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Dean Kirkland

Under a Red Roof

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Located in Portland

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A dear friend lives here! We ate and talked and enjoyed Fifty Licks of ice cream. The time whooshed and the sky turned starry. Luna graduated from preschool! Aloha! Lucky to have had these fine folks as my Portland neighbors. It was like I never left. Zoran likes workbooks. His Mama does, too. Super Girl […]

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I don’t post many recipes anymore, mostly because there are PLENTY of places to find them, and I don’t necessarily feel like I have anything special to offer. By the process of deduction, I hope you’ve realized this strawberry rhubarb cake IS something special. I’ll give you three reasons. 1. It c

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You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you. Isadora Duncan The post Wild appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Direction: Northwest!! Hood * Jefferson * Three Sisters And Mt. Hood, all by its lonesome. The most wonderful reasons for my return to Portland! Solveig’s little Luna had her third, and we sure hope final, open heart surgery, the Fontan. Our girl (now age five!) is a true heart warrior, having the strength to come

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Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone. Wendell Berry The post Discover appeared first on

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  Our house, as it was when we first laid eyes on it, nice, but definitely needing our stamp. A brick ranch of the ilk I grew up in and that my grandparents owned. Solid. Humble. No frills. During the dig, dig, digging – the hubster waving hello! And now. Mostly new windows and coverings […] The p

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With two famous suicides in the news, I have been thinking, more than I normally would, about mental illness and suicide. And since I have been plagued by what Winston Churchill called the “black dog” since I first tried to kill myself at age eight, I have a bit more than two cents to offer […] T

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There are flowers everywhere for those who are willing to see them. Henri Matisse The post Flowers appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Bachelor buttons and much moving and shaking happening in our neck of the woods! The buttons are considered invasive flowers much of the place, but so quaint and sweetly scented that I forgive them their trespasses. Over the past couple of weeks, we put more plants in the ground and purchased a passel more – [̷

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I am the pool of gold when sunset burns and dies – you are my deepening skies; give me your stars to hold. Sara Teasdale * * * After a little hand wringing from two ugly hail storms, I was worried it wouldn’t happen, but alas, my first peony in our Colorado garden has bloomed […] The post

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Today is our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Gosh and huzzah, wow, wow, wow, we have come so far together. We are wonderfully strong together, happy together, silly together, mostly wise together, and sometimes stupid together. Most of all, we are crazy in love TOGETHER. In some ways it is a total surprise, that our l

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  God writes the gospel not in the bible alone, but also on the trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. Martin Luther The post Gospel appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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I love to watch the fine mist of the night come on, The windows and the stars illumined, one by one, The rivers of dark smoke pour upward lazily, And the moon rise and turn them silver. I shall see The springs, the summers, and the autumns slowly pass; And when old Winter puts his […] The post

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Homemade kombucha in the house! That’s what’s happening to-day. Way back in our Portland days (we’ve been gone three and a half years! WOW!), we made heaps and tons of kombucha. As we didn’t feel like schlepping a SCOBY or two or three across the country to Pennsylvania, we left all means of produ

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How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em. Shel Silverstein The post

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Look not for refuge in anyone beside yourself. Tibetan Saying The post Refuge appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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What is it inside the imagination that keeps surprising us At odd moments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . when something is given back We didn’t know we had had In solitude, spontaneously, and with great joy? Charles Wright The post Surprising

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When we were newlyweds, Greg’s Grandma Rouble, in between serious laments for my failure to change my name to Cooper (Are you really married?), sent us photos of Texas Bluebells and other wildflowers in an attempt to convince us to visit while they were in blossom. Though we did visit in springtime, we sadly missed

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Our breakfast stop in San Marcos – a full twenty-five (for dramatic emphasis) degrees cooler than the beach! When we embarked on our journey, the hubster delighted in what he thought was the fact that he wouldn’t need to wear pants again until October. With a high of 43 one of the days we were there, […

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one foot L O V E wind blown pelicans Wind Dancer H.W. Tatum Rollerblading Nun She gave a homeless man candy bars and called him by name. pattern uplift I’ve owned a Swiss Army knife since I was a teenager. It’s a big, bad-ass version, not with ALL the things, but darn close (the Swiss […] The pos

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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw The post Mistakes appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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Fredericksburg Public Library – isn’t it a peach? Coincidentally, they are rather famous for their peaches, but we were a bit early for harvest, sigh. Main Street is lined with charming buildings, many of them erected with Austin stone, which I LOVE. The original settlement, as you might have guessed from the

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Our Marfa digs: El Cosmico Is it glamping if the toilet is 100 feet away? Fab BBQ and beautiful art at Convenience West E A S T As they fly… Must have: yellow rose of Texas We enjoyed the best margaritas of our trip and super service at the Hotel Paisano. The eats weren’t too […] The post

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Got up and out before the sun to get a jump on this year’s road trip south to Texas! We stopped at my favorite Las Vegas and filled ourselves with happy at Charlie’s Spic and Span. The breakfast burrito for the hubster and stuffed sopapilla (Stuffy) for me. Egads, peeps, they know how to do […] T

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To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple […] The p

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Nothing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. I answer you that there must be time. First let it blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. Epictetus The post First appeared first on

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There is too much bad news to justify complacency. There is too much good news to justify despair. Donella Meadows The post Justify appeared first on Under a Red Roof.

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New Mexican Black Dog. Maybe not technically a breed but the most accurate description of our girl. She is most likely a Kelpie – Cattle Dog mix, but we’re happy to let the mystery linger. What we DO know – that she loves all that is important in a dog’s life –  to hike and walk […]

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Good morning, dear reader! Last evening’s 80% chance of precipitation brought this lovely bit of fluff down on our burgeoning patch. Always a welcome sight, I must say. The cute birdhouse is eagerly awaiting tenants, but I honestly think the entry is a tad small for most of our fine feathered neighbors. In any case

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  This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat […]

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