New Neighborhood News!

I haven’t posted here since mid-November. I got overstressed and my stomach got so tied up in knots I couldn’t digest food. I lost a fifth of my body weight. At this point, I’ve got myself stabilized but it doesn’t yet make sense to add stress. I’m doing fine! Some wonderful neighbors have agreed to take over my list. I’ll post a bunch of stuff below. Sometime next month we’ll be migrating to people I trust.

For folks from my Fl!p’s Pix list, if you didn’t get an email from that list last week, email me at to be added. I won’t post often, but a little. It will be almost all music, but I do post my political endorsements, once, right before each election. It’s up to you to do your own homework and make your own choices, but I am willing to contribute to your research with my own. Political posts are clearly labeled and easy to skip.

And now the news!!!



Here you go!! Fill out the form to get on the map. Use the map to see all the sales.

Form (to be filled out by sellers)

Map (to be visited by shoppers)

Here is how the sale map works. Folks use the link to sign up and fill in their details. Greg, our CNA volunteer gets a notification and puts that sale on the map, which happens about once every 24 hours. Folks need to sign up by 5 pm on August 5th to get on the map. (But don’t wait and drive Greg nuts please! Sign up early.)

After that they should show up on the sale map, which is the second link.


I’m still doing homeless support. I would always love help. Financial contributions go towards gas for the Outreachers, supplies for unhoused neighbors, and emergencies as they crop up. These days, surprise! Gas costs about $1000 a month for Outreachers delivering supplies to people where they are camping. Most unhoused people don’t dare go out of sight of their tents for fear of theft or being swept.

We can also always use more cooks. Once, or once a month, or once a week. For 10 people or 50. I can mentor you. I cook with buddies every Tuesday, and it’s a lovely excuse to hang out and catch up. You can also invite your buddies to cook with you.

We can always use water (especially gallons), AAA & AA batteries, headlamps, tarps & tents, sleeping bags. Tents are constantly swept. Average tent life before confiscation is about 6 – 8 weeks. Donations can be brought to our house – 2518 Cherry Street. Contact me at


Fl!p with Twangoleum

Saturday August 27, 11 AM, Elizabeth Park

I used to do this before the pandemic. You’re all invited to my birthday party! I’ll bring a guitar and my voice (and remember to bring my own chair this time) and sing you some songs, and get you to sing along. I’ll try to sing loud enough to be heard while we all socially distance. Bring your own chair if you want one. Except for the last couple years, I’ve always done a birthday concert, and absolutely everyone is always invited!

However! This event is weather dependent. If we’re deep in Smoke, or another heat wave, or it’s raining, we won’t do it for safety reasons. And I’d deeply appreciate it if everyone masked. I’ll probably take mine off to sing, but I’ll make sure I’m more that 6 feet away.

I would love to see you all again!


Flooding: Stay Home! Meeting Tomorrow, Homeless In Storm; Much More


Squalicum Parkway is closed due to flooding, and so is Meridian Street north of I-5, with water from Baker Creek flowing down the roadway. Lots of side streets are closed as well. There were 2.78 inches of rain yesterday (previous one-day record was .88) and much more rain and heavy winds are arriving today. Please, please stay home. Find your flashlights and refresh your batteries, then dig out extra winter bedding in case we loose power in the high winds coming. Maybe bake dinner now to warm up the house and use up some of what’s in your freezer. And check in on your neighbors, too. 

Squalicum Parkway:

Iowa Street:


Think of what it’s like when you go camping and the weather turns bad and the tent is flooded, so you all get in the car to try to sleep for the night. Folks are out in the middle of that bad camping trip right now and don’t have a car or other place to get dry. They are soaked. Please call and write your government leaders and the folks at the Health Department and City Staff who say there won’t be any government-run warming shelters offered this winter, no matter how bad or cold the weather. (You can hear that said at the November 8, 2021 Bellingham City Council Committee of the Whole meeting in answer to questions from Council Member Anderson.) 

Mayor email: Seth Fleetwood <> (360) 778-8100

Entire Council (for the record): <>

Satpal Sidhu <>;
Phone: 360-778-5200

Whatcom County Council:

Entire Council (for the record) <>


I haven’t been able to track down where to call to volunteer, but it sounds like over 100 volunteers are needed to get another shelter open. Before Covid, most volunteers were retired folks. We need younger help these days. Check with me. I’ll keep looking for contact info. And if you have that info, please let me know. The Ferndale shelter is also scrambling to get open, and needs volunteers as well.


Outreachers have been out since 6 am taking dry gear, sleeping bags, and hats gloves scarfs, hot water bottles. Please donate any clean dry clothing: Coats hats gloves hand-warmers, foot-warmers, boots size 10 & up. Also sleeping bags, warm blankets, tarps and tents are needed. We can receive donations here at 2518 Cherry Street. Please come masked.


Hi Flip, I’m one of your neighbors over on Lynn street and I’m also a family doctor at one of our community health centers in town, Sea Mar. I’ve been so appreciative of all of the efforts you’ve made for staff at the hospital, especially as the pandemic grinds on and on.  I did want to let you know that outpatient staff are feeling the grind as well, especially with these surges of activity associated with testing, vaccination, etc, and they may be a good target for pick-me-ups and support.  As an example, our medical assistants usually do about 20 non-doctor visits daily – for a patient who is coming in for a wound check, flu shot, or suture removal, for example.  Today they did 84!! And our phone are also ringing off the hook so our receptionists are really fried.  I know this is true at other clinics as well including Peace Health.  I believe the health dept has a complete list of where vaccinations are being given on their website. In any case, if there is an option to recognize outpatient staff as well that may be very welcomed!

[I have beautiful cards you can pick up if you’d like some to write on. I’ll find addresses. Maybe some of you can help with that. Love/Fl!p]


Interesting new relationships between conditions.


Prescription eyeglasses. Probably lost in the vicinity of a bench in the northwest area of Elizabeth Park. ~ Mary Stone Williams Street


I am looking for someone to tutor me in either Norwegian, Swedish or Icelandic. I am willing to pay.  I do speak some Icelandic but I am wanting to improve plus hopefully learn other Scandinavian languages. Thank you so much 360-815-1190 ~ Brigget LeClair


Private tutoring available from Columbia neighborhood teacher. I teach reading, writing, and math (up to Algebra). Please contact me for more information. Thank you! ~ Ruth Olsen 360-318-5380


From Jason Ellsworth: Good Morning. So many people here have hired me for jobs, that I thought I’d share some of my knowledge about roof leaks… I’ve gotten a couple calls and driven out to see some folks over the weekend too. If your roof is leaking call your home owners insurance company or landlord right away. That should be your first step. Use the phrase “sudden and unexpected”. Those are the magic words that will spring an insurance company into action. They have a certain amount of time they need to be out to your property… which may be extended a bit with the storm. So a little patience will need to be exercised (and that’s hard to do when water is dripping down from your ceiling). Usually they will send someone like Service Master or Serv Pro out to do an assessment and help you cover the leak.

The tricky part about getting up there and doing it yourself is not just saftey, but also warranties and guarantees. If you go up there and nail a tarp on your shingles, that may void the warranty. Because roof companies and insurance companies contract with companies like Service Master it’s best to wait for them. After you call them and get an idea of what’s going on, then you’ll have a better idea of what you can tell a roofer. And you’ll want to call a roofing company or someone licensed and bonded.

I just figured I’d give you my thoughts. None of this is a great situation for anyone. I hope you all are staying dry and safe. If you have questions send me a text. I’m gonna be staying in today and off the roofs as well. Take care Neighbors.



Sin-Killer GriffinThis song sung by Griffin’s song-leader in the Darrington Prison, April 1934. Lyrics are in the comments, along with a lot of history. Seems like a song for today’s weather.


Phone Return; Piano; Ingredients; Needs; Music: Zoo Concert

CONTENTS 3/7/2021
Much More On Chase Scam
Good News: Phone Return
Piano For Sale
Radio Free Fl!p: Zoo Concert


So much more, I posted it tonight as a separate Blog/Email. This bank fraud is specific to Whatcom County. It’s worth going to the special post and reading it. Best guess to date is that information may have been revealed thru the WA State Employment Security Department (ESD) breach. There was also a Premera breach. The special posting includes information on how to add fraud alerts and more.


I got a message early this afternoon from a Kulshan street neighbor who found quite a nice iPhone when she was out walking. She brought it to me, and I had started to look up how to find the ICE (In Case of Emergency) file. You can find out how to add one to your phone. It helps in a medical emergency, or with a lost phone. Look it up! Anyway, the phone rang! I grabbed it, saw a familiar name flash across the screen, hit that button that lets you send a text saying you’re busy, and texted my address. Then I pulled up my database, found that familiar name, sent and email and called the number – and found the owner. She came and got her phone. She was SO happy, and so was the woman who found her phone, and so was I!

If you aren’t sure if I have your contact information, it might be worth sending or updating it with me. I will never exploit or abuse your contact information. Ever. And mine is at the end of every email I send. You might want to add my phone number to your phone so if I ever need to call you, you’ll know it’s me. 360-671-4511/


Yamaha U3 52” Professional Upright – $6,695

Having studied piano since I was eight years old and had students of my own, I understand the difference a professional piano can make in one’s learning trajectory and career as a pianist. The Yamaha U3 is a professional upright with excellent playing performance, action and tone. It would have been a dream for me when I was a student.

This piano stands out among U3’s I’ve tried. It has a clear and expansive sound across the keyboard. The aesthetic and mechanical condition is fantastic. We purchased it from Classic Pianos in Bellevue and it is serviced by guild certified Todd Loomis.

If you are interested in learning more, reach out to Ben Greené at or 360-402-8162



  • Someone dropped off a whole bunch of flours and grains – cornmeal, garbanzo flour, potato starch, semolina, and a variety of wheat flours.
  • I’ve got tons of rice, lentils, dried beans, noodles & spaghetti
  • Onions, carrots, usually have celery
  • — plus all of the above as dried veggie flakes with bell peppers too
  • Bacon. And I’ve got a friend with a big frozen ham.
  • Big cans of tuna, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, crushed tomatoes.
  • I’ve got chicken soup base.
  • Tons of grated mozzarella and both sharp and mild grated cheddar
  • Butter – drenching everything in butter is a really good idea.
  • I also have some raisins and a LOT of chocolate chips!
  • At the moment I’ve got powdered eggs. I think we have a source for bread. Lydia has a recipe for a sort of French Toast loaf with bacon that she says goes out like hotcakes. We could ask her for that recipe.
  • And of course take-out containers, and my lending library of big pots and baking pans.


Water: Liters & gallons & 5 gallon jugs of water. Whatever you can manage. For all the rain here, and all the bogs, safe drinking water is very difficult to come by. Donations can come to our back porch for pick-up by outreach workers. They say they couldn’t have too much water. They’ll take all you can give.

Tears: I fell Friday morning and wrenched my back, so I’m avoiding lifting as much as I can for the moment, which makes our back porch perfect for delivery. There’s a dolly just inside the back gate for easier transport (water is heavy!). I’m really relieved that I didn’t break any bones. This was not what I had in mind! I finally melted down this evening and had a good cry. “I want my MOMMY!” – and Zeke and Vortex came right over and sat at my feet looking warmly at me till I had cried it out. I’m feeling so much better now. My back doesn’t even hurt quite as much. And Zeke made me dinner. Amazing how much a good hard cry can help a situation. I’d been really grumpy all weekend and now I’m not. I’ve known for years that any day on which I haven’t both laughed and cried, I’ve been kind of a zombie. But to make it work, I have to not blame anyone, including myself. At all. That’s why Zeke has learned it’s safe to come close when I’m melting down.

Belts: Sounds like folks could use a lot of belts. Everybody is using rope to hold their pants up. Which reminds me: Rope. And 10×20 or larger tarps.



To help relieve boredom, loneliness and sadness among the animals. Concert by Thelonious Herrmann. Enthusiastic audience-ing by various groups of animals.

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.

Why Shovel? Lunar New Year


I was wondering if everyone who is able to could please shovel your sidewalks and walkways.

Here’s why: letter carriers need to be able to use the sidewalks.  Pedestrians use the sidewalks.  Cars use the streets but they can’t if the streets are full of pedestrians who can’t use the sidewalks.  EMS, if called, needs access to walkways and sidewalks.  Once the temperature drops and it’s icy, it will be more difficult to clear the sidewalks and more dangerous for pedestrians, et al.

If you don’t have a snow shovel, ask a neighbor who does.  If you are unable to shovel your walk, ask a neighbor who can and offer them some compensation, if possible.  If you are young and strong, you could get out there and offer to help your neighbors. Thank you!! ~ Susan Kroll


Since you’re acknowledging “Chinese New Year” I thought I should respond.

Since it’s the biggest holiday of the year in Korea and Vietnam as well as China, and has been for many centuries (and until 1872 was also the biggest holiday of the year in Japan) I’ve long preferred to call it (in English) the “Lunar New Year.” It has been the biggest holiday of my own personal year for a couple of decades, and the large-scale social interaction I miss most is that at traditional parties among the Asian and Asian-oriented folks in our region on both sides of the border.


Ongoing Sweep Coverage


A source I consider reliable:

Bellingham Herald is also covering


The National Guard appears to be present. I cannot understand why they were not called months ago to establish a safe refugee camp to support our neighbors with meals, tents or other housing, sanitation.


The authorities are still telling campers they can all go to Base Camp or the Drop In Center on Holly. I have seen no indication that records are being kept on how many have been or will be turned away. Hoping video of what actually happens will be made available. What will become of those turned away?

Alert: Insulated Coolers Needed Immediately

Action first. I’ll explain later. Volunteers are in immediate need of  large insulated coolers. Clean ones. As big as possible. We will be shifting the delivery location for our Soup Brigade and need coolers for cooks to put their hot meals into. If you have a cooler you could donate, please bring it to our house: 2518 Cherry Street.

If you could go shop for me and buy a couple, I can hand you donated money.  The coolers have got to be BIG. And immediate. 360-671-4511

I will be teaching my grandson music from 3:00 – 4:00 this afternoon, and that time is sacred. Before and after, I am yours!

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511



Protesters who the regular volunteers have never seen before showed up this morning and have been shouting, spray painting city hall, shoving the regulars who have tried to video. Escalating. No one seems to know who they are. We are deeply concerned that their behavior will be blamed on the campers they claim to be trying to defend.  Please read any news reports with this information in mind.

I’ll send more when I know more.


Porch Music; Kittens! Six Foot Rule? Lots More; Fl!p’s Concert Tonight

CONTENTS 8/27/2020
Music On The Porch
Car Break-In
Found Keys
Lost Remote Control Car
Traveling To Vancouver, Bc?
Hair Shout-Out
Six Foot Social Distancing Rule?
Fl!p’s Concert Tonight


Just confirmed that we’ll have music on the back porch at 1601 Broadway on Saturday the 29th, across the street from the playground at Elizabeth Park. 2:00 to 4:00. Double-reed extravaganza, oboes and bassoons!  Ken Bronstein hosting, with Jennifer Weeks, Pat Nelson, and their students.


Looks like our cars were broken into last night. Every once in a while we have someone coming around the neighborhood opening cars and seeing what they can find. Unfortunately, I left my car unlocked last night and they took my kindle that was in the glove box. So warning the neighborhood to keep your cars locked even if they are in the driveway.
Best,  Alysia Paxton, 2400 block of Victor Street


There are two sweet black kittens in need of homes near my house. I would love to find them homes. If anyone is interested please call or text Celine Parton @ 253-389-5240. 


I found some keys in the middle of the intersection of Keesling and Jefferson. They are three car keys and one tiny little key that looks like it fits a file cabinet. Please email me to identify and claim. Thanks, Katey Roemmele


My 9 year old nephew accidentally left his birthday gift outside their parked car when they left the Squalicum Park playground Monday night August 24. They went back later, but it was gone. If anyone saw it and picked it up, could they please let us know?  He’s super sad and would really appreciate having it back. We can send you a photo.
Susanne Hancock


Is anyone commuting or traveling between Vancouver and Bellingham?  My friend who lives near PNE has my folding kayak in a 40 lb large rolling duffel bag, and I’m hoping to get it back sometime.  I didn’t think we’d be closed out for so long.  Happy to pay for the service.
Reisa Latorra
Jefferson St.


I’d like to recommend a hair stylist if anyone needs a haircut. Grace can come to your house and cut your hair or cut your hair in her Lynden studio. Her contact info:
Grace Thompson

Thanks! ~ Liz Chiz, Victor Street


It may need to be a little more nuanced than that. One size doesn’t necessarily fit all situations.


Thursday August 27, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Go to for the link.

I’m still not certain just how this is going to happen! It turns out the concert I recorded on Monday won’t be ready in time. I’m planning to live-stream and I’m busy learning how! Somehow, by  7:00 PM, when you go to our webpage there will be a link to click, and you will be magically transported to my concert! Right now the link won’t do much of anything, but by 7 PM it will work. I’d love to have you join me while I sing, live. If you’d be willing to comment when you come in, and say where you’re from, I’ll be able to look later, after the concert when I’m not busy performing. I’d love to know…

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

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.

Tomorrow: Last Park Concert; Marla; Scam Calls; Fl!p’s Choice: Jump Rope!

CONTENTS 8/19/2020
Last Concert Tomorrow
Marla Bronstein Shout-Out
Scam Calls
Puzzle Shout-Out
Soap Shout-Out
Games For Parents Who Are Too Tired To Play
Radio Free Fl!p: How The Jump Rope Got Its Rhythm


Craig O’s Planet Groove
Thursday Aug.18 at 6 pm


KMRE-FM 102-3


Marla has been running our Elizabeth Park concerts all summer. Let’s give her a real vote of appreciation!!! And I just learned this morning that, on top of that, she’s also been creating what looks like an amazing online event. I’m going to send a second post, just about that!


Here are ways to recognize if it’s a scam, and how to protect yourself. You should know that the phone number the call appears to originate from can be spoofed to appear to be, for instance, the Seattle Police Department, or IRS. This is not how those departments operate! Read here:


Rosalie Carlson has been making colorful wooden puzzles for young children for over 15 years. They make great, long-lasting gifts for kids from two to six years old. I have bought several in the past, and have two put aside for the next toddlers in our family. Please contact her by phone to find out how to see the current puzzles to choose from. Here’s her cell number: 360-303-3902. Thank you. ~ Zip Jelineo


Still Water Gifts: My friend Sandie makes the most delicious soap on the planet.  She only uses the very best quality oils.  There are no artificial fragrances ever, so her lovely, creamy soaps are safe, and never over-scented.  Subtlety and superlative attention to detail are Sandie’s hallmarks.  Covid-19 has reduced her usual volume of orders considerably (boutique hotels/resorts) and she deserves to be known and adored more widely!  Her soap is the only soap I use, and I really appreciate how moisturizing these bars are when I wash my hands dozens of times a day.  I love the fragrance-free soaps as well as those with subtle herbal fragrance.  Great for my sensitive aging skin.  Order from her email at, or call 360-318-6268.  ~Margie Katz


These are magnificent ways to increase closeness and connection with your children without expending a lot of energy.


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

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.

What You Can Do; Chalk Report; Lots of free stuff; Trailer Sought; More. Song: Very Front Row

CONTENTS 7/26/2020
What You Can Do
Chalk Report
Sourdough Starter
Large Dog Crate
Tons Of Apples!
Young Weeders?
Puppy Found A Home
Seeking Fiberglass Trailer
Temporary House Sitter
Radio Free Fl!p: Very Front Row


From Dr Frank James
“Experts’ understanding of how the Covid-19 works is growing. It seems that there are four factors that most likely play a role: how close you get to an infected person; how long you are near that person; whether that person expels viral droplets on or near you; and how much you touch your face afterwards.

You can help reduce your risk and do your part to protect others by following some basic steps:

Keep your distance from others. Stay at least six feet away from people outside your household as much as possible.

Wash your hands often. Anytime you come in contact with a surface outside your home, scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds, rinse and then dry your hands with a clean towel.

Avoid touching your face. The virus primarily spreads when contaminated hands touch our nose or mouth or eyes. Try to keep your hands away from your face unless you have just recently washed them.

Wear a mask outside your home. A mask protects others from any potential infection from you. The more people who wear masks, the more we all stay safer.” Today’s NYTS


This is SO funny! Or a miracle or something. I was pretty careful to mostly not ask for money for chalk. The Eldridge Society offered to chip in $300 (hooray!), and the Columbia Neighborhood Association board chipped in $20 towards postcards to hand out, to help with publicity at a point where I was worried. Other than that, people just handed me money here and there, without being asked. I kept stashing it in an envelope, along with receipts for chalk and this and that. I just asked for help from my friend Terri Weiner (retired bookkeeper for Village Books) to sort it all out and see if I needed to ask for help, and the answer is NO! We’re about $33 over breaking even on the whole $620. I’ll take that money to the school or the food bank once we know where it most needs to go. You all are AMAZING!

Total donations $654.50
Total expenses $620.83
Balance $33.67

Of course, the rest of the story is the many, many hours of time donated towards computer programing, video creation, website artwork, sign making and distribution, postcard distribution, and all the wonderful neighbors creating Chalk, music, and so much more! Thank you!!!

The rest of the Chalk Report is that we started a trend! I have had requests to share information with other communities who plan to run their own ChalkFests later this summer: Cordata Neighborhood; Blaine/Birch Bay/Point Roberts; Selwood neighborhood in Portland OR; and Liberty Lake, east of Spokane.

Jonny Kemp is still working on the map and the Chalk website. I think I just finally finished my part of that so he can do the last of it. I believe all the photos are on now, but I’m not certain. I’ll let you know.


I have extra sourdough starter ready to go and bubbling if anyone wants it. Text or call 970-372-8344 ~ Laura Ridenour


(42Lx30Hx28W). Folds up flat with built in handle. Used for about 30 seconds (for a rescue pup that never really needed it!). Has a pull out tray in the bottom and doggie proof door. In the alley between Victor and Williams a few houses south of Illinois.


We can’t use all the apples from our tree! They have a good flavor but are pretty mealy- they’d be great for cider, apple sauce or apple butter but we don’t have the time, patience, or tools. Let me know if you’d like some and I’ll put them out for you (I don’t want to leave them out in the sun in the meantime). Reach me at


Did I read something about boys wanting to do odd jobs? We just returned from vacation and I have a couple of hours (2 max) of weeding if they – or someone else – wanted. I’m on F St, and we could do the whole thing contact-less 🙂 It would be a paying gig.  ~ Michael Little, 917.573.9461


Flip we have found Turk the Puppy a forever family! ~ Alaina Sawaya 


Do you have a 13’ fiberglass trailer sitting around that you would like to either rent out or sell? I’ve been dreaming of a Scamp or Boler trailer for years. My father passed away a year and a half ago and in lieu of a memorial (it financially wasn’t an option earlier and now is not an option due to the pandemic), we’d like to take a trip and spread his ashes. We’re a very responsible family of three who loves the outdoors but camping on the ground doesn’t really work for us. I’m flexible on price, just depends on the condition and age of the trailer.
Rachel Ballard, Walnut Street


Hello, I am a young female in a transition phase of my life. I would love to house/pet sit for a short period to find my footing. You can message me on 360 223 5537. Thank You. I don’t want to include my name.


Betsy Rose is a preacher’s kid. I have other friends who grew up that way.  Zeke’s father was the only son in his family who didn’t become one. Betsy does a wonderful job of describing the special challenges for both parents and children in those families.

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511

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.