of the ground and flowers bursting out of their buds.” – Neighbors from Columbia, and from all over Whatcom county, have been delivering groceries, home-made masks, plant starts to neighbors and shut-ins. It sometimes brings smiles and sometimes brings me gentle tears. I weep with relief at the kindness that surrounds me. Thank you all! ~ Love/Fl!p

MAKING SENSE OF SCIENCE
From Betsy Brown MD’s blog: Dr. Carl Bergstrom suggests getting information from “professional fact-based media versus hyper-partisan media”. It is well worth the read.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/28/there-is-no-absolute-truth-an-infectious-disease-expert-on-covid-19-misinformation-and-bullshit

Another great source is the New England Journal of Medicine’s Coronavirus page which updates regularly with new information. Lucky for us, they are making it free to read without a subscription.

I read Betsy every day. I find her to be thoughtful, compassionate and very well informed. Here’s her blog: https://betsybrownmd.substack.com/

BELLINGHAM HERALD ASKS FOR HELP
The Herald is asking us to subscribe and to donate. They have been doing an excellent job of covering local issues in the pandemic mostly working from their homes around the county. The Herald’s parent company was in bankruptcy before the pandemic hit home. Advertising revenue, already dwindling, has crashed for all media (even Facebook and Google) during this crisis. Layoffs are happening at news outlets across the nation and the world. “Your tax-deductible gift will ensure we continue to report on the coronavirus and all of its impacts across Whatcom County. We aim to raise $27,000 to keep our reporters reporting, our videographer recording and our editors at work delivering essential news and information to you. With help from the Local Media Foundation, your gift goes directly to ensuring sustainability for The Herald and continued accountability reporting as we navigate this critical time. Your help will go directly to the newsroom, not the business bottom line.” I have both subscribed and donated because I have come to count on the Herald in this hard time. Love/Fl!p
https://givebutter.com/bellinghamherald

MALLARD ICE CREAM
For those looking for a little sweet comfort, Mallard is open for curbside pick-up of pints and half-gallons on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. They have plenty of non-dairy options. Order & pay online, text for pick-up time. Here’s the order site:
https://mallard-ice-cream.square.site/

BAGELRY PLANS LIMITED RE-OPEN
They don’t have dates yet, but are looking towards re-opneing 3 days a week, perhaps as soon as sometime in later May. I’ll let you know when it happens, or you can check with them directly.

MASKS FOR SALE
If you know of other neighbors sewing masks for sale, I’d be glad to include them. If you’re on this list but burned out or over-subscribed, let me know. I’d love a report on the Columbia neighborhood mask tree. Is it still happening? Can other mask-makers contribute to it? You can ask me for the location.  flip@columbianeighborhood.org

FOUR SIZES, AT GOODS
I am making masks: 4 sizes including ones that fit small children.  I bring a new batch to Goods on Saturdays for donations and they are there until they’re gone. The money helps me pay for the overhead on my mobile salon that is parked there (little bird salon). Thanks, ~ Sarah Guenther of Little Bird Salon and Peabody street

MASKS & BUTTON STRAPS
My friend Kate makes masks with ties. Here’s the link to her Etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SmartSafeStylish?ref=search_shop_redirect
https://www.christasbathdesigns.com/my-shop

ZIP JELINEO
Cell phone for texting only: 360-778-9744
Home phone for discussing details concerning style, number needed, price: 360-734-0157
[Zip made those wonderful flags and banners for sale at the farmer’s market for years.]

MASKS FOR SALE BEYOND BELLINGHAM
Starting Tuesday April 28th I have masks for sale at the Rome Grocery (2908 Mt Baker HWY) Currently masks are for sale at  One Stop Mail Shop in Ferndale (1730 Labounty Dr.)  &  Colima Design in Ferndale (2064 Main Street).  Thanks, Jennifer Newell

SEEKING ART EASEL FOR PAINTING
Hello, this is Alaya, from Walnut Street. I am an artist exploring oil paint and am on the lookout for an easel. If you have a spare, please let me know. My phone number is 360 223 5537. Thank you.  ~ Alaya Rousseau

FL!P’S PIX

VIRTUAL CHOIR “FOR THE LONGEST TIME”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpAKcQufacc

EDITOR’S CORNER

LOST VOLUNTEER
Someone offered tech help with WordPress, and I cannot find that message. I would adore help!!!

SOWING DIVISION
I am seeing more and more posts on social media attacking government, science, medicine. Please, if you see upsetting posts, don’t pass them on. Go to Snopes, Fact-Check and other such sites and actually read the articles there. I’ve seen posts that say “Snopes says so” and when I go read the link, Snopes says the opposite. If you are encouraged to distrust, blame, and believe in big conspiracies, push back. We can care for each other, care about each other, and get each other through this hard time together.

https://thelogicofscience.com/2020/04/29/shoddy-statistics-and-false-claims-dr-erickson-dangerously-misled-the-public-on-coronavirus/

TO REQUEST A POST
Email me at flip@columbianeighborhood.org – and put the title you’d like on your post as the subject line. Thanks!

Love/Fl!p

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