Let me introduce myself

I am a transplanted Southern California and compulsive writer/independent journalist/photographer who moved up to the Pacific Northwest for adventure. All I can say is that once I viewed the magnificent Cascade Mountains, I knew I was hooked and that Whatcom County would be my new home.

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Diablo Lake, North Cascades Park — Photo by Zoë Reeve on Unsplash

So far the beaches I have visited here in Whatcom County are not like the warm white sandy beaches that I was used to in Southern California.

Beaches in Washington have a steadfastness of purpose like the people who live up here. The beaches along the Salish Sea do not have much sand, but…


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The art of conversation can be mutually beneficial between people with different perspectives/Photo by Amy Hirschi on Unsplash

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.”― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

I will admit that I am not the best of communicators. I get nervous when asked for my opinion and do either one of two things — stubble over my words, with a self-abashing grin, hoping my charm and smile with negate the foolishness of my words. (Not…


Series: It’s not so complicated…kinda.

Service Dogs and the Law

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Service Dog/Photo by Ralph (Ravi) Kayden on Unsplash

Maggie, our eight-year-old Goldie-mix, is my best doggy friend. Her coat is golden, soft, and ever so silky, her large dark eyes full of mischief, and I dearly love her. Maggie will greet everyone with a wide doggy grin, wriggling with delight with hopes of receiving the pets and coos she feels she so richly deserves. However, if ignored, instead of walking away or sitting patiently to be noticed, she will throw herself on the floor, rolling back and forth, then extending her front leg to stroke her face and ears. In her unique way…


Series: It’s not so complicated…kinda.

The American Disabilities Act and You

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Be Persistent about your Disability Rights/Photo by Thomas Lefebvre on Unsplash

The American Disabilities Act and You

Recently while on Facebook (don’t judge me), I was pursuing a disability group and saw postings about the American Disabilities Act and how to file a complaint. As an innately curious person, and with family members (including myself) diagnosed with Asperger’s, I decided to look up the ADA to find out exactly what it addresses and doesn’t address.

Well, the American Disabilities Act came into effect in 1990. What did it do?

According to the ADA website, this law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, granting them the right…


Series: It’s not so complicated…kinda.

What exactly is the Electoral College and why it is important in the 2020 Presidential Race?

A Presidential Election is more complicated than it seems

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Silhouette of a woman’s hand casting a ballot. / Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash

The 2020 Presidential Race, where we have the incumbent President Donald J. Trump (R) running against Former Vice President Joe Biden (D). Democrats and Republicans rage media battles promoting their candidates, where lies are proclaimed as truth, and truth declared as lies. Who will win this battle for the presidency? Well, it all comes down to Electoral College.

THE ELECTORAL WHAT?

The United States Electoral College was established through the 1787 Constitutional Convention. However, some delegates debated the idea arguing that only Congress should pick the…


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Improv Theatre is where the art of improv is learned and shared. It is located in Bellingham (Land of Subdued Excitement), Washington. (Photo by Sandra Rees-Bowen)

LEARNING IMPROV AND THE ART OF SAYING YES

Improv is all about collaboration. It is about saying yes, then adding on to what the other player is doing and hopefully it comes together. It is also about trust. Not only in the other person on stage, but in yourself, said Main Stage Player and improv teacher at the Upfront Theatre, Gillian Myers.

Originally from North Carolina, Myers first came to Bellingham, to visit her best friend from high school who was attending Western. …


Returning Students find Student Life Isolating

There are avenues of help available for veterans and older student returning students at Western Washington University

By Sandra Rees-Bowen

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Old Main, WWU (Photo by Sandra Rees-Bowen)

It is the feeling of isolation at Western Washington University that is troubling for many students, most of which are over the age of 25. They find it difficult to find someone to talk to, laugh with, or commiserate with about their classes or life in general. …

Sandra ReesBowen

A writer, journalist, blogger whose commentary may be cynical at times, but always with a touch of humor.

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