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I love freedom and fireworks but…

Published on June 29th, 2015 | by Katy Evans

I really dislike Freedom Fair. Summer festivals are typically a bit more than I can handle but Freedom Fair always seems especially oppressive, grueling, and sticky. But can I find a better reason to hate an event than stickiness... Read More


Siblings Nick and Melissa

Praying the gay away

Published on June 24th, 2015 | by Nick Stillman

In the summer of 2005 I was a prayer warrior. It wasn’t an official title, as there’s no certification for that sort of thing, but that was the grand, romantic image I had of myself. I ... Read More


Photo by Ryan Lowry

Homeless in Tacoma, part three: our invisible youth

Published on June 24th, 2015 | by Rachel Ervin

Read part one and part two.  Over 1,000 miles stretch between Washington and Arizona. Aija packed her things at milepost one without any laid plans—best or otherwise—for what she would do after mile 999. She was just 19. ... Read More


Puget Creek Gulch KE

Humble altars everywhere

Published on June 9th, 2015 | by Katy Evans

Our town is filled with secret and not so secret places where I can reliably make the mundane sacred; where I can, dare I say, transcendentally shake off the stress. (Which basically means I compiled a list of things I like to eat and look at.) Here are 20 places I go or things I do in Tacoma to feel less stressed; to shake off a pervasive headache; to reset; really, to just try to be a better, kinder, more considerate person... Read More



Who is that in the mirror?

Published on May 27th, 2015 | by Adrienne Ione

Have you ever questioned your own reflection? At what age did you first ask, “Who is that person in the mirror? Is it me? Would everyone agree?” I asked a Tacoma man, age 102, “Who do ... Read More



Homebody: documenting house arrest

Published on May 25th, 2015 | by Alana Tamminga

Environmental portraiture – also called location portraiture – is all about capturing the essence of someone’s personality in context. The subject’s surroundings and expression all contribute to a photo that tells a story. This is the ... Read More

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