Missing Cat; Found Cat; Free Freezer; Keys; Tune: Anitra’s Dance

CONTENTS 7/20/2020
Missing Black Cat
Friendly Kitty?
Free Freezer
Found Keys Follow-Up
Radio Free Fl!p: Anitra’s Dance


Large black cat from 2300 block of Lynn Street.  No collar, comes to the name Jojo. Solid black, no chip; he was a stray that adopted us a few years ago.  He is VERY large. Please contact Marcie 360 739 8900, if you see him. Thank you. ~ Marcie Pittman


We live in the 2200 block of Victor Street & a very sweet kitty has been spending a lot of time here. He (she?) is a gray tabby with unusually fluffy fur and a bushy tail. He has no collar but is not thin or malnourished. We find him most days sitting in our garden beds and yowling for attention when we come outside. He will also come inside if we leave our back door open. Does this little sweetie have a home? We don’t want to encourage him to stay away from his place, but he seems as if he might be homeless, & if so, we’d like to take him in. I’m at susantonetta@gmail.com, or call 360-441-9900. Suzanne Paola


My parents have a 21 cubic foot Westinghouse (?) Energy Saver freezer.  They replaced it because it was icing up, but I believe it only needs a new door gasket. When I tried to get a new one for them, all of the retailers in town did’t have uprights. We were lucky to get one, but it’s only 17 cubic ft.  It was in a garage, but other then the gasket, it’s in perfect shape.  It’s quite heavy, so you will need at least two people to move it. Let’s just say, well made & no plastic.  When someone dibs it, this email account will be deleted.
Email: FreeFreezer@comcast.net
Dave Lind


After several (strange-ish) email exchanges with someone who wanted a description of the keys, but wouldn’t identify themself, the keys found at Little Squalicum Beach parking lot on Sunday have been turned over to the Bellingham Police Dept. ~ Piper Mertle


MoNo Guitar Duo plays Grieg • 4 Hands Guitar
ht/t Nancy Kennell. My family had a narrated version of the Pier Gynt Suite when I was a kid, and I used to love dancing to this section. These days I wrestle with the balance of the joy with which musicians have always fallen in love with and adopted each other’s music, and the power imbalances that can turn that enthusiasm into cultural appropriation. It’s an ongoing question. Watching this couple at play with each other, this arrangement looks like a co-operative game of I Dare You! wrapped up with Tag, You’re It!


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Covid Statistics; Elections Forums; Found Keys; Bike?; Photos; Song: Somewhere To Begin

CONTENTS 7/19/2020
Covid Statistics By State
Elections Forum Videos
Found Keys
Need Medium Size Bike
Help with Apple Mail?
Radio Free Fl!p: Somewhere To Begin


Note how far down on the list is Washington State. Thank you.
~ Rachel Vogel



On the Whatcom County LWV web site, there are links to videos of recent forums, via Vimeo, that you can watch without going thru Zoom. They are not live of course. ~ Lynne Pendleton



 I found a set of keys at the little Squalicum Beach parking lot today around 3. There is a car key and a car fob and what looks to be house keys and post office box key. They can contact me directly if they want by email Pipermertle@gmail.com

Thanks, ~ Piper Mertle


We are looking to purchase a medium size bike for a 13-year-old girl. All stores are out and we would like to try it on for size before buying. She will be mostly riding in town. If you have anything that might work, please text  Natasha Anton-ova (360)441-2789  Henry Street


I’m fairly new to Apple Mail and am trying to get my email set up so it goes onto my computer and off the server in most cases. I also still have a bunch of Chalk photos I could use help learning to upload or forward or however I can transfer them to the Chalk website. I’m hoping to have that site updated and available before long. Handling the photos was the biggest thing that I didn’t know that I didn’t know, in advance. Thanks for your patience! I really believe we’ll get there in the end. ~ Fl!p 360-671-4511


TR Ritchie spent the last years of his life here in Bellingham. What can I say? This song is so simple and so strong. I want a world where every single one of us receives respect and compassion as a birthright. It’s not always easy. It’s often a real challenge. It’s the person I was raised to be scared of. It’s the old friend I had a falling out with. It could be a person next door, the one with the political sign that I’m upset about. They are my neighbor. And I am yours.


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COVID Resource; Skin Rash; Sunnyland Soft Shoe; Judge Forum; More; Song: Daughters Of Feminists

CONTENTS 7/17/2020
Important COVID Report
Skin Rash As Early COVID Symptom
Sunnyland Soft Shoe On Saturday
Judges Forum Online
Lost Ear Bud
Rental Wanted By Three Roommates
Rental Wanted By Handyman
Radio Free Fl!p: Daughter Of Feminists


White House “Report To Governors” report gives state-by-state and county-by-county weekly tracking of COVID, with trends and detailed recommendations.


Here are the charts. Scroll way down near the end to get to Washington state and Whatcom county (page 330 I think).



Data from the COVID Symptom Study shows that characteristic skin rashes and ‘COVID fingers and toes’ should be considered as key diagnostic signs of the disease, and can occur in the absence of any other symptoms. I joined this study and get regular updates. It seems both safe to do so, and useful at this time. I report daily. It takes less than a minute on an app.



I have always loved Sunnyland’s neighborhood celebration, and this year they are creating a socially-distanced event, and we are all invited.



Informed voter are so important. It’s particularly challenging to sort out judges from the information in the voter’s pamphlet so I was glad to hear of this forum. If you hear of any other candidate forums, I would appreciate hearing about them.

Candidate Forum – Whatcom Superior Court Judge, Pos. 4
Monday July 20  7:00 PM
Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 841 5616 9856
Password: 101690

POSITION DUTIES – WHATCOM SUPERIOR COURT JUDGEEach of Washington’s 39 counties has a superior court.  Whatcom’s has 4 judges elected to 4-year terms and 3 commissioners appointed by judges. Judges and commissioners hear and decide cases assigned to them by the presiding judge

Types of cases superior court handles:
o Adult Felonies
o Civil cases – (includes cases involving real property and/or claims in excess of $35,000)
o Divorce/Child Custody/Child Support matters
o Probate/guardianships
o Paternity actions
o Adoptions
o Juvenile cases
o Mental Illness cases

The presiding judge is elected by the other judges to serve not less than two years,  He or she supervises the judicial business of the Superior Court, acts as the spokesperson for the court, directs the court administrator in implementing administrative and general court policy, and performs judicial and administrative duties.

Court commissioners are appointed by the superior court judges. They have some of the same powers and duties as judges and are authorized to hear ex parte, domestic, criminal, juvenile offender, dependency and mental illness proceedings. They may sit as judges pro tempore if all parties agree.

Candidates submit their statements. The Office of the Secretary of State does not make corrections or verify statements for truth or fact.  See https://voter.votewa.gov/genericvoterguide.aspx?e=865#/?b=57381&o=75627.


I have a “handywoman”  that I want to recommend.  Very capable and knowledgeable. She does repairs and construction. She’s just now putting herself out on the market… Her name is Daniella Hirt.  phone:  206.310.6963. She lives on Henry, across the street from me. I’m happy to recommend her; she has done numerous things for me.  A nice person too. ~ Sara Todd


I lost an ear bud in the alley between Victor and Lynn on Thursday July 16. It is red with a L (for left) and R for brand name. Any help finding appreciated.
Jim Schmotzer   jimschmotzer@gmail.com


3 roommates looking for 2 bed, minimum 1.5 bath place to stay for easy transport to work and school, looking to move by end of August/beginning of September. Max monthly rent around $1500, preferably with utilities included. Prefer parking space for two cars. Responsible, quiet and clean; would prefer pet friendly (2 indoor cats). Need LGBT-friendly options. Employment, rental and character references available upon request.  Please contact Ean Broyles at:  broyles.ean@gmail.com  THANK YOU


Looking for a place to live; something more private like a mother-in-law suite, garage converted apartment or basement type place to rent. Currently in Blaine but would be ok with Ferndale, Bellingham or Fairhaven area. Jordan, 23 years old, very mature for his age and has a well mannered dog named Eli (80lb Black lab mix) that surprisingly barely barks. Jordan works for Andgar heating and air corp. He has references if wanted, is a handyman with many skills beyond his age and of course always willing to lend a hand. He’s looking for something temporary 6-8 months to rent but ok if it’s longer than that. Not a smoker, enjoys the occasional Batch15 from Aslan. $900 is the cap but willing to pay more for the right place and environment.
Jordan Booth
(From his girlfriend, Genesis)


Written by Nancy White, originally on her album Momnipotant. Here is a pandemic version, in honor of the album’s 30th anniversary. I would have had a such a daughter, if I hadn’t only had sons.


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Concert Tomorrow; Vote; Critters & Cars; Masks; Misinformation; Song: I Wanna Be A Dog

CONTENTS 7/15/2020
Concert Tomorrow!
Vote! And First, Inform Yourself
Raccoon Tolerance
Another Coyote / Cat
Car Prowling
Masks May Protect Us Both
Radio Free Fl!p: I Wanna Be A Dog


Don’t forget Elizabeth Park Online Concert tomorrow, 6-8 PM.
FREE HARMONY:  Chuck Dingée and Sharon Mayson’s beautiful vocals.

Here’s the link for the Facebook feed:


Here’s the link for YouTube


And of Course, KMRE-FM 102.3


There is a primary election coming right up. Our voter’s pamphlet arrived today and ballots will follow soon. Being a citizen gives us both rights and responsibilities. The people who created our system of government counted on voters educating themselves. I consider it part of what gets called Adulting these days. I am not in the least interested in telling you who to vote for, but I really do want to encourage each of you to vote, and to inform yourself as best you can, before you vote. Whenever I find out about a forum or other good source of information I will let you know. This particular primary election coming up is the one in which each individual (that means you) has the greatest influence on the outcomes. That is because traditionally, voter turnout is low. Your vote is a higher percentage of the total. I have seen outcomes hinge on less than a dozen votes. This is a big opportunity!


In case it helps Raccoon tolerance, mothers have to protect their babies from males who will kill them. And teach them how to flatten their spines to get thru tight spots. “Raccoon Nation”, through our library, shows this. Riveting to watch!  ~ Gillian Brightwater


I live on 2200 block of Utter street. I walked out of my house this morning to walk to work, took a right in front of the big Victorian house next to me and there’s a deceased orange and white cat that very obviously had been attacked by a coyote or something. I recognize the cat as being a resident of our neighborhood. I called animal control and left a message. So awful and sad. Sincerely, ~ Nancy Rathjen


Just a friendly heads up, don’t forget to lock your car doors. I just heard a few people on bikes around 3:45 AM (Wednesday) opening up my neighbor’s car.  ~ Rachel Greenwood, 2600 block of Walnut Street

[Coyotes aren’t the only ones prowling!]


This looks both hopeful and credible.



People easily share information to others to be “helpful” without checking for accuracy. This study shows that social media affects judgement but that it may be possible to slow it down by asking about accuracy. Amazingly, the simple question “is it accurate?” slowed people down enough that the information shared was more accurate and less misguided. More misinformation was shared when the question was not asked. If it could be that simple, we could make a difference. Asking people to slow down and check accuracy might actually help.



The Canote Brothers sing an identical twin duet; written by Barry Louis Polisar (who wrote the Yuch song, which I utterly adore and love singing to children, often to their parents’ horror. I may post Yuch sometime… Barry also wrote It Came From Under The Rug and My Brother Threw Up On My Toy Stuffed Bunny. He writes about Real Life for kids. This song is a little safer, but not completely safe.)


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Concert Thursday!; Chalk Video, Forum Link; Critters; Veggies; Art; Rentals Wanted; Songs From The French; A Recipe

CONTENTS 7/14/2020
Elizabeth Park Thursday Concert (Online)
Chalk Video
Racial Justice Forum Link
Raccoon Family On The Hunt
Cougar Sighting In Birchwood
Sweet Peas
Hop Through Produce Stand
Open Air Art Show
Mom Visit Rental?
Short Term Rental?
Radio Free Fl!p: Songs From The French
A Recipe (Long)


Thursday, July 16 from 6-8pm.FREE HARMONY

Chuck Dingée and Sharon Mayson’s beautiful vocals are what make Free Harmony unique and a treat to listen to. They formed the duo in 2017 and have been busy entertaining people in the Northwest ever since. A founding member of Bellingham’s popular classic rock band The Walrus, Chuck has been singing and playing in the area for over 40 years.  He has an eclectic repertoire of hundreds of songs from Gershwin to Beatles to Pink Floyd. Having sung all her life, Sharon has an incredibly smooth voice and performs in local Northwest bands High Spirits and Pacific Twang. Together they play an entertaining mix of originals and songs ranging from the 60s to present, by artists like Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Emmylou Harris, John Denver, Indigo Girls, The Police, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, and many others.

Free Harmony, joined by Carr Johnson performs a great night of music. Thanks to the partnership of The Eldridge Society for History and Preservation, Bellingham Parks and Recreation, and our friends at Varvid and KMRE 102.3 FM, these concerts are brought to you weekly, so we can stay safe and enjoy great music. We’ll get through this together.

Here’s the link for the Facebook feed:


Here’s the link for YouTube


And of Course, KMRE-FM 102.3


Neighbor Mark Allyn made a chalk video. He has also submitted the video to Access Bellingham.



The Racial Justice Working Group (RJWG) of the Bellingham Friends Meeting is grateful for the robust community participation in the online Whatcom Racial Justice Forum held on July 1.  We were honored that over 250 attendees joined us!  This event was made possible by the well-informed and articulate panelists who shared their expertise and personal experiences. The link to view the video of the Whatcom Racial Justice event is https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=z1QW5BEEjwk with closed captioning included.

Our RJWG has received much useful and appreciated feedback, and is working toward preparing another event that will tentatively take place in September, with details to be announced. We welcome further suggestions from the community and are open to the participation of others as we plan future events and actions in Whatcom County.  Please contact us through our web page:  bellinghamfriends.org


At 6 pm today, July 13, my neighbor alerted me to a family of 3 raccoons in my yard in the 2300 block of Park St. Normally a raccoon is a nocturnal hunter, but when a mama has babies to feed, she will start to show up in the daytime. I let my chickens range in my yard, but it is very risky this time of year. Last year I witnessed a big raccoon scaling my 6 foot fence with one of my chickens in her jaws. Raccoons will also attack cats, especially if there is pet food outside that the raccoon wants, or as hunting lessons for their young. I won’t share the gory details of the fate of one of my cats, but please be warned that these cute little critters are in fact skilled predators. The cat I mentioned survived, but lost his tail in the battle. It happened when we lived in Seattle, but the same situation of a big tree, a family of raccoons, and my cat left outside while I was out of town. And while I might chase them out of my yard, I keep my distance, because they are not afraid of people, and will defend their babies. Live and learn…  ~ Deb Valentine


Yesterday, on the trail between Cherrywood & Alderwood. Close enough to Columbia to offer a heads up.  During Washington’s nearly 200 years of recorded post European history there have been fewer than a dozen total cougar attacks on humans. Here’s what to do if you encounter it:

  • Immediately and forcefully show the animal that you’re a human:  Put small children behind you or pick them up. Stop, look big, wave your arms, vocalize. Also, control your dogs, — Do not run away. Running and rapid movements may trigger a chase response. This is all that’s necessary in most encounters and will put the cougar to flight.
  • Otherwise, face the cougar. Talk to it firmly while slowly backing away. Always leave the animal an escape route.
    Do not take your eyes off the cougar or turn your back. Do not crouch down or try to hide.


Sweet Pea flower bunches for sale! $5 each.
Tuesday, 7/14 starting at noon.
The sweet peas are blooming profusely! Come and get a bunch while we’ve got them available.
Lindsey and Family
West & Jefferson

Saturdays 9-1 at 2526 Kulshan street. Skagit Valley organic produce, already bagged. Prices range from $5.00-30.00 Or pre-order online: https://rabbitfields.com/
Heather Fitstrawn


Saturday July 18 10-2, W. North at Peabody Street
Open Air Pop Up Market in the yard.



I’m looking for an air bnb or simple rental situation for my mother who plans to visit sometime between Aug 6-13.  A private bedroom and bathroom feels like enough, but also open to a fuller situation.  She is in her 60’s, mobile and familiar with the neighborhood.  Any possibilities please reach out to me at jessicaradovich@gmail.com.  Thanks! ~ Jess Radovich


I am looking to rent a room or air bnb from someone before the dorms open (September 18th-23rd) and possibly longer. I really need a place close to a bus line or very close to Western University campus. I’ll be studying environmental science. I am great with animals and small children, very easy going, calm, and careful about protecting myself and others against covid. I have a little bitty dog that visits sometimes. I don’t smoke.

I am available to talk or text when and if you have time.  I would appreciate any information or help you have time to provide. I absolutely love Bellingham and I am looking forward to living there. Thank you for your time and consideration. Please contact me at elliejustinep@gmail.com. ~ Ellie Peterson


It’s Bastille Day! Or at least it still was when I was writing this. My Dad trained to be a French interpreter in WWII, though he never made it overseas. We celebrated July 14 when I was a kid, including the year my big brother and his best buddy built a genuine, functioning guillotine. Threatened dolls and smaller children till the grownups confiscated and dismantled it. My memory says they may have burned it in a bonfire. Anyway, my mood is not the bloodthirsty La Marseillaise today. Wait! Maybe the version from Casa Blanca. OK. You get three songs!

La Marseillaise
Sequence from Casa Blanca

Plaisir d’Amour
Classical French love song written in 1784 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTuTt_v5aWs

Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger doing the version Elvis made famous here.


An old friend requested a recipe. I had as much fun writing it as I did making it. You might too. But it’s long…

Fl!p’s Stroganoff Recipe
2 very large cast iron skillets
(or cut your amounts in half, but why?)
1# bacon ends and pieces, chopped
5# jumbo yellow onions, chopped
Fresh minced garlic if you want.
2# pre-sliced mushrooms (because I’m lazy)

(I get my onions and mushrooms at SmartFoods because they are way cheaper in bulk. I just got 25# onions and split them with Bea across the street, and cooked them immediately. Now I have a freezer full of goodies.)

Egg noodles if you’re me. Bowknots if you’re Zeke.
Really cheap white wine
Really good quality pre-sliced rare roast beef from the deli – 1 or 2 slices for each serving, cut into inch-wide strips. Return beef to the fridge till the last minute.
Large quality sour cream
Fresh chives and parsley from garden, minced.

Fry the bacon most of the way
Add the onion and keep frying till the onion is deep brown and gooey.
Add garlic.
Add the mushrooms and keep frying till mushrooms are done and gooey as well.
Add white wine (or some broth or some water) as you go along to keep anything from burning.

All this is going to take a long time but it’s worth it. I do about 10# per month of just onions, with olive oil or with sesame oil, garlic and ginger so I’ve got some waiting for stir fry.
When you’re done, shovel most of it into ziplock bags, seal, spread out no more than 1/2” thick. 5# onions & 2# of mushrooms should cook down to two 1/2 thick 1-gallon Ziplocks. Easy to break off chunks for future use. Freeze. Now you have amazing gravy or sauce or soup base at a moment’s notice.

Later, after a nice rest for your feet:
Boil a big pot of water and start the noodles.

Take the part of the glorious goo you want for this batch of stroganoff (still in fry pan). Dilute with wine, broth or water. Stir and scrape pan to get all the crunchy goodies. Maybe add some salt. Depends on your bacon. Thicken with corn starch or flour or tapioca.

When the noodles are ready, put in shallow bowl or deep plate. Arrange cold roast beef slices on top. Dump gravy goo over everything. Add big shplop of sour cream on top. Garnish  with chives and parsley. Eat till you burst.

Repeat that last part on future days till your mushroom goo is gone and you’ve gained 10#. Go get more ingredients.

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Election Forum Tonight; Hand Sanitizer Safety; Free Stuff; Post Office?

CONTENTS 7/13/2020
Upcoming Primary Election: Forum Tonight
Hand Sanitizer Safety
Free Kids Play Structure
Free Rhubarb Seeds
Free Black Sunflower Seeds
Post Office?


I hope this gets out in time! I just heard about it. Judges are perhaps the hardest races to figure out. I tend to call at least a handful of attorneys I know, to ask their opinions. They tend to have information about whether a particular candidate pays attention, respects all who come before them, get reversed by higher courts, has a broad knowledge of the kind of cases that will come before them as judges. There is a forum this evening at 7 PM, and I just now found out! I hope it is recorded for later. I will be sending information as I find in on ways we can all get information so we can be informed voters. The amount of influence each of us has is greater when there is a smaller number of voters. This is our moment!


Topic: Whatcom Judges Forum Position 2
Time: Jul 13, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 883 1640 0654
Password: 060988


FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. This link contains a list of symptoms to watch for, and a six page list of products and brands currently known to be a problem. There is also a link where reports of problems can be submitted online. Thanks to Jim Zito on E Walnut Street for the heads-up.



Would love to pass this along to some other neighborhood kids.  Who wants it? https://imgur.com/a/eq5ltw0   Nate Melanson, Cherry St  nathanmelanson@yahoo.com


I have 2 bags of rhubarb seeds to give away free. Two paper grocery bags…dried stems full of dry seeds.  ~ Jenny Maida-Young  360-353-4192


I bought a 5# bag, and then discovered the corvids don’t want them. Apparently they like peanuts, but those are far too dangerous to the neighborhood toddlers, who put everything in their mouths. Parents of babies with life-threatening peanut allergies can’t take their little ones outside because birds drop shells everywhere. And there is nothing on earth faster than a crawling baby who has been asked, “What did you just put in your mouth?” Oh well. The crows and jays hang out anyway, and look reasonably healthy. I was just hoping to make friends a little. Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511 flip@columbianeighborhood.org


Is anyone going inside the post office this week? Zeke needs to ship a package to eastern Europe and it has to be taken to the counter at the post office. We have not been in a building other than our home since early March and I’d like to keep it that way! I would rather not ask anyone to increase their own exposure, but it someone is going anyway, we would love your help. ~ Thanks, Fl!p 360-671-4511 flip@columbianeighborhood.org

No music today in hopes this will get out faster. Maybe music later…


Found Phone; Risks; Masks; Covid Study; Storage; Cats; More; Song: My Fence & My Neighbor

CONTENTS 7/11/2020
Alert: Phound Phone
Visual Guide To Activity Risk
Mask Effectiveness Video
Community Covid Symptom Tracker
Storage Needed
Wild Whatcom
Keep Cats In At Night
Cats & Birds
Wire Fence / Trellis Panels
Help For Parents
Car Break In At Utter And W. Connecticut
Radio Free Fl!p: My Fence & My Neighbor


I found a sprint smartphone at Squalicum park behind the baseball fields at 5:30 pm this evening. Please contact me to retrieve. Sarah – (425)681-9605
Sarah Grainger,  Victor Street



Jessica Burchiel,  Henry St




I signed up for this research project today. It will take 1 minute of my time per day. My friend and former Whatcom Public Health Officer Frank James invited me to join. It looks safe enough, and it really could be of value in the scientific study of this virus. So I invite you, too.



Do some of you remember when our neighbors donated needed supplies for people without housing during the winter storms and the later cold snap? I worked with a woman named Shari Lapof. Shari collects winter coats, gloves, hats, socks, sleeping bags, hand warmers and other critical supplies to distribute year round as needed. Shari is losing her free storage space soon and needs another place she can access. About size of single car garage, in Bham, with lights or electricity, enclosed and lock-able. Safe to to go alone. contact me, and I’ll put you in touch. I hope we can help her with this! Fl!p 360-671-4511


Virtual camps coming up the week of July 20th — stay connected with friends and neighbors and get outside while the weather is gorgeous! Campers can join Wild Whatcom’s experienced mentors in:

  • Skills “outings” to learn about birding, navigation, nature art, and/or native tree and plant ID. Each session includes two “outings” on Zoom with missions to complete outside with friends and family in between. Ends with a show and tell on Zoom to share what you learned!
  • Role Playing Games with a focus on nature, collaboration, and self reflection; four sessions in one week

Did you know that several Wild Whatcom staff and board members live in the Columbia neighborhood? We hope to see our neighbors outside this summer whether in Wild Whatcom camps or in our beautiful neighborhood parks!
Licia Sahagun 


From Dallas Talkington, 2718 Eldridge Ave. From Dallas Talkington, 2718 Eldridge Ave.  – Sadly I found in my back yard this morning the remains of a grey cat. Probably a coyote. My own cats are now under lock down. Everyone please beware.

Animal Control has seen lots of evidence lately of coyotes, and raccoons. This is the season where young ones are being taught to hunt and cats are a prime target. Dallas is correct. about keeping your cats inside. Please do contact Animal Control if you find a deceased cat. 360-733-2080 x 3017  animalcontroldispatch@gmail.com


Any time I post about cats dying, I immediately get grumpy posts about cats and birds. Cats are absolutely Subsidized Predators, though feral cats are also an unsubsidized part of that equation. In my household, our cat Vortex is locked indoors from early dusk until late enough morning that there are lots of people up and about, to protect her from bigger predators. And she wears a BirdsBeSafe collar to protect the birds. Vortex is 10 years old. She has had her collar for probably 8 years. In that time, she has caught one bird, and when I looked I realized that the collar’s colors had faded over the years. I promptly replaced it and have had no more bird deaths. She used to be a skilled hunter.

The BirdsBeSafe collar cover was created by a couple of bird biologists who had a cat named George. George was a mighty hunter, which caused his bird loving humans considerable distress. At some point they remembered or discovered that songbirds see the colors red and yellow particularly well, and began to experiment with fabric patterns. Their collars are sewn with the most effective designs.  It’s a collar cover, not a whole collar.

It’s a good thing Vortex was inside the house the first time I put on her collar. She completely freaked out and hid under beds and couches for most of a week. (My brother considered the collar to be particularly great because it protected birds and humiliated the cat at the same time.) But over time, Vortex adjusted. She waits patiently while I buckle it on in the morning and again while I remove it as soon as she’s in for the night.

Traditionally, cats were permitted to adopt humans in return for providing Rodent Patrol. The collar does not interfere with this job.  Vortex, on the other hand, does not consider her personal duties to include squirrels or any other big-front-toothed critters. We have a garden full of birds, and the jays and crows spend a certain amount of their day harassing the cat, but Vortex has never been injured. A detente seems to have been reached.

Domestic cats that can’t kill birds limit the range of feral cats, which is also helpful.

None if this has any impact on whether your cat is pooping in your neighbors’ gardens. It’s a discussion you probably need to have with your neighbors. And you’ll need to find a way to make your own yard more attractive to your cat than your neighbor’s yard.

I just checked, and the BirdsBeSafe collar cover is available in town at the Wild Bird Chalet over on Ohio Street for $11 and tax. They do curbside pickup and are open Monday – Saturday 11 – 4. 360-734-0969. Let’s go save some birdies!



Just FYI to let neighbors know my car was broken into last night. Didn’t discover it till around noon today. We will report to police. Nothing of value taken and no damage to car. Looks like a search for loose change. Huge thanks to neighbor Dan for finding the insurance/registration in the street and returning it to us…. bringing the break in to our attention! I thought my car was locked – not driving it very often these days — but it appears it was easy to get into, so maybe it wasn’t locked. We will be more careful.
Jack and Judy Shaughnessy,  Corner of Utter and W. Connecticut


Three heavy wire panels approx. 5’x8’  made of heavy gauge galvanized wire welded into 4” squares.  We’ve been using these as support for vines grown along a fence but they also make great fencing, or can be cut and used for any number of different projects.  This type of panel is typically sold in 16’ lengths for about $70.  I’m asking $10 per panel.  Call number below with questions or to arrange for pick-up.
Frank Haulgren
Lafayette St.


Patty Wipfler was profoundly helpful to me during my active parenting years (my kids are like 50 now). These days she has a website, and it’s worth consulting. She’s got lots of helpful information about parenting during the pandemic.  https://www.handinhandparenting.org/blog/


Cosy Sheridan w/ Charlie Koch – They have come to Guitar Camp for many years, and have played concerts here in town when they’ve traveled through. Cosy is an amazing writer. I thought of this song for my beloved neighborhood. I think a lot about how we can build community. It’s not always easy, but I think it’s always worth doing. How could we dream of changing others without also being willing to change ourselves?


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Chalk Wrap-Up & Thanks; Crashed Computer; More Concerts? Rentals; Song: Working On Wings To Fly

CONTENTS 7/8/2020
Massive Thanks!
Technical Issues
Traveling Chalk
More Concerts?
Chalk Review
Rental Available
Room To Rent
Radio Free Fl!p: Working On Wings To Fly


To Marla Bronstein and all her interviewees for Chalk Talks: Miriam Barnett, Tim Douglas, Seth Fleetwood, Frank James, Hannah Stone, Gene Knutson, Aaron Darraugh, Janet Lightner, & Peter Roberts, who also led the Eldridge Society in donating $300 towards our chalk!

To Jonny Kemp & Noah Willams, our tech gurus who created the map – a Herculean effort if ever there was one. And to Marc Pierson, who got the tech ball rolling.

To the Columbia Neighborhood Association for support, both financial and concrete. David Crook gathered locations for the all the Little Free Libraries, and came up with money for post cards as well. And Jill MacIntyre Witt who helped with the signs.

To Franklin Academy’s Heather Black, who created and posted signs around the neighborhood, and to the signage hosts as well.

To artists Na’channa Edelstein and to Alaya Rousseau for the rainbow chalk page banner design and the postcard art.

To Alan Weydart at Dakota Art and Brittany at Dollar Tree for supplying chalk. And the Food Coop for supplying paper bags to help with chalk distribution.

To Columbia Elementary, Immanuel Bible Church, & Franklin Academy for their willingness to host sidewalk-less chalkers.

To Barbara Sardarov who made an urgent chalk run.

To photographers Emery Pass, Mark Allyn & Kyle Pennell.

To Colleen Harper of the Ferndale Arts Commission, who found me the link to the bright chalk.

To Laura Ridenour, former event planner, who got me set up with a spreadsheet.

To my beloved Zeke for supporting me and feeding me and endless kindness.

And to every Chalker and Musician and Parader and Photographer who brought their creativity and courage and beauty to build and strengthen connections in this dear community!

Oh dear! Who have I forgotten! Sorry!!!



I had a great time doing the ChalkFest. Thank you all! New activities bring new challenges and new chances to learn. Both the map and my computer have been kinda crashed since Saturday evening. There may have been more photos than we could handle. So I’m taking a bit of a break with a lot of personal nap time till I can get my computer back up and running well again (any volunteers out there?). If there’s urgent news, I’ll find a way to get it out.


I finally shared ChalkFestt on my personal facebook page, and with that plus the Herald article, it sounds like there may be other communities picking up our idea. I talked with an organizer in the small city of Liberty Lake this morning. Their Kiwanis club and parks & rec will fund and assist. There’s an area up in Cordata that is planning theirs for August 15. I’m so excited!


There seems to be interest in more concerts this summer. I’d love to help that happen. Any suggestions? Musicians could send me a post (give me three days notice because this blog sometimes has technical issues) with an address, time and description. How’s that for starters?


From Scott Welker: To you and all our neighbors, what a wonderful event! Instead of our usual “ball of multi color string” all gathered at Elizabeth Park, this year’s 4th felt more like those “string and nail” geometric patterns. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/514958538627778047/  Every bit as lovely and communal! Also very friendly for those who wanted to take their time or go at their own time of day. (Bless the weather.) I would like to see a repeat. At some point. (First 4th we are safe to gather in park should be taken advantage of!) I particularly enjoyed the front porch concerts. Small audiences appropriately spaced. Amazing music! Many thanks to everyone!


Large daylight room (300 square feet) plus ¾ bath, shared laundry and kitchen in 1910 Columbia neighborhood house. Large side yard with small deck and raised gardens. Full-sized refrigerator included. Separate entrance with parking space off the alley. Unfurnished. $700/month.  First month’s rent plus $700 deposit. Single occupancy/No pets/No smoking.  Contact me at penny.chambers@gmail.com. ~ Penny Chambers, Victor Street


Therapist/Artist seeks other professional person to share 2 Bedroom Victorian bungalow in Columbia Neighborhood. Home has a nice yard, backyard deck with BBQ ideal for outdoor dinning. Excellent neighbors. Garage has plenty of storage.  Share internet and other low cost utilities. No pets.  Available in August. Month to Month.

Ideal candidate will be independent and securely employed working at their place of business, have good references and blend well with a conscious healthy lifestyle. Email your info and situation to ScottyLewis@me.com


Cindy Kallet  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htIFRjNoBOw

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511   flip@columbianeighborhood.org

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Chalk Photo Glitches; A Bit More; Song: My Heart Knows The Way To Your Door

CONTENTS 7/6/2020
Chalk Photo Glitches
More Porch Concerts?
Baby Pool, High Chair Needed
How Could Anyone Ever Tell You? (Story)
Radio Free Fl!p: My Heart Knows The Way To Your Door


Thank you all for sending & uploading photos. You may or may not be able to view the uploaded ones yet. Get that empty-looking map up and then find something else to do for 5 minutes while the map ruminates. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve been trying to get all the photos linked, with various success. Jonny will be back in town tomorrow and we’ll see what we can figure out. (He’s wonderful!)

I’ve been thrilled looking at all the sweet photos everyone has emailed. Unfortunately, the volume of attachments crashed my email, so I’ve had most of this day as an “email vacation” complete with a nap! PogoZone has me back up and running as of half an hour ago, though I could use some knowledgeable advice sorting out the rubble. I’m on Apple Mail, on a MacBook Pro from 2015 and an older iPhone, and I’ve been told I’m a “Digital Hoarder.”  So it’s not the neighborhood’s fault!

If this is the biggest glitch for a first-time event, I am content, and I bet you’ll find a way to be patient as well. As near as I can tell we stayed safe in the pandemic and still connected with each other, and I couldn’t be more delighted!

Zeke and I took the car out and tried to drive down every block so we could see all your chalk, for a couple hours each day, yesterday and today. Wow! Our neighborhood gets wiggly around the edges, doesn’t it? And BEAUTIFUL! I had seen enough photos that often I’d see someone’s chalk and go, “OH! I’ve seen a photo of that one!” Such joy, such delight, such creativity… I love you all madly!


I realized that we can have lots of Porch Concerts this summer. You could just take your instruments out and play on your porch. (Check with your neighbors, but if you can live with their lawnmower, I bet they can live with your music, especially if it’s acoustic.) Or, send me a post at least two or three days beforehand and I’ll run it in an Update. I can’t promise folks will come, but they might. It sure was cool to have, at last count, 22 concerts happening Saturday afternoon!


Surprise!  Daughter and family coming up to Bellingham, to support in-laws.  I’d like to borrow a little baby pool for my 14-month-old grandson.  Hoping for something relatively portable.  Also, high chair or ideally high-chair table attachment.  I need them July 13-23.  Thanks.
Susan Witter, Williams St, 360-647-0310


Used to be Cost Cutter. If anyone is going there in the next few days, I would love it if you’d shop for us too. 360-671-4511 flip@columbianeighborhood.org


A deeper background on the story Libby tells about the song she wrote.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m0FY88-wnQ

This is a story about how change really happened. I’m finding it really touching.



Betsy Rose is an old friend I haven’t seen in decades, and this is a song she wrote over half our lifetimes ago.  And it’s still true for both of us.


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Chalk Wrap-Up; DropBox Help? Lots More; Song: How Could Anyone Ever Tell You?

CONTENTS 7/5/2020
Chalk Wrap-Up Part One
    Herald Chalk Story
    Oh Dear…
Dropbox Assistance?
Little White Dog Is Safely Home
Lost Package Found!
Grout Work?
Radio Free Fl!p: How Could Anyone Ever Tell You?


I LOVE all your glorious chalk!!! WOW! Such joy, creativity, engagement in the world. There were some pretty darned cool costumes too! And I loved how many of you stopped by.

Shall we do it again next year? Was this the First Annual?

I was fried last night, but have started loading/linking photos to the map today. I have no idea how to process the photos people texted and emailed to me, but hopefully I can find help to show me how. Or some volunteers to take over that part. Or maybe, if you are one of the people who emailed or texted me photos, might you try to upload them to the chalk page? I loved getting to see them! But I could use a hand getting them up online.

Here’s the link for posting. Once you’ve uploaded them, I still need to get in and link them to our map, so be patient.


The map doesn’t appear to run its best on all platforms. Or maybe it’s just too full! First, try waiting! My map appeared blank earlier, and I abandoned my computer and did a little bit of house cleaning after yesterday, came back, and there were photos! It was way easier to see the photos when I followed the instructions on the webpage to hide all the other layers. Look for the directions. Right now about 20 addresses show, but not yet the Park Street Peacock!

If you can’t get it to work, try a different browser and see if that helps. If it does, please let me know and I’ll spread the word.

Since it rained all week, and then cleared up yesterday, I spent all morning handing out chalk. Folks kept deciding to join in, and coming for chalk till about 1:30 in the afternoon. I was just thrilled!

And then all afternoon folks would call hoping I had “one more stick” of red, or blue, or green, or black and white. (I knew what that last had to be for.) I was touched that neighbors thought I personally cared about them and their artwork, and would want to help. And I did, and I could! It was really sweet to get to see what they were able to finish as I look at photos.

I still have a little chalk. Does anyone need just a bit more? Or a late-comer who would still like to chalk? I’ve got 3 sets left.

Zeke and I finally went out and walked around 10 or so blocks, about 8 PM. It’s the most we’ve been out since early March. I hadn’t even been to the end of our block! There were still lots of people out looking at chalk. They looked as tired as we felt. I suspect the streets will still be full today. No rain till Friday. The Herald is going to run a story so we may get more viewers from there. Turned out I didn’t need to worry about drawing crowds in such a big neighborhood. Except around the ice cream truck!

We couldn’t find the dragon! People kept telling us about the dragon. Does anyone know where it is? The peacock is at 2427 Park Street, and is well worth a visit! What else shouldn’t we miss?

I loved how my own chalk  project came out. But it isn’t easy to get a photo of it at 15 feet long! Still looks good this morning even though it got wet. You can’t see it from the street because of all my plantings between street and my chalk. Walk on the sidewalk if you want to see it. (Of course I did chalk! I wouldn’t ask you to do something I wouldn’t.) If some of you would like a garden tour, check with me to make an appointment. I was too busy to do more than a few yesterday.




I learned that our neighborhood is within a No Fly zone for photo drones, around our airport. Oh well! It was a lovely thought!


While it’s fresh on my and everybody else’s inner screen of the mind:

I want to thank you, the bubbling brook of pleasant, multi-aged neighbors springing forth from your local sources, meandering by foot and pedal through this neighborhood on a sun blessed day of sharing.

It was a joy enjoying you enjoying yourself – an exchange in the currency of the heart…

Yet, for kindling this opportunity and steaming us with steady pulls and pushes up this delightful “community hill” our respectful thanks and many humble hats shall go off to the mighty little engine in the red house with the green trim on Cherry Street.

In the name of the neighborhood I want to propose a toast from our collective front and back porches to the instigator of this :

Chalk it up , Fl!p !

Thank you so much !

Cheers !

Max Eberhard Eichner and household on Victor St.

[It’s me that should be thanking all of you! Who ever gets so many people adopting an idea and turning it into such a sweet reality, a dream come true? The little girl who lives deep in my heart says, THANK YOU! What a gift you’ve given me!  Love/Fl!p]


A little dab’l do you. Zeke’s got a split fingernail and our superglue definitely died long ago.


My dropbox is full, and so is my iCloud I think, and I would love help cleaning it out. I don’t want to pay $10 a month. All these photo transfers seem to demand dropbox or iCloud and both are demanding money. I’m a bit plotzed at the moment. I have an older MacBook Pro (2015). Any help out there?


Fräulein is found and home. Thanks to so many neighbors. You work like a charm! Eberhard Eichner


Yesterday’s lost package was just brought to me by a neighbor. It was delivered to them by mistake! ~ Laura Stone, Lynn Street


We’re looking for someone who can remove and replace the grout in our kitchen tiles. It’s a larger space. Please contact if you know and can recommend anyone! Thanks- Bob and Debra Hicks on W. North  bobanddebrainskagit@hotmail.com


I brought Libby Roderick, who wrote this song, to Bellingham from Alaska to play a Roeder Home concert many years ago. Much to my surprise, we had to do the concert in two shifts! I hope she is still that loved and celebrated everywhere she goes. I’m going to include a second link, of her live in concert talking about some background around the song, in case you’re curious.



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