From the monthly archives: February 2011

In the Rain

February 28, 2011 by

I got a lot of comments and emails in response to my last post. Thank you all for letting this story into your heart, painful as it is. I thought of Carrie today as I was driving around; although it wasn’t snowing the weather was windy, cold and wet. Every corner seemed to be occupied […]

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Freezing in Portland

February 24, 2011 by

It snowed! Well, it dusted. All week long, the possibility of snow was making headline news. Then it became a certainty and that was breaking headline news. Names for the upcoming event were flying: Snowpocalypse! Snowmaggedon! By morning today it was obvious that we had dodged a snowy bullet, most areas getting less than an […]

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Caitlin On Her Way

February 22, 2011 by

I decided to do something pretty random to give away $100 today. I was driving home down 15th Avenue and saw a man sitting in a bus shelter. I had the impulse to pull over but it was too late; traffic was heavy and I kind of got swept along. I got the idea to […]

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Music and Mae

February 19, 2011 by

Some days, it feels like that C-note is going to burn a hole right through my pocket before I find someone I’m drawn to give it to. Today wasn’t one of those days. It all started when I realized we were out of butter. While this is certainly not the end of the world, it came […]

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Ryan’s Secret

February 16, 2011 by

There’s a lot of construction in the Lloyd District. When I saw the guy’s reflective safety vest I assumed he had something to do with all that. As I got closer I saw the baton, and realized he was directing cars into the parking lot. Ah, yes. Someone said there was a Blazers game tonight. […]

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A Poet’s Balance

February 15, 2011 by

Today, I am filled with thanks for writers – the journalists, bloggers, poets, story tellers, rappers, novelists, playwrights, columnists… all those who labor to make sense of this crazy world. Nikole Hannah-Jones has been a trusted partner in the telling of my story, and I am grateful. I am grateful to the young writers at […]

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Whenever it hasn’t rained for a few days, we Portlanders get an irresistible urge to clean up our cars. There was quite a crowd at Washman this afternoon. I knew I would have to wait a bit, so I walked around making small talk. There was a woman in a leopard-print blouse drinking an iced […]

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I was so excited to see that it was still broad daylight when I left the office at 5:00. I mean, BROAD daylight. Broad as a barn. Even little bits of sun peeking through the clouds. I had parked a dozen blocks away so I could get a little walk in. Actually, that’s a lie. […]

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The first thing I noticed was the flip flops. I had to pick something up at the library and decided to poke my head in at the laundromat. It’s a pretty cheerless place and I was hoping to brighten someone’s day. A boy of 12 or 13 was at the machine getting change, then he […]

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Naomi at DEQ

February 3, 2011 by

I kept putting off getting my DEQ inspection. It’s out of my way and just hadn’t fit into my schedule. But time was running out. I had a day off today and was determined to get it taken care of. I realized it might be fun. Surely there would be someone there who could use […]

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