House Colors

In Southwest Portland neighborhoods, most houses are painted neutral colors.Sometimes there are variations – soft blue, green, or deep red.What I have learned from talking to people, is that even the most neutral colors have been chosen with tremendous deliberation … Continue reading


Montessori Glass Classroom

On Wednesday I visited the 2014 Montessori in the Square. The exhibit featured three working, open-air Montessori classrooms, an amazing thing to see here in the boisterous heart of downtown Portland. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of people waiting for noisy MAX … Continue reading



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The new Apple store on SW 5th and Yamhill Street interacts with the city in some interesting ways. The silver ceiling floats on glass walls that sometimes reflect the city… …and sometimes are transparent. It feels like an open air … Continue reading


Happy Pride

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On Sunday, we went downtown to watch the Portland Pride Parade. What a life-affirming event! Some may find it to be 99% family-friendly, but it is 100% about families. This year there were more entries by large companies than ever before. … Continue reading



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Democrat or Republican? Black or white? Christian or not? Meat-eater or vegan? Friend or foe? It is important to be able to quickly assess another person’s values and intent – it is a survival skill. Making these determinations is quick … Continue reading


The Tunnel Has Been Gray-Painted

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On April 8, the SW Grover Street pedestrian tunnel was decorated with drawings and poems:On Monday April 14 I walked there again,and it looked like this:The graffiti had been covered with gray paint! And the day goes on as always.There … Continue reading


Tunnel of Poems

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Yesterday I walked from downtown Portland to the South Portland Neighborhood, passing through a pedestrian tunnel that goes under Naito Parkway, connecting First Avenue to Water Avenue. The tunnel follows the curve of Grover Street, a noisy cement habitrail where cars scurry to … Continue reading