South Seattle Emerald: Seattle Music Venues Wonder if Their Businesses Will Survive the Pandemic

Seattle is a music town, but if its music venues disappear in the era of COVID, many wonder how it can continue to be one. Seattle music venues are in dire straights. In this piece for South Seattle Emerald, I talk with a new coalition called Washington Music and Nightlife Association that includes some of the biggest venues in town — NuemosChop SueyTractor Tavern—about just how dire things truly are, and what the public can do to help.

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Leafly: Can Landlords ban cannabis in a legal state?

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.

Yes! Magazine: Eek! Bat Populations are Shrinking. Here are ways to Help.

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.

You can read the full article here.

Greatist: Get in the tub. We’re doing self-care.

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!

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