Bellingham: Brimming with Bountiful Beauty

Last February my mom, Moz Molenaar, passed away. Cindy, a young woman who was dear to Moz contacted me this week to see if she could borrow something of Moz’s to build a dance performance around. Today I brought Moz’s scarf up to Bellingham to give to Cindy for her dance performance, and to keep in remembrance of Moz. I know Moz would have wanted Cindy to have her scarf. It meant something to me to be able to give this scarf to her…
Cindy in Moz's Scarf

After I gave Cindy Moz’s scarf, I went for a walk along the boardwalk to Boulevard Park. The first person I saw on my walk was my former eighth graders, Annette. It was so good to see Annette again – and get this! She’d just learned she got her first teaching job! She’ll be teaching kindergarten next year – those students are going to be so blest!

A little further along the path I decided to turn off the main trail and go up to the top of the knoll over-looking the bay. The stairs to the top were lined by purple sweet peas…

I sat down on the Thom Bishop’s bench at the top of the knoll and looked out at the bay. Pretty soon I was joined by a young couple – Melanie and Ronny – who are planning on moving up to Bellingham from Orange County, California. I really enjoyed chatting with them – they were very cool people – and I happily welcomed them to Bellingham…
Melanie and Ronnie Massey
On the way back I saw a schooner unfurl its sails on Bellingham Bay – schooners are one of my all-time favorite things, and I was so excited to get to see it unfold itself…

And then back to Fairhaven…


Seen in Bellingham (6-10-17)

Seen in Bellingham today: Kathy Engh of the Bellingham Urban Studio; kayak conversation; the Alaska Ferry; Canada geese paddling in front of “The Rock”; heavy construction at Boulevard Park 🙂 ; a fleet of sailboats; a rainbow of kayaks.

So Get This

So get this: Today I met a woman from Manchester, UK, who shared a wonderful story about John Cleese; and I met a group of friendly, laughing ladies (The Newcomers) who meet twice a week to walk with each other along the boardwalk; and I saw a schooner on the bay! (I love tall ships); and I saw the Rocky Mountain train zip by on the tracks below me; and I met a cool woman who told me all about 20-sided dice; and I saw a rainbow of kayaks; AND I happened upon the Squalicum High School drummers outside the Bellingham Farmers Market who got me all inspired and ready to march in a parade.

Here’s the John Cleese Story –
As I was buying John Cleese’s new book, So, Anyway, at the Village Books/Paper Dreams store in Bellingham, the woman in the line next to me said, in a wonderful British accent, that when her nephew was dying of cancer John Cleese came to visit him. (I told her I loved her accent, and asked her to keep talking, please.) Naomi said that even after that visit, John Cleese kept in contact with her nephew and sent him a letter a week. Naomi said that John Cleese was a real life hero – kind and caring.

I asked Naomi what part of the UK she came from, and she said Manchester – the place that had just had a terrorist bombing. She said that she hadn’t known anyone personally who had been a victim of the bombing, but that her niece’s teacher had been killed there. Naomi said the people of Manchester were reacting with love and kindness. Manchester is, she said, the kindest place in the world.

Here are pictures from my day in Bellingham…

Weekend Doings in Bellingham

Snakes! And an otter! And the Farmers’ Market!

Soaking Up the Rays in Bellingham

artsy tulips

Artsy Tulips

It has been a long, gray couple of months in the Pacific Northwest. I believe it is safe to say we will not be having a water shortage this summer. But the last couple days have reminded us what spring can look like here. And the folks of Bellingham have made good use of it…

Cairn-making in Bellingham

Found Jon and friends making cairns along the beach of Bellingham Bay. And THEN I ran into an old student and his sister in Boulevard Park – I love it when I run into old friends on my walk. And THEN I I saw the Alaska Ferry on Bellingham Bay – and I’d never seen the ferry out of dock and cruising on the bay before – it looked so ENORMOUS out of the dock. I turned to a fellow walker and pointed the ferry out to him. He said he’d been struck by how big it looked out there, too.  And as I talked to him, I realized that… “I think I know you,” I said. “Are you from the garden shop in Fred Meyer’s?” And he was! He’s one of my favorite people at Freddy’s! Isn’t it fun to meet people out of context? 🙂

Seen in Bellingham

I love it when the sun breaks through and brings happy humanity outside with it…

I saw the bubbles first, and was drawn to them like a hummingbird to a petunia. In fact – and this is embarrassing to admit – but (ahem) I did not even notice Spencer Winters, the slackline-walker in the background, until the bubbles had all sailed away and I’d moved on down the ramp.  I started focusing my camera on Spencer then – impressed with his rope-walking – but until I downloaded my photos onto my computer I didn’t realize I’d captured Spencer in my bubble pictures, too.  The lesson here is that sometimes what’s going on in the background can be just as cool as what you’ve got your camera focused on.


Bubbles over Bellingham Bay. (Spencer Winters on the slackline in the background.)