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PURPLE RAIN: SACRED HYMN FROM PRINCE TO MR. TRUMP

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via TVOvermind

The Prince people complained about Mr. Trump using Purple Rain at his latest republican rally.

Since the gathering was in Minnesota, the complaint hit close to the Prince home.

Why can’t Mr. Trump use any song he wants? Ask Bruuuuce about politicians using popular songs, like Mr. Reagan playing Born In The USA.

No thanks from the Bruce camp. And Prince agrees.

But why?

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EXTRA EFFORT GOES TO THE TOP

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via oregonlive

With a little extra effort, an image of the Fox Theater in Portland, Oregon could be an entire universe.

I’ve heard stories, read interviews, of famous directors who said movie theaters were their whole world growing up. I saw a movie about a kid whose whole world was the village theater.

With a little extra effort the Fox, in all of its incarnations, could have been a civic statement about tearing down and rebuilding in an urban core.

But history wasn’t so kind this time around. I like thinking smart cities learn faster, and Portland is a smart one by any calculations.

The lessons of the Portland Hotel weren’t enough?

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BOOMER BUBBLE: LIVING IN A PORCUPINE SUIT

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Once you make it to the ‘home’ things change; you’re out of the boomer bubble and into the back stretch of life.

Everyone can justify being nice since you’re on the clock.

Or when you move to the ‘over 55’ community? Same deal, things change, but you’re still not out of the boomer bubble.

No one except your Fox News addicted neighbors will quiz you about current events in China, then no matter how you answer they blame Obama, then add the horror of Hillary’s 33K emails. But like Ellen and Mr. Bush in Dallas, be kind.

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CARE COACHING TIPS

When It Comes Down To Just You, Care Coaching Makes A Winner. Have you visited a loved one in a nursing home and looked around? What did you see going on in there? How do so many people arrive at this particular destination? Most people have a patented answer: “People need the best care available […]

MEDICAL MARIJUANA FOR A DOSE OF CANCER

    Medical marijuana? Isn’t that just an excuse to get loaded without consequences, like jail? That’s what Pat thinks. I caught a rather painful case of cancer and tried one oxy pill, and one nip of liquid oxy, which changed nothing.   Why would marijuana be different?   At a desperate moment I tried […]

CDC SAYS OPIOIDS SHOULDN’T BE FIRST CHOICE? THAT HURTS.

Pain relief moves from legal heroin to physical therapy, exercise, and over the counter pills? Who knew? I wrote a post about an author’s reading called BLACK TAR HEROIN, SAM QUINONES, AND DREAMLAND. Sam Quinones showed up in Powell’s City of Books and talked about pill mills supplying zombie customers with their opioid prescriptions; about […]

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IF MILLENNIALS SUCK, WHO ELSE SUCKS

A recent poll questions whether millennials suck as bad as everyone else. Too many times you hear about the new ‘biggest ever’ generation in negative terms. You’d think millennials suck worse than any other generation. Baby boomers enjoy dragging the youngsters around by their arm and reminding them they suck. Millennials seem to enjoy the […]

GENTRIFY PORTLAND RENT

What else goes up with gentrify Portland rent? Your blood pressure. Once upon a time the chase for the lowest rent led to some pretty sketchy dwellings. It was a contest to find the worst place for the lowest rent. A young single man seeking low rent in college is one thing. A single man […]

SIXTY @ SIXTY IN THREE PARTS

1. Know your roots. Remember where you came from. Turning 60 means you’ve met lots of people. You’ve had time to meet people; if you haven’t, get started. More than once you’ve had someone give this answer when asked, “Where are you from?” “Lot’s of places.” If you’ve given that answer it’s time to stop. […]

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Hitchhiking Idaho With Stewart Abbe

    Forty five years is a long time. Just ask forty five year old men or women who are just getting used to what ‘middle aged’ means.   Right around forty five people either start feeling old, or fighting old. Both are a path to futility and failure, but that’s what feelings and fighting […]

SILVERTON SEVEN BRIDES BREWERY FESTIVAL

It wasn’t billed as a festival for a Thursday night, but it was this time. A festival of survivability after a heart-thumping force march on the hottest day of the year. Add one of the smokiest days from Canadian fires and it felt like a heavenly Seven Brides Brewery cloud. How wonderful was this? Everyone […]

HOW TO WIN THE STARLIGHT PARADE

Answer 5 Questions To Win The Starlight Parade From The Suburbs. 1. You traveled to the Starlight Parade by: A. Bus, of course. I live my life by Tri-met. My vacations are all Tri-met vacations. Nothing beats a Tri-met schedule. We all feel the same here. B. Drove to the train. I enjoy public transportation […]

PODUNK TOWN, OR YOUR HOMETOWN

Nothing Explains Feelings For A Hometown, Your Hometown, Than Traveling Though Others. Drive down I-5, Highway 99, 101 down the coast, or 97 east of the Cascades, and you roll through one podunk town after another. You don’t even have to go far off the road to see them. Just drive by, take a look, […]

Love Shines On Broadway

And Keeps Shining On. Hey there Delilah what’s it like in New York City I’m a thousand miles away But girl tonight you look so pretty, yes you do Times Square can’t shine as bright as you, I swear it’s true

Travel Bans From History, Who Should Be Banned

    Travel bans tend to be specific in terms of where to go and where not to go.   Travel bans say one thing: Don’t go there, girlfriend. Stay away, pal.   Like a dress code in the NY disco dancing prime time of the late ’70’s, while punk rock was getting ready to […]

THE FIGHTING FOO FIGHTERS

It’s Not Easy But You Will Win. Foo Fighters Fight For You. What’s the usual concert experience? Buy a ticket, show up, sit down, go home. Maybe raise a smart phone, flick a bic. Then there’s the concert up the Columbia at The Gorge in George, Washington. It’s a road trip no matter where you […]

The Fishing Baby Boomer

or, Why Does The Columbia River Like My Wife Better Being a Portland baby boomer means you’re an outdoorsman. Being an outdoorsman in Oregon means you hunt and fish. You just can’t go to your backyard and stand around and call yourself an outdoorsman. That’s not how it works, so get your fishing pole.

WHEN THE WRITTEN WORD IS? STOP SIGN

True story of the STOP sign: In three days I was stopped for two tickets on the road I drive every day. Every day. Same road. Three blocks apart. The first time it was cruising a stop sign. Got lit up. Pulled over. The officer looked like a frightened seventeen year old, like we’d all […]

POLYFACE FARMS LUXURY VS FIVE DIAMOND ULTIMATE LUXURY

  Everyone on this side of the hermit life has seen a county fair cow barn, a state fair pig parade, and a showcase of caged chickens.   Keeping them all penned up seemed harsh until I saw a picture of industrial meat production.   Next cow up, chicken herder.

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