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FRIDA KAHLO LOVE, HEARD MUSEUM, THE OTHER ARIZONA

  In this day of the Selfie Artist, no one stands a chance compared to Frida Kahlo. One third of all her paintings are portraits. Of her. She’s not clicking a thousand times a day to capture one picture. She’s painting for the ages. And the ages say thank you. If you’re a Frida Fan, […]

JAMES COMEY DELIVERS EXPLANATION OF BENEFITS

James Comey: EOB for the FBI. For anyone opening a health insurance bill, and Explanation of Benefits is prime reading. When you see the costs you want to know what insurance pays for, what you pay for. Somehow reading the numbers is a comfort. There they are in black and white. The more serious the […]

YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. HOW’S IT GOING?

Human nature kicks in hard on the question of right or wrong. You always want to be right. So does the person who is wrong. If it’s too hard to decide who is right or wrong, find a third-party, but first agree to live with their decision. The biggest problem with right or wrong is […]

HERO ON A MAYAN CALENDAR SCHEDULE LATE FOR WORK

  A hero blazes their own trail, not across any calendar. The hero with a thousand faces and no watch. Don’t ask a hero what time it is. There’s only one answer. It’s like asking a rock and roll singer if their mic is turned on. “When you sing like me, there’s no off switch.” […]

JASON WITTEN INSURANCE ADDS MORE LIFE

    If you only have room for one NFL team jersey? Jason Witten. One reason? He’s the new Mr. Cowboy. Another? He was an athletic and academic college all-American. He’ll answer any question you ask, and probably questions you don’t. Like, “Who deserves a Super Bowl ring more than anyone else in the NFL?” […]

PORTLAND WRITER NIGHT, @WILWRITE, ON WRITER RADIO

On Portland Writer Night everyone’s a writer To express feelings, first you’ve got to find them. That’s what writers do. Feelings about a nice day, delicious food, good company, and a warm bed? Not so much. Too easy. The veneer of the shared moment turns to smugness on definitions. Instead, find the feels for loss […]

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 […]