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July 31st, 2014

Our thought should not merely be an answer to what someone else has just said. Or what someone else might have said. Our interior world must be more than an echo of the words of someone else. There is no point in being a moon to somebody else’s sun, still less is there any justification […]

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July 30th, 2014

A week after The Oregonian wrote about ride-sharing company Uber sneaking into Vancouver with hopes of breaking Portland's powerful taxi lobby, Oregon Public Broadcasting has tackled the issue on Tuesday's "Think Out Loud" call-in program.

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The city Bureau of Development Services, which will issue the permits, said earlier it expected to be ready to issue the first permits by the end of August.

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“I can’t find it now. There was a post about you and your brother and he wanted you to go be happily in love. I wanted to read it to my brother before your blog is gone. You have a special relationship with your brother that I admire. Can you please send me the link? […]

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July 29th, 2014

“Can you please be more specific about the baggage you’re sorting? If you’re throwing out bad habits and people, I am wondering what you mean by that. I am transitioning from an unhealthy romantic relationship, and could use some advice about how to move on.” Sheesh. Well, I need to be absolutely clear – I […

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Under the proposal, Airbnb would assemble a roster of its hosts willing to take on people displaced in a disaster.

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From a new grid look in your Media Library to a streamlined Post Editor, the latest updates to your WordPress.com site will make creating and publishing even easier.

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In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great sites with recent additions to the Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit a few sites using

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July 28th, 2014

This weekend I was at the NW Book Festival on Saturday, then the coast on Sunday with Sondra who came down from Alaska for some girl time and mutual spiritual works. I’ve definitely been feeling the strain lately, the strain of transitioning to a new perspective, new belief structures and the life remodel in general.

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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

We are learning about the Brontë sisters right now and one of our favorite aspects of their lives are the imaginary worlds they created—complete with handmade books. Very, very small books. I jumped out of my chair when I happen...

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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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There’s a communication technology out there that’s growing fast and opening doors for marketers and purveyors of news and information. It’s called email. But wait? Isn’t email suppose to be all but dead, a relic of the 1990s and dial-up modems? Turns out email newsletters and direct email marketing is undergoing

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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

It's once again time for the annual summer mix on Eclectic Grooves. This time around, the tracks were compiled from various sources:  a summer funk mix on mixcloud, a few recommendations from a DJ friend of mine and several selections that barely missed the cut on last

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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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The mayor spokesman says Hales' assertion that the Scott Kveton case was going to be scheduled to go before a grand jury was due to a staff error.

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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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If Uber can't operate in Portland, with its strict ordinances designed to protect the taxi industry from competition, the company apparently wants city officials to feel like an army of $1.65-per-mile drivers are amassing on the border.

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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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