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August 1st, 2015

Edit: it’s 40K, not 20K. I was thinking about the 16 row repeat, but it’s 32 rows. Math! But it’s bound off and done. Ends woven in; here are the orts: It’s just the way I imagined it. I love … Continue reading →

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July 30th, 2015

she asked “you are in love; what does love look like” to which i replied “like everything i’ve ever lost come back to me.” nayyira waheed

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some moments are nice, some are nicer, some are even worth writing about. Charles Bukowski

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July 27th, 2015

Tig Notaro is a comedian that you likely don’t know by name, at least until recently. I know I didn’t. She made me laugh on Amy Schumer, and in the movie In a World (another good one, actually!), but I didn’t know who she was or that she did stand-up. Dang, was I missing out. […]

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N Interstate Avenue channelization looking southeast towards N Mississippi Avenue, circa 1950.     View this image in Efiles by clicking here.Filed under: 1950s, Eliot, Interstate Avenue, Mississippi Avenue, North

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July 26th, 2015

I don’t know what strange magic lurks in Pittsburgh’s grassy underbelly to foment such a marvelous collection of winged creatures, but I am ever so glad. A few fireflies remain, their little flashes, the tiniest of paparazzi. A chorus of locusts, or maybe cicadas?, are singing their wild song, the bees are busy,

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July 24th, 2015

Men working on a bridge during the construction of SE McLoughlin Boulevard, August 21, 1934.     View this image in Efiles by clicking here.Filed under: 1930s, McLoughlin Boulevard, Southeast

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July 23rd, 2015

Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes. Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, […]

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Do you always swatch? Do you always wash and block your swatches? True confessions time here: I don’t always swatch, and when I do, I don’t always wash and block it. This has come back to bite me several times. … Conti

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Neighborhood stores held a vote, and New Seasons is now gathering your thoughts on the best local beer of the lot—so we tasted them and doled out our own judgements.

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My older sister and I are dedicated non-wasters. We mend and repair, barely ever buy new and we watch our families’ food waste like a hawk. This means that our refrigerators are ripe rife with many small containers of leftovers just waiting to be consumed. Sometimes those leftovers are in high demand, but often they [

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Get the scoop on which sudsy stars will be visiting Powell’s for book readings and tell-all Q&A sessions.

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Portlandia gets an escort from Fireboat 6 (David Campbell) as she approaches Waterfront Park, 1985.     View this image in Efiles by clicking here.Filed under: 1980s, Downtown, Parks, Southwest

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July 22nd, 2015

SE Division Street at SE 82nd Avenue looking east, 1937. View this image in Efiles by clicking here.Filed under: 1930s, 82nd Avenue, Division Street, Montavilla, Southeast

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July 21st, 2015

I cashed in my Found Change Challenge jar as we’re gathering any and all available money to send our older son off to college. It contained $23.21 in coins plus $26 in bills, which added up to $49.21! Not quite enough to fund a year of college, but not a bad addition either. I Craigslisted a small black and [̷

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I’ve had an anxiety dream on repeat ever since we bought our overwhelmingly difficult fixer-upper house in 1996. In this dream my husband and I buy a falling down house and put all of our time, money and energy into the house only to give up and sell it at a loss. The subsequent buyers […]

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Men cutting street corners at the corner of SW 4th Ave and SW Sheridan Street, April 10, 1931.     View this image in Efiles by clicking here.Filed under: 1930s, 4th Avenue, Sherman Street, South Portland, Southwest

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July 20th, 2015

Each week throughout the summer, we’ll share dozens of ways to make the most of your days off! This week: the Oregon Brewers Festival, Lents Street Fair, and PDX Pop Now!

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Mix it up this summer with chuhais, Japanese shochu cocktails.

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Yesterday’s plans to visit a friend in Queens and grab delicious Indian food went kaput when she forgot about our plans and left town. The weather was hot and humid, which threw a haze over our normally keen decision making skills, so we ended up deciding to see a movie instead of some fabulous and […]

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This image is labeled “Finished Gravel Path, First Street Fill.” The image is from April 10, 1931. Can anyone help us figure out the cross street?     View this image in Efiles by clicking here.Filed under: 1930s, 1st Avenue, …

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