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OREGON COAST, EARTH SCIENCE, MO’S WEST ON DAY AFTER EARTH DAY

Oregon coast part of living planet until it drops on you Earth science is easier at the Oregon coast. See the sideways tree? They don’t grow sideways on purpose. Something happened. Less theory, more practical evidence. We departed early Sunday and drove North to Newport. The first site has exposures of the early Miocene Nye […]

PORTLAND OREGON BLOG MESSAGE TO THE WORLD

Who reads posts and comments on a Portland Oregon blog? The weird thing about writing online is the reach. From literally around the world, readers find blogs like boomerpdx. They come in on a variety of devices, operating systems, and browsers. It’s amazing how anyone finds anything in their own house, but finding a blog […]

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS IMPROVE MEMORY

Memory problems? Let the Portland Trail Blazers help. This Easter a sign kept popping up: “At my age I can hide my own eggs and half an hour later won’t know where they are.” Ha. Ha. Ha? What’s so funny? I forget. Except memory loss is no laughing matter. You want to remember important things, […]

SAVE OREGON, MOVE TO PORTLAND

Moving to Portland for the food and music? Or to save Oregon? It’s not Austin, Texas, but you’re heading the right direction. The Southwest here is a part of town, not part of the country. Food cart walk ups, innovative menus, and don’t forget the river. Without the Willamette River what would Portland be? It […]

HOW TO FIND PORTLAND AROUND YOUR TOWN

  Exhibit A: Lumbersexuals always find Portland A gen y or later man whom is trying desperately to be masculine by looking the part instead of being the part, eg, dressing up like a lumberjack. Did anyone notice the stage clothes of the grunge movement? Jeans, plaid flannel shirts. Same clothes, different context. But if […]

DURABLE PORTLAND CAST IRON FINDS

    Portland cast iron over your head in an earthquake? It’s still art. I see the stuff and think health hazard. Cast iron is heavy enough on the ground, let alone falling any distance. That’s one of the cautions about historic preservation: save yourself first.

BEAVERTON, PORTLAND’S EASTSIDE FOR ADULTS

  Beaverton sees Portland as a necessity of suburban life. They need a city nearby But it doesn’t work the other way around. Portland sees Beaverton in the same lot as Tigard, Lake Oswego, Gresham, even Vancouver. Suburbs feeding off the urban tube. You can defend any town, but a suburb takes more thought. Start […]

MAKING SENSE TO UNRELATED MILLENNIALS

    If you can talk to your kids, will unrelated millennials listen too? You could tell he was a good guy with good manners. He answered easy questions, but still added value. Twenty four, lives at home, looking for a job. And all you asked was his age? This is part of the millennial […]

LEARNING FROM WHERE YOU LIVE, PT.1: NORTH BEND

    Ask the North Bend question. In a reflective moment that soon passed, I asked my Dad which of us grew up in a rougher town. I felt certain he’d say his town, Ryderwood. Ryderwood was a logging camp town, a company town with a company store. The one thing all logging company towns […]

LEARNING TO LEARN PORTLAND BIG AND SMALL

  Life long learners need classes to learn Portland?   A New York man moved to Portland in his fifties. He returns to The City every year to find something new. “Just walk around the financial district in lower Manhattan and you can read the history of the area on the sidewalk,” he said. “I […]