Shift to Bikes

During the month of June in Portland, adorable biking enthusiasts take part in themed bike rides throughout the city for what is called Pedalpalooza. Most of the rides involve a stereo of some kind blasting jams to accompany the bikers, many of whom delight in an adult beverage here and there along the way. Of […]

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Feminist Fairy Tales?

Every time I try to tell my son a fairy tale, I get hung up on the ridiculousness of them all. I know he’s only an infant and can’t understand the words, but I feel guilty for telling him stories with bad messages. Like what’s with all the sleeping princesses being awoken by a kiss? […]

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Meet: Sarah

She does not look like a rebel. Rather, she looks like someone trying to be a rebel. But her baby face cannot hide behind even the stark white of malnutrition or black eyeliner. Her hair is chopped blunt, reminding of razors and bathrooms with closed doors and other things. The eyeliner does not hold back […]

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Girl on Girl: Vanessa Veselka

What I like about Vanessa Veselka, besides her humor and social commentary, is that she’s not afraid to admit that she too struggles with writing about sex. The author of Zazen, which was nominated for the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction and won the 2012 PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize for fiction, is honest about the difficulties […]

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The Cabin in the Woods

to live in this world you must be able to do three things to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go ― Mary Oliver Kevin’s family had a summer house they called their […]

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Oh Captain, My Captain!

My ten-year high school reunion is coming up this summer, and as I’m oscillating between feeling old and nostalgic, I keep hitting reminders of my youth. It’s as if all of us mid-80’s kids are skittering toward the three decade mark and remembering when. Back in the late 90’s when we were watching and listening […]

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I Approve of Poke!

Poke (pokeweed, pokeberry) is a poisonous plant, yet a popular wild food. This native North American perennial contains phytolaccatoxin and phytolaccigenin, which can cause symptoms ranging in severity from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures and difficulty breathing, sometimes death. The poisons are most concentrated in the root, which is never eaten, but can be cooked […]

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Half the Sky

I tend to get so immersed in politics and current events that I eventually need to take breaks. After I worked on a campaign in 2006, I didn’t watch MSNBC for six months. Then Obama and Clinton entered the primaries and I couldn’t stay away. I put the TV in our bedroom so I could […]

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