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Thomas Friedman Tells Portlanders to Stop Futzing Around

Say what you will about incendiary Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist and reporter Thomas Friedman: It takes some serious chutzpah to stand in front of a packed house of Portlanders and tell them that all of their green activis...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 by Adrienne So

Llamarama: Nigel the Pack Llama Ventures into Portland

Nigel the Llama, this is everyone. Everyone, meet Nigel, a friendly pack llama from Wallowa Llamas, undoubtedly the most melodic company name that I've ever heard. Nigel will be greeting visitors to the Portland REI...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 by Adrienne So

Eco-Friendly Fashion Design Competition Eschews Fur

How does an eco-conscious fashionista reconcile her love of clothes with her love for the planet? Is it reeeeally necessary to eschew conspicuous consumption and strip old tires for shoe leather, darn your old Carhatts with used dental floss?    More
Saturday, March 7, 2009 by Adrienne So

2009 PowerSox United States National Snowshoe Championships This Weekend!

This is not your grandpappy's snowshoe competition. This Sunday, March 8, nationally ranked snowshoe athletes from all over the country will be arriving on the flanks of Mount Hood to compete for twenty-one spots on the U.S. Natio...   More
Friday, March 6, 2009 by Adrienne So

Oregon Bike Polo Championships This Weekend!

Have you always pictured polo as the sole provenance of upper-crust New England types, who send their children to boarding schools with names like "Andover" and "Exeter"—the only people who can afford a sport that requires them to own SEVERAL DOZEN HORSES? Maybe they float...   More
Friday, March 6, 2009 by Adrienne So

Debra Gwartney Live Through This

About a girl—and her mother.

As you page through Debra Gwartney’s new memoir, Live Through This: A Mother’s Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love (Houghton Mifflin, 224 pages, $24), there are times when you t ...   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 Adrienne So

Spring is Coming, and Playground Parties Too

Playground Productions hosts free outdoor parties in Portland public parks throughout the summer. The parties usually run from noon till dark, with DJs, dancing and picnicking. In order to fund these fabulous, sun-dr...   More
Monday, March 2, 2009 by Adrienne So

Ski Documentary Shows that Austrians Did Not Have a Monopoly on the Slopes

I started snowboarding at thirteen, on a church ski trip. When I came back, all toasty and exhilarated, I tried to share my joyous discovery with my family. There was a great silence. "Filipinos don't like getting cold," my little brother said. And that was the end of the ...   More
Monday, March 2, 2009 by Adrienne So

Run Up Your Tab, You Are Ruined No Longer! Maybe.

The national stimulus package has finally gone through. And while we can debate its merits all day long, I am positive that we can all agree on one important element that the package was missing. And that, my friends, was the element of surprise.

Lucki...   More
Monday, March 2, 2009 by Adrienne So

Wouldn't You Like To Know If You're Drinking Poop?

If you asked me where my drinking water came from, I imagine my response would be similar to many others: "The tap." That, or some New Age nonsense about the cycle of meltwater, et cetera. Many of us gloss over the fact that our drinking water doesn't come straight from some s...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2009 by Adrienne So

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