Category Archives: Local interest

Things of interest to those living in Portland, especially in North and inner NE, as the posts will often deal with the state of our neighborhood public schools.

An evening at the Japanese Garden

Day or night, I rarely – if ever – turn down an invitation to experience the Japanese Garden. So when Drake (the owner of the company I work for, and also a board member of the Japanese Garden) asked if … Continue reading

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Oh mighty metal head…

The other day, in a quest to find someone who could build some metal planter boxes, I visited Delia – a metal works place right up the hill from where I live. My neighbor Jeff works there, and I can … Continue reading

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A stroll through the Lan Su Garden

The Lan Su Garden is a true gem in our city. It is a garden the size of a city block, which was built as a collaboration between Portland and its sister city Suzhou in the Jiangsu province in China. … Continue reading

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From field to finishes – agricultural waste transformed!

In a world of dwindling resources, shrinking forests and threatened ecological habitats, it is more important than ever to embrace sustainable, environmentally sound alternatives, and find ways to reduce waste. In my quest to become a full-fledged locavore, and make … Continue reading

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Subtle, simple and sensual – material expressions in the Japanese Garden

One of the top destinations in our fair city – in my book, at least – is the Japanese Garden. It never disappoints. Every time I go, I see new things, depending on light, weather, seasons – what have you. … Continue reading

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The grass really is greener, but…

The discussion came up at my kids’ school of replacing some more of the blacktop with greenspace. The idea is to fundraise and write grants to make it happen, as naturally there is no money for anything extra – at … Continue reading

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Spring is around the corner…

There is something comforting in sameness…You know winter’s wrapping up when the YGP show comes to town. And you know that each year, there will be largely the same vendors as last year. Since the economic crash a few years … Continue reading

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