I haven't posted a blog for a bit. I had words and thoughts to share, but when I got here to do so I realized my new words aren't important in this moment. Words by others are. This is what matters now. Works to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8jUA7JBkF4 "...Having white privilege is like having a head start … Continue reading What matters
When I first wrote the blog Early Portland and the flying pigskin I had no idea I was merely scratching the surface of this fascinating topic. And, whereas I frequently remind folks that I am no historian, I do find the stories I have learned to be an interesting and welcoming distraction during these times … Continue reading Oregon, football and stadiums: a recap
Each generation holds memories unique to a time period, influenced by place. I have no doubt all of us alive today will forever remember the impact the novel coronavirus makes on our lives, creating unique but oddly similar stories, many of them sad. For people living in the Pacific Northwest on May 18, 1980, the … Continue reading Stories of our generation: Mount St. Helens
Our dear friend Karen died on February 4 of this year, 11 days prior to my release of Then, Now, and In-Between: Place, Memories, and Loss in Oregon. Karen was loved by so many: friends like me and students and co-workers and sisters and brothers and nephews and sons and a daughter and her husband … Continue reading This one’s for Karen
During World War I, our grandfather began a lending (rental) library during the summer months in Ocean Park, Washington. He had access to books from his grandfather J.K. Gill's Portland bookstore, and imagined that people needed escape. Although we aren't now facing a war, the health crisis around the world has separated us into people … Continue reading Books as a refuge in times of fear
With two book events cancelled last week - strangely one to a weird mid-March snow storm - I decided to take advantage of a virtual world I sometimes complain about. For some time I've been meaning to explain a bit more about the 1909 deck of Portland & Columbia Gorge Playing Cards I was gifted … Continue reading What about that deck of cards?
I was disappointed to have this week's Listen and Learn event at the Multnomah Athletic Club cancelled (due to low registrations), so instead imagined a way to still share parts of this interesting story. So here you have it! Whether you are looking for a break at work, telecommuting, or in quarantine due to that … Continue reading Talking about early Portland football and the MAC
I thank my friend Sally for alerting me to a story I was surprised to have missed when it was released a month prior. Perhaps it’s time to update my google news feed search from Brazilian Blowout (as, no doubt, any news today on that depresses me these 10 years after we issued formaldehyde warnings) to … Continue reading J.K. Gill’s returns
Thank you my dear friends and supporters who joined me during my virtual launch this morning. If you missed it and want to catch up with all 14 or so minutes, you can watch it on my Author Facebook Page, or as embedded below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVaitvHglzM&t=10s If you're ready to learn more about THEN, NOW, and … Continue reading Then, Now, and In-Between is launched!
Releasing February 14, 2020 e-book only As promised, I am delighted to announce the release of my "blog to book" on Oregon's 161st February 14, 2020 birthday. About my new work: Then, Now and In-Between is a compendium of essays and prose, many that first appeared on the author's blog, Musings About Life in Oregon. This … Continue reading Releasing…