City Scenes, Portland, Oregon

While walking around on a lovely spring day in Portland, Oregon…

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Walking through cherry blossoms.  Beautiful now.  Slippery when wet!

 

Outdoor Art

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Cloud Totem by Riis Burwell   (Outdoor sculpture/Google photo effect)

“My work seeks to explore the intangible in nature suggesting that what is unseen is just as important as what is seen!”  Riis Burwell

 

Sanctuary City

Heading for coffee and a respite in the sunshine I saw this sign on several front lawns.

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Love from a distance…

Rural farming scene
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Three weeks of glorious weather.
Three weeks of shorts and tee shirts.
Three weeks of coffee on the porch in the morning.
Three weeks of happy hour on the porch in early evening.

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Traveling on…

My recent flights from Portland to Atlanta and on to Alabama afforded ample time to think.

It was a case of two planes, no trains, and one automobile.  Twelve exhausting hours.

Here are my coffee-stimulated, waiting room, intercom inspired thoughts.

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Mini Chinese Lesson

I love the whimsical ambiance of Dan Wei Canting.*

I go for the fantastic food but enjoy the atmosphere.

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The staff is friendly and attentive.

It was a great place for an early dinner recently.

It was raining and I had just seen a powerful, one-person play “Golda Meir”.

I was ready to exhale and relax.

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Walkin’ in Sunshine!

There is nothing more glorious in the Pacific Northwest than when the sun shows its face.

Rain, rain, rain and then a sunny day to end the weekend.

Walking, I encountered a festive air among people on the sidewalks and at sidewalk cafes. It was chilly but that did not stop sun deprived Oregonians from sitting outside sipping their lattes. Continue reading “Walkin’ in Sunshine!”

A Tale of Customer Service

CrioBru
http://www.criobru.com

I have been on a quest to find a local source for Crio Bru Cacao.

So far, no luck.

I was delighted to find the brand at New Seasons Market, a wonderful  local grocery chain in the Portland Metro area.

Sadly, the only kind they had was a pumpkin flavored roast.

Yuk! I hate pumpkin. Continue reading “A Tale of Customer Service”

This Month Needs Your Support!

 

Let’s be fair….

We observe Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Gay & Lesbian Pride Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Native American Heritage Month….I would bet that this is an incomplete list.

These are causes that speak to the heart of life in America and deserve our attention.

However, I must point out that we have another month-long cause that deserves our immediate and unconditional support.

No matter where you stand on issues or what you believe in, I call on you to support Continue reading “This Month Needs Your Support!”

Celebrate Pi Day at Lauretta Jean’s

PI DAY is here!

You owe it to yourself to eat pie at  Lauretta Jean’s today, 3.14!

Lauretta Jean’s delicious pies are handcrafted with fresh ingredients.

I have served them proudly at dinner parties.  They are that good! Continue reading “Celebrate Pi Day at Lauretta Jean’s”

Now is the time…

“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party” *

Like many things from my youth, this particular phrase had no meaning to me.

It was merely a mindless typing drill from when I learned to type years ago.

That is, until today, when I took  Ginny for a walk in downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.
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Love more…

You just have to love a grocery store whose floral department has cool, handwritten signs like this one.  Thank you Zupan’s for this bit of loveliness on a rainy day in Portland! Continue reading “Love more…”