Hello everyone, here is a review of 2022. Whidbey is a place full of causes, connections, characters and curated arts. All photos are by David Welton unless otherwise noted. Wishing you a year of being fully present to life’s gifts and lessons. –Bajada Bill and Cactus Kate

January 2022

David Welton gets the shot he longed for. The photo, which also appeared in the South Whidbey Record, took second place in the state newspaper contest earlier this year. He wrote: “The money shot looks like it’s shining on the car deck. I thought, Oh my GodI I was delighted. The rainbow disappeared and I looked at the 56 pictures I shot. When I was looking at them, the battery in my camera died. But I got the shot. If I had taken pictures of the rainbow and lighthouse earlier, I wouldn’t have gotten the photo with the ferry. I had wanted to get this shot for 15 years and finally got it. A rainbow makes my day. I love to see a rainbow. I’ve wanted to get this photo and I finally got it.”

For gardener/landscaper Pam Mitchell, a good day is when she’s in the garden. Many know her as the iconic black-hatted friendly vendor who sells plants and veggies at the Bayview Farmer’s Market. She sings the praises of playing in the dirt among growing things.

Pam Mitchell tends plants in raised beds built at Fireseed Catering. This greenhouse forms a warm nursery for new plants that will be sold later at the Bayview Farmers Market.

February 2022

Affordable housing for working people and our homeless population is an ongoing challenge: The human right to shelter. 

Masked avenger of Whidbey Island’s marginalized and vulnerable Judy Thorslund

A model for workforce housing is Langley’s Tiny Homes in the Name of Christ village of nine, nearly complete homes. Shepherded by Coyla Shepard, the homes are nearing completion.

From one house in February, construction is progressing on a total of nine tiny homes at a site in Langley zoned for work force housing. Tiny Houses in the Name of Christ or THINC, is spearheading the non-profit project, the first tiny home village in Island County. Photo by Bill Poss

March 2022

An education that cultivates her talent celebrates middle school student Anja Bentsen and her musical project for the Alternative Learning Experience program launched by the South Whidbey School District the previous fall.

Sharing a laugh with her mom Katrina Bentsen, Anja Bentsen plays and sings two of the songs she composed as part of her curriculum with the Alternative Learning Experience Program through the South Whidbey School District

Long-time Island County character Mike Gallion’s story, The lost art of small engine repair, received a number of views. His collection of chain saws is probably record breaking.

Amid his repaired chainsaws, Mike Gallion takes a moment to explain that he likes to keep the tools out of the landfill. He either keeps them to harvest their parts or refurbishes them for resale.

April 2022

We have a terrific resource for students and the community at the South Whidbey School Farms program. AmeriCorps interns help teach farming skills to more than 600 students a week.

Jay Freundlich, garden science specialist with the South Whidbey School Farm program, works with students to mulch the farm’s garden beds

Following a two-year hiatus due to COVID, Langley welcomes the whales parade returned to great color and celebration.

Mer people get decked out for the Welcome the Whales Parade April 18 in Langley

May 2022

Having fun to support a serious issue found members of a Shimmy Mob who danced to raise funds for CADA, a domestic abuse support program.

Shimmy Mob is an international belly dance flash mob held annually in support of victims of abuse worldwide. Now in its twelfth year, the world-wide event is held on the second Saturday in May, World Bellydance Day. Teams of belly dancers around the world dance the same choreography to the same music to raise awareness of the signs of abuse and fundraise for local shelters and organizations that deal with all spectrums of abuse.
Shimmy Mob is an international belly dance flash mob held annually in support of victims of abuse worldwide. Now in its twelfth year, the world-wide event is held on the second Saturday in May, World Bellydance Day. Teams of belly dancers around the world dance the same choreography to the same music to raise awareness of the signs of abuse and fundraise for local shelters and organizations that deal with all spectrums of abuse.

Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World was a Trudy Sundberg lecture series sponsored by Sno-Isle libraries and held at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. Dr. Wade Davis is an international cultural anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author, photographer, filmmaker, and teacher. His work has focused on the many of the world’s indigenous cultures and languages and has taken him all over the world. He served with National Geographic’s Explorer-in-Residence program from 2000 to 2013. Spending three years in the Amazon and Andes he made 6,000 botanical collections, has written 23 books and published 300+ articles. He has made over a dozen documentaries.

Dr. Wade Davis talks about the Polynesians use of ‘dead reckoning’ without GPS to explore new territory. The navigators can tell where a distant atoll is located by observing the pattern of the waves.

June 2022

Following a leak that the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v Wade, Handmaids–in character from Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale and the Hulu serialized production of the book–appeared around South Whidbey to raise awareness on preservation of our democratic rights.

Handmaids, dressed as characters as the slaves in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ novel, stand in silent protest to a concerted effort in Congress to remove our civil liberties

Our ‘Conductor Fun’ Jim Freeman, the islands emcee and funnyman, passed away June 19, days away from his 75th birthday. He was one of the best and could always make you laugh.

Whidbey’s conductor of fun and emcee of pre-COVID events, Jim Freeman at the 2019 Welcome the Whales parade

July 2022

Our Whidbey Island Fair continues to be a popular summertime event. The amount of volunteers and the fair’s staff continue a long tradition of providing exhibits, entertainment and food. Fair Manager Carol Coble has done a remarkable job since 2015 of organizing the components that result in a fun family experience.

Young woman competes in 4-H Horse Showmanship at Whidbey Island Fair

August 2022

We celebrated Pat Powell’s legacy of stitching together forever open space and farm land with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Pat retired after nearly 20 years as the Trust’s executive director.

Pat Powell, outgoing executive director of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, is retiring after nearly 20 years

Keke Cribbs was moved to create a glass sculpture featuring Persephone following the Supreme Court’s dismantling of Roe v Wade. “Inspiration for making this just came out of me,” Keke said, while we visited in her light filled kitchen. “I had to do this piece when the decision on Roe vs Wade hit the news. I was inspired in part by my granddaughter Livia who is studying classical Greek and who introduced us to the Broadway musical soundtrack of Hadestown, which is the story of Orpheus and Euridice, but told in terms of our modern lifestyle with ‘Hell’ being the working peoples’ unforgiving life in the factories. In my youth in Claremont, one of my favorite films was Black Orpheus which has certain visual similarities to the story of Hadestown. “I decided that the creation story of the Four Seasons–as represented by the Greek myth of the abduction and rape of Persephone by Hades, who takes her for his queen in the Underworld, and her eventual return for half the year to the Above World, where she provides fertility and the harvest–kind of said it all in this piece. Without females the world as we know it would not exist, so it is important to respect them for all they have to give and not abuse them.”

One side of Kéké Cribb’s ‘Persephone,’ which is part of the “Exhibitions in Glass: Vitreous Funk, Fantasy, and Light.” at the Claremont-Lewis Museum of Art in Claremont CA October 5 through February 5, 2023. Photo by David Stadler

September 2022

United Student Leaders pressed Island County’s board of commissioners to declare a climate emergency. The board stopped short of this step to the disappointment of the students.

Front row right- Vincent Nattress. Back row- United Student Leaders of Whidbey Island speakers Maggie Nattress (Vincent’s daughter), Annie Philp, Jackson Murphy and Sydney Carver

A rescued Husky-mix dog named Trek inspired a community to care for him enough so that he could lose his fear of humans. Trek’s story introduced us to a community of compassionate women who rescue and care for dogs.

Kathryn Hurtley read about Trek’s need for a home last February and has loved him into being a friendly and trusting dog from the once fearful feral dog he was last year.

October 2022

October is civility month and Civility First held a series of workshops on how we might better be able to talk and listen to one another.

Cherri Ann Forrest’s ‘What real listening feels like’ won an honorable mention in Civility First’s annual art contest. Photo shared by Civility First

Heather Johnson, former executive director of the Whidbey Institute, retired from her post to start her own practice helping folks to address their inner climate crisis.

Heather Johnson’s new practice is designed to help guide her clients toward a more whole and healthy life. Photo by David Stern

November 2022

Bill Poss and I took a road trip Oct. 15 to Dec. 16.  Visiting family, friends and colorful landscapes, we closed out the year visiting the Magical Kingdom of Patagonia,

Two of the icons at Velvet Elvis in Patagonia AZ. Photo by Kate Poss

We also visited our son Raymond and his partner Gino where they live in Southern Orange County. Beautiful beaches, warm sun. Seems like a dream now on this dark New Year’s Eve day in Langley.

We enjoyed people watching and family photo taking at Christmas Cove Saturday after Thanksgiving. Photo by Raymond Poss

December 2022

While on the road we visited our former home in Southern California, camping at Malibu Creek State Park.

It was a beautiful day for a picnic with our friends Debi Croft and Ray Prugh, residents of our former home at Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park in Agoura. Photo by Kate Poss

Our visit to Monterey and Santa Cruz brought us together with good friends.

Enjoying delicious oyster chowder and green salad at dear friends Sheila and Ray Heibert in Carmel Valley. Photo by Kate Poss
Bill, Bridget Maloney and Kate blissing at Capitola Beach sunset. Photo taken by Bill’s arm and Bridget’s new iPhone
Dear friend Urashan’s son Jacob and his lady Eva in their Santa Cruz backyard. Photo by Kate Poss
Lovely visit Dec. 8 with Kater, our dear late friend Urashan’s daughter in Santa Cruz. Photo by Kate Poss

The Tuesday after we returned home, Whidbey was visited by a snow storm.

Winter solstice greeted us with three-foot long icicles seen outside our kitchen window. Photo by Bill Poss

And a 13-foot king tide which flooded Bells Beach Dec. 27:

Low barometric pressure raised the tide to 13 feet, flooding our Bells Beach neighborhood Dec. 27 in a king tide that no one recalls ever being this big. Photo by Kate Poss

Norma Jean Young, who we met on Whidbey in 2000 has since moved to Mt. Vernon. Here she gets ready for lift prior to a party celebrating 40 years of her Reiki practice:

Norma Jean Young flexes her wings as she celebrates 40 years of Reiki practice. Photo by Kate Poss

And our son Raymond flew up from Orange County CA to join us for New Years 2022 and to bring in the new year. He and his partner moved from Portland to Laguna Niguel CA last July.

Raymond Poss our son took this photo Dec. 30 at Ebeys Landing. What stories will we tell in 2023?

Looking forward to the stories of 2023. What will the year bring us?







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