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Readings from Blessing the Hands that Feed Us: An evening with Vicki Robin

Readings from Blessing the Hands that Feed Us: An evening with Vicki Robin

Author and activist Vicki Robin has helped people around the world change their relationships with money, and now she wants to do the same for food. Robin spoke about her new book, Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth last Friday, January 10 at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. Robin is well known for co-authoring, with the late Joe …

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Book Review – Early Portland: Stump-town triumphant

Book Review – Early Portland: Stump-town triumphant

Early Portland: Stump-town triumphant, rival townsites on the Willamette, 1831-1854 by Eugene E Snyder (reviewed 1970 edition) Every time I move to a new city, I have a voracious appetite for information about the place I now call home. Having recently moved to Portland, Oregon, I’ve set about learning as much as I can about the place as it is now, and as it was in various stages of history. The history and character of …

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Remembering Denver’s Beats

Remembering Denver’s Beats

Neal Cassady would have been 85 years old today, and some people in Denver remembered. We happened into the Mercury Cafe looking for vegetarian dinner before the Denver’s RiNo first friday art walk on Feb. 3, just as a celebration of Cassady was going on upstairs in the ballroom. After dinner we headed up for readings and music inspired by Cassady, and I was pleasantly surprised to see so many people remembered a figure who …

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Book Review: The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide by Andrew Skurka

The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide By Andrew Skurka Published 2012 Full color, 224 pages Publisher: National Geographic This is the book I wish I had years ago when I first started backpacking. Read The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide, and you may look at backpacking differently. This is not a day hiker’s book. It’s really for a subset of backpackers, what the author calls Ultimate Hikers. Ultimate Hiking is his term for those seeking a lighter …

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Book Review: The Last Season by Eric Blehm

We were browsing the shelves of Boulder Bookstore just before the holidays, and my wife handed me a copy of The Last Season by Eric Blehm. I’d never heard of the book, but it looked intriguing, with a photo of a man clinging to a cliff face while walking a very narrow trail, and the text “Randy Morgenson was legendary for finding people missing in the High Sierra…Then one day he went missing himself.” That …

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Wintery Exploits in the Heart of London

Wintery Exploits in the Heart of London

The weather has turned of late and I’ve burrowed myself into volume 1 of the Complete Sherlock Holmes. Granted this task was started in late December. Volume 2 is waiting for me on the shelf next to many other books on my “to read” list. I confess that I enjoyed the first and last of the stories in this book–A Study in Scarlett and the Hounds of the Baskervilles. Meeting Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, was quite …

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Spicy Books? Maybe

Spicy Books? Maybe

In southeast Portland, there is a non-descript grocery store next to a booming Trader Joe’s. Don’t go into “TJ’s”; they haven’t got what the other store has: a wall with 700 spices and herbs. Seriously. Chili? Yup. Tea and chai? Yup. Bebere? Yup. Nigella seeds? Yup. Asafoetida? Yup. Oh and they have salt too: 6 kinds of it. This, my friends, is perhaps the nicest library I’ve seen, aside from Penn State’s (which has mythological …

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Book Review – Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan

Book Review – Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan

Hokkaido Highway Blues: Hitchhiking Japan By Will Ferguson Cape Sata, the southernmost point in Japan, and Cape Soya, its uppermost point, form the bookends of Will Ferguson’s epic journey across Japan. His goal is to follow Japan’s legendary cherry blossoms as they peak in successive waves across the landscape, from the subtropical south to the frigid north. Through his travels we learn why the meat industry in Japan is handled by a segregated underclass. We …

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Book Review: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Book Review: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Over the course of 35 years, from Ecuador to Iran, from Indonesia to Panama and within the United States, author John Perkins helped US companies thrive at the expense of local people and ecosystems. All the while, he felt conflicted and wanted to change. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is his story, and it is quite tell-all. Very early in life, our experiences shape us, and set us on paths that define the rest …

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Book Review: The Quantum World

Book Review: The Quantum World

Kenneth Ford’s 2004 book The Quantum World: Quantum Physics for Everyone is a conversational introduction to quantum physics. The book is a short, but dense read that took me about two weeks. This is a book where the author tells you to “buckle your seatbelt” periodically. He’s definitely not joking. A quick synopsis is in order. We first learn about the basic units of measure used in quantum mechanics. My favorite bit from this section: …

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