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July 27th, 2014

I went for a drive yesterday with some other cars from the local Viper club. We headed east from Portland out the Columbia River Gorge and then up and over Mount Hood. Around 250 miles in total.

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Good Monday to you, dear reader. Welcome to the Rogue River and the final installment of our Oregon road trip! I’m happily typing to Jack White – the obsession continues. Thank goodness the hubster likes his music as much as I do. Mill Creek Falls Barr Creek Falls This was once lava! A living stump, […]

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Have you ever seen the movie, Throw Momma From the Train? Well, if you haven’t, add it to the queue, and pronto! It’s a gem of an 80s fil-um. Anyhow, there’s this scene where Billy Crystal is working on a line from a novel he’s writing. “The night was…moist? wet? humid?” He cannot f

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July 26th, 2014

Last weekend I attended the first national meeting of the new Dodge Viper owners association near Detroit, Michigan. It was an absolute blast and I thought I’d share some of the photos I took of the awesome event! I’ll start with the tour of the factory where they assemble the cars. Chrysler was super awesome [&

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July 25th, 2014

Just in time for the coming tyranny, a Grants Pass company has come up with an app for your Android, soon for the iPhone, that holds the whole Bible in a disguised cover. It’s available for viewing with a code. This is very handy in Iraq where Christians are persecuted. There your house is marked […] T

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(right) Guatemala President, Otto Perez Molina, (left) Honduras president, Juan Orlando Hernandez The President is meeting today with the leaders of Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Plane loads of unaccompanied children and those with parent, are… The post

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Tuning. One of the things I’ve come to love and look forward to in the process of re-incarnation is the tuning process. Transitions, especially abrupt ones with major emotional turmoil are like being thwapped with a giant cosmic tuning fork. Pluto takes no prisoners, Saturn shuffles all the truths, Mars opposition des

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Chris D’Elia is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world. Recently named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” D’Elia can next be seen starring as Danny on NBC’s new comedy Undateable. Tickets on sale now!

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Jessica and Charley Wheelock met cute in New York City. He was a woodworker; she was a guilder. He thought she was pretty and asked her out. Soon, they were married. When they decided to switch...

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Popular free theme Adelle has a lot more to offer than its signature pink dots, as these five bloggers show us.

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James Pethokoukis, Colunist American Enterprise Institute Some people really don’t like “big box” retailers. The openings of new stores, particularly in cities, are frequently accompanied by protests. Recall that Occupy Wall Street targeted retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target, and Best Buy. Critics knock these compa

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July 24th, 2014

ASUS has officially announced its RT-AC87 Quantenna-based router. The AC2400 designation comes from the 1.73Gbps capacity on the 5GHz band in 802.11ac mode and up to 600Mbps via 802.11n. Small Net Builder reports the RT-AC87 is the first of the “wave 2″ 802.11ac routers and supports Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) usi

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A church in the city of Homs lies vacant Iraq was once home to some of the oldest Christian communities  on earth. But thanks to ISIS, Christians are becoming an endangered species – as the jihadists tell them to leave, pay jizya… The post

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Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heartache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth […]

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With only a few weeks left to answer emails, I’m trying to get through the heavy ones first, some are not able to be posted on the blog as they are intensely personal for some folks (those I will reply to privately). There seems to have been something big going down in the world, that […]

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The 101st Tour de France (NY Times, Wikipedia and Twitter), began on Saturday July 5, 2014 and continues until July 27, 2014. The 21-stage race began in Yorkshire, U.K., and stretches across Europe including Spain and Belgium. The race spans a total of 3,664 kilometers (or approximately 2277 miles). Some 3.5 billion people

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The weekend is here! Don't let these cooler temperatures fool you, highs are expected in the lower 90s on Saturday & Sunday; sounds like the perfect time to check out the Oregon Brewers Festival in Downtown Portland! Fresh off Jimmy Kimmel Live, Todd Glass is at Helium Comedy Club this weekend and Alley 33 is hosting an in

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On sunny weekend mornings and afternoons, NW Portlanders can be seen lounging, noshing and catching up with friends over a leisurely brunch on either of Huckleberry Pub’s first- and second-floor...

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(AFP) — Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 undergo female genital mutilation, a UN official said Thursday. “It is a fatwa (or religious edict) of ISIS, we learnt this this morning,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the number two UN official in Iraq. She was referring to

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By Bullard Law, Portland law firm ADA Dog Days – Service Animals and Reasonable Accommodation The Bullard Edge loves dogs. My pup Jimmy turns 2 today and I have attached his picture (a black and brown mini Dachshund). Jimmy also relates (allow me some leeway here) to this week’s question in the (fictional) mailbag. J

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July 23rd, 2014

Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page. Friday, July 25th Micah and Me at A Children's Place....

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Pipeline is once again giving away many Portland event tickets this weekend including to the BeerQuest Tour, Oregon Zoo, Reggae Boat Cruise & more.

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Starting this weekend, the Square will be transformed into Portland’s largest outdoor movie theater for the entire community to enjoy. Flicks on the Bricks will begin at 7pm with live entertainment provided by 101.9 KINK followed by the movie which will begin at dusk.

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"The PRIDE GLOW RUN Saturday, August 2nd, at 9:00 pm! You don't have to be a professional runner, heck you don't even have to run! Walk, jog, run-the whole idea is to get out, glow like nobody’s business, move your body, celebrate your Pride and most importantly – have fun!

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Dear RoadHog45443, You asked, “How can I get noticed as a female writer in a men’s Sci-fi world?” Oye. I wish I had a good answer for that. The thing is, I don’t think it’s going to be “men’s genre” much longer. In all honesty, there are dozens of excellent female writers in

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For one day only Pix’s dessert shelves will be transformed into ice cream showcases. All the crème brûlée, tart citrons and chocolate mousse cakes will be replaced with frozen delights including the classics (splits, sundaes, sodas) and nostalgic novelties (Pix Push Ups, ice cream sandwiches).

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The 2014 Sunday Parkways continues for the 2014 season on July 27. Highs are expected to be in the lower 90s, so there'll be lots of people out. Even if you don't bike, you can walk and enjoy the activities, parks, and closed off streets.

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The completed homes embrace a timeless look, but with cutting-edge functionality. Enjoy the comforts of Rain Screen siding, Polar Blanket insulation, open web floor trusses, box beam ceilings and plenty of built-ins, gorgeous master suites and storage capabilities. All of these green features allow gas and electricity bills

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Joel Gregory considers Ex Novo, his 48-seat nonprofit brewing company and brewpub, to be a mashup of what were once his competing interests: He’s an avid home brewer and had long pondered ways to...

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The 6th Annual Maritime Heritage Festival returns to St. Helens for family summer fun. The PT boat returns, waterskiing show, marine swap meet, boat show live music & WWII USO style show.

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We knew, coming out to Oregon this year, we would be emptying out our storage unit in Scappoose, bringing all the stuff to Mom’s, sorting it, re-boxing it all into plastic tubs instead of old boxes, and then finding a much smaller storage unit here in town, closer to Mom, to put the remaining stuff […]

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Here’s the second edition of Longreads’ Best of WordPress! We’ve combed through the internet to put together a reading list of some of the best storytelling being published on WordPress. (You can find Vol. 1 here.) As a reminder: If you read or publish a story on WordPress that’s over …

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By Oregon Brewers Guild The Oregon Brewers Guild announced that Oregonians bought more than 500,000 barrels of beer produced in Oregon in 2013, setting a new record in Oregon craft beer history and leading the U.S. in percentage of dollars spent on craft beer. Oregon’s breweries crafted a little more than 1,400,000 barrel

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Congressman Greg Walden & House pass Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, Press Release The Internet is possibly the most important technological advancement since the printing press. Governments’ hands off approach has enabled the internet to rapidly grow into a powerful engine for our e

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July 22nd, 2014

Couple of photos of Portland's new light rail bridge, which they've decided to call "Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People". I can't say that with a straight face. Maybe I'll get used to it someday. Besides the obvious double entendre, "Tilikum" is also the name of a homicidal Sea World orca. I don't claim credit fo

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Dearest Losing My Faith, Ordinarily, I let questions and letters pertaining to religion and belief structures slip by without a response. For many reasons, I simply don’t engage on the blog with either religion or politics. However, your letter struck an open nerve that I didn’t realize needed to be addressed – and so

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Gray’s Butte Posted at a rest stop on Highway 395, pretty fabulous! The tiny specks are birds! Lake Abert This awesome side car was made by its owner. How cool is that?! He and his wife were traveling with another couple from Iowa for eighteen days around the West, and seemd to be having the […]

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True confession: Even though I'm an avid traveler, I haven't always pored over the foreign news in the paper...especially the news that depresses me. So until a few years ago, I was ignorant about the situation in the Holy Land...and what I knew was heavily biased toward Israel, fed to me by the one-sided

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The Overlook Village Business Association is holding its annual North Killingsworth street fair Saturday, August 2 from 11am-4pm with the theme, “Kick It Up!”, featuring a 3-on-3 soccer tournament to celebrate the Major League Soccer All-Star game happening in Portland (Aug 6). Events take place between Gay and Concord

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Lydia had a blast at her week-long day camp at Trackers Earth last month. She promptly taught her two older sisters how to finger knit. She learned a few other things, too. She milked a goat, made cheese and butter,...

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The only happy hour deals you’ll find at Jaime Soltero Jr.’s lively tamale joint come in the form of discounted drinks ($2 off all cocktails and draft beers). But don’t let that dissuade you from...

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By Oregon Department of Justice Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a lawsuit against Living Essentials and Innovation Ventures, the makers of the energy drink 5-Hour ENERGY®. The lawsuit alleges that the companies repeatedly violated the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA) by making deceptive and misleadi

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Henri Cartier-Bresson1908 - 2004FrenchFinished First in Phase 1, Flight 11 of the Play-In Tournament with a voting score of .909.Finished First in

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July 21st, 2014

Filed under: Flowers, Gardening, Macro Photography, Photography Tagged: beauty, evocative, Flower, gardening, macro, peach, Photography, rose, SwittersB

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Dearest Anonymous, I’m so sorry to hear you are going through a breakup in your marriage. I know firsthand the traumatic grief that comes from such a loss, and I am sad and full of love for you. Truly, it is a terrible thing you’re going through. I’m not by any means a counselor or […]

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Baker City: What a gem of a town, with an abundance of fine architecture under baby blue skies. We breakfasted at the Lone Pine. It felt like it was plucked out of Portland, with finely executed, yet simple fare, and impeccable service with a dazzling smile. A hush of Stevie Wonder singing on the hi-fi […]

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The FCC last week updated rules for use of the AWS-3 spectrum that will be auctioned to commercial cellular operators on November 13, 2014, notes RCR Wireless. The FCC in late March released its initial AWS-3 rules. The FCC’s Report and Order sets flexible-use regulatory, licensing, and technical rules for 65 megahert

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A few years ago, cellular companies charged for each call their customers made and gave most of them unlimited data, notes Recode.net. Now carriers have effectively flipped their business model, with most people now getting unlimited calling and texting and paying for the size of data plans they want. That transition in the

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