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COLLECTORS, SMALL MIRACLES, GOOD LIGHTING

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Collectors call an empty cabinet, “A blank canvas,” into which they start throwing things like a Jackson Pollock painting. To them it’s one of many small miracles to create.

Every drip is important, every splash significant; every teacup and tray, too.

At least that’s how they explain it when asked “At what age did you begin hoarding objects and finding places to store them?”

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CAREGIVING EXCERPT FROM WORK IN PROGRESS

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My caregiving days ended the morning I came downstairs and found Ken laying still in his hospital bed.

Very still.

I was suspicious.

A large red circle nearly two feet in diameter stained the bedspread drawn up to his chin. What. The. F?

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ARMY BRAND DD214 WON’T WASH OFF

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Not sure when it begins, but a lot of men feel remorse about not having an Honorable Discharge and a DD214. What did they miss?

Listen to guys in their late 30’s and early 40’s reflect on the sort of soldier they would have been, or their opinion on what makes a good soldier.

The last part is the best because the fellas who see soldier qualities in others see officer qualities in themselves.

Leaders of men lead, but if they skipped the chance to lead in uniform, they live an unfulfilled life. Ask about a DD214 before you take any Army opinions to heart.

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BEST LIFE, BEST DAY, BEST BEER STOP: TAPPHORIA

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The first ‘best life/best day’ of the year to hit seventy degrees feels like being a tourist in a familiar town.

The leaves on the trees are greener, I noticed little flowers of many colors. Even the plants my wife bought and left in the garage darkness look like they want to come back to life.

Living the best life means anything is possible, especially on the warmest day of the year.

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WHO LIES ABOUT ABANDONING NYC

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I spoke to a woman recently who moved to Portland Oregon from Brooklyn New York, just casual conversation in a Safeway line.

We had something in common since I moved here from the same place, though she didn’t start in North Bend Oregon. She was big city all the way with no perspective on the charms of small towns.

To her, Portland was a small town, and she found it charming as hell. She loved Beaverton and Tigard, too, calling them “villages” instead of suburban sprawl and endless strip malls like New Jersey.

I knew she was the real thing after her Jersey smack.

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FEELING GOOD, LOOKING BETTER

Saying an affirmation is a healthy thing, but you don’t need to do it with your eyes closed. Instead, look into the mirror and say, “feeling good and looking better.” No, this isn’t a way to trick you into thinking you’re decades younger. We all know better. But it is a way to take a […]

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 […]

INFLAMMATION, CHRONIC PAIN, ADDICTION

We all have a horse in the chronic pain race. The best advice after surgery is taking pain pills on a schedule. If you let the pain get ahead of the pain killer, it’s hard to back down. Skip a pill and you might take an extra dose, then double up in half the scheduled […]

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IN PRAISE OF GOOD DRAINAGE FOR THE NEW YEAR

One of the highlights of Army basic training is a week long camp out. Everyone needs to enjoy the outdoors this way. You learn new skills and meet new friends. New friends come with the other half of the tent you’ll spend the week in…together. It’s called a shelter half. If you can’t get along […]

THE DAY DRUGS STOPPED WORKING? NEVER

  The last place you want to go after the drugs stopped. The drugs stopped working at a mom and pop funeral parlor where the owners lived upstairs. A shiny metal coffin sat in the chapel with a beautiful young woman inside. She wore a conservative suit, the sort of clothes that get people hired […]

ROSE PARADE PORTLAND OREGON, c. 2018

    If no one wanted to go with me, I was still going. It’s a tradition since 1981. Back then I lived in Northwest Portland. The Rose Parade ended a mile away.   I’d start a run at Lincoln high school and take the parade route all the way back toward the start. Once […]

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NEW YORK CITY 1980: HOW TO QUIT A GREAT TOWN

    New York City is easy to quit. Get on a bus, train, or plane and leave. Go ahead and be a quitter.   Except moving on isn’t the same as quitting. You got promoted and the new job wasn’t in New York City? You’re significant other got promoted and their new job wasn’t […]

PORTLAND OF THE SOUTH, PT 1

From Portland to the Portland of the South starting in Knoxville. The true Portland of the South, according to local legend, is Asheville, North Carolina. After the cluster flop in the United terminal in Denver, going back to Portland would have been a good move, but intrepid travelers push on. Asheville is two hours away, which […]

BOOMERPDX RIVER TOUR

 SHIPS AHOY PLANTS A BIG WET ONE ON YOU Portland, a destination of natural beauty and grand vistas. You see it every time you fly in from anywhere else. But some things still get overlooked. While every great city has a river, if you live there long enough it disappears. Think of the Fremont Bridge as a modern freeway spanning the old freeway, except the old one’s not […]

THE OREGON BEER TRAIL TO PORTLAND

Oregon Brewers Festival Fans’ Points Of Origin. Courts of law rely on evidence. They need proof. Nothing helps close a case like proof. How do you prove Portland is a big draw, that the recent Brewers Festival draws huge numbers to Portland, who then go home and tell others? Put a map up with push […]

THE AGING RACE

NO ONE WANTS TO FINISH FIRST As a writer on Baby Boomer culture, one aspect is unavoidable: end of life decisions for us and our parents. It’s not an every day thought until the time comes, then it’s an every minute thought. One day you’re out on the football field playing while your parents cheer […]

OREGON NIGHT LIGHT NECKLACE FOR CAUTIOUS SEA CAPTAINS, AND YOU

One picture doesn’t do the Oregon Night Light Necklace justice But here it is according to a State Park sign. Click the pics for full size. It’s a cool light house map on a big screen. Now imagine yourself on a wooden sailboat exploring another poorly mapped coast line. Another chance to crash on the […]

PORTLAND PLANNING VIEW FROM SOUTH WATERFRONT

    Does the top pic look anything like a Portland planning Christmas card? Stacked apartments dot the SW Portland landscape like a vision of Chicago from the Sears Tower.   That’s not the welcome mat Portland planning rolls out for new pioneers. Where’s that world famous food cart court next to a tap room? […]

THE BRIGHT ANGEL SIDE OF LIFE

Bright Angel is the name of the trail that runs from rim to rim across the Grand Canyon. It’s a place to meet new friends and enjoy the outdoors. An interpretation of Bright Angel is Baby Boomer ass kicker. If you make it down a mile and a half to the first bathroom/water stop and […]

10 THINGS THE SEDONA VORTEX WON’T DO

But You Would. 1. Help confused drivers find their way through one roundabout after another. The place has more of them than a YES album, more than an English county. The problem starts when drivers think yield means stop. Learn how to navigate this simple alternative to traffic lights.

LIFE REBOOT IN OREGON STARTS WITH A COLD SHOWER

      Finding water for an Oregon life reboot cold shower is not problem. Fourth biggest river, rains half a year, and this stuff cascading down cliffs. If you need a life reboot, be chill.

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