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AMERICAN EDUCATION STARTS WITH THE FIRST WORD

  American education teaches and American education does some learning too, as in we learn how to teach.   Isn’t that the happy ending education promises? Learn how to treat others as you would have them treat you.   Why does that sound so biblical?   This is where the separation does neither American public […]

CANCER MEMOIR FROM SMART GUY WITH HPV CANCER, AND IT’S NOT ME

  Michael D. Becker wrote his cancer memoir titled ‘A Walk With Purpose.’   By all accounts he’s lived a life with purpose, so the walking with purpose stuff is expected. He walks with purpose, so do you.   So do I. We all walk with purpose. If not we’re just wandering around aimless, without […]

CANCER STORIES: FEEDING PUBLIC FEAR AND PRIVATE WOE

Things you’ll never know until you get cancer, any cancer:   You’ll either be an object of sympathy, or an antenna of sympathy. Or both.   “Keep up the fight,” or, “You’re a fighter,” or “You look like you’ve got this thing whipped.”   That’s what I heard after running Hood To Coast at 49 […]

AUTUMN LEAVES, AUTUMN DOGS, BEST TIME OF YEAR

    How often do dogs change my day? Every day.   And it’s not always my dog.   A walk on a trail, a lady with two frisky hounds, and it’s a lively moment.   Just two middle aged people on a hillside in the wilderness. Sharing the wonder of it all.   Autumn […]

OLYMPIC YEAR TRAINING FOR ELECTION YEAR

Why sports and elections both need Olympic Year Training. Every four years the Olympic Games roll around. With the Winter Games and Summer Games broken up, we get the Olympics every two years, but for now let’s use the four year schedule. Besides, it matches better with the American Presidential Election cycle. We’re not talking […]

NO MEAT IN BOOMER WOMEN SANDWICH GENERATION? NOW WHAT?

Boomer women in the sandwich generation help parents and kids. The parents and kids boomer women stand ready for are their parents, their kids. At least that’s how it’s supposed to work. You know, family. If the kids are in high school and college, they still need help. Right? If mom and dad are living […]

WHO READS A GUN VIOLENCE POST?

Who writes a gun violence post? Responsible bloggers need to put their niche aside for a moment to address one of the pressing issues of our time. Gun violence. If you do write such a post, and I hope you do, be prepared for a particular reader and a particular comment. If you post a […]

THE UNSINKABLE MARTHA HULL

Art from the heart by the unsinkable Martha Hull. The last days of 2015 Portland Saturday Market ends on Christmas Eve. During the waning hours it’s called “Festival of the Last Minute.” Christmas gifts, presents for yourself, or just a look at working artists? You’ll find it all. And that’s where you’ll find the unsinkable […]

GENERATION BOOMER AND THE DAMAGE DONE

They came in the as Boomer Generation, leaving as a Generation Boomer. Generation Boomer, at least those with millennial kids, lived up to the name. Our Millennials lead the list of the ‘most populous generation’ category. And most photogenic. You can’t be too smug when you’ve produced the biggest generation since the Baby Boomers, the […]

A SPORTS MUSEUM OF HOPE

What do you do when you see a star filled night sky? If your name is Vincent Van Gogh you paint a picture that will eventually hang in an art gallery. Maybe you paint two of them. In another instance, look at a piece of marble. Maybe you see something in there. What do you […]