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.
Over the weekend of August 2-4th, I had the honor of attending Pickathon, a music festival on a gorgeous farm in southeast Portland, OR. The experience absolutely floored me— it was cozy, diverse, woodsy, and fun! I had the chance to write about my attendance, and all the great music, for Audiofemme.
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!
As I’ve begun writing more about cannabis and CBD—regularly for Leafly since 2016, and as a staff writer for CannabisMD in the last few months—I’ve enjoyed combining topics in the green space with other areas of interest like music, tourism, and of course, dogs! I’ve become a bit of an expert on dogs and CBD oil through all the research I’ve done about its effects on our furry friends. Hopefully, this article for Healthline is useful to those of you out there considering which CBD products are best for your pet, what dosages to abide by, concerns about pet safety, and more.
DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind, we only know a little bit about CBD thus far and it is largely unregulated by the FDA—so exercise caution, do your research, be conservative, and know that I am not suggesting CBD is a cure-all or something you should use in place of traditional medicine.
Many have asked me in the last months, “Why did you leave The Seattle Times?” This piece for Pressland is my answer. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears went into this one.
But, this isn’t just my story. I spoke with several millennial journalists about their experiences in traditional newspaper environments. What I found was a lot of unhappiness, unfair treatment and frustration—especially among young POC and women journalists—that doesn’t bode well for the future of newspapers.