I Am – Violet E.

I am adventurous and friendly.
I wonder how the people back 3,000 years ago felt when they were in the solar eclipse
I hear the sound of my dog sprinting across the fresh grass
I see the tree outside our classroom window waving in the breeze
I want to be running throughout the forest with my friends on a bright, sunny day
I am adventurous and friendly.
I pre tend that everything I do and wish for will be real
I feel sad when one of my family members pass away
I touch the sand and rocks while I’m playing on the beach
I worry when something happens in my family that freaks everyone out and I don’t know about
I cry when someone I know gets hurt or killed by something terrible
I am adventurous and friendly.
I understand how the sun come to be
I say thank you when I appreciate something that is given to me
I dream about traveling all over the land and sea
I try to be the best of me I could ever be
I hope that someday if I work hard enough I can achieve anything
I am adventurous friendly Violet.

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My writing gig – part three

As 2017 comes to a close, here’s the list of stories I enjoyed writing for playing in Whatcom County. 

My writing gig – part two

My writing gig – take one

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German student looking for a Host in Bellingham

Dear Bellinghamsters (or other Washingtonians that live in a place as cool as the Ham),

Let’s give a kid from Germany a warm welcome to America, through the lens of our Bellingham bubble!

Caspar M. lives in Odenthal, Germany and would like to be a high school student in America this fall. His dad thinks that Bellingham would be a great place for him to have an international exchange experience.

Caspar’s dad, Stephan, is a friend of mine from high school. Stephan participated in a student exchange with my close friend, James Hanusa, in high school and visited me and Violet with his family four years ago.

The family is coordinating this through the International Student Exchange program. Here’s a page with FAQ’s for host families:https://www.efexchangeyear.org/host-a-student#how

If I had the space in our house, I’d do it!

We hope you can find the space in your home and hearts to welcome Caspar into your ‘Hamster home this coming fall.

Please email me at Todd@Elsworth.com if you are interested, have questions or you’d like to connect with the family to get this going!

Thank you,


ps- Here’s the bio that Caspar wrote:

Caspar M. Odenthal, Germany

I want to spend one semester at an American High-School, to experience the lifestyle and the culture. I would like to see if it really is like in those movies to go on an American High School and I would love to try out leisure and sports activities that you cannot easily do in Germany. Another reason to spend one semester in America is to make new friendships and experiences that I would not be making in my every day surrounding living in small village near Cologne. I am also really looking forward to spend time with my host family. My father did an exchange during his High School too and he is still in contact with his friends and host family from that time. I would love to make the same type of friendship during my time there. This is also an opportunity to enhance my English vocabulary to potentially study in an English speaking country later. I am learning English since I am 4 years old and made vacation in America twice. In that time my English made good progress and I hope for a similar progress during my High School semester. I also want to get more independent from my parents during the time without them.

Description of myself and my Hobbies
I am a silent person but still very thoughtfully and inquisitive, I am open for many things and very enthusiastic. My Hobbies are motorsports (especially kartracing), athletics, skiing and reading books. Next to these interests I am open to try typical American activities in my time there.

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Bellebrity for 15

Marla Bronstein dubbed the name, Bellebrity- aka, local Bellingham celebrity. We’re a relatively small town, when you get at the heart of it and I’ve had my hand (and mouth) in enough projects that it caught the eye of a student from WWU, Yvonne Worden. It also helped that we were named the Grand Marshal and (first ever) Marshalette of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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You Heard it Here First, Folks!

Here’s some early Violet TV. We had gone up to “Mountain Baker” for some backcountry sledding (full story). When we got back, the hot chocolate was, well, NOT. To the ski area we went! Violet was warming up to the camera and getting her lines down.

“You heard it here first, folks!”

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Chummin’ up Chuckanut Creek

Laid to rest
atop a rock
last words
cycle continues

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Life in the Slow Lane

Slug cruising along in the slow lane on Highway 20 Westbound.


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Ladder Creek Falls Colors


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Potty Mouth

Daddy’s Girl. We (Me & V) are constantly evaluating the language we use to communicate with one another (and the rest of the world).  I encourage Violet to embrace the nuances of writing, reading and speaking. And swearing. There’s a time and a place for everything. I’m currently working on explaining the power of the “F word”. If you don’t know what the “F word stands” for it’s FUCK.The nice thing about he “F word” is that it doesn’t really attack anybody like the “N word” and other “inappropriate” references. 

Enough about ME & V. This is about GIRL POWER. Equality YO!

Girls Just Wanna Have FUNdamental Rights.

Go Girls!

BTW- My favorite polite swear word currently is Shuksan. It merges two of the best into one, while also calling out a cool peak.

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The Tonight Show – 2015 Mancuso Christmas

People in our family like to entertain. Sometime we entertain others, but mostly we enjoy amusing ourselves. We’ve been doing it since we were kids, gathering together for the holidays and putting on shows for our parents. In 2015, “The Cousins” decided that we wanted to get the “Mancuso Kids” on the stage- it was also a great way to document some of the stories in our family tree.

Thank you to “Bob the non-blood” for filming.

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