Though this pandemic has been terrifying for everybody, single people have it especially hard in some ways. Many singles, who are no longer dating in real life, have resorted to online dating and other digital strategies to cope.
Since Seattle artists were hit hard—psychologically and financially—by COVID-19 and social distancing, they’ve been incredibly creative in their efforts to recoup their losses. In this piece for Crosscut, I spotlight these efforts—and the particular challenges Seattle musicians are facing during the pandemic.
As a cannabis reporter, one of the most common questions I receive is: “Is it legal for my landlord to ban cannabis in my rental? Because I thought we lived in a cannabis legal state!?” Unfortunately, whether or not your landlord permits you to smoke on the premises is more about their personal preferences for their rental and how they receive funding for their facility, than it is about your state’s take on cannabis. To read the full article, visit here.
Happy Halloween, lovely followers! I took advantage of the holiday to talk about bats—one of my favorite animals, and a keystone species. Bats are typically not something we humans think about—after all, they’re elusive, nocturnal, and many think of them as creepy. But bats play essential roles in preserving the health of our ecosystem. Pacific Northwest bats in particular are insectivorous, ridding humans of millions of pesky bugs, and saving us billions of dollars in agricultural costs per year. Yet, new data shows populations of Pacific Northwest bats are on the decline from environmental hazards and a mysterious fungal disease called White Nose Syndrome, two issues regional and national scientists are working rapidly to understand. But there’s much the average person can do to help bolster the survival of these little eco-superheroes, too.
Baths. They are one of life’s simple pleasures and I didn’t take them for years. (WHY!?)
Last month, I decided to write about my experience of revisiting baths and how they’ve become like medicine to my anxiety disorder and an superior way to feel whole, relaxed and alive. I also loved this one because I got to draw on much of my college education in the art of creative non-fiction and memoir. Enjoy!