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Boomer Years

THE PORTLAND DREAM GROWS DARK

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A young family from inner SE Portland, c. 1987

 

Move to Portland, it’ll be fun they say

You’ll learn to love clouds on a sunny day

It might be weird but you’ll like that

Bring your flannel and a lumberjack hat

 

Move to Portland and bring your skills

The new people know how to find the deals

Where food is organic, free roaming, and local

Until you find out you’re living in Bhopal

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Boomer Up

STREET FIGHTING MAN, OR PUSH OVER

Breaking up a street fight doesn’t take a street fighting man. My reward for breaking up a street fight was a punch in the face. Street fighting is a personal thing, apparently, one you shouldn’t interfere with. Except when it’s in your neighborhood. And it’s a man beating a woman. Then it gets personal. City […]

A PERSONAL BEST FROM PORTLAND’S CINEMA 21

From Personal Best on the screen to personal best on the street. NW Portland had a few movie theaters when I moved there in the early 80’s. Cinema 21 is the last silver screen in the neighborhood. That’s where I saw Eraser Head, where my date said the movie apartment looked like mine. It wasn’t […]

Buckle Up

THE PORTLAND RIVIERA ON NORTH MISSISSIPPI

Is there such a thing as the Portland Riviera? When you hear the words French Riviera what comes to mind? Movie stars? Warm, sandy, beaches? France? How about the Spanish Riviera? It’s in the same neighborhood, same water, as the French Riviera, but not as famous. These two Rivieras don’t have signs designated at ‘clothing […]

YOU KNOW YOU MADE A WRONG TURN WHEN…

How often do we get warnings when we make the wrong turn? The #oregonstandoff took a wrong turn or two in the past month, but they’re not alone. How to respond when you learn a wrong turn could be a life saver? A wrong turn happens on foot, in cars, relationships. When things go wrong, […]

What’s Up

A LITERARY PANEL FOR WILLAMETTE WRITERS

Three literary journal editors address Willamette Writers in Portland. Nothing cramps a writer’s brain more than one question: What is the secret to getting published in a literary journal? If you’re looking for the gold standard of publication, literary journals shine bright. Get a piece of writing published there and you join the literary crowd. […]

MALHEUR BLUES

Malheur Blues (inspired by Bad Moon Rising)   Out on the Malheur Reservation Some men are getting set to die Surrounded by national attention Who now are asking questions why   Don’t drive after dark Leave your truck in park Don’t make yourself an easy mark   Pull out your pocket Constitution Demand that you […]

FIRE ON THE HIGHWAY

(Inspired by Marshall Tucker’s Fire on the Mountain)   Left my family on my Arizona land Drove to Oregon with a loosely laid plan Winter’s cold there and life is hard Sometimes I wish I was in my sweet desert yard   Now there’s fire on the highway One man laying dead We tried to […]

NO MEAT IN BOOMER WOMEN SANDWICH GENERATION? NOW WHAT?

Boomer women in the sandwich generation help parents and kids. The parents and kids boomer women stand ready for are their parents, their kids. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work. You know, family. If the kids are in high school and college, they still need help. Right? If mom and dad are living […]

PROTEST HISTORY: HIPPIES, BLUES BROTHERS, AND AMMON BUNDY

Blues Brothers and Ammon Bundy both on a Mission From God? The history of non-violent protest is a rough one. American college campuses rocked with turmoil in the Sixties and early Seventies with protests against the Vietnam War. The youth of America took notice of federal policy and didn’t like it. And they came strong […]