Burgwin, my boss at Multnomah County Animal Control in the ’70’s, was determined to find a way to break up the pattern of patrolling and answering complaints that wasn’t making things get better. So one day he decided we should “accentuate the positive.” Reward the good instead of ticketing the…

I have the hardest time struggling with middle class philosophy — not so much outside me as hijacking my inner life.

In high school: You must be superior, get good grades, high test scores. I did those things. I was saved by dramatics.

In college: Prepare for making money. I…

She had been left behind at the home camp while the rest of the family went off on an exploratory trip in a direction they hadn’t taken before. Their pattern was a hub with spokes, some of them well-known and used and others that had never really been explored. She…

”Money is an economic unit that functions as a generally recognized medium of exchange for transactional purposes in an economy. … Money originates in the form of a commodity, having a physical property to be adopted by market participants as a medium of exchange.”

Now that we’ve established (I hope)…

Thinking and reading too much to write for a few days. I’m trying to get a basic grasp of things that basically don’t exist: money, religion, identity, structures — the usual.

Unnaturally warm these few weeks. Last time this happened was in the Fifties and was accompanied by extreme cold. I’m wary. And thinking. My heat comes from piped gas, electrical space heaters. electric mattress heaters, pet warmers, and emergency camping heater. This old house is not well-insulated. Should I have a wood stove installed in the house? I have one in the garage. It can’t be properly used in the house.

Moose, Portland’s first Black chief, led the Portland Police Bureau from 1993 to 1999.

Charles Moose is sworn in as Portland’s first Black police chief in 1993. (WW archival photo)

By Nigel Jaquiss November 26, 2021 at 1:54 pm PST

Former Portland Police Bureau Chief Charles Moose has died at age 68.

Moose’s wife, Sandy, reported her husband’s death Thanskgiving night, telling friends on…

Let’s see how it works exactly to bribe a senator. We don’t take Sinnema as an example because that would be redundant. Instead let’s talk about Senator Gladys. She has been approached by a company that will give her a million dollars in “appreciation” and for her “re-election” and all…

Problems when thinking about our relationship to the earth.

1. The earth can be exhausted. Not from its point of view, but from ours. What do we do when we hit limits? Or when some of us see limits and others don’t? When one small limit here (computer chips) means…

Mary Strachan Scriver

Born in Portland when all was calm just before WWII. Educated formally at NU and U of Chicago Div School. Clergy for ten years. Always happy on high prairie.

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