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Way Back When Turning Thirty Was Old Age

    I asked a fifty year old man what turning thirty really meant. I was twenty nine at the time.   He said, “It’s easier wearing a shirt and tie without feeling like a fraud.”   Fraud? That’s it? Shirt and tie?   Way back when turning thirty was old age I asked old […]

John Grisham Novel Camino Island Includes Portland State And A Portland Story Idea

I was cruising Costco and in between food samples of tangy chicken, yogurt drinks, and a new pasta, rolled through the book aisle.   There’s something magic about stacks of books in a big box store. If you’ve got a book on the table you’re a real writer? You’ve arrived? Or is it something worse? […]

Portland Italian Festival, Portland Haute Couture

    Not Little Italy, but Big Italy, Portland’s Italian Festival swinging in the biggest living room in Oregon, Pioneer Square.   Food, beer, and music mix to show the city in the best light possible, like an Italian chandelier.   Is it fun? Educational? Mesmerizing? All of that along with beautiful Italian women in […]

HOW TO AVOID BAD MARRIAGES FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

    Help millennials avoid bad marriages by following these steps   Dating mores change over the years. From meeting someone, meeting their parents and siblings, to marriage and living happily ever after, things change. You meet their parents, they meet your parents. What could go wrong? These meetings always have agendas, some hidden, some […]

SHARED MUSEUM DREAM

A museum dream from MAC’s big window. Regulars at Portland’s Multnomah Athletic Club walk in with the same stride they have walking into a grocery store. Just another door. But if you haven’t been a regular, as in never been inside, only seen the big window and balcony from the stadium stands, it feels like […]

OREGON SPORTS HALL OF FAME

When You Finally Make The Oregon Sports Hall Of Fame Team, What’s Next? How do you make it to the Oregon Sports Hall Of Fame? The same way you make it to Carnegie Hall, you practice. No one gets there accidentally. Just like it takes more than a few words to write a sports column, […]

A SMALL PANEL FOR THE FULL COURT PRESS

Willamette Writers Heard The Word. What’s it take to get writers out of their rooms, to get them to interact with people beyond their circle of usual suspects? A Willamette Writers meeting does it every time. Cookies, coffee, and the Old Church make an enticing lure in downtown Portland. Who wouldn’t go? WW pulls membership […]

THE BOOMER CHOICE: RETIRE OR REFOCUS

Who listens when someone tells them what to do, tells them to do it, “or else?” Baby boomers have never been, as a group, interested in being told what to do. First it was, “Turn down that racket you call music.” Followed by, “Get a hair cut.” What is the equivalent message to lady boomers? Shave your […]

Boomer College Sandwich

With The Grads On Both Sides My Dad graduated from college in 1960. With three kids in tow and working full time. His plan was a career in the Marine Corps like his younger brother did. My Mom had other plans. He took five years to finish his BS in General Studies, and made it sound […]

BOOMERPDX SPORTS EMERGENCY

OLYMPIC WRESTLING OR OREGON WRESTLING? BOTH A proposal to trim wrestling from the Olympic Games is a blessing in disguise. Here’s why: The first Olympics without wrestling would be 2020. The hosting choices are Istanbul, Tokyo, or Madrid. Japan is an international wrestling powerhouse. If they get the Games and a vote on events, wrestling […]