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SUMMERTIME AND THE TEACHERS RECHARGE

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via keepcalmandposters.com

On the surface a teaching gig looks like a cakewalk.

From the classroom, to the teachers’ lounge, the time off, it makes people jealous, as if they could do the job.

Here’s a message to the good people who went to school in classrooms with teachers, but aren’t teachers themselves.

(Before continuing, this blogger is not a teacher.)

You thing teaching is easy?

You. Are. Wrong.

And here’s why: [Read More...]

PORTLAND BABY BOOMER YEARNS FOR TINY HOUSE

Portland's tiny house hotel.

Portland’s tiny house hotel.

Besides riding the leading wave of beer, coffee, and strip clubs, Portland is also awash in the Tiny House movement.

More than that, Portland celebrates the tiny house.

One future looks like this: a Portland visitor leaves a tiny house hotel, gets into a tiny zipcar, grabs a bite at a tiny food cart, and walks Portland’s tiny city blocks.

It all fits.

On one hand you find big houses full of families. On the other it’s single people living in small apartments with no street parking. Tiny houses fit somewhere in between.

Let’s face it, neighbors on all sides are fun at first, then you wonder why they’re so noisy. And they don’t all look like the cast from ‘Friends.’

If you follow the boomer cycle of Portland housing, tiny houses make sense. [Read More...]

Sports

World class athletes thrive on a pescetarian diet.

JULY, THE MAJOR MONTH FOR KEVIN LOVE

Major fans of major league sports hate July in Oregon. It means waiting for NFL training camps, waiting for college football to explode. Again. If you’re not waiting, you probably checked on the NBA Summer League. The players make you believe greatness is in them until you notice third year players on the Blazer roster. […]

LeBron Shows America How To Go Home.

MILLENNIAL LeBRON, APPLE PIE, AND GOING HOME

He Called Four Years In Miami His College, And He Graduated With No Debt? Score! When the ground moves beneath your feet, you know what to do. 1. Avoid falling objects. 2. Stand in a doorway. The foundation’s been shifting ever since the Sixties. We’re used to it, but it’s still a surprise when it […]

If a cup runs over with greatness, share it. Share the cup. Can you hear me?

THE GUY YOU HOPE THEY’D BE

The recent death of Baseball Hall of Fame member Tony Gwynn proved one thing: good men are remembered well. His San Diego teammates, fans, and former foes brought out the accolades for a great player and a greater man. None was more touching than the dad who said he asked Tony to sign for his […]

Roads

It's never a pretty sight no matter the setting. via awaremed.com

SEX, DRUGS, AND ROCK AND ROLL. OR JUST DRUGS

How To Live Next To A Heroin House. A move to the suburbs in most cities means a move away from drugs and crime. Not Portland, Oregon. My inner eastside apartment was too dangerous for a young family. Houses had metal barred windows and bad yards. The juice was never changing. It was a bad […]

South Auditorium Block Urban Renewal via museumofthecity.org

BOOMERS IN A DOWNSIZING STATE OF MIND

Or Just Moving For A Better Portland View? From oregonlive.com: “The analysis of Census data showed more baby boomers than ever lived in single-family detached homes in 2012. The pattern holds true even for the eldest of the age group, born between 1946 and 1955. That an indication that the convention wisdom may be wrong, […]

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THE EXPLOSIVE BEAUTY OF THE NW

One Rule: Everything Changes. No, this isn’t the only region with snow on the mountains and this isn’t the only mountain. The Cascade Range pops up like continental acne, fueled by ocean crust diving under the heavier land plates, melting, and voila, volcanos. Capturing the power of geological force is one thing, capturing elemental force […]

Toughen Up

When you're kid says he'd like to hike with you, bring your best when it starts by climbing over a log jam on the Oneonta Gorge.

BOOMERITIS, OR WHY DOES IT HURT WHEN I DO THIS?

The Longer You Let Yourself Go, The Longer The Trail Back. One doctor joke goes like this: “It hurts when I raise my arm.” Doc says, “Don’t raise your arm.” It’s as funny the first time as it is the last, if you don’t have arm pain. Most of us have pain from one thing […]

How do you feel about how you look? Start with your feelings.

HAES AND THE NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR

What is HAES? So glad you asked. Health at Every Size might sound like a New Age phenomena, but it’s not. It started in the baby boomer days of the 1960′s. If you missed it between Save The Trees and Save The Earth, others didn’t. People have always come in all sizes, however shaming is […]