Articles in the Dirt Category
Home Engineered Prosthetics
Story by Patrick Downing
Photo courtesy of Ivan Owen
Unbearable pain shot up Richard Van As’ arm into his neck. It felt like an electrical current surging through his upper body. In a matter of seconds, the smell of burnt flesh filled the air. He looked at his hand. Two of his fingers lay on the saw table.
Van As says his brain blocked out most of his experience. He does remember the resistance of the saw against his fingers and how it eventually lost power and shut down; it was …
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I know what you’re thinking: Who cares about dirt anyway?
It’s all around us, finding its way onto our shoes, into our homes and under our fingernails. But we didn’t make this issue to highlight dirt’s prevalence. It’s dirt’s ability to play a unique part in so many people’s lives that makes it special. …
Story by Samantha Oberholzer
The magenta-spined book stands out from the other black and white books on the narrow shelf. The title doesn’t seem too out of the ordinary when compared to the plethora of sexual awareness books surrounding it. “My Secret Garden” by Nancy Friday seems to fit in with the other books titled “Power Fantasy” and “The Edge of the Bed: How Dirty Pictures Changed My Life.” A dizzying combination of indigo and aqua blues wave around the front and back covers that hold 307 pages of steamy and erotic (or obscene, depending on your taste) fantasies.
Story by Alana Linderoth
Fan-shaped palm fronds as wide as a 50-inch flat screens, tree ferns and thick tropical vines shade the soggy ground of Bellingham from the sticky, subtropical climate. Small mammals, wading birds and giant dinosaur-like birds known as diatryma roam the soft muddy environment. The North Cascade Mountains do not exist, and a subtropical fluvial river system dominates the landscape. …
Story by Lindsey Otta
Two potatoes, 1 cup of celery, 1 cup of carrots, 1/3 cup of chopped red onions and a pinch of basil slowly cook for 30 minutes in a quart of water. The warm smell of the simmering vegetables sluggishly dances around the kitchen.
Final step: Drain vegetables and drink the warm, watery broth for dinner. …
AMID BUDGET CUTS, WASHINGTON STATE FAILS TO PROVIDE CITIZENS WITH ADEQUATE ACCESS TO STATE SPENDING
Story by Kayley Richards
Senator Patty Murray has a Twitter feed. Governor Christine Gregoire has an official Facebook page, on which she shares political links, videos and upcoming events (as well as her affinities for chocolate mousse and Grey’s Anatomy). The Washington State Legislature website has an online bill tracking system, and the Washington Public Disclosure Commission website has a searchable online database so voters can track contributions to political campaigns. The Washington state government is certainly no stranger to modern technology, but if you think you can get all the dirt on government spending in a single click, you’re out of luck. …
THE ART OF HAGGLING AND BARTERING FINDS LIFE AT THE FLEA MARKET
Story by Celeste Erickson
Photos by Carey Rose
It’s a far cry from the average mall. It’s a place where a frugal shopper looking for a dirt-cheap deal can search for hidden treasures and negotiate the price of any item. A section for art made of plants, a library of books and movies, even a room devoted to arcade games occupuy the large space called O’Donnell’s Bellingham Flea Market. …