There is an ‘I’ in Team

No there is not an I in team, but there Is. Producing the Northwest Folklife Festival requires so much on the part of every Individual involved. You did it. We did it. I did it. For the people. Of the People. By the People. Thank You.


We made our 350K Festival Fundraising goal after putting the message ‘Give to Make The Festival Live’ to the community at large. This is an initiation of financial transparency for this community-owned Festival.

This was my third Festival as leadership staff. Before my first I had to make a presentation to the Board on why NOT use the word ‘Free’. Why not? The word itself indicates no value. Why expect anyone to fork over money after telling them it is free? So I coined the saying ‘Free is the F Word.”

In my second year, we ended hospitality buttons for street performers resulting in a great backlash AND the migrating tribes took our Festival off their list completely. Furthermore, street performers are the only ones with their hat out besides Northwest Folklife itself with its 1.3million cash budget to meet.

According to my own calculations, the Northwest Folklife Festival should bring in $385K on site to cover direct expenses of the Festival. In the past it has hovered at $190K +/- $10K.  It can bring 385K in with 38,500 folks cognisant and acting on the Festival’s need for them to pay $10 each per day.  That did not happen this year with so many $1,000 gifts.

The cry to sell tickets from the general public as a solution is annoying. That is a costly proposition given the fencing required to do that. Plus, WHY must we commercialize everything? It is your Festival, people.  There is even/especially an open call to perform. Pay up. Be one of the 38,500 who make it work for the rest of humanity by giving a scant $10/day.


The 2017 Northwest Folklife Festival was clean, PNW artists, most excellent weather, people wanted to support, and performers on our 25 stages did speak up for donating. And people donated. It was joyful beyond that support yet sustaining donations where none existed before is most heartening.

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The Friend of Folklife Experience 2017 comprised a Festival Guide mailed in EARLY MAY, First Look – a beautiful contributor event, Friend of Folklife Headquarters — donor stewardship central — , improv – meets business objectives Staff Training, and my improv-based fundraising pitches teaming with emcees.

My idea for a cake for First Look came from our Cultural Focus: Festál Turns 20. Birthday, n’est-ce pas? Then I find a photo of my chest and feet on Twitter. Yes I use sunscreen.

When women aren’t at the table, we’re on the menu.

When women aren’t at the table, we’re on the menu.

The point is that women need to be AT THE TABLE where decisions are made and strategies are set regarding their own health of course, and let’s throw in all decisions pertaining to government.

50/50 male/female AT THE TABLE.

ON THE MENU is your 1984 nightmare as a woman.

I love a Parade

Dear Reader,

Seabrook is as charming as ever and more so largely due to the weather taking a turn today toward the sunny. It is a Saturday after all and the town is full of bon vivants. If it seeped and poured like it did yesterday, there would be little charm about that.

I enjoyed my morning coffee while recording my dreams which have been elusive. I forced myself to leave the phone downstairs until these old favorite tasks were done. Otherwise kittens also jump on me in the morning, eradicating any dream memory.

I entered a new dream when the sounds of a marching band came through town. I recalled sultry nights in Orange, California listening to the Orange High School Panthers. Today it was the Hoquiam Grizzlies.

America the Beautiful 🎵🎶

Please learn about the Japanese-Japanese American incarceration in US history. Working for JCCCW I was able to meet people who had been children in the camps via their Omoide (stories) project like their aunt spinning sugar to make them candy over a camp stove. We had more than one person break down with emotion over the open attitude to talking about that period. Even by 2006, many people who had endured the incarceration had lived the shame in secret. Not long before that the term for removing people from their homes and belongings and property was nominally called ‘relocation.’

Never forget. Longtime JCCCW supporter and much-admired local journalist Lori Matsukawa has worked tirelessly for nearly a year to create a series of stories about our community’s incarceration experiences during and after World War II. The series is titled “Prisoners in Their Own Land” and begins Monday on KING 5. Many familiar faces – both family and friends – will be part of the feature. The full schedule is below. Tune in.
Mon. Feb. 13 6:30 “Minidoka”
Tue. Feb. 14 6:30 “After Camp”
Wed. Feb. 15 6:30 “Warriors and Resisters”
Thu. Feb. 16 6:30 “Fight for Redress”
Fri. Feb. 17 6:30 “The Arts”
Sat. Feb. 18 7:00 “Prisoners in Their Own Land”

Feb 19 is the ANNIVERSARY Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066 – Feb 19, 1942 –



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