A Jewish mother & a rabbi ponder: Should Rachel Belle get a Christmas tree?
Rachel Belle | December 08, 2014 5:54 pmBeing Jewish, I have never had a Christmas tree, and I never cared or considered getting one. Until two weeks ago, when I saw a snowy tree tied to the top of a car and thought it might be nice. This story is my journey to a decision about whether or not to get a Christmas tree, or as some might call it, a Hanukkah bush. You'll meet my mother, a rabbi and a local Jewish woman who just got her first tree at age 47.
You can now eat a Tom Douglas meal while flying the friendly skies
Rachel Belle | December 05, 2014 5:34 pmAlaska Airlines has started serving a brisket chili over a Yukon gold potato, created by Seattle Chef Tom Douglas, and there\'s more to come next year. But did Tom manage to elevate above the typically, notoriously bad airline fare? Rachel Belle got a taste.
A Seattle veteran is trying to create the next Ice Bucket Challenge
Rachel Belle | December 01, 2014 6:06 pmSince Seattle veteran Andrew Myers posted a video of himself catching a burglar, trying to enter his home, it's racked up nearly four million views. He's trying to take advantage of the Internet attention by raising money for Paws and Stripes, a non-profit that matches veterans with PTSD with life saving service dogs.
Lifelong delivers healthy Thanksgivings to sick people around King County
Rachel Belle | November 26, 2014 5:10 pmLifelong, formerly Lifelong AIDS Alliance, delivers 150,000 meals a year to people who are too sick, and too poor to get the groceries themselves. Volunteers visit clients once a week, dropping off bags of super healthy groceries and special meals prepared by a chef.
A Seattle woman writes a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, while library patrons look on
Rachel Belle | November 24, 2014 5:39 pmA Seattle woman is writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, while the public watches Every November, hundreds of thousands of people challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. But Gabriela Frank is doing it with a twist. She's set up a living room in the Seattle Public Library, and the public can watch her write the novel, in real time, on a big screen.
Seattle singer Mindie Lind on Cripp Culture and why she doesn't need your help
November 21, 2014 8:47 amMindie Lind is the singer of Seattle band Inly, who you might see cruising around town on her skateboard. Born without legs, Mindie is an advocate of Cripp Culture: showing the world that disabled people are about more than just their disability. There's a culture of art, music, design and sexuality that can't be defined by the symbol of the blue guy in the wheelchair.
Seattle's 'James Franco Review' gives all writers celebrity status
Rachel Belle | November 21, 2014 8:47 amLast Spring a prestigious publishing house published a book of poetry by actor James Franco. It was met with mediocre reviews and a ton of publicity. This got a Vashon Island writer thinking: what if everyone could submit their work as James Franco? Would we all have a fair shot at being published? So she created a literary magazine called the James Franco Review.
Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo to send its elephants to another zoo
Rachel Belle | November 19, 2014 6:09 pmSeattle's Woodland Park Zoo to send its elephants to another zoo Today Woodland Park Zoo announced it would be phasing out it's elephant program, and sending its two Asian elephants to another zoo. But this does not sit well with the elephant advocacy group, Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants. They says the elephants need to go to a sanctuary where they can have room to roam.
500 women, children are cold and homeless in Seattle, but you can help
Rachel Belle | November 13, 2014 5:06 pmMary's Place, a Seattle non-profit that provides shelter and services for 150 homeless women and a children a day, is trying to raise $250,000 to open a new shelter in time for winter.
Paseo lawsuit: Can undocumented workers sue and win?
Rachel Belle | November 12, 2014 6:13 pmSeattle's beloved Paseo abruptly closed yesterday, denying sandwich lovers their cult status, Cuban-style sammies. But then a lawsuit surfaced: four Hispanic, former Paseo employees are suing the owners, saying they weren't paid overtime or given breaks during long shifts. A Seattle lawyer says wage theft is VERY common, but undocumented workers rarely sue out of fear.
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