Heat Wave Strategies


These suggestions are almost all for folks who have shelter. Please donate water for those of us who trying to survive in tents. You can bring water to our house for pick-up.

Mom grew up in Idaho. She’d open all doors, window & curtains wide overnight, and rise at dawn to close everything tight. I did that last night. It’s fine in our house right now. She also taught us to either submerge or just put our forearms under cold water to bring down our body temperature. Take a cool bath. Keep some wet washcloths or hand towels in the fridge or freezer. Apply to forehead or wrap around the back of your neck, draped to the front. Keep trading towels. (A friend from Hawaii soak your whole sarong in water and wrap around your body / shoulders / head. Instant cooling. Repeat as needed. Even for sleeping.) Put a wet towel in front of but not blocking a fan so the air cools as it blows across the towel. Spray bottle filled with water, set on “fine” can be sprayed between you and the fan for a burst of evaporative coolness. Good luck! And drink a LOT of water and eat some salty stuff to balance your electrolytes. (I bought some Cheetos…)

Just got more from friends: If you must open windows, open the top of double-hung windows instead of the bottom to let out the hot air near the ceiling. Eat pickles for the salt, liquid, and the vinegar helps replace potassium lost in perspiration. Rinse your wrists. Get your feet wet. Wear wet clothes. Eat salty snacks.





Written by Jean Ritchie, recorded by the English a cappella trio Coope, Boyes & Simpson in about 2010.


You can always go to  https://columbianeighborhood.org/   to see what’s happening.


Heat Wave, Garage Sale, Chalk, More

June 25, 2021


Saturday June 26 (though I don’t know what the heat wave will do to the planning. No map this year, but a lot of neighbors are choosing the same date. Many are posting on the Columbia Neighborhood Facebook page.



The Columbia Neighborhood Chalk Festival will happen again on July 4 this year. I have chalk for you when you put yourself on the neighborhood map. We only have about 20 sign-ups so far. We had almost 200 last year. Please help spread the word. I have chalk, and I have flyers. Y’all come!


Here are all the Chalk Talks recorded by Marla Bronstein for last year’s Chalk Festival!



Our unsheltered neighbors are in trouble in the heat. The lack of access to clean drinking water could be life threatening this weekend. We need donations of bottled water (I hate those bottles, but we’re stuck right now). Costco is the cheapest source. Donations can be left on our front or back porch at 2518 Cherry Street. Financial donations to help buy water are also needed. This local non-profit is a good way to donate. They will spend the money immediately to help deal with the heat wave. I trust them and work with them.


Sports drinks for electrolyte replacement are a really good idea except they are SO expensive. The little packets of powder are great, except they’re like $1 each! Here is a recipe for home-made powder that costs pennies. I have hundred of little paper bakery bags I’ll be glad to hand out for packaging. The first time I bought bags, I got bags that were too small, and they came in boxes of 2000. Those bags will work fine for this. Come get them! I also have Lite Salt to share.

Recipe For Home-Made Hydration Drink Powder:

To replace electrolytes, one needs sodium, potassium, magnesium, and sugar.

Amounts are for 1 qt 2 gal   10 gal

Baking Soda 1/2 tsp 4 tsp   20 tsp

Morton Lite 1/4 tsp 2 tsp   10 tsp

Sugar 2 Tbsp 1 Cup   5 cups

(optional) Food Grade Epsom Salts 1/150 tsp  1/20 tsp 1/4 tsp

Some folks are adding a little Kool-Aid-type powder for flavor

Mix powders thoroughly. Divide up into 1 tablespoon per packet, to be dumped into a pint bottle of water & shaken. You can drop these off at our porch as well. Thanks!

Note: This is at least twice as concentrated as necessary. Drink at least as much plain water. You can use 3 tablespoons of sugar/quart instead of 2. It will be absorbed a little better.

1/4 tsp of Epsom salt/quart, has 30 or 40 x too much magnesium. Almost all recipe sites are dangerous nonsense. Plain water isn’t perfect, but sodium is the only electrolyte lost to a dangerous extent in sweat, and it’s easy to overdo. You can kill yourself drinking too much plain water, but that is *extremely* rare. This is my somewhat-educated opinion. I’m not a nutritionist, but I took a buncha biochemistry and biophysics. Take it with a grain of salt. ~ Zeke Hoskin


“Nice library. Is one of these a trick books?” “How so? “Like you pull it off the shelf and a hidden door opens.” “Oh. Yeah, all of them.” 


Our dear friend Marty is looking to rent a place in the neighborhood and we–Lora Eckert and Tovah Rainsong, 2631 Walnut Street will vouch for her. Here’s her post: Mature woman artist with good sharing skills would like to rent/share 6 months May-Oct in the Columbia B’ham neighborhood.  Willing to pay rent for whole year.  Please call 212-260-0889  ~ Marty mbs1509@gmail.com  or mbs150@columbia.edu


MCKAIN LAKEY will play a house concert on June 30 (soon!). Outdoors. Contact nlharold@gmail.com for reservations (required, and limited).


Friday, July 9, 6 -8 pm. Firehouse Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave

Songs of Home, Heart & Hope

No cover, Limited Seating, First come. 


Sunday July 11, I have been invited to join one of Robert Blake’s Kitchen Table concerts, on , both online & for a small live audience, outdoors. Right here in the neighborhood. Check with me if you’re interested.



Eddie Cochran in 1959 – the original!



With Joni Mitchell herself singing along!


Chalk Festival; E. Park Concerts; Live Music; Radio Free Fl!p

A lot of subscribers have not gotten the last two posts. I would love your help spreading the word that my blog is restarting. I would appreciate hearing from folks who find they didn’t receive prior posts, in hopes that helps with problem solving. I have had challenges with both my physical health and with my blog/list this past Spring. I will post very occasionally going forward. If folks aren’t receiving emails, they can safely click here to read myposts: https://columbianeighborhood.org/


The Columbia Neighborhood Chalk Festival will happen again on July 4 this year. I have chalk for you when you put yourself on the neighborhood map. We have about 20 sign-ups so far. Last year we had almost 200. Y’all come!


Here are the Chalk Talks recorded by Marla Bronstein for last year’s Chalk Festival!


The Chalk Festival is sponsored by the Eldridge Society for History & Preservation, and the Columbia Neighborhood Association.


Elizabeth Park Summer Concerts

Live music concerts will return this summer on Thursday evenings!

Starting in early July, The Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series will feature some of the best local and fan-favorite musicians and bands for your listening pleasure. The concert series is brought to you by The Eldridge Society for History and Preservation and Bellingham Parks and Recreation.

Due to COVID-19 concert attendance will be limited using guidance from the State of WA and the Department of Health. More information can be found on the Eldridge Society Facebook page @Elizabeth Park Summer Concert Series – Bellingham, WA

Concerts start at 6 pm.

​Elizabeth Park Summer 2021 Music Lineup

​Band ​Date
​Cheryl Hodge, Jazz Blues Trio July 1
Pacific Twang, Country, Swamp Rock, and American Band July 8
Free Harmony, Classic folk-rock harmonies July 15
High Mountain String Band, Bellingham based Progressive Bluegrass Band July 22
Tracy Spring and Jezebel’s Mother, Rootsy – bluesy – lively – lovely ​July 29
D’vas and Dudes, Country folk, Rock, Blues, and Boogie Woogie
August 5
​​4TENS Band, Fun Classic Rock Party Music ​August 12
The Sweet Goodbyes, Folk/Pop ​August 19
CraigO’s Planet Groove, Grateful Dead meets New Orleans Funk ​August 26
bandZandt, The County’s Happiest Rock Band ​September 2


It looks like BRYAN BOWERS will be playing at Boundary Bay Brewery later this summer, as a proper concert, out in the garden.

MCKAIN LAKEY will play a house concert on June 30 (soon!). Once again, outdoors. Contact nlharold@gmail.com for reservations (required, and limited).

I (Fl!p) have been invited to play one of Robert Blake’s Kitchen Table concerts, on Sunday July 11, both online & for a small live audience, outdoors. Check with me if you’re interested.


Lydia could use a couple more freezers and has room in her storage area. She’s a key Outreacher. If you have an extra freezer, please let me know. It would be great to have more cold storage. My front porch and cooler chests don’t work in the summertime. We also need fresh cooks, financial donations, and water. Please donate water (you can drop it at my house) and also empty or full gallon jugs with tight fitting lids. Even old milk jugs can be used for water to wash with.



Just after Jim Henson died.


Thanks! And Happy Solstice…


Chalk Festival; Neighborhood; Juneteenth; Homelessness; Music

Saturday June 19, 2021


Sunday July 4


In the morning: Chalk on the sidewalk out front of your house. If you don’t have a sidewalk, check in with your neighbors.

Noon concert at Elizabeth Park with a group from the Bellingham Community Band, Ebb Tides. (Looks like West Coast Pops popsicle truck will attend.)

Afternoon: Tour the neighborhood, following the online map. Decorate your bikes, trikes, wagons, and delightful selves. Let’s make the viewers part of the show!

We have 100 boxes of brightly colored chalk waiting for your fun, courtesy of the Eldridge Historical Society & the Columbia Neighborhood Association. Come and get ‘em! At the Share Shack Saturdays 1 – 3 or here from me, Fl!p. Text or call to arrange pick-up: 360-671-4511.

We only have about a dozen neighbors signed up so far. Last year we had almost 200! We’d love to have folks from every corner of the neighborhood. Make a hopscotch pattern. Or dance instructions (draw feet?). Or a waterfall down your front steps.  Enlist your grandkids; they’ll have lots of ideas!

Here are three Chalk Talk videos from last year, created by Marla Bronstein. Some of the info is out of date but most of it still works fine! (We have plenty of chalk this year, and we’re way less scared.) Thank you Marla!

Peter Roberts.  https://youtu.be/JaSUVuJRM4w

Flip  https://youtu.be/d9mBgKv9AUE

Seth  https://youtu.be/jVh0HZo-z50

Please invite your neighbors! These emails are not getting out to probably half the list, so I’m counting on you to spread the word. Play music from your front porch. Show off (and sell) your crafts, garden plants, artwork. Post it all on the map. Let’s celebrate this wonderful neighborhood!


It looks like my emails are not getting through to many subscribers on Comcast. If you’re on Comcast and haven’t received emails, start by adding flip@columbianeighborhood.org to you contacts list. If that doesn’t work, please let me know so we can further pinpoint the problem. Meanwhile, please let your neighbors know they can safely click the link to read these posts. Tell them about the Chalk Festival too!



Thank you to all the folks who wrote to say they missed my posts. Once we work out the bumps, I’ll be back posting, but only occasionally. There were folks who asked if I could use help personally. After some thought, I could sure use a hand with my garden if you are a knowledgeable gardener with a little free time. Thank you! Love/Fl!p


Today, Saturday June 19th AT 3 PM – 7 PM

Free, Maritime Heritage Park

Spectators are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic dinner for a celebration featuring music, dance and speakers. This year’s Juneteenth will focus on the range of Black music, featuring local artists performing in genres made uniquely American by the descendants of enslaved Africans: gospel, jazz, soul, rhythm and blues, rap and hip-hop. Cosmos Bistro and the Bellingham Food Co-op’s deli counter are featuring special meals for the event. https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article252065108.html


The documentary “Children of the Civil Rights” directed by CASCADIA President Julia Clifford, tells the story of these children and their commitment to equality. CASCADIA is proud to present this encore screening of the film, online, in celebration of Juneteenth and commemoration of the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Watch the trailer here

The film is available here Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased here on CASCADIA’s festival page . Once you have purchased your ticket, you may watch the film on demand whenever you’d like during the three days. Learn more about the film here

A recorded panel discussion about the film, the experiences of those in it and their views about the current Black Lives Matter movement is also available on CASCADIA’s website.


I’m reading a book on the legacy of racism that offers an interesting way for each of us to heal our hearts so we can do the work to realize the American dream of Liberty and Justice for All. The path this book offers may lead us closer to being able to do that work effectively.


Registration for Wild Whatcom 2021-2022 Programming is Now Open!

During Wild Whatcom programs, participants connect with the natural world and each other by exploring the changing seasons, developing naturalist knowledge, practicing wilderness skills, and, of course, playing games! 

Neighborhood Nature is an after school program for grades K-6 that meets at local parks Monday-Thursday. A new walking option is now available on Wednesdays from Columbia Elementary at 2:30pm. Learn more and register online at https://www.wildwhatcom.org/after-school

Financial assistance is available. Need assistance with online registration? Give Wild Whatcom a call at 360.389.3414.


A young man named Nolan Ferree has been helping with heavy labor in my yard. He’s happy to dig holes and trenches, and do the heavy lifting and pruning my back no longer appreciates. Nolan is not an experienced gardener, so we work side-by-side. He’s got a great work ethic and is happy to help out elders. 951 712 3899. ~Fl!p



My favorite ever Teacher’s Assistant, who’s mid-way through her masters of ed’ @WWU, needs housing, $1,200 max.  50 years ish?  Wants a solo place.  Lives in Mt Vernon, needs to be out by 7/31 but would far prefer to move into a place sooner- 7/15/21 is ideal.  Bellingham would be great, but points Mt Vernon or Burlington would be dandy too.  Suggestions?  Thankee, ~ Drew Winsor 425 341 3738


We have a friend moving to Bellingham from Ketchum, ID. They are super into the Columbia neighborhood and are looking to either buy or rent. They have 2 (soon to be 3) kids. Anyone with info can contact Ben Bradley for details benwbradley@gmail.com. ~ Courtney Rambo


Life-long Bellinghamster searching for a 2-3 bedroom long-term rental of any sort to rent starting in August. I work at the hospital and my daughter attends BHS (4th generation!), so I am really hoping to stay close to both. Please contact me at Melissa.g.r@hotmail.com if you have any leads. Thanks so much! ~ Melissa Gregory


Safeway has a coupon this week for 24 bottles of water for $1.99, though water is even cheaper at Costco. I’d love your help donating water for unsheltered neighbors. Access to clean water is a huge issue. You can bring donations to my front or back porch.Thank you!!! We can also use more cash donations to buy to-go meal containers. (And more cooks to prepare meals! We can provide most ingredients.) We also need clean empty water jugs with tight screw-on lids. Even clean empty milk jugs can hold water for washing. You can bring them here for pick-up. Front or back porch. 2518 Cherry Street – red house with green trim. Thank you!  Love, Fl!p 360-671-4511.



Live at the Wild Buffalo, July 17, 8 PM

Rock and Roll, done well. Some of you know my connection with this local band made good.


Rhiannon Giddens on a sweet fretless banjo. How can a flow of so many notes be so calming?


I remember Libba Cotten singing this song, while playing banjo upside down and backwards of course! At the time of this recording I found, Libba was 93. It was one of her last public performances. I used to bring her to Bellingham to play, and she taught me tunes, some of which I have passed on to musicians who weren’t yet born when Libba passed. What a privilege to pay it forward!



Chalk Festival! Where’s Fl!p? Soup Brigade; Radio Free Fl!p

June 11, 2021


Chalk! Live Music! Crafts! Plants! Costumes!


Please join us on July 4th to play with chalk on the sidewalk in front of your own home. This is for all ages, from pre-schoolers to adults, beginners to professionals. No skill is required.

Chalk in the morning. Last year we had everything from hopscotch squares to vivid peacocks & dragons. There were vines clear down the street, house to house.

At noon, a group from the Bellingham Community Band will play at Elizabeth Park. Socially distance, please.

And then we can all dress up and tour the neighborhood for the afternoon and early evening to see our fun creations! Musicians are encouraged to  play from their front porches. Crafters, artists, gardeners etc can sign up to display & sell their wares.

How to get on the map: Click on the link to columbianeighborhood.org/chalk. Scroll down and click the button to fill in the sign-up form. This will collect your contact information (which we will only use to coordinate with you and will never share or exploit in any way), and the location where you plan to chalk/play music, etc. We will add your location onto the map, and we’d love a description if you’d like to add one.

Last year we found that the more houses on a block signed up, the more folks came to see what was happening there. Invite your neighbors and sign up together!

Chalk: There’s a place on the sign-up page to request chalk if you need it. Please try to provide your own chalk if you can, since we have a limited supply. There will be volunteers from the neighborhood association distributing chalk on Saturdays at the Share Shack, 2000 W Connecticut, between 1:00 & 3:00 PM. You can also get chalk from Flip. Phone or text 360-671-4511 to set up a time.

The Chalk Walk Promenade: Dress up! Decorate your bikes, trikes, wagons, and your sweet selves! We can have a socially distanced tour, and we ourselves can be an important part of the Event. As we view the Chalk, we can also view each other. Use your vehicle as a float. Decorate! Celebrate!

This is a community project. We can use folks to distribute flyers for starters. If you have ideas of how to make this better or would like to get involved, email Fl!p Breskin: flip@columbianeighborhood.org


Both my blog and my health crashed the first week of March. I’m working on recovering both. My health is slowly improving. My stomach got tied in such knots back in January that I stopped being able to digest food. And then in early March I fell and wrenched my back. My back and hip are now largely recovered and I have just completed a physical therapy course for Fall Prevention. I actually gained half a pound last week. Lost it again, but it feels like a light at the end of the tunnel. I can at least eat. I’ve begun swimming again this week now that I’m fully vaccinated.

I need to put together a small support team for the blog. Today, when I send out this first single post, I may (or may not) get hundreds of bounces. I got flagged as a spammer in early March, which was the last straw for me. I hit automatic limits: I was sending to too many subscribers (over 3000), too often; with too many subjects & too many links. And I got hundreds of bounce messages right after I fell, when I had barely eaten in a couple months.

I hope to start posting again on a far more limited basis as my health allows. But it is also possible that this post will be the only one because of the spammer flag. It’s now safe again to click on the website link any time, to see what’s up. I will at least post as we prepare for the Chalk Festival.


I would love your help to check in with your neighbors to see if they got this message. If not, they can subscribe again on the blog. It’s easy. Or they can ask you for the news.


Both donations and fresh cooks dwindled away when I stopped posting. That was the hardest part for me. Unsheltered neighbors are being driven away from wherever they try to rest. And they can’t leave their tents because a tent can’t be locked. So there is still hunger. Outreachers are delivering about 35 meals a day to folks sheltering in woods and fields. There are hungry mouths for 100. We could use more cooks, and donations for supplies. Also, if you’re willing, I would love permission to share your contact information with Lorelei Bowers, who has taken over coordinating meals. We’re mostly making casseroles. There’s a place to sign up to cook here:




McKain started taking guitar lessons from me when she was 12 years old. Over half her lifetime ago. She’s gone on to be a professional musician, and I am honored to have gotten to be part of her journey. She’s playing a live local concert the evening of June 30th. Email Neal for reservations. Vaccines required. nlharold@gmail.com. This song is beautiful!



Transatlantic session. Wait till you see who’s playing! And what a wonderful song…



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: minuteforyourkidneys.org

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:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeEGNWpGDaw 

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 micki98226@aol.com


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 mersha@mersha.org


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  evans4kids@comcast.net


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 jessiepemble@gmail.com


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 porter.iris@gmail.com. 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 cindy@cindykallet.com 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 flip@columbianeighborhood.org

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 flip@openaccess.org 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 dyckmartha@gmail.com


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 flip@columbianeighborhood.org

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 flip@openaccess.org 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 cotyhogue@gmail.com


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 flip@columbianeighborhood.org

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 flip@openaccess.org 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 www.fromachildspointofview.org/project-we-beam.

Watch on Facebook or YouTube: To watch the live stream on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/fromchildspointofview/live. To watch on YouTube, visit https://youtu.be/HR48vt7GnGk.

Not on social media? No problem! To register for the Project We Beam Zoom meeting, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-we-beam-tickets-142281115647


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: https://cob.org/…/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 LBaldwin@co.whatcom.wa.us 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 ablaine@gmail.com 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! flip@openaccess.org 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 flip@columbianeighborhood.org

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 flip@openaccess.org 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!
WEBSITE: https://www.greatpuzzlehunt.com/
HOW TO REGISTER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZU0sLW9pJk
AWESOME GEAR and FREE domestic shipping! https://www.greatpuzzlehunt.com/gear
FAQs: https://www.greatpuzzlehunt.com/faq
RULES OF PLAY: https://www.greatpuzzlehunt.com/rules
SAMPLE PUZZLES: https://www.greatpuzzlehunt.com/puzzles
Millie Johnson, millie@wwu.edu



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: flip@openacces.org. 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 flip@columbianeighborhood.org

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 flip@openaccess.org 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.