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June 26th, 2016

Art is a communication form, yet most of us don’t know what we are trying to communicate and need to try lots of different things before finding out. Personally, it took me until I was 54 before I found out what the hell I was trying to communicate. In the end, it turned out to [...]

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June 25th, 2016

Up early for an excursion to the Paint Mines. Forty five minutes and a world apart, Indians roamed here, made pottery from the clay, killed buffalo, lived well. My goodness, what perfection, the two of us, the birds and Pilar and Pedro’s cousins, hopping up a storm. Can you spot the second one in the […]

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June 24th, 2016

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June 23rd, 2016

No cat treats in the house.  Miss D is addicted.  But is she?  Or does she possess an evil side? Also, I took Jazz, the little girl I trapped by the Circle K, who had been living and eating in their dumpster, and the big sick male kitty, the 9th I trapped at the complex, up to CATS in Sherwood this morning, des

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From the press release: The Cascadia chapter of the National Association of Composers/USA (NACUSA) is thrilled to announce a first-of-its-kind exchange between six Northwest-based composers and a select number of their Cuban composer colleagues. Currently there are 76 Cascadia Composer members, making it the largest N

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Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)Mieczyslaw Horszowski (1892-1993)George Russell (1923)Adam Faith (1940-2003)James Levine (1943)Nigel Osborne (1948)Nicholas Cleobury (1950)Sylvia McNair (1956) andAnna Akhmatova (1889-1966) Michael Shaara (1928-1988) David Leavitt (1961)

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Close your eyes, fall in love, stay there. Rumi The post Stay appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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With plenty of storage, a lockable stow area, secret compartment and modular power, it’s no wonder that California-based designer Sean Woolsey decided to name his desk after Bond, James Bond. The Woolsey Agent Desk ($3,850) is made of American Black Walnut finished with a natural, food safe, hand rubbed oil and wax finish

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June 22nd, 2016

Erica Dunn (Green Hammer) BY JENNIFER WRIGHT The latest installment in our series highlighting local architects introduces us to Erica Dunn, lead architect at Green Hammer. Serving as the design team manager and lead architect in this design-build firm, Erica...

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My TV reception, cabled in from an ancient roof top antenna, has been terrible lately. How terrible?  I gave up on TV terrible.   The worst reception always was about 8:30 p.m..  If I started to watch something at 8:00, just as it was getting into the drama and winding down, that's when reception would "pixelize&q

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Francesco Manfredini (1684-1762)Étienne Nicolas Méhul (1763-1817)Frank Heino Damrosch (1859-1937)Jennie Tourel (1900-1973)Walter Leigh (1905-1942)Sir Peter Pears (1910-1986)Hans-Hubert Schönzeler (1925-1997)Pierre Thibaud (1929-2004)Libor Pešek (1933)Pierre Amoyal (1949)Christopher Norton (1953)and Harriett Mulford St

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Video advertising is an excellent way to improve earnings. In order for one to obtain the most out of it, yet, you must comprehend what video advertising entails. This can be an excellent place for one to begin. Any advertising…

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By Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, Fighting Lodging Tax Creep In virtually every corner of the state, local and county governments seem to have their eyes fixed on lodging taxes and opportunities to raise them. The recent successes of the lodging industry are being widely reported as more tourists find themselv

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Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Photography Tagged: beauty, fuchsia, Garden, Oregon, photo, Portland, roses, SwittersB, Yard

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Mezco Toyz will be releasing an officially licensed 15-inch talking Chucky doll later this year. Before he became possessed by the Spirit of Charles Lee Ray — a serial killer better known as “The Lakeshore Strangler” — Chucky was just a harmless Good Guys doll. His face not yet scarred, his clothes not yet b

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June 21st, 2016

Finally, the torti tux teen from the dumpster, is leaving.  Not til Thursday. She's not going to OCO (Odd Cat Out Sanctuary) but rather to CATS (Cat Alliance Team Sanctuary) where cats free roam under no pressure to adjust on anyone's time schedule but their own.  No caging.  And high adoption rates. CATS has taken in

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From the press release: Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) kicks off its summer tour to China with a free noon concert at Director Park on June 23.  Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish opens the hour-long performance by the MYS Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Interim Music Director William White.  Repertoire will sh

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Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach (1732-1795)Harry Newstone (1921-2006)Lalo Schifrin (1932)Diego Masson (1935)Philippe Hersant (1948)Judith Bingham (1952)Jennifer Larmore (1958)andAlexander Pope (1688-1744)Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1972) Donald Peattie (1898-1964) Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)Mary McCarthy (1912-1989) Ian McEwan

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Filed under: Beauty, Flowers, Photography Tagged: Garden, photo, pink roses, Portland, Raindrops, SwittersB

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By NFIB Oregon’s economy has recovered since the recession, but younger workers lag behind. If younger generations are our future, that future might not be so bright if current trends continue. Oregon had the fourth-highest youth unemployment rate in 2015 at 22.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 201

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Anytime, anywhere. The functionality of a Leatherman tool, with you everywhere. Engineers designed multiple tools in each 17-4 stainless steel bracelet link, making usable tools like Allen wrenches, screwdrivers and box wrenches available at a moment’s notice. Adjustable to accommodate any wrist size and fully customizabl

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June 20th, 2016

It’s only 80 today in Portland, Or….but much hotter elsewhere it appears. So, a suggestive image from 1973 in Eastern Oregon in the Ochoco Mountains…the temps were sub zero those few days…the coldest I have ever been exposed to. Quiet, still, so cold. I clicked a few shots with my old Pentax camera.

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Hey there, ho there, hi! Much of the random and sundry this Monday afternoon, list style: Pilar, neighborhood rabbit. Thusly named by enforcing sexist stereotypes of size. Pilar is a small bunny. Her larger companions are named Pedro. They woo us daily with cuteness and by gobbling dandelion after dandelion. Teeny-tiny c

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Learn to make the most of free WordPress.com customizing options, or plan and build your business website.

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June 25 @ The Secret Society – Brownish Black doesn’t walk the line between garage and soul – they destroy it. The Portland-based octet started out as a three-piece garage rock band, whose raw energy pulled a handful of the city’s best players into its gravitational field, yielding bigger and funkier

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June 26 @ La Merde – For seven years, Triviology has hosted this annual pub quiz and fundraiser in support of equal rights for LGBTQ people.

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June 20 @ The EastBurn – It’s Gonna Be Okay is free WEEKLY stand up comedy show EVERY Monday. The show showcases the best comedians in Portland along with some travelling national comics.

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From the press release: The award-winning youth ensemble Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra performs a program of music for string orchestra on Wednesday evening, June 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm at Portland State University’s Lincoln Recital Hall. Admission is free. PACO’s Great Northwest Tour, celebrating the 50th anniversary

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Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)Wilfred Pelletier (1896-1982)Chet Atkins (1924-2001)Ingrid Haebler (1926)Eric Dolphy (1928-1964)Arne Nordheim (1931-2010)Mickie Most (1938-2003)Brian Wilson (1942)Anne Murray (1945)André Watts (1946)Lionel Richie (1949)andKurt Schwitters (1887-1948)Lillian Hellman (1905-1984)Vikram Seth (1952)

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On Friday, June 24th, Cascade Crescendo will be hosting their Album Release party for their debut record “Caught In the Rain” at The Secret Society. They will be joined by their friends, and Portland jamgrass favorites, The Student Loan Stringband! The Junebugs will open up the night.

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Well, KATA referred me to an Albany apartment complex to fix cats. They took a couple kittens but both died.  Another had been found dead there.  Teen moms.  They don't do well with their first litters. One female allegedly had just had kittens a couple weeks ago.  A tenant's daughter pledged to go under the building a

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Barran Liebman Oregon Law Firm BOLI Issues Final Rule on Oregon’s New Minimum Wage Law By Amy Angel and Nicole Elgin Oregon’s new tiered minimum wage law is poised to go into effect on July 1. The new scheme divides the state into three wage regions (Portland Metro, “nonurban” counties, and everywhere else) and

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“I just don’t know how to connect with this person,” I confided to a friend. I wanted to, I wanted to build a bridge, to connect, to find common ground, but we were just so different. I honestly didn’t know where to begin, I felt like anything deeper than surface-level conversation would inevitab

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DC Entertainment will join millions of fans in celebration of the pop culture phenomenon as Saturday, September 17th is officially announced as Batman Day 2016. Celebrating Batman’s endearing legacy with generations of fans, DC Entertainment will once again fete the iconic legend with festivities at thousands of comic boo

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June 19th, 2016

Unlike most roses that seem to reach upward to the light, this red beauty seems to have sought a more horizontal path to light…beauty in the shadows  Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Photography Tagged: beauty, light, photo, red rose, shade, shadows, SwittersB

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François Rebel (1701-1775)Johann Wenzel Stamitz (1717-1757)Carl Zeller (1842-1898)Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893)Sergei Taneyev (1856-1915)Guy Lombardo (1902-1977)Edwin Gerschefski (1909-1988)Anneliese Rothenberger (1926-2010)Elmar Oliveira (1950)Philippe Manoury 1952)andBlaise Pascal (1623-1662) Pauline Kael (1919-2001)Tobia

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Celebrate the iconic VW Beetle with this awesome LEGO Creator Expert reproduction. This detailed model comprises a number of special features and elements that help recreate the distinctive Beetle characteristics, including an azure-blue color scheme, curved fenders, flat windshield, VW logo, and an authentic 4-cylinder air

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June 18th, 2016

Oregon’s newspapers — which are read either in print or online by virtually every active voter in the state — have a longstanding election-year tradition of inviting the two major candidates for governor to make a joint appearance at their...

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Marhanka was arrested in April 2015 after police discovered a large stash of illegal drugs at a rented house, which included hundreds of cannabis plants and 10 opium poppies, according to the Times. He claimed they were for "personal use"....

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Emily Pulley Last weekend OperaBend's truly audacious undertaking Via Lactea came to fruition. A world premiere by Bend author and librettist Ellen Waterston with music by Rebecca Oswald, it told the tale of a middle-aged woman's inward and outward journey as she seeks to reinvigorate her life by walking the ancient Camino

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While politicians and others call once again for a ban on so-called "assault weapons" as they make hay while standing in the blood of the Orlando shooting victims, it's worth noting something that they're overlooking: the FBI keeps track of...

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It's time to check on the current weather conditions in Hell, as Oregon's Department of Transportation (ODOT) is preparing to do some actual road work; the plan being to add an additional southbound lane on I-5 from highway 217 to...

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Corvallis’ 2 Towns Ciderhouse has been on a roll lately, releasing a number of seasonals (for which I have some reviews coming up), rolling out a new package design, and adding to their can line-up. The latest to hit cans is their Made Marion cider, a six-pack of which

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take the time to see it, whether in nature or people around you. Filed under: Beauty, Gardening, Photography Tagged: bloom, clematis, macro, Nature, photo, plants, Portland, Stamen, SwittersB

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Antonio Maria Bononcini (1677-1726)Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831)Sir George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)Edward Steuermann (1892-1964)Manuel Rosenthal (1904-2003)Paul McCartney (1942)Hans Vonk (1942-2004)Anthony Halstead (1945)Diana Ambache (1948)Eva Marton (1948)Peter Donohoe (1953)andGeoffrey Hill (1932) Jean McGarry (1948) Chris Va

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