Village Books

You can find the books and authors referenced on this site at Village Books, a community-based, independent bookstore located in the Historic Fairhaven District of Bellingham. The bookstore sells new, used, and bargain books as well as ebooks.

Pachamama Alliance

This organization has two main projects: one is giving technical and moral support to the indigenous people of Ecuador, and the other is the Awakening the Dreamer Symposiums. Initiated in 2006, these workshops focus on helping awaken people to the challenges humanity is facing in the crisis of climate and environment, the inequality of wealth and resources, and the degradation to the quality of life most people are experiencing. The main thrust of the program, however, is to bring a message of good news that much is already happening around the globe to change things for the better and to inspire the participants to take action in their lives and in their community. There are several trained facilitators in Bellingham. Workshops can be as small as seven participants gathered in a living room or as big as a conference room can hold. If you have an interest in sponsoring a gathering, contact Kathryn or the Alliance directly.

Transition Whatcom

This is a community networking site for those interested in helping achieve a vision of resilient and more self-reliant communities throughout Whatcom County with a local food supply, sustainable energy sources, a healthy local economy, and a growing sense of vitality and community well-being. This project was inspired by the Transition Town movement in England in the early 2000s. It promotes neighborhood organizing, home gardening, skills and resource sharing, and social action.

Whatcom Watch

Whatcom Watch is a grassroots environmental newspaper in Bellingham. It published its first issue in May, 1992, and remains a forum dedicated to preserving Whatcom County’s quality of life. Whatcom Watch is the result of many hours of dedicated volunteer labor each month. It is an expression of the freedom of speech guaranteed by the US Constitution over 200 years ago. Articles published in the paper typically cover local governmental and environmental issues. The opportunity to be published in Whatcom Watch is open to all local writers and organizations who want to improve our community and environment.

For three years, Kathryn Fentress delighted the readers of Whatcom Watch with her column, “Unsung Heroes,” where she highlighted those people whose timeless stories continue to inspire us all. These stories can be found in both the Whatcom Watch archives and through this archive link below.

"Unsung Heroes" August 2014 through September 2017 Archives


In the July 2018 issue, Whatcom Watch published two pieces from Kathryn Fentress. "Spiritual Courage Under Fire" is her introduction to "How to Prepare for Leadership as Activists?," which serves as her response to that important question while reflecting on her time spent with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1960s.