by Sharon Maeda
Here’s a chance to turn really sour lemons into lemonade. Given social distancing and home isolation, here’s a great way to have fun with time at home, eat well, and support the community.
Last year, the Refugee Women’s Alliance, ReWA, released a beautiful multi-cultural cook book: Recipes for Refuge: Culinary Journeys to America. From Malaysia to Afghanistan, from Burma to Somalia and around the world, these recipes come with the stories of survival and empowerment of the ReWA staff and supporters who are sharing their cuisine. Continue reading Cook Your Way Out Of Isolation
by Susan Fried
Until a few hours ago I didn’t know anyone personally that had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and then I looked on Facebook. I found out my friend and one of Seattle’s foremost singers, Josephine Howell had been diagnosed with the virus. Continue reading Josephine Howell: We Need your Presence, Pipes & Power!
by Carolyn Bick
Anne Miller paused, wiping off the dirt from her gardening gloves onto her overalls.
“It’s not my best look,” the South Seattle Climate Action Network co-founding member said with a chuckle and a glance down at her clothes, before layering more cardboard into the open bottoms of one of the five new ground-level garden beds she and her neighbors have been setting up for the last several days.
With the physical and financial help of at least 15 other people, including the neighbor who offered the strip of space in front of his house to create the garden on 33rd Avenue South in South Seattle, Miller has started up a community garden on her block. Like the rest of the nation, Miller’s neighbors and friends have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and she wants to help support those in need, during what’s proving to be a difficult and frightening time for many.
Continue reading Mt. Baker resident sets up community garden to aid those in need
The Seattle Southend SEWers group has assembled dozens of South Seattleites committed to making medical masks during the COVID-19 pandemic
by Andrew Engelson
Like most confronting the COVID-19 pandemic, South Seattle resident Jessica Breznau was looking for a way to lend a hand during the crisis, while also finding an activity to keep her mind off the constant stream of terrible news.
Late last week, while chatting with friends who are nurses in other parts of the country, Breznau heard about volunteer efforts to make medical-grade surgical masks in their homes. Breznau –– full disclosure: she’s a friend and neighbor –– did a little research and found that Providence Medical Center in Seattle had a put out a call for experienced volunteer sewers to make medical masks in their 100 Million Mask Challenge. Continue reading South End Volunteers Sew Medical Masks During Coronavirus Shortage
(This is the second of a two part series. You can read part one on the White Center Quarantine Site here.)
words by Ari Robin McKenna
photography by Chloe Collyer
Last Thursday, while two large excavators dug deep trenches for lengthy sewer pipes at the White Center Quarantine Site, two County employees walked past on 112th, shades on against the midday sun and shoulder bags full of paper. David Daw and Bong StoDomingo retained the appropriate social distance from each other while Chloe Collyer snapped their picture. They’d produced public health information about the upcoming quarantine site, featuring Frequently Asked Questions–one of which has been echoing on this street for weeks: “Why were communities not consulted in advance of siting?” Continue reading White Center Quarantine Site: The Inefficiency of Delayed Outreach
by Sharon Maeda
It’s suddenly too close to home. Last week, Steve Shulman, a longtime neighborhood businessperson, activist and community booster, succumbed to complications from COVID-19.
Steve’s stature in the community is on full display in front of the Leschi Market which has been run by his family since the 1940’s. Fancy bouquets from florists and blooms cut out of home gardens alike are laid all along the walkway to the Market and spread over to the bench in nearby Leschi Park. Someone taped up a large poster for people to write their messages of condolence. Cyclists stopped long enough to read some. Sad-faced shoppers left with their Saturday morning purchases, some clutching their shopping bags and wiping away tears. Continue reading Remembering Steve Shulman
by Carolyn Bick
Every year, Karen Treiger and her husband gather together with their family from across the world to celebrate Passover. They all unite from as far away as Israel, and spend a little more than a week together, she said, eight days that begin with two huge Passover seders, the name for the holiday’s feasts. It’s usually a joyful, warm affair, filled with quality family time, and opportunities to catch up with one another in person.
But the global outbreak of COVID-19 has changed all that. This year, Passover, which begins April 8, will be a smaller, quieter affair. Familiar faces will be absent. They’ll still hide the afikomen, but it won’t be as much fun, without kids to look for it alongside adults. The couple will not get to see some of their own children and other family members. It’s just not safe. Still, Treiger counts herself lucky, because she has family in the area.
“It won’t just feel like me and my husband sitting at the tables by ourselves, which, I think, for some people, it will be. And that is going to be really hard,” she said.
Continue reading With Passover around the corner, Seward Park’s Orthodox Jews feel the impacts of COVID-19
by Sharon Maeda
March 20 would have been Lottie Cross’ 78th birthday. Just days short of that milestone, Lottie passed away. She was a fixture of Seattle’s Black community and an inspiration to all who crossed her path.
Lottie was an evangelist for healthy food. As a deacon of the New Hope Baptist Church, she responded to the call from its pastor, Rev. Dr. Robert Jeffreys, Sr. After a long illness, doctors told the reverend he had to change his diet. He immediately sought a way to improve access to healthy food for the Black community, particularly in Seattle’s Central Area where many lived. Continue reading Remembering Lottie Cross
by Jack Russillo
Note: This article was published prior to Gov. Jay Inslee’s shelter-in-place announcement issued 3/23/20
There is no good time for a pandemic like COVID-19 (the disease caused by the novel coronavirus) to hit, but at least the onset of sunny springtime weather is helping ease the stress of social distancing.
As the virus has spread through King County and the rest of the world over the past several months, more restrictions have been enacted in communities that keep many people out of work, away from schools, and isolated at home. Continue reading The Outdoors as Sanctuary From Coronavirus Turmoil
by Susan Fried
Like many people who live alone, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my elderly cat, Nikki lately. We’ve been together since she was seven-and-a-half weeks old. I named her after one of my favorite poets, Nikki Giovanni. Needless to say we have a very special relationship.
In an odd way, staying home is perfect timing for me. Nikki’s health is declining and I don’t know how much longer she’ll be around. She’s on two different medications and I’m not sure if she’ll make it to April 7, her 18th birthday. As a result, I’m in frequent contact with her veterinarian. The other day I received an email from their office outlining their Covid-19 protocols. Continue reading Perspective: Caring for Your Beloved Pet Amid Uncertain Times