7 articles Tag Portland

Portland: Plenty of Water in this West Coast City

Portland: Plenty of Water in this West Coast City

Since moving to Portland less than a year ago, I’m still in awe of the nearly constant presence of water. It falls from the sky, though not nearly as much as I expected, and it pools up in small ponds around town, and some wetlands a bit farther out. But water’s real presence can mostly be found in the rivers. As an inner Southeast Portland dweller, that mostly means the Willamette, and occasionally the Columbia. …

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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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Portland: Living the Rock Star Dream

Portland: Living the Rock Star Dream

As you can imagine, Portland is living up to my expectations. My initial observations: The biking here is amazing; it’s like critical mass every day! We got lost coming over the Hawthorne Bridge. We were with a bunch of cyclists, but got stuck at a light on SE Hawthorne and 11th. The others were gone, completely out of sight. Yes, you know where they went, but we didn’t as newbies. They went straight into the …

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Moving to Portland: Initial Impressions

Moving to Portland: Initial Impressions

After years of planning and much delayed gratification, we finally took the step of moving to Portland, Oregon this month. The timing was somewhat dictated by circumstances. The lease at our Superior, Colorado apartment was ending, I had just lost my job, and the summer heat of metro Denver was on our minds after last year’s sweltering, smoky summer. Plus, the thought of  crossing six mountainous states in a moving van any time when their …

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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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Snapshots from Stumptown

Snapshots from Stumptown

I found Cool Cottons on Hawthorne and SE 27th yesterday. I bought some reddish cotton for a new shirt I’m making. The store is spacious, warm and friendly. The prices weren’t too steep either! The fabric is currently being washed and I’m very excited to be getting back into my sewing. This is a random shot of an art gallery I walked passed last night. It’s on NW 12th near-ish to Glisan. It’s great that …

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