Happy Birthday Two You

Monday was my birthday. Well, not really. But on Facebook it was my birthday - all part of a great social experiment, if you will. Three days later, I'm not sure how to feel about the results. On the one hand, I have a lot of well-meaning friends who serenaded me with heartfelt birthday wishes. … Continue reading Happy Birthday Two You

Solstice Parties Are All The Rage

Tara and I have a friend who throws a summer solstice party every year. We'd received invitations the past couple of summers but hadn't been able to make it. This year, we decided to RSVP early and commit to going. After all, we've known Lisa for a few years - she's a fellow author that … Continue reading Solstice Parties Are All The Rage

TV is Like a Cookie

Last week, Tara accused me of being a music snob. "What do you mean, a music snob?!" I demanded, incensed by this allegation of music snobbery. I pass no judgment, whether you listen to Neil Young or Neil Diamond. Or even Neil Sedaka, for crying out loud (but you're way cooler if you listen to Neil … Continue reading TV is Like a Cookie

Ornery Little Rascal

Midway through my morning walk today, I surprised a raccoon. He was in the act of climbing a fence and froze when he spotted me. We were just a few feet apart, staring each other down. Sensing a perfect photo opportunity, I grabbed my phone, fumbling for the camera in the hopes of capturing the moment for … Continue reading Ornery Little Rascal

Poster Child

One of the most beautiful words in the English language has got to be remission - not because of the way it rolls off the tongue, but rather, for all it implies. re·mis·sion rəˈmiSH(ə)n/ A diminution of the seriousness or intensity of disease or pain; a temporary recovery. It is most often used in discussions involving … Continue reading Poster Child

One Man’s Bullet Wounds are Another Man’s Selfie Opportunity

Last week, there was a gang-related shooting in Portland. This occurred in a part of town that has undergone some serious gentrification in the past two decades. When I moved up here 20 years ago, Alberta Street was not a place to venture after dark. Nowadays it's home to trendy restaurants, gourmet ice cream shops, … Continue reading One Man’s Bullet Wounds are Another Man’s Selfie Opportunity

34 Miles to Nostalgia

Saturday, we helped Audrey cross an item off her bucket list by taking her to see a movie at the drive-in. First off, I'm surprised that any of these places still exist. I had not been to a drive-in movie since the early 90s. Sadly, they're a disappearing relic from a bygone era, much like rotary … Continue reading 34 Miles to Nostalgia