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Seattle Syttende Mai 2020: Quarantine Edition

A History of Syttende Mai and How to Celebrate Online in 2020 Many people are surprised to learn that the Norwegian holiday Syttende Mai is celebrated in Seattle, Washington. Not only is Syttende Mai celebrated in Seattle, but the annual parade attracts an estimated 10,000 people each year, many even visiting from Norway to attend.…

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COVID-19 Diaries: Lessons from Seattle

What Can Be Learned from the Seattle Experience with COVID-19 I live in the bedroom community of Puyallup, Washington and commute to my hotel job in downtown Seattle. Unfortunately, that also means I have been following the outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) from its very first diagnosis in the United States. I am writing this…

Exterior of Salty’s on Alki.

Brunch at Salty’s on Alki Beach

Salty’s on Alki Beach is without a doubt Seattle’s premier all-you-can-eat brunch experience. Located on the waterfront in West Seattle, Salty’s offers an amazing array of food options, impeccable service and fantastic views overlooking Elliott Bay and the Seattle city skyline. The real star of Salty’s, though, is the food and you won’t leave here hungry.…

Thora Bjorg Helga in 'Metalhead'

Metalhead: Icelandic film teases black metal

Metalhead (Málmhaus) is an Icelandic film from 2013 that played in Seattle as part of the 2015 Nordic Lights Film Festival. Directed by Ragnar Bragason, Metalhead was very successful in the Icelandic 2014 Edda Awards, winning for Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Original Score…

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Cruising to Saint Petersburg: a visa primer

Navigating the visa hurdles of your Baltic cruise vacation The crown jewel of any Baltic cruise itinerary is the port of call in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with most cruise lines offering 2 days (1 overnight) and some even offering 3 days (2 overnights). Saint Petersburg has an incredible amount to offer, from a rich and complicated history…

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N3VOA: Wasted Memories (review)

N3VOA is the work of Diego Bittencourt, an EBM/ Synth Pop artist from New York City. After a childhood spent in São Paoul, Brazil, Diego moved to the United States at age 12. He became interested in music, initially drumming for death metal act DEATHRUNE. But his interests over time veered toward electronic music, with influences…

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6 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

Time flies, but with New Year’s reflections and a recent career change, I realize I’ve been writing for newspapers, magazines and online venues for over 15 years now. Some of those years were non-productive but the “writing bug” has been insistent, something constantly at the back of my mind, even more so today now that…

Cover of 'Pop!: Create the Perfect Pitch, Title and Tagline For Anything' by Sam Horn

Review of POP! by Sam Horn

  POP! Create the Perfect Pitch, Title and Tagline for Anything by Sam Horn (Perigree, 2009) offers an easy-to-follow road map on how you can sell your idea or brand in 60 seconds or less. The basic idea of POP! is that by completing a series of mental exercises you will be able to better market your idea in…