Don’t Buy Plums

Anyone in Portland who buys plums right now is an idiot. Have you even looked at the sidewalk? All that ooshy-gooshy stuff you have walk around or clean off your shoes? Look up! Oh my god, it’s plums. Portland has so many types of plums, and most of them are ripe, almost ripe, or just […]

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A Messenger

What made it all worse was that you had this dream of being a messenger of death. Because in this dream, the news of death was delivered to the individual by a series of worker bees, like yourself, who gave the mortal person a hand-written letter. The hand wrote in a large scrawl and was […]

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Natural Moms: The Anti-Feminist?

Image from Amazon.com A few months ago, I read a book that turned my hippie-granola mothering view on its head.  “The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women,” written by Elisabeth Badinter, a French feminist writer and philosopher, argues that a “natural” approach to motherhood is costly to women’s’ equality.  She includes natural […]

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Interview with Erin Weed

Erin Weed founded Girls Fight Back after her close friend was murdered in 2001. Since then, GFB has taught women from the U.S. to Pakistan how to defend themselves. Check out GirlsFightBack.com for more info. Q. Why do you do what you do? A. Shannon was murdered in June. I was temping near the World […]

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The Message You’re Sending

Living in Portland you have to know the name James Chasse. You must know that police tackled Chasse, who was a paranoid-schizophrenic, in front of restaurants in the Pearl District. You must have heard that the three police officers involved alleged that Chasse was urinating when they went to approach him, while many eye witnesses […]

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Feminists Don’t Come

“At the heart of every finished novel is a passion, a fetish, a vendetta so strong the writer simply cannot let it die,” the presenter at the Fooling Around with Words conference said, gesticulating wildly. He lifted up his own book. “Do you know what single thought fueled this book? F_ _ _ you 8th […]

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Blurred Lines

This 4th of July, after eating a good amount of brisket and rosé and layer cake, I felt too full to write but awake enough to click through vapid entertainment news headlines. These Hollywood stories have largely devolved into something even dumber than stories on the rich and beautiful—re-posting famous Tweets. The Tweet gaining traction […]

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Collective Response: DOMA Overturned

In 1996, under re-election pressure, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act, a U.S. federal law that allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages granted under the laws of other states. After numerous appeals were brought against the law over the following years, it wasn’t until Wednesday, June 26th 2013 […]

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Texaco

The 19 year old boy at the Texaco service station Balances and rotates my tires Well after 4 and nearly 5, happily, despite the hour and the slightest frown from the cashier. And I follow him, ducking in and out of the garage, moving aside when he brings out the jacks and lifts and lines […]

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