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MARRIAGE BRIDGES GENERATIONS WHO JOIN

What’s the best way to give newly weds the sort of advice they’ll need for a future together in marriage? After the vows and rings, who is best equipped to deliver the last word in marriage? Since weddings are so hectic it all turns into a blur of fiends and family, near and far, young […]

WRITING THE BOOK I WAS DESTINED TO WRITE

    An English major joke goes like this: I like to write poetry, but I suck at writing poetry. So I wrote a short story that was worse than my poem. To fix the problem I wrote a novel and it’s the worst yet, and this explains the deluge of bad writing.

FAMILY TIES OVERCOME SOME THINGS, NOT OTHERS

    Everyday I wake up I see a little gold tree with small family portraits hanging from the bare branches. Maybe you’ve got one that looks like the top image? That’s not mine. Mine used to be on my childhood fireplace mantle beside my grandfather’s railroad watch. Now I’ve got them both, and they’ve […]

Portland Bird Flip To The Rest Of You

    The Portland bird is one thing, the Portland bird flip a whole ‘nother thing.   If it’s not this, it’s that for Portland. Close to the mountains, close to the beach, and if the pace of new building is any indicator, close to the new neighbors.   Like any city over a certain […]

Ben Affleck Married “What’s in your wallet” Girl And Lost His Way?

    The Rocky Mountains are indeed rocky on an unreal scale. Literally rocks all over the place.   In the ever changing landscape of our lives, we notice when a big rock makes a dangerous move.   Ben Affleck is a big rock and he’s on a roll, from celebration to medication, which is […]

Continental Divide: A Place Not An Attitude

  Since I was in the neighborhood I kept a look out for this sign: Continental Divide.   It goes one way or the other. Water follows the path of least resistance? That’s the story.   One side drains to the east, the other to the west. That’s lots of drainage and it starts with […]

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 […]

WOMEN STEER LOVE BOAT, THE REST OF US JUST SHOVEL COAL

    An unmarried man can have a great idea, work through problems, and it will either fail of succeed in some measure. Work hard enough and things get changed.   A married man knows this will never happen.   Instead of a great idea to dive into to, the idea becomes a conversation. If […]

COMMUNICATION BLIND SPOT IN THE EAR

    Long married couples carry a blind spot in their ear on certain topics; they’ve talked about things, or only one thing, so often the momentum of communication is too great to stop.   Try and reset the bar of understanding on those things in the blind spot. It might be the best gift […]

AFFLECK UPDATE: A MAN FOR ALL AGES, OR ALL DONE

  Get to a certain age and the realization, if it hadn’t hit yet, of a finite time to make a difference sets in. This Affleck Update serves as a reminder of who to make a difference to.   In the confusion that is Hollywood it’s not enough to win the favor of the crowd […]