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Live Theater In Portland And Tigard, How To Dress

    At some point I’ll probably get used to going to live theater, but it hasn’t happened yet. Actors and clowns still feel a little suspicious. So do writers, but what’re you gonna do.   No one dresses to write, everyone dresses for the theater, at least everyone with gray hair and I’ve got […]

Hollywood Actors On Silver Screen Changed Forever

    Two new movies out have proven Hollywood actors as our betters. They are better than their audience. Paying to see them is one measure, watching them get their asses kicked is another.   In both Blade Runner and Mother the stars suffer hellacious beatings, Rodney King style stompings, Hell’s Angel fashion horror. Ryan […]

Lost General, A Very Expensive Tax Burden

    Former General David Patraeus spoke on PBS recently.   He sounded good, on point, and a wonderful example of the manners you learn from being educated at the finest military schools in the land.   I liked the general right up until…

Jenny Forrester Widens The River, Brightens The Sky

  On a night of ash falling across Portland, Willamette Writers gathered inside the Old Church. Wildfires be damned, they came and listened to Jenny Forrester talk about her burning memoir, Narrow River, Wide Sky.   I’ve never been more prepared to hear an author talk it out. First because my exchange student came with […]

THE REAL GEORGE MARSHALL, AKA GRANDPA

  George Marshall, George Warren Marshall, Grandpa Marshall, a ground breaker for the ages. He was a logger, a tree feller, of a different stripe.   Once I asked him, “What’s the difference between you and the rest of the loggers drunk and fighting in bars after work?” “That’s not the sort of life to […]

TO KNOW A PLACE, MEET THE FIRST PEOPLE

    Like the City on the Sound, the 30th Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow stayed in continual motion. At a west coast gathering of First People, dancing and celebration filled the air. They strengthened bonds between each other and Seattle.

ANOTHER HANSEN FAN, DOCTOR HANSEN

When life takes a bad turn you need good guys. This is one of them. Dr. Hansen is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist. Once you see the equipment and meet other patients, you get a bigger picture of what people like Doctor Hansen do. After it’s all over, you hope you found the right driver […]

FRIDA KAHLO STARTER KIT

It started by looking at a Frida Kahlo painting in the Heard Museum. And grew from there. The chunky turquoise necklace, the earrings, the bracelet? It’s a start to a good thing. Or is it?

BLOGGER BEATS SEX CANCER, HIRES WRITING COACH

As if facing any cancer isn’t shocking enough, but sex cancer? From the moment of the first ‘you’ve got cancer’ phone call until this moment, the sense of plague-like certain doom sets in. Will doom plague the rest of my life from sex cancer? Is so that sucks for me, said every cancer patient in […]

TO SENATOR RON WYDEN:

Dear Senator Wyden, My name is David Gillaspie. I live in Tigard, Oregon. This is a note of thanks for the work you do for Oregon, and for the voice you contribute to the Senate for so many other Americans. Not every state is as fortunate as we are with two U.S. Senators asking the […]