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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 […]

TWO TABLES, ONE DINNER

Two tables are ready. Those are the magic words for a big dinner party. Unless it’s a big dinner at your house and you want one table instead of two tables. Then what? Crowd in. This is no restaurant, this is back deck dinner. Careful where you sit if you’re wearing white, it might not […]

PORTLAND TAPROOMS: NINE COMMANDMENTS

A cry for beer opened Portland taprooms, but suburban taprooms like Tigard’s Tapphoria make our day. An ocean of new beer flooded Oregon in the 1980’s. The original Portland Brewing next to the old Acapulco’s Gold on NW 14th and Flanders was enough to make beer lovers cry. Then things changed when small batch beer […]

GOOD ENOUGH YET?

When ‘getting over it’ isn’t good enough. It all sounds the same. Get over it. Move on. Turn the page. Maybe you say it to yourself, maybe you hear it from others. If it’s others giving the push, you know what they’re really saying? You’re a whiner. In blogger land it’s whining about SEO, traffic, […]

BABY BOOMER PARENTS DO THE RIGHT THING

Wrong versus Right for baby boomer parents. The old days, the ‘good old days’, had a few rules. One of the first rules baby boomers learned at home was My Way or the Highway. This rule usually came up when young boomer felt cheated and wanted to straighten a few things out. And it usually […]

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 […]

IN PRAISE OF CANAPRENEURS AND THE OTHER SPOT

Canapreneurs manage risk with cannabis business. The Other Spot was part of it. Who remembers their favorite bar? Was it on a college campus? In your neighborhood? Maybe you’re still looking. Here’s one blogger’s list: J.C. Dobbs, South Street, Philadelphia. Long and narrow with a band playing in the back. It was the ‘go to’ […]

THE BEST BOB HOPE CHRISTMAS SHOW

When servicemen spent time away from loved ones, a Bob Hope Christmas Show helped. Christmas 1974, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. Part of joining the ranks of the new all-volunteer Army meant meeting a new bunch of guys. They weren’t sports guys, or college guys. They weren’t career guys, or upwardly mobile guys. Instead […]

THE TICKING BABY BOOMERS

We didn’t start the fire? Maybe, but ticking baby boomers sure throw on the logs. A recent statement about relationships explains how you should never let others know what makes you tick. Why? If they know how you tick, they’ll wind you up on their schedule. Sounds stressful, like a hidden life with those who […]

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 […]