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Real Change vendor Larry Elmore: "I am very grateful for everything.”

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:00

If you have been buying Real Change for a while, you might recognize Larry Elmore. He started selling Real Change in 2004 and has been here ever since.

The paradoxes of community

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:00
Real Change columnist

Almost everybody says they want community. If all community meant was human beings gathering together for shared interests, Seattle would not have a community problem. But everyone knows that we do.

I'm using my stupendous genius to resolve everything that's wrong

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:00
Real Change columnist

All right. All we have to do now is survive until January, and then the country will lapse back into political gridlock. Except for scary fights over continued funding of the federal government, nothing really bad is likely to happen in a split Congress. Nothing really good is likely to happen either, but that’s not a change.

The president seems to be testing out ways he can bypass not only the House, but also the Senate.

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 11/14/18

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:00

Contact Sam Day at

Book Review: ‘A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety’

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:00
It’s fine to have muse, but Donald Hall’s final words are laced with toxic masculinity

I get that Donald Hall was the poet laureate of the United States and that President Obama gave him a medal. I get that he wrote more than 50 books of verse, essays, memoirs, children’s stories, etc. and that there is a Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. I get that he died this summer a few months shy of his 90th birthday and that we have a hard time in this culture speaking the truth about people who have died — especially those who have died recently. I get all that.

Innovative Living: Pacific Science Center exhibition features BLOCK home

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:00

The Pacific Science Center bills itself as a place that ignites curiosity in children, fueling their passion for discovery, experimentation and critical thinking. Based in Seattle ever since the 1962 World’s Fair, it is a space where one can explore exhibits that make science fun, interactive and accessible.

Coming in from the cold

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:00
We’ll say it again: King County’s high rents cripple the voucher system. Perhaps the best way to solve the housing crisis is ... with houses?

The tautology is tired because it is obvious: Homelessness is solved by access to housing.

No one disputes this. But the question of how people get connected to housing and where those units are throws folks into a tizzy. After all, people without homes must be lazy or drug-addicted or moving here to take advantage of Seattle and King County’s generosity. A roof is only for “the right sort.”

Who said Calvinism was dead?

City Council carves up budget and adds to human services

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:00

After hours upon hours of budget briefings and nearly $200 million in added requests, the City Council has cranked out a counter proposal to Mayor Jenny Durkan’s $5.9 billion budget.

The council made approximately $16 million in tweaks during its Nov. 7 meeting. Roughly half of that went to additions to the Human Services Department and homelessness spending. Any other adds would have to be balanced by cuts, said Seattle City Councilmember and High Priestess of Austerity Sally Bagshaw, this year’s budget chair.

Multiply the power of love

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 04:00
Your gift to the Winter Fund Drive changes lives one smile at a time

Sometimes, the hardest part about the road to recovery is learning to love ourselves.
“I used to be embarrassed when I wasn’t sober,” said 2018 Real Change Vendor of the Year Sabina Lopez. “I was coming to work hung over all the time. I was always broke. I worked so hard just to have nothing.”
“Then, as I sold Real Change, I found that people love me anyway, no matter what. They were family. If I needed help, they would help me.”

Vendor Voices: A letter to the mayor

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:00

The Honorable Jenny Durkan
Mayor, City of Seattle

Dear Mayor Durkan,

When you were running for mayor in 2017, you promised to make things better for homeless people.

Since then, you have presented several proposals — and withdrawn one — to help do that. What I haven’t seen so far is an actual plan.

Vendor Profile: Zackary Tutwiler

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:00

No matter how the Seahawks are playing this week, Zackary Tutwiler will always show his support by wearing something with the logo. Whether it’s a hat or his sweatshirt, something is always on him, paired with a smile.

Seeing the bigger picture

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:00
Real Change columnist

Years ago, I told my boss at a small startup that I’d been wearing the same contact lenses for at least three months, in spite of the fact that I was supposed to change them out every other week. He was agog.

“Isn’t that terrible for your eyes?” he asked.

It was, but I didn’t have much of a choice. His company didn’t cover my health care and I couldn’t afford a new visit, a new prescription and new lenses.  

A new take on the tired, old question that keeps getting asked

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:00
Real Change columnist

I know only a small fraction of Seattle’s homeless population comes from other states, and that most are from here or from King County at least. Nevertheless we volley the question, because ignorance lives forever when you can tweet it back and forth all day. Electrons are cheaper than ping-pong balls.

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 11/7/18

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:00

Contact Sam Day at


Book Review: 'Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy'

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:00
Local author Angela Garbes takes readers on a captivating and well-researched journey through childbirth and motherhood

So many words have been written about being pregnant and becoming a mom. Could anything more be left to say? Entering trodden territory, Seattle writer Angela Garbes finds a fresh path in her new book, “Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy.”

A product of Garbes’ search for relevant information when she was pregnant, the book is a lively, unsqueamishly original examination of how the body transforms itself during pregnancy and childbirth.

Narrative of a Pioneer: Jacob Lawrence tells the story of George Bush

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:00

Traveling from the eastern shores of the United States to the mountainous region of the Pacific Northwest is a journey that could take a handful of hours or days depending on the mode of transportation. Rewind the clock back to the mid 1800s and those making the trip faced rugged conditions and none of the modern comforts we’ve come to expect while traveling. The first transcontinental railroad wouldn’t be complete until 1869 so people who wanted to relocate traversed the land on foot or by horse and wagon. The other option was a much longer route by sea going around South America.

Harrison: A transgender man’s journey

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:00

Photographer Sara Swaty was given permission and access to document the transitioning of her friend Harrison Massie. Harrison talks about all that he has experienced  while undergoing the process — the euphoria, relief, hurdles and the reaction of family and friends.

For Harrison Massie, transitioning from female to male was never about trading one gender for another.

Seven years ago, Harrison, now 29, started his journey “to feel more like myself.”

The power of the initiative and referendum process

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 04:00

The scene opens on  Rosella Mosby, a woman in a drab olive jacket and jeans, her long, auburn hair pulled back in a pony tail. Behind her an expanse of leafy greens fills the middle distance and a barn, slightly out of focus, looms in the background.

“Join farm families across Washington in voting no on 1631,” Mosby says, closing out the ad. A cutaway box appears over her shoulder on stage right, listing the farming organizations that have taken a stand against the initiative that would place a fee on carbon emissions.