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Vendor Letter: An alternative addiction treatment

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 11:43

I am a writer, and if I quit drinking, Hemingway’s ghost may come back and punch me in the mouth. That being said, I understand addiction.

I am thankful for my foresight and aversion to heavy drugs. I have never tried meth or heroin, but I have seen the consequences on those who have. Being homeless, I have met more young people desperate for “black tar” or “clear” (injectable heroin and meth, respectively) than I care to admit. But truth can be a harsh reality.

Popsicle Place offers shelter, medical services to families with chronically sick children

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:02

Amber Wise never imagined that her 5-year-old son Josiah would one day be diagnosed with leukemia.

“He was complaining that his legs hurt,” Wise said. “It kept getting worse, and so we took him to the local hospital in Spokane, but they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him.”

Finally, after running several blood tests, Wise received a call informing her that her son had acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

“When we found out he had cancer, I felt like I hit the bottom of the barrel,” Wise said.

Camp Second Chance hosts benefit concert for tiny houses

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 04:00

They say that each part of Seattle has a character all its own, attracting like-minded people who in turn build on the neighborhood’s unique personality. Camp Second Chance was built from the ground up by its residents.

“The founding members were campers from other tent cities. I knew some of them — that’s partly why I came here,” camp resident Patrick Mosley said.

Mosques, churches, synagogues and temples rekindle the sanctuary movement to protect refugees and immigrants from deportation

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 04:00

When she returned home to find her husband missing, Sandra Aguila Salinas knew she had to flee.

Had she been at home when the authorities came, the then 24-year-old union organizer would have joined her husband in jail. The Salvadoran government had issued a warrant for her arrest as well as his.

It was 1982, the early stages of the 12-year Salvadoran Civil War. The government, with significant military aid from the U.S., waged bloody war against the Farabundo Martí Liberación Nacional (FMLN), a coalition of left-wing organizations.

Art project shines light in the dark

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 04:00

Susan Russell and Denise Henrikson want to bring light into the darkness, and they want your help to do it.

The pair collaborates on Love Wins Love, a project responsible for peace flags that have been strung up at tent encampments, parks, Seattle City Hall and even the Real Change vendor lobby.

Now they want to go further.

A community grieves Charleena Lyles

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 04:00
Family, friends, supporters gather to mourn the death of Lyles, who called the police for help but was instead shot at her apartment

Editor’s note: On Sunday, June 18, Charleena Lyles contacted the Seattle Police Department to report a burglary. She was asking for help. Instead, she died when police opened fire on her. Charleena lived at Solid Ground’s Sand Point housing campus in North Seattle. The following is a statement from Solid Ground’s president and CEO Gordon McHenry, Jr.

Seattle’s wealth tax

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 04:00

Dozens spoke in favor of a city income tax proposal at an evening hearing of a City Council committee on June 14. Four spoke against.

The proposal, as written, would levy a 2 percent tax on income over $250,000 for a single person, and $500,000 for people filing jointly. The city expects the tax to impact 5 percent of people living in Seattle, and to raise $125 million in 2019.

The Trump Proof Seattle coalition initially presented the idea. Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council supported it, particularly Councilmember Lisa Herbold.

Millions of children living in poverty

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 04:00

Fifteen million children in the U.S. are part of families that earn incomes below the federal poverty line in 2015.

That same year, 21.4 million children lived in a household with a parent who did not have secure employment.

The Kids Count study, produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, quantifies the reality that many children live with every day. Poverty and lack of stability causes them to underperform in school — 65 percent of fourth-graders read below standard —and specifically impacts communities of color.

Murray suit dropped

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 04:00

The man who filed a lawsuit against Mayor Ed Murray alleging sexual abuse dropped the case, promising to re-file after undergoing counseling, according to reporting by The Seattle Times.

Lincoln Beauregard said that his client, Delvonn Heckard, dropped the suit because he wanted to complete drug rehabilitation and he felt that his case would have a better chance after Murray left office.

At a press conference, Murray said he believed he was vindicated by the withdrawal.

Director's Corner: Real Change is a caring community that begins with you

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 04:00

I saw a beautiful thing happen at Real Change yesterday. That’s not news. Beautiful things happen here everyday. But this story goes to the heart of what makes us Real Change.

A vendor was broke and needed papers to get started. Another vendor, who considers himself blessed in his success at Real Change, gave the guy $5 from his pocket. The vendor in need looked like Christmas just came in June. He offered his flashlight in return.

Busy is the new fine, and it’s hurting us

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 04:00

These days, “busy” is the new “fine.” While it’s a socially acceptable addiction, it’s damaging many things we care about. Work seems to be the main activity gobbling up time for other activities or rest. If you’re too busy with your job to maintain relationships, you start to experience the lethal effects of loneliness (a phenomenon borne out in scientific research). If you’re too busy with work to take care of yourself, you’ll obviously do damage to your health, but you’ll start underperforming at your job, too.

I’m just making this up as I go along, like a computerized version of myself

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 04:00

It is beginning to appear that the goal of Republicans in Congress is to present a health care bill for a vote without giving anyone time to even pretend to read it beforehand. As usual, I am in awe of their sense of blind commitment to blind principle. I wish I had that kind of commitment. I would walk everywhere backward with a bag over my head, and never trip.

Just to try it out, I’m going to write this column without having any clue where I’m going.

Just kidding, that’s my usual practice. [Editors note: No argument here.]

Global Vendor: Enroe Horvath

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:54

I’m Hungarian, but I have been in Austria and selling the Augustin for nine years. I’m 68 years old — the same age as Arnold Schwarzenegger. I was a plumber by trade. I was always working, and I now have a pension of 30,000 Forint, which is about 100 euro. I worked in Germany, in Berlin, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Frankfurt — in all the big cities. But that was a long time ago. I worked for a Hungarian company and was never paid much.

Fragile Figures: Bellevue Arts Museum displays kiln-glass artistry

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:40

A bright orange spiral sits upright in a glass case. A little over a foot tall, it appears to be made of flexible material. But Rei Chikaoka’s piece “Updraft” is actually kilncast glass and metal.

When you think of glass artwork, Chihuly might be the first artist to come to mind. His blown glass creations are known worldwide and rightfully so. Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM) is showcasing the broader dimensions of what glass can  transform into. They’re hosting the traveling show, “Emerge/Evolve 2016: Rising Talents in Kiln-Glass.”

Car campers lose their shelter and pay heavy fines only to see their property auctioned at a fraction of the cost

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 04:00

The auctioneer’s call sounded out over the dusty gravel lot, packed with cars of indeterminate functionality and the people eager to bid on them. He pumped his practiced cadence through a microphone attached to a portable speaker situated in what appeared to be a former food truck, whose sketchy sprayed-on paint job gave the performance the respectability of a backyard fire sale.

“TWE-nty five dollars, can I hear $25?”

Our superpower in an age of outrage

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 04:00

Prayer is not easy. It is difficult and requires from us great personal effort and sacrifice. Mostly this is so because our ego (our own sense of right-ness and superiority, our sense of uniqueness and specialness) gets in the way of truly receiving the gift of silence that is the heart of prayerful presence. But here is an example of how to pray.

First, set aside 15-20 minutes and find a silent place where you can just sit and listen with as few distractions as possible.

All this talk about upzones and affordability is just noise

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 04:00

Let’s talk about Japanese emperors!

I know next to nothing about Japanese emperors, so this will be quick and easy, and then we will talk about something else. You all know that during that war we had with Japan, they had an emperor whose name was Hirohito. I bet most of you didn’t know that since he died in 1989, he has been known as Emperor Abundant Benevolence. Wikipedia is brilliant.

The Middle Ground by Sam Day 6/14/17

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 04:00

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Read the full June 14 issue.


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Book Review: "The Secret Chord”

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 04:00
Geraldine Brooks retells the Old Testament’s King David story

Two-thirds of the way through “The Secret Chord,” the latest book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, the narrator has a moment of clarity.

Hundreds gather to stifle anti-Muslim hate groups

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 04:00

On Sunday, June 10, members of an organization noted by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-Muslim group organized a rally at City Hall Plaza. Several hundred locals marched in protest, making noise to drown out the speeches on the inside of the rally and deliver a clear message: not here.