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ASTORIA BOOKS, ASTORIA DOCUMENTARY, ASTORIA PLAY

Call it Little Big Astoria?   No one doubts the importance of Astoria in Oregon history. Little Big Astoria looms in the imagination from early sea captains challenging the Columbia Bar, to Lewis and Clark showing up overland, to today. The fish packing, lumber mills, and ebb and flow of new people keep Astoria current. […]

WHERE IS TOO FAR? YOU’LL KNOW WHEN YOU GET THERE

Trust only those who’ve gone too far. And come back.   Does it hurt to fall down? If you’ve never had the experience you could say falling looks painful. So does the getting back up part after falling. Whether falling down on the ground, falling down on the job, or falling down on the family, […]

TWO MARRIED GUYS MAP DATE LIFE

What else would two married guys do? The beauty of public transportation comes with the people you meet. Two old men waited at a Portland bus stop. Late afternoon drizzle fell on the city through fading light. The sun made little effort to split the clouds over the Willamette River. Man 1: It felt like […]

LONESOME VALLEY? WALK IT BY MYSELF? WHAAAT?

  The Carter Family has a map of the lonesome valley. Everybody knows the way on the lonesome valley. Your mother’s gonna walk it. Your daddy’s gonna walk it. Those sinners got to walk it. And they all walk it alone. That’s what the Carter Family says. Everybody’s got to walk this lonesome valley We’ve […]

BUNKUM STONE FINALLY DEBUNKED BY LOAD OF BUNK

Good luck and gifts of Bunkum Stone? ‘Tis the Season to talk it out. The gift of ‘loquacity?’ Gift? The incessant jabbering of the loquacious is a gift, not the reason earplugs were invented? Now you know. Now you know even more. From dictionary.com: Word Origin and History for loquacity n. c.1200, from Latin loquacitatem […]

INSULTING ENVIRONMENT CLOSES ROADS, MINDS

  Keep an open mind to insulting environment. Global warming, from either man-made pollution, or natural cycle of atmospheric anomalies and melting ice-caps, is still about the environment. You can’t hide from that old environment. It’s all over the place; we all share that one. And we’ll share the insulting environment after it changes. Whether […]

KITCHEN TABLE BEER TRAVEL: OREGON TO GERMANY

  Beer travel starts at John’s Market in Multnomah. Culturally aware types emphasize art and architecture for reasons to travel. They love the history, the land, the people. And they can’t stop talking about all the new stuff they learn. If it’s someone you know, you listen like you’re not hearing an endless variation of […]

PORTLAND MOVE REVIEW: WHERE TO LOOK

Things look different before a Portland move. The Portland move is actually a move to Portland, not the Portland of California, the Portland of the midwest, or the Portland of the South. Call it the Portland of Portland. But where do you start with someone else in the car planning a Portland move?

THOMAS WOLFE PACK PART 2

The rest of Thomas Wolfe pack part 2 begins with big shoes to fill. (Click here for Wolfe Pack One.) How big? Wolfe was six feet six inches. He didn’t prance around in ballet slippers. His sleds probably rolled to size fourteen or fifteen. Like a forty inch waist in mid-life, and shopping at the […]

CATCH PORTLAND FEVER

Once you catch Portland Fever you’re doomed. Drug stores don’t advertise shots in case you catch Portland Fever. It’s not shingles, pneumonia, or the flu. On the other hand it’s not polio, malaria, of tuberculosis. While not fatal, if you do catch Portland Fever, your life is ruined. After a few years in Portland, maybe […]