Report Tires; Chase Scam Revealed; Hand Washing; DVDs; Kidneys. Sweep. Music: Cindy Kallet; Tide & The River Rising

CONTENTS 3/9/2021
Report Tires Please
Aha!!! Chase Scam: Great Info
Coolest Hand Washing Info Ever
Donate DVDs To Nursing Homes
Kidney Health Awareness
Help For Non-Profits
Free Upright Piano
Free Magazines
Rental (Or Sublet) Wanted
Community First
Upcoming Sweep
Cast: Coffee And Sandwiches Together
Cindy Kallet Solo Concert, Livestream!
Radio Free Fl!p: Tide And The River Rising


Over the last week there have been several people in your neighborhood reporting their vehicle tires being slashed with a sharp object (presumably a knife) sometime in the night. This is mainly happening on West, Utter and Monroe.  There are not any suspects. Could you please let your neighborhood know the following:

  1. Report this to police by either calling 911 or doing an online report.
  2. Park in a garage or well lit area if at all possible!
  3. Report suspicious behavior to 911 during the hours of darkness.

 Thank you so much for your help!
Take Care,
Katrin Dearborn | Outreach Officer
Bellingham Police Department
Also Park, Washington and more… Please do report folks!


This actually explains what’s happening. Hooray! (And a hat tip to Carol Baker!) Police have advice for anyone who has been a victim of this fraud.

“If you get anything from Chase Bank, look at it and read it carefully to make sure what it is,” Hendrix said. “If it is where someone has created a fraudulent account, you need to file a report with your local law enforcement, whether it is the sheriff’s office or the police department.

“Then you need to call Chase Bank. They will tell you they have to have a police report before they can close the account. So if you already have that in hand, it makes things go quicker.”

The next step would to contact any credit protection bureaus the person subscribes to alert them of the identity theft and to watch for any anomalies. The Attorney General’s office website has an identity theft packet with helpful information.


The chemistry of soap, written by Tom Noddy, Bubble Guy. Start with a link so you can tell why you might want to listen:

Soap and detergent molecules are odd. One end of a soap molecule is a lot like grease, it doesn’t like water, it’s “hydrophobic”.  But the other end of soap molecules are “hydrophilic”, they like water (they are attracted to water molecules, electrically, like when your socks are attracted to the other clothes in the drier). So, unlike grease, soap goes into solution with water when each molecule works to attach itself to a nearby water molecule.

But meanwhile, the end that doesn’t like water is looking for some place to go to get away from the water. Everywhere it turns there is more water and water repels that end of the soap or detergent molecule … where can it go to get away from the water?

Well, if you can then offer it something, maybe something non-watery, maybe something dirty or greasy, then the end of the soap molecule that doesn’t like water can attach itself to the grease to get away from the water.

For the soap, that’s a perfect solution, the end that likes water is attached to a water molecule and the end that doesn’t is now attached to grease.

If you wipe it a bit then the soap molecules can and do completely surround the grease (and any germs (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa) that might be stuck to the grease). Then you can float that stuff away in the flood of soapy water.

So, no … soap doesn’t disinfect … it doesn’t kill virus but it can vastly lower the accumulation of them from your skin and remove the hiding places that could otherwise hold virus close.

A 60% alcohol solution is useful between the times that you can get yourself to soap and water but all of that alcohol is going to wreak havoc with your skin and it’s going to kill the good and bad bacteria and rework the ecosystem each time.  The first line of defense really is washing with soap (or detergent) and water.

EDIT: Since I wrote and posted this a few people have written to point out that it was correct in most assertions but they wanted me to know that in addition to what I described here, viruses with a “lipid outer layer” are vulnerable to being killed by “Non-polar solvents” which are “typically hydrocarbons used to dissolve other naturally occurring hydrocarbon lipid molecules that do not (or do not easily) dissolve in water.”

They mean that soap can also actually kill the coronavirus! Then my friend Sagah Stylisms Al-Kassab adds the point that viruses aren’t exactly “life” as we know it … so, maybe “deactivate” is a better term than “kill” in this case. ~ Tom Noddy



March is National Kidney Month. The Mount Baker Foundation has rolled-out a KIDNEY HEALTH AWARENESS initiative intended to raise awareness of “the silent epidemic.” Silent epidemic? Yes, because 1 in 3 of us is at risk for kidney disease and we don’t know it. Kidney disease is typically diagnosed when it is advanced, at a stage when it is harder to treat. This is an on-going initiative. The two primary causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure. Take a one minute risk test:

Local nephrologist, Dr. Bill Lombard, is giving Zoom talks for this effort. You can watch his presentation,  “1 in 3 of Us Is at Risk for Kidney Disease — Are YOU the One?” here: 

If you’d like informational brochures, bookmarks, and stickers (for water bottles, laptops, etc) related to this community kidney health awareness initiative, contact Micki Jackson at


My friend Jackie Lynch contacted me to let me know she’s retired from the City of Bellingham’s Planning Department. She’s interested in helping non-profits who are considering building, purchasing land, and/or moving into new quarters. She’s seen too many non-profits making plans without a good source of solid advice about the realities of land development and allowed uses. Such mistakes can waste a lot of time and money. She asks that everyone pass the word to non-profits they know. You can contact her at


It’s time for a new family to love this piano. Needs to be tuned up. I can email pictures. You transport. ~ Claire Evans, Tulip Street


Need some light reading? Or collage material? I have lots and lots of People magazines that I would be happy to donate to a new home! All recent and in good condition. Text or email! ~ Jessie Pemble, Kulshan Street, 360-599-8801


Solo woman (with dog) from Eugene, Oregon ISO of housing in Bellingham starting in Mid-May for 4-6 months (or possibly longer). Desires clean, quiet space to myself with natural light, preferably with some kind of access to outdoor space (fantasy place would include a garden). I work remotely full-time for an Oregon-based non-profit law firm that does impact climate recovery litigation. I can supply references and proof of excellent credit. I am hoping to relocate to Bellingham but currently spending time in the areas adjacent exploring. I will be on Whidbey Island until May 9th and available to come check out rentals/sublets and meet with folks. My dog is 8+ years old. Very sweet and chill, not destructive nor much of a barker unless you are a skateboard. ~ Iris Porter 541.819.9236



An insightful documentary about one successful intervention for chronic homelessness


Geri Field is just one small part of our unsheltered citizens. It’s a visible part as it’s out in the open along the road. Many more people are huddled in broken cars, tents, tarps, abandoned houses. Most unsheltered citizens are not at Geri Field. They are scattered around the edges of town, in woods and fields, sleeping in tents, cardboard boxes & under tarps. They are laying low and trying not to get swept.

Because of news of the upcoming sweep, the outreachers I work are all currently deeply involved in helping folks move away from the tent encampment in the lower parking lot at Geri Field. This involves hours of one-on-one listening, encouraging the folks currently in the cross-hairs to face their loss without despair and consider where they might move to. It is safest if the unsheltered folks scatter, but they don’t want to lose their community. If they can find ways to fragment into small enough groups, they may attract less attention, both from drug dealers and gangs, and from the authorities. There remains difficulty accessing clean water, food, bathrooms, and other basic resources.

Sweeps involve the authorities driving homeless people away, to date without giving assistance in transporting their belongings. It is common for people who are swept to lose their tent, ground pad, sleeping bag and other critical supplies. (As a person who gets to live in a house, I would be outraged to have my belongings confiscated and thrown away. I think you might too.)  Outreachers are trying to figure out how to move people before the last minute in hopes of preserving both resources and dignity. They could definitely use help with transportation – trucks & trailers – this weekend. Outreachers are willing to offer guidance to new volunteers.

Quote from city page that makes sense: “The situation is complex, challenging and dynamic. Safety for all – people living unsheltered, volunteers, City employees, and members of the public – remains our primary concern.” I hope the City really does follow through on this, for all parties. It’s unknown how city staff will pass their order in person to our unsheltered neighbors. Are they relying on a handful of volunteers to bring the sad news with no city options of where to place their tent home instead?


* wheeled suitcases
* volunteers willing to assist in camper relocation
* people willing to loan or drive vehicles with supplies
* $$ for U-Hauls ($250 or so)
* Trash Bags – 33 gallon size, approx.
* Colored Ribbon to identify belongings
* Contractor Bags – also largest size
* drinking water – that’s an ongoing need
* A few gallons of white vinegar for laundry

CAST: Coffee and Sandwiches Together

6 – 7 PM Free · Lottie St
Cast began almost 20 years ago as an outreach mission of two local congregations and is now a program of Interfaith Coalition.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, we serve a simple meal of sandwiches, to-go snacks, and beverages to people on the street who are hungry. If you are in need of a meal, please come enjoy a meal. If you know someone who is struggling with hunger, please let them know about CAST.

Our dedicated volunteers serve at the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation behind the downtown Bellingham Library on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

We’re following Whatcom County Health department guidelines on the foods and drinks we serve. Volunteers and guests must wear masks and practice social distancing. Masks are provided for those who do not have one.



Sunday March 21, 2 – 3 PST, Donations Accepted

I am SO excited! I’ll include a song of hers on Radio Free Fl!p tonight so you can see why. Cindy is a breathtaking guitarist, singer, and song writer. Powerfully honest, transparently emotional, deeply thoughtful. And her music is so movingly beautiful!! Please join me!

People can e-mail her at and she will send them a link to either the live concert or the recorded version (assuming she can figure out the recorded version part of it by then).

Cindy says, “I’m taking requests, too, so if there are any favorite oldies or newies that you’d love to hear, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to include them. You can hear all of my recorded songs for free by visiting this page. Just click on each album and you’ll find a list of the songs. There’s a play button next to each of them. You can do the same for my recordings with Ellen Epstein & Michael Cicone and Gordon Bok, but I can’t guarantee I can play them without these wonderful musical partners. (I can play songs with Grey Larsen, as he’ll be in the living room, too, and is prepared to provide his sparkling musical accompaniment!)

If you’re unable to view the concert live, I plan to post it privately for a few days afterwards. Let me know if you would like the link to this recorded video.”


Cindy Kallet’s song is widely sung around here, but we don’t quite get the rhythm right. When she plays her online solo concert, our versions won’t be in collision! This is a beautiful song: listen to the words…

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Chase Scam; Tires; More. Song: Oh Death

CONTENTS 3/6/2021
Chase Scam Follow-Up
Digger Wanted
Another View On Tires
Food Coop Run?
Patio Umbrellas Wanted
Radio Free Fl!p: Oh Death

Really short post tonight! Going to bed. My workshop tomorrow continues till mid-afternoon Sunday.


I also received an unsolicited debit card from Chase, and I pursued the matter by phone. Maybe other people can do this too, rather than trying to deal with websites.

First I called the consumer contact number on the letter, saying I wanted to report fraud: 1-800-935-9935. (Keep pressing the “0” zero key to bypass having to enter an account number, etc.) The person who came on transferred me to Chase’s fraud department; that direct line is 800-457-9802.

The Fraud person I spoke with would not confirm that an actual bank account in my name had been opened at Chase, even when I asked her several pointed questions. She would only say was that IF there had been one, it was now closed or inactive. (By then I was suspecting this might be a marketing effort by Chase that has gone off-kilter.)

She then suggested that I check the three credit-reporting entities so see IF anyone had opened a fraudulent account in my name at some other bank. Here are the numbers to call: Equifax 800-525-6285; Experion 888-397-3742; TransUnion 800-680-7289.

I hope this is helpful — Carolyn Dale


HS student, male or female, to do some heavy garden digging.  Probably 3 hrs work for someone with a strong back.  $15/hr.  Turning under rye grass in large beds. ~ Martha Dyck 360 223 8387


I agree with your implied underlying sentiment and analysis of what motivates the vandalism; yet, slashing tires has deeper practical implications than a scratch, paint or a broken window. For some, their car, and its immediate use, can be instrumental to someone’s life, and consequentially, other’s lives: a care-giver needing to be somewhere they are being relied upon; a doctor or nurse needing to fill a shift; a volunteer fire-fighter needing to respond to a call; someone needing to be on time to work or get fired… with all of the negative implications and subsequent fallout these few examples represent.  Yours, ~ Todd Citron


Is anyone going to the food coop tomorrow? We have a great coupon that expires tomorrow, and have a special order that should have arrived today as well. Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511 (text is best tomorrow)


For SwiftHaven – And I turned a neighbor down for one recently, and now I can’t remember who!


Nimrod Workman

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Tire Follow-Up; Scam Help Needed; Homeless Outreach: Cookies & A Jacket; Song: Waterbound

CONTENTS 3/6/2021
Fl!p Still Gone
Tire Vandalism Follow-Up
Chase Scam: Help Needed
Homeless Outreach
More Memorial Cookies Tonight
A Jacket Story
Radio Free Fl!p: Waterbound



I’m dropping in tonight to get this out, and then back on Zoom from early morning till after dinner Saturday, and from morning till mid-afternoon Sunday. Have a good weekend!


The police have requested that emphasis patrols occur in our neighborhood as a result of Wednesday’s tire-slashing vandalism. Yet another car was reported on the 2200 block of Utter. At least one family lost two tires they cannot afford to replace. I’ll try to get more information and see if we can find a way to help.


I’m trying to wrap up some figurines that were my grandpa’s and could use bubblewrap. Does anyone have some to spare? Thank you! ~ Coty Hogue


I became a victim, as well, of an unauthorized opening of a Chase Checking Account through my somehow stolen ID, as quite a few neighbors and other Whatcom County Residents have to endure.

For mostly the better (but, in this case, may be the worse!) I’m not good at doing things via the web, yet, that’s where I was pointed. It has me baffled to straighten this out.

I did report it to the helpful downtown branch, but now the weight in the pit of my stomach grows. I started with the recommended credit freeze process, but can’t understand what is being asked, said or what I could do to make things even worse or, to think positively, incredible easy!

I would like to connect with a knowledgable real someone and talk about what I need to do in a way that my dated, analog brain can grasp. Full disclosure: I’m equipped with an I phone only. Help ?  ~ Max Eberhard 360.801.3249



Thanks to Linda Allen for baking and sharing more of her brother’s cookies tonight. They sure touched a lot of hearts last night.


I will bring by one jacket before 6pm this evening. It was a coat Marc used for construction work. He was in the Laborer’s Union and designed the decorations on the coat and had a sewing/embroidery shop downtown put them on for him. Digger was his nickname and he was a very active Union member. There are 2 “in memory of Marc Livingston” signs at either end of Slater Rd, as he was the one who spearheaded the roadside cleanup there. He really was a brother to all, helped many homeless and down and out folks over the years. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share his love, ~ Piper


  • Costco: 2 or 3 bales of TP. I mean, a lot!
  • From anywhere, bottled water: Some gallons and some cases pf small bottles.
  • For SwiftHaven tiny home village: shelf brackets, shelves, hangers, small dressers, plastic bins, flat screen TVs, a couple picnic tables.



Rhiannon Giddens  with Francesco Turrisi – A lovely version of a beloved traditional song I used to sing to my sons. I’d tuck their names in. It’s amazing what beauty can be created with two or three simple chords and a whole lot of heart.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Fl!p Flees; We Beam; Tires Slashed; Elizabeth Park; Clothing Exchange; More. Homeless: Swift Update; Cookie Update. Music: Ysaye

CONTENTS 03/5/2021
Columbia Neighborhood
Reminder: Fl!p Flees
Project We Beam
Tire Slashing
Historic Elizabeth Park
The Big Fantastic Clothing Exchange
Chase Scam
Free Bee Friendly Plants
Rental Wanted
Homeless Outreach
Swifthaven Update
Memorial Cookie Follow-Up
Supplies Run
More Cooking Opportunities
Radio Free Fl!p: Happy Birthday Ysaye


Starting tomorrow evening, I am off duty to attend a Zoom workshop. I’m not just streaming; I’m an active participant. So please, if there are things you’ll need this weekend, let’s deal with them before dinnertime Friday. Or Sunday late afternoon, when I get “home.” Have a great weekend!  Love/Fl!p


Friday, March 5, 6 PM to 8 PM
1318 Bay Street (parking lot on the corner of Bay Street & Champion St)
Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing at the event or considering joining virtually.

An interactive art installation for all ages! The hybrid virtual and socially-distanced event is open to the public and will be viewable on the north wall of the Pickford Film Center from 6 PM to 8 PM during Downtown First Friday. A collaborative project of two local nonprofits—From A Child’s Point of View and the Bellingham Youth Media Project—PROJECT WE BEAM was born of a desire to create space for children to engage adults in conversations about our shared planet. What if, suddenly, the children understood what the animals were saying? And the animals understood the children?

To learn more about Project We Beam, visit

Watch on Facebook or YouTube: To watch the live stream on Facebook, visit To watch on YouTube, visit

Not on social media? No problem! To register for the Project We Beam Zoom meeting, visit


Slashed Prius Tires– happened sometime Wednesday night 3/3/21, 2300 block of Park Street (the block just north of Elizabeth Park), car was angle-parked in parking strip, both right tires, neat little 1 1/2″ slice in sidewall of each tire.  Ours was the only car on block slashed, and my partner Cathy’s Subaru was angle-parked right next to mine.  Ours was also the only Prius on the block.  Subsequently I learned of at least four other Prius’s slashed this week in the neighborhood. ~ Drew Winsor

Utter and Washington Streets Last night, all four tires on our Prius were slashed (Washington St). The car was well lit at the time.  Another car across the street on Utter Street had the same thing happen.

* My sister had a Subaru tire slashed in the 2200 block of Utter.  

2500 block of West at Jefferson We had our car tires slashed last night. In speaking to Bellingham Police to report the vandalism, we were told that there has been a spate of incidents in our neighborhood of tire slashes and car window smashes. I asked for emphasis patrolling at night. Perhaps other neighbors had an incident and didn’t report or ask for additional patrols. It would be great if they reported the vandalism, received a case number, and asked for additional patrols. This is not a 5 dollar incident. We have to buy TWO new tires for the car. Ours is a Dodge Grand Caravan so not a hybrid or a foreign make. But the side we can’t see from the house. 

More reported:

* 2400 block of Utter, in the alley between Utter and Walnut. I filed a police report.

* Very random-our car was parked right behind our neighbors & we didn’t get slashed but they did along with our neighbor on the corner of Utter & Washington –2200 block of Utter

* Oh my god, that explains my flat tire. Brand new tires too. Utter and Williams.

* Ours were slashed on the block of Williams between Eldridge and Madison.

* Went out this afternoon to run some errands only to find I had two flats. We are at the corner of Park and Monroe St. The car was in the driveway which is next to the alley.

* There may have been one more on the 2300 block of Park Street. Not sure if it’s a duplicate or not.

Everyone who experienced this should file a police report:…/police-services/reporting/online-reports

And if there were so many last night, I hope someone’s family or friends see social media bragging and report. This cost- 2 new tires- is under our 500 deductible.  There are so many who could not absorb this kind of emergency (and it’s not easy for those of us who can).

And a reminder that this is a crime against property, not bodies. We do not need to be frightened in our beds at night. Alert for behavior that might be vandalism, and ready to report it, yes, but not frightened for our personal safetly. Grumpy, maybe…


Three totally cool historical articles about our home!


March 20, 6 – 8 PM Drop-off
March 21, 2 – 6 PM browse & pickup
Free  · 2330 Elm St.

Purge your closets! We are doing it again:) TWEENS/TEENS AND WOMENS CLOTHING WELCOMED! Please drop your Gently Used and Pre-Washed Items off from 6-8pm on Saturday March 20th and return to browse and take home lovely new items on Sunday from 2-6pm. We will be following ALL Wa State Phase 2 Guidelines. Masks are required when approaching the building. Special focus on Teens & Tweens clothing please!


I also received a debit card from Chase and found out someone had stolen my identity when I called their fraud department. Someone opened an account in my name on 2/10/21. It’s closed now, and evidently there’s a lot of this going on right now as people try to take advantage of the money coming from the government. With the latest update on  the blog, I wanted to add my name to the list of those affected in our neighborhood. It’s now officially rampant! ~ Mattie Wheeler. Utter St.

And I keep hearing about more. Check your junk mail, neighbors! ~ Fl!p


Calling all gardeners! Are you looking forward to gardening and thinking about attracting more pollinators this year? The Whatcom County Noxious Weed Program has free seed packets of non-invasive, pollinator friendly, native plants! Ideal for small patches in your garden and replacing those pushy weeds you pull up. One packet covers 9 square feet. Pollinator packs of flower seeds.  Some from other states have seeds that are noxious weeds in our area!!  If you are in the market, how about FREE packs of seeds selected by experts specifically for our area?  Email with your mailing address, and we‘ll send you some seeds. FREE! From Whatcom County Public Works ·


Hello Columbia neighbors!  Amanda here, on Victor Street. I would love to find a place to rent in the neighborhood starting March 31/April 1, at least through August. Anywhere from a studio to three bedrooms. Thanks for your help to stay in the neighborhood! 617-694-3503 or Warmly, ~ Amanda Blaine



They have hot showers! The city of Bellingham will arrive at 8: 30am to drop off one more new house. If anyone has some basic furniture like a small desk, small dresser, TV tray, or a set of those plastic drawers – for new people, let me know. Things are beginning to settle down a bit at last, which is wonderful!


Flip, when I shared the cookie gifting story of Linda and her brother with Moose last night, he played his harmonica inbetween each phrase I shared, and I sung the story to him. The connecting was enduring. Most likely he is back on Lummi tonight. He shared he had a place he could go to in the future.

All he had that night was a big cardboard box he was laying in, in the bushes. He appears to be kind and funny and possibly had had a few drinks… I asked him what was needed and he said just a blanket.

I brought him the ground pad , two Myler blankets , two handwarmers sets, protein bars and Linda’s cookie dough cookies.

He said the were delicious. I agreed and we both laughed out loud together.

He thanked me for the supplies and let me witness him nesting in for the night … I coached him on zipping his jacket up all the way , and pulling his hood up. We both were thankful the longer warmer days of spring had arrived. It was quite late, 10 pm… my older body needed rest and I had a long drive home to the county.

Earlier that day I had been visiting my neighbors at Swift Haven tiny village, who are delighted to be sheltered , enjoying painting their homes, and meeting with other neighbors who come by to offer support … as each of us had unique gifts … and unique needs. Gratitude for all who share their time in service, and all who sit to listen to a neighbor share their sacred life story.


Thank you to all the people who offered to make the grocery run today. It seems like everywhere I look I find kindness. Thank you!!!


I’m ready to sign up more cooks, for dates starting this coming Tuesday. To sign up, email or text me, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can get free. We’ll figure out a date & time, and brainstorm what you might like to cook and what I might be able to contribute. I’ve even got an experienced Soup Brigade cook standing by to mentor you! 360-671-4511.



Ht/t Anji Citron. This video is a shout out for Ysaye Maria Barnwell’s birthday. She was born February 28, 1946) is an American singer and composer. Barnwell was a member of the African American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock from 1979 to 2013. In addition to writing many of the group’s songs, Barnwell has been commissioned to create music for dance, choral, film, and stage productions.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Fl!p Flees; Puzzle Hunt; Hospice; Memorial Cookies; Cold Nights; Meals; Shopping; Singing To or With; Songs: Heart Of The Appaloosa; Gentle On My Mind

CONTENTS 03/4/2021
Columbia Neighborhood
Note: Fl!p Out Of Reach
Spring Has Sprung
The Wwu Great Puzzle Hunt
Hospice Issue
Memorial Cookies
Nights Are Still Cold
Meal Sign-Ups
Shopping Run?
Singing To? Or With?
Radio Free Fl!p: Heart Of The Appaloosa
John Hartford: Gentle On My Mind


I will be attending a zoom workshop all weekend, from Friday evening till mid-afternoon Sunday. Zeke will cover for me as best he can, but please, contact me tomorrow if possible to square away anything we need to in advance. I’ll be in the house, but unavailable. Thanks!


It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Crocus & primrose & still some snowdrops are blooming. The big pink camellia tree in our back yard is in full swing. There’s new growth everywhere. I’ve been out weeding. I have a TON more to do, but the little magenta primroses along our sidewalk out front are still worth a walk-by today and for the next week or so. You are welcome to ask for a walk through the inner garden as well.


Saturday, April 17, 2021

The puzzles are written to challenge 8th grade and up, but in the past participants have ranged in age from 8 to 92. It doesn’t matter whether you solve any puzzles; It’s the teamwork and fun that counts!  We already have teams registered from India, China, France, UK, Canada, US, Jordan, and more.

Here’s the scoop! There are 4 main puzzles and a metapuzzle. Up to 6 on a team. The puzzles require cutting, pasting, coloring, … and each puzzle is from a different subject area: 1) Music and Performing Arts, 2) Humanities, 3) Sciences, and 4) A Surprise. Choose a versatile team and have fun!

OPEN to everyone, worldwide! Friends, family, colleagues, students, neighbors … All ages!
AWESOME GEAR and FREE domestic shipping!
Millie Johnson,



A reader wrote to me in outrage and anguish that Outreachers have had to go outside the system to create care for someone gravely ill. She assured me that Hospice house is a wonder. I wrote back that Hospice House is indeed a jewel. In 2018 they took my Mom in for a couple weeks to get me some caregiver respite.

Wherever possible the Outreachers try to be a bridge to needed services. I’ve listened to some amazing conversations between volunteers who know the ropes, and who know the individuals sleeping on the ground as well, as peers and as friends.

The Outreachers are working to get our neighbor through the hoops so he can get into Hospice House. There can be issues those of us with homes never consider – like ID, social security access, Medicare or Medicaid enrollment…. I hope all the issues can get sorted out quickly. I hope our meal support for him will be short term for all the right reasons.

We’ve had three people sign up to cook and deliver a hot meal one day a week. And a fourth wrote to inquire. We have room for three more if you’d like to take a meal a week for a few weeks. Contact me, and I’ll pass you on to Lorelei, and Outreacher who has volunteered to take on this piece of organizing. Thank you SO much!


I got to be part of Linda Allen’s story tonight. I handed her Bob Allen Memorial Chocolate Chip Cookies to a couple Outreachers and made sure they knew the whole story of Linda and her brother. Of their childhood: making and eating a whole batch of chocolate chip cookie dough (raw, when their mom wasn’t home). But her story includes the loss of estrangement between them. So many of the people that the Outreachers will be handing Linda’s cookies to, are sleeping on the ground because of their own estrangements. I want them to know that somewhere, there was a sister who was pushed away. And she never forgot her big brother and never stopped loving him. And right here, right now, she is sending a sweet promise that someone could remember the cookie-recipient with love, too. Linda wrote this evening that her message today is just this: “to love one another. To take care of one another. To do your best to make whole that which is broken.”


Due to your generosity, tonight’s outreach supplies included some safer tent heaters, hand and toe warmers, mylar blankets, a warm coat, warm dry socks, a whole bunch of waterproof shoes in sizes that had been requested recently, some plastic storage bins to keep belongings dry, two batches of cookies, muffins, string cheese… and of course, hot, nourishing meals! And the Laundry Brigade turned up some larger men’s coats and got them clean, dry, and ready to warm the world again. It’s amazing what a community can do!


Starting Tuesday March 9, I have openings for cooks to make dinner for 25 – 30 people. I have ingredients and take-out cups, and would love to mentor you through your first meal! Email is my favorite contact because I have a file-able searchable record: Text is just fine too. 360-671-4511. You just sign up directly with me. We’ll figure it out together.


I could use someone to make a SmartFoods (Cash&Carry) run tomorrow. I can provide cash or reimburse you with Venmo or PayPal. I’ve got a list all ready.



Summary: There is a difference between singing songs to an audience, and helping them sing with each other.

I am a musician who was born in 1950 in the USA. Today my husband Zeke & I went and listened to a bunch of young people singing activist songs from the 1950s & 60s Civil Rights, union and anti-war movements (also known as The Great Folk Scare). The young musicians did very well. Great singers, some excellent instrumentalists. Remembering some of the songs, and seeing and hearing those songs be cherished and offered anew by musicians who weren’t yet born then, brought tears to my eyes.

I also felt odd and bit sad, because though they invited the audience to sing along, they didn’t really facilitate that. The audience sang a little, softly. Did not raise the roof or connect with one another. I’ve been trying to think about what I do differently, and what Pete Seeger & Joan Baez, and the other people from whom I learned those songs, did differently. I think it involves teaching, leading and inviting until the audience kinda gets going, and then dropping back so the audience can primarily hear one another and realize they are part of something big. Also offering protection to those who fear humiliation if they sing. All together we are beautiful. But I hadn’t thought about how much it’s a learned skill to get a general audience to sing freely. And how necessary that such singing together be a primary intention if it’s going to happen well.


By Fred Small. While we’re on the theme of horses. I have not yet managed to get this song to a point I sing wing in public.


Hmmm! A second song, because of Linda. John Hartford wrote this song. I dug around a little and found this gem, with John singing to and with his heroes.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Stop Sign; More Scams; Packing Pillows; Phone Is Home; Homelessness; Song: Horse Called Music

CONTENTS 03/3/2021
Columbia Neighborhood
   Stop Sign Follow Up
   More Scams
   Packing Material
   Recovered Cell Phone
  Radio Free Fl!p: Horse Called Music


I contacted SSC to ask if one of their trucks was involved with the stop sign collision at Williams and Madison.  I heard back from Rodd Pemble, the recycling/safety manager, who wrote:

“Our pick-ups in that area are all in alleys, so our trucks would have no occasion to be on either street at that intersection.

 In any case, no damage to any SSC truck was reported, nor a mishap like this, which would certainly have been called in to our dispatch.”

So maybe it was some other kind of large truck moving through the neighborhood?  ~ Darrah Blanton


Just a heads up to your email subscribers– Last week I received an unsolicited debit card from Chase Bank.  When I reported this to Chase on March 1, I was told that my identity (social security, birth date and address) had been stolen and used to open an account at Chase (where I have never banked).  Chase closed the account but I now have to deal with the issue of identity theft.  I have talked with two other local people who have had this happen and the teller at Chase said they are seeing many cases of this in our area.  Just a heads up if someone receives an unsolicited debit or credit card. Thanks, Betsy Pernotto


I have a huge box full of those little blow-up pillows for packing. They come in so many things, and all I’ve figured so far is to pop them and recycle. But if someone could re-use them, that would be so much better! ~Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511


It worked! Just took a couple days to find the phone in a “secret horizontal compartment” in a couch. Thanks for sharing a giggle with me. No need to post the good news unless you desperately need some good news to post.  ~ Christina Nichols

I LOVE having good news to post! And I am VERY glad you found your phone…


I’m tuckered out tonight. I will catch you all up tomorrow! Just three “needs.”

1. XL & XXL and larger Men’s coats.

2. A light-weight folding cart for delivering meals. Like a garden cart. Big wheels for rough ground.

3. Kind souls who might commit to making one meal a week, on a regular day of the week, for a March & April, and delivering it to a homeless guy on hospice. The Outreachers have managed to get him into a motel.


Radio Free Fl!p: A Horse Called Music

Willie Nelson. My brother Joe sent me this tonight. In all the cowboy westerns of my 1950s childhood, for me it was always the horses.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Stop Sign Crunched; Helpful Vaccine; Soup Brigade, Generosity; More; Song: When I’m Gone

CONTENTS 3/2/2021
   Stop Sign Crunched
   Room Available Near Locust Beach
   Short Term Rental Wanted
   Soup Brigade
   Radio Free Fl!p: When I’m Gone


Stop Sign Crunched

A vehicle hit and then ran over the stop sign at Williams and Madison. I didn’t see it happen, just the aftermath. A city worker is already out attending to it. Kids are back in school. Mine and many others walk alone to and from. Please be mindful neighbors, careful drivers, and remind your friends. Thank you. ~ Darrah Blanton, Williams St.

There is the outside chance that it was one of the garbage/recycle or other larger vehicle rounding the corner….often times “they” move over to avoid oncoming traffic. ~ Stacy Moon


…More reasons to consider the vaccine: one is that it can help protect you and reduce the spread if the new variants, which are of increasing concern. Another is that the vaccine is effective at reducing viral load. Even if a vaccine doesn’t prevent all infections, having a low viral load, or the amount of virus being produced by your body, will decrease your infectiousness to others. That is another good reason to get vaccinated.BetsyBrownMD: View From An Epidemic


A room is opening up starting in May (flexible date) in a 3-bed house of sweet, quiet, plant-loving, gardening, fiddle/guitar playing 20 something-year-old gals. $500 + utilities. If you’d like to learn more please reach out to Celine at Kindly, ~ Celine Parton


My kids’ other parent and partner are looking for a short term rental in the neighborhood for any of the months March-August/September. They work remotely as a virtual reality developer and have our kids every other weekend. Looking for something 2 bedrooms or more. They are great tenants, quiet and have no pets. If anyone know of a place they can contact me at



I’m looking for a cook for Thursday evening if anyone might have time.


Thank you to the amazing donors who brought XXL men’s coats, TV trays, a whole load of waterproof boots and shoes(!), brand new Carhart jeans, baby wipes, juice pouches, M&Ms, 20# Basmati rice, cases of water… It was a deeply touching day! We had extra meals to distribute last night, and found Outreachers to deliver every one, on almost no notice. The ability to trust lets us work together to help every precious life.


Everything else, plus 9 pounds of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Dessert does not replace nutrition, but it sure does warm a cold heart.



More from Libba Cotten. Listen to that guitar!

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Membership; Vaccines; Plant Sales. SwiftHaven; Needed; Soup Brigade; Affordable? Jerry Teagarden; Song: Hole In The Air

CONTENTS 3/12021
   Columbia Neighborhood Membership
   Plant Sales
   Scams & Phishing Defense
   Lost iPhone
   SwiftHaven Painting Party
   Juice? Jackets? Blankets?
   Soup Brigade
   Affordable Housing
   Jerry Teagarden
   Radio Free Fl!p: Hole In The Air


To sign up or renew your membership, write new president Deb Valentine for details. It’s cheap and easy.


In Bellingham

Vaccine at Rite Aid. Be aware that Rite Aid on Telegraph has been consistently scheduling for vaccinations.  They schedule one day at a time, about a week out, and allow for daily openings as cancellations allow.  The calendar is updated very early morning, perhaps even just after midnight.  Seems that appointments have been filling by about 8:00 in the morning.

Be sure to click on the date highlighted on the calendar to see availability, and note that they have options of morning, afternoon, and evening, spaced 3 minutes apart.  Seems like a slick system.

They have the Pfizer vaccine.

Also, have they been successful in scheduling the 2nd dose at 21 or 28 days out? Or has there been a little give in the 2nd appointment scheduling? (They automatically schedule a second dose for people, sometime after the first dose has actually been administered.) Ht/t Kate McCarthy, Lettered Streets (This is where Zeke & I got ours Saturday. It felt so weird! I hadn’t been inside such a store since last March.)

In Arlington

I just went to the Arlington Airport to get vaccinated yesterday. They vaccinate between three and four thousand people a day. Sign up is the day before.  I don’t know what time the sign-up starts but I was able to get an appointment the day before. It’s the Pfizer vaccine. It’s a drive-thru, you stay in your car the whole time.  You don’t hvae to live in Snohomish county. ~ Kristin Barber 


It’s getting towards Spring, and gardeners start dividing plants. (I spent a happy, sunny hour yesterday weeding with my perfect new buttercup hand weeder!) If you have extra plants, or know when local plant sales are happening, please let me know and I’ll post them here. I keep talking with new neighbors who are looking for guidance and plants for their new gardens. I didn’t give them a single buttercup! Let’s help them out!


Re the phishing and scams you’ve noted: It shouldn’t be necessary to copy/paste stuff into Word to see the original sender and the pathways through which the email came. Most email clients have a mechanism to do that. In Gmail, click the three dots to the right of the Reply button at the top right of the message. A drop-down menu will show you a bunch of options that come below Reply and Forward. One of those is “show original.” Click this, and it will show you where the message originated, the email of the sender, all the pathways through which it came to get to your inbox, and a whole bunch of other stuff most of us don’t need to know and probably won’t understand. If it comes from someplace weird, delete that puppy forever. Please note that each email client will show these things differently and people need to learn how theirs handles it. Used to, you could pick up a virus or malware just by opening an email (or so I’m given to understand; I’m a suspicious character and if I don’t recognize the sender or the preview doesn’t sound like the sender if I know them, I’ve never opened one. I email the sender, if I know them, separately and ask if they sent it). According to this, that doesn’t happen anymore, although I think a spammer can determine whether your account is active, thus a target for more spam, if you open it.

So many things to watch for in our modern world, and so many of them target us older folks. Be careful out there! ~ Anna Lawson


Did you find an iPhone with a clear case painted with a cowhide pattern? It was lost this afternoon, likely somewhere between Lynn/Monroe and Haggen. Please get in touch if you did! (Christina and I have been having a pretty fun exchange over this lost phone. C: I am hoping that we will find it under a pillow as soon as you post the notice. F: Of course! But then again, would you find it if we didn’t post? C: Definitely not. I know what is required…) Please see if you can find her missing phone!

Christina Nichols, Lynn St. (360) 820-9266



Look what they did yesterday! What a joyful difference…


People keep asking for juice. Boxes or pouches. They crave sugar. There’s no sugar in water. Maybe some chocolate? Little packs of M&Ms? We still need 2x large men’s jackets to wear over multiple layers. And both wool and fleece blankets. I somehow hadn’t realized fleece blankets would help. Sounds like they will. You can bring donations here to 2518 Cherry Street. Thank you!


It turns out I could use a few more cooks after all. Volunteer cooks have been turning out 50 – 75 hot homemade dinners a day? Give me a shout and we’ll sign you up! We need a couple more hot dinners, and it turns out cookies and muffins are also a huge hit. Did you know that if you add extra butter to cookie dough, the cookies spread out further and get crispier? For muffins, slather them with butter the minute they come out of the oven. I’ve got packaging. You can decorate the little white bakery bags or send them out plain. It’s a heartfelt kindness. Hearts starve as well as bodies…


I’ve been thinking about what “affordable” means. That is going to be a big issue going forward. Here’s what I’ve been thinking: Something a front-line, essential worker could pay for with a minimum wage job. A job that the worker can’t quite get 40 hours a week at, because the company can’t hire full time because they’d have to pay benefits. Maybe the worker has a second part-time job. So many have to do that. We need housing that that worker can afford to rent. Small and plain, but safe and decent.



July 30, 1948 – February 1, 2021
Longtime local musician and songwriter.

As a friend wrote to me: This news struck me hard. We were not close, Or so I obviously and mistakenly thought. He was a kind and respectful person.” Jerry was all of that. And a fine musician.


Jim Page wrote and performs this. The words are included. This is for Jerry. And for Michael.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Neighborhood: Virus Follow-Up; Homelessness: Big Coats; Beef Sticks; Song: Freight Train

CONTENTS 02/28/2021
Columbia Neighborhood
   We-Transfer Virus Follow-Up
   Wanted:  Old Bricks
   Need Big Coats
   Beef Sticks?
   Radio Free Fl!p: Freight Train



I have been getting unending notices from Norton Securities, a similar scam. They come two to three times a week.  Each implies that an automatic renewal is coming up that will charge my bank account over $500.  Like We Transfer, it’s very likely a vehicle for a computer virus.

You probably already know this but there are two strategies to employ whenever one of these shows up.

  1. Copy the sender email address (which in my emails just shows up as “Norton Securities” and paste it in a Word document which will reveal the real sender address, which is always some weird gmail.
  2. NEVER answer the email itself or open anything. If you think the post may be legitimate, go to the real website (Norton Securities in my case) and call or write them for more information

~ Marie Eaton


Looking for around 50 bricks for a short garden wall. Thought someone may have some from a chimney. ~ Chris Wermas Victor Street 



From an Outreacher: We are very low on men’s outer wear coats in XL and 2XL. Most of the gloves donated have fit women. If people could specifically look at old gear that big men no longer wear. The problem is that if your coat is tight it’s actually colder. And these people have 5-6 layers on underneath.


I found a snack food that unsheltered neighbors really like! Beef sticks hold up well without refrigeration. If anyone wants to donate more soft-ish skinny sausages, steak strips, or such, that would be wonderful! Any variety of meat is fine (chicken, turkey, pork), but jerky is too hard for people who haven’t been able to afford a dentist in a long time. It’s gotta be softer. Needs to be individually wrapped. Minis are fine. Thank you!


I could use a SmartFood run tomorrow if anyone has time. But I still have lots of ingredients here to share. Delighted to talk menus!


We’ve got cooks lined up through Monday March 8. My stress level has dropped considerably! I’m delighted to sign more cooks up after that. Let me know. No meal-train or online sign-up; just get hold of me. Email is great; text is fine; and I even like talking on the phone while we figure out all the details and answer all the questions. 360-671-4511.



My beloved Libba Cotten. I had never seen this bit of film, but I watched those hands up close during my younger years. I used to run the campus coffee house in the 1970s and brought Libba at least once a year. She’d come stay at my house and we’d play together. Her version of teaching was to sit down with me and play the song or tune I wanted to learn, from beginning to end, up to speed, for a couple hours. And I fumbled along as best I could as I gradually figured out what to watch for, what to listen for, where to focus. Guitar players note: Libba played left handed on a right handed guitar. This did not produce a mirror image. She could reach things I couldn’t. Had fingers available I didn’t. She didn’t know the names of chords and wasn’t interested. I don’t think I have ever been so respected as a learner, or treated with such generosity. I would watch and watch, and finally figure out where she was hitting one note in the whole tune as it went by. And then had to try to remember it, and get ready, and catch it as it went by. And once I could do that, watch for the next. And the next. It really did take two hours. Or more. Libba clearly enjoyed it too. She knew I would remember her and her music. And I would share it after she was gone. And I have. What brought me here to this video tonight was a discussion I had yesterday with my granddaughter about what I learned from Libba, whose music still resonates in my heart and my hands after more than 50 years. I hope to gift it to my grandchildren’s hands and hearts.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

Neighborhood: SeeClickFix; WeTransfer Virus; Homelessness: Mr Heater? Painting Party; More. Tune: Wildwood Flower

CONTENTS 02/25/2021
Columbia Neighborhood
   WeTransfer Virus
   Rental Wanted
Soup Brigade
   Mr Heater?
   SwiftHaven Painting Party
   Mobile Outreach
   Blankets To Donate?
   Radio Free Fl!p: Wildwood Flower



The City of Bellingham has introduced a new way for residents to report non-emergency issues. SeeClickFix™ – both a browser application and a mobile app – allows users to upload photos as they report specific problems, ranging from potholes, damaged street signs and illegal dumping to minor flooding and sidewalk obstructions.

SeeClickFix is an easy new option to report non-emergency issues. Using the app automatically generates a service request to Public Works and adds the problem area to an interactive map that is publicly accessible. The service request generates automatic updates on the response, assessment and repair on the SeeClickFix site. Reporting via the app may be done confidentially and anonymously, or by creating an account.

Residents should still phone (360) 778-7700 to report urgent issues such as a broken water main and can still go to the City’s Report an Issue webpage to report on separate issues.

According to Caleb Barber, Public Works Asset Manager, SeeClickFix will expand the City’s ability to respond.

“We are effectively ‘crowdsourcing’ on-the-street intelligence to learn about needed repairs we might not otherwise know about,” said Barber. “The app also provides a channel for those who would prefer not to phone or who might not have computer access. We chose to use a product with both smartphone and browser capability in order to reach more members of the public.”

More information about SeeClickFix, including frequently asked questions, available at or via the “Report an Issue” button on the City homepage. The mobile app may be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Mike Olinger, Assistant Director of Operations
Public Works – City of Bellingham
(360) 778-7725


I’ve been getting notices from WeTransfer, so you may have been too. The notices try hard to look like a renewal notice for something you already use. Looked it up and found this: The most important thing to note about this WeTransfer email virus is that anything can be sent to you via those file transfer links, so opening any of them and following with download can lead to trojan infections and even more serious issues regarding the personal privacy and security of your device.


$700/month includes utilities. 31-single-female looking for a room or studio to rent in The Columbia Neighborhood, Lettered Streets, Sehome, or Fairhaven. I am a bit of an early-bird (usually up before sunrise) though I am quiet and keep to myself. I am looking to move within three months. I moved from Seattle to Bellingham two years ago and I am saving up for a place of my own. I do not own a vehicle and rely on public transportation so access to the busses are essential for me. I have been working in the same career for three years. I project that I will be able to afford my own place within 5 years. I am not comfortable living with dogs at all. I AM comfortable living with any other pet (cats, reptiles, amphibians, snakes, rodents, birds, horses, etc). I do not have any pets of my own. Prospective landlords may reach me via text/call/email.  Kaleigh Downing 206-698-3940 Washington Street


We can always use more cooks. Contact me, Fl!p at 360-671-4511 (text is good) or

The flow of kindness has lately including an amazing stash of batteries; beef sticks & fine shredded jerky; string cheese; (aka healthier snack food to balance all those Fruit Snacks!); warm winter clothing; bottled water; cookies; muffins; and hot meals. I’m sure I’m forgetting things!


Tomorrow noon to 2:30 at Assumption Gym on Cornwall. Meal boxes will be handed out. Please help spread the word. Folks living without shelter generally don’t have cell phones, internet, or even newspapers. You might be the only one who tells them.


Does anyone have a spare (small) Mr Heater that runs on a small propane tank?


Saturday February 27, 11 AM on, at 1555 Puget. Come help splash some bright colors on the tiny homes. Tomorrow will be the second day. They’ve posted a wonderful photo of a brilliant purple tiny home. What a transformation! Wear grubbies and a mask.

Note that inside their fence Swifters are “at home with their family” and all tested negative before they moved in. But they will wear masks for courtesy to guests if asked.


My next-door neighbor baked four dozen “omelet muffins” today with bacon & veggies. Some went to folks in an RV. Here’s a note from the Outreacher who took the rest this afternoon: “Lotta mileage out of those muffins. 4 people, 2 in wheelchairs on Cornwall, then to Geri. It was first, probably only food for Cornwallers, as wheelchairs at both camps, hard to get around.”


1. Dry & clean. 2. Wool 3. Washable. 4. Cheap. 5. Single bed or bunk bed size. Thanks!



Ed Peekeekoot used to come to Puget Sound Guitar Workshop in the early years. He’s Canadian and Cree. I was delighted to reconnect with him this past year. I remember Ed back in the mid-1970s sitting in on the front porch with a guitar and banjo stacked together on his lap, playing Dueling Banjos with himself. With this HUGE mischievous grin! Here he is having fun, fun, fun with a song I also learned to pick, because we all did. But I never took it to the heights Ed does!

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.