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BLANKET PARTY MANNERS MADE FRED WHITE ARMY STRONG

Blanket party invitation? Don’t go. The guest of honor at a blanket honor is usually a surprise. At least for them. Everyone else knows who’s who and what to do. After attending one, you may want to skip, or break the next one up. The good thing about a blanket party is the inclusiveness. Everyone […]

ARMY STRONG? FRED WHITE WAS BORN READY

You might be Army Strong, but not from the start. Step off the bus at the Army Receiving Station and you notice those around you. Showing up in the dark leaves lots to see. These are your people, the ones you’ll bond with, stay in touch with the rest of your life, and plan those […]

SUBURBAN DAD DEATH: THE TIMES, THE TOWNS, THE TEAMS

Explaining suburban dad death to suburban kids Get married, have kids, and if they’re athletes you’ll see every town within thirty miles. The Canby Cougar will bite you. Get ready to be mauled by a Tualatin Timberwolf. Run from the Newberg Tiger. Every town’s mascot sounds fierce until suburban dad death shows up. Then you […]

OKAY IT’S BROKEN TREATIES, BUT WE’RE STILL KEEPING THE LAND

Watching Broken Treaties on Oregon Public Broadcasting tonight? It’s no bedtime story. Too often we live in a bubble. Not much gets in and most of what we see is our own reflection. It’s not an ideal way of life, more a goal. Then the bubble pops and things change, like you’ve got things to […]

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: NO NOBEL LIKE A NEW JERSEY NOBEL

    Bruce Springsteen a future Nobel Laureate? If Bob Dylan wins a Nobel Prize for Literature, why wouldn’t the man once called ‘The Next Bob Dylan?’ Along with lyrics that dare challenge the scope of epic rock and rollers of the past, Gilgamesh, Homer, Virgil, Ovid, The Boss and his body of work stand […]

OREGON CHOICE: RAJNEESHEES OR BUNDY OCCUPATION

  Do guns play the biggest part in this Oregon Choice? There’s a big difference between an event that draws horny dreamers and an event that attracts an armed militia. Which one attracts you? Would you rather hang out in loose fitting orange and red clothes waving to a holy man passing by in a […]

5 WAYS TO KNOW YOU’RE TALKING TO ENGLISH MAJORS

  Get to know English Majors before it’s too late.   1. They seem preoccupied all the time. Like a guitar player listening to a new song and saying, “I wouldn’t do it like that,” English majors always have a re-write going on in their mind. You never know if they’re ever listening to you. […]

MONICA DRAKE: PORTLAND AUTHOR, DETECTIVE, DELIGHT

    Tell me a better Oregon name than Monica Drake, then show me a better story collection.   Oregon Ducks and Monica Drake? Perfect combination. Oregon State Beavers and Monica Nutria? Not so much. In her short story collection, The Folly Of Loving Life, Monica Drake gives TRUTH to this writers’ advice: Only write […]

CHRIS COLEMAN, ASTORIA, A WORLD PREMIERE

  From Washington Irving to Peter Stark to Chris Coleman, Astoria never looked better.   History readers are a funny bunch. They range from professional historians to hobbyists to just people looking for something to engage them. Then there’s Chris Coleman, Artistic Director for Portland Center Stage at The Armory, and Director of Astoria. What […]

ORPHAN X AND GREGG HURWITZ: THE HELPFUL ASSASSIN

Who to call when you need help really bad? Orphan X on speed dial.   Move it on over Jason Bourne, there’s a new franchise in town. Ethan Hunt, your next impossible mission is finding Evan Smoak. Good luck. This post will self-destruct in five seconds. Man, I’d better get busy here. Gregg Hurwitz shows […]