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“Control for smilers can’t be bought The solar garlic starts to rot Was it for this my life I sought? Maybe so and maybe not.” -Anastasio/Marshall Trey Anastasio impressed a lot of Jerry Garcia fans this summer with his well conceived and expertly delivered work as lead guitar player in “Fare Thee Well,” a tribute […]

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Earlier this month Nike announced the start of a succession planning process that will conclude in the appointment of the company’s next Chairman. Enigmatic Phil Knight, Oregon’s only billionaire, will relinquish his powerful Chairman role. At the same time, his son Travis ascends to a seat on the company’s board of directors. The Oregonian’s editorial […]

Last Saturday, Restore Oregon hosted a tour of six homes in Lake Oswego and SW Portland, all designed by noted Portland architect Van Evera Bailey (1903-1980). Brian Libby of Portland Architecture argues, “if Northwest midcentury-modern houses are arguably the most significant and unique contribution that Portland has contributed to world architecture, then Bailey not only […]

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The remaining members of Grateful Dead are playing five “Fare Thee Well” shows this summer. According to a statement from the band, it will be the last time the four remaining members play on stage together. Naturally, such an announcement created a sense of scarcity and scarcity lends itself to various forms of exploitation, particularly […]

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President Obama’s speech in Selma, Alabama on Saturday—commemorating the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”—was a major moment in his presidency, and a reminder to all how far we have come as a nation in 50 years. The context and setting of the speech helped to amplify the power of the President’s words, which ring poetic […]

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“Information without context strikes the mind but peters out before the heart.” -Sarah Smarsh Creative nonfiction is a form I find myself increasingly drawn to. In the hands of a great essayist, we see a real writer struggle with real life. Sarah Smarsh, for instance. She is a Kansas-born journalist, public speaker and educator, and […]

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Eminent domain seems unfair and un-American. Particularly, when called upon by a Canadian multi-national oil company to wrestle a rag tag group of ranchers for the last bit of right-of-way for its heinous oil snake pipeline. According to The Guardian, by law, TransCanada can use the courts to force Nebraska landowners to sell access to […]

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One of the things I enjoy most about digital culture is the ability to listen to community radio stations around the country. It is something I do each day, and each day I find it as enriching as the last. We become the media we consume. For your own sake and the sake of the […]

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“What do you do?” It’s the age-old question that is always lurking, waiting to be asked at the next industry conference, cocktail party, and/or random encounter on an airplane. In one way, the question is innocent and a genuine attempt to understand more about you. On the other hand, it’s a moment of truth where […]

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Place impacts people in a deep way. It creates culture, which explains why I am forever fascinated with the things that make up place—things like geography, local customs, food and beverage, music, art and so on. Here’s a run down of the places (other than home) where I was fortunate to spend at least one […]

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I met Faris Yakob of Genius Steals at a conference hosted by Henry Jenkins at MIT a number of years ago. I recall being pleased that he was familiar with AdPulp. And it was fun to rap with someone I’d only known from afar at the time. This morning, I learned that Faris wrote an […]

Journalists are under siege today. In many countries around the world, journalists risk and sometimes lose their lives in the line of duty. Here at home, the threat isn’t violence against their person, but a failure of the business model that for decades supported them rather handsomely. The number of full-time U.S. daily newspaper journalists […]

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“People love to talk. They love to slander you if you have any substance.” -Mattie Ross Mike Kline, my friend since freshman year at F&M, was in Portland with his family last August. Over Italian food and later over coffee at Albina Press, we spoke of President Obama’s performance in the White House, Portland’s strange […]

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On Nov. 4, Oregon voters will decide the fate of Measure 92, which would make the state one of the few in the country to require labeling of GMO foods. Opponents of the measure, mainly food manufacturers and chemical companies, have pumped more than $7 million into the No on 92 Coalition effort. If you […]

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“I got so I simply gagged every time I sat before my desk to write an ad.” -Hart Crane I smile when “real writers” criticize their time making advertising. There’s a nostalgic quality to the criticism that lessens its impact and renders it charming. What makes me gag is the media garbage train, which includes […]

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Jerry Garcia was born 72 years ago this week. Garcia brought millions of people together—people who are now married, or best friends or co-workers, and he introduced even more people to a life of beauty and music. In order to “Keep on Shinin’,” (as Jerry would have us do) let’s take a few moments to […]

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“I spent the night in Utah in a cave up in the hills.” -Robert Hunter Last week, we celebrated David Keller’s life at gatherings in Rockville, Utah and again in Salt Lake City. Anne Decker, a close friend of David’s mom, Big J., made a touching speech last Wednesday night in Mill Creek Canyon. I […]

“Priority one for me has always been ensuring American jobs and employers see the full benefits of the natural gas renaissance.” -Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Energy is often produced in rural areas for the benefit of urban dwellers, who sometimes live and work hundreds or even thousands of miles away from the source. Meanwhile, citizens […]