Tag Archives: Portland

Oregonian Layoffs

Last week, we learned the Oregonian, our newspaper here in Portland, is going to quit daily delivery service. I’ve been a subscriber since 2001. I felt so adult when the first one arrived on my doorstep at the tiny white … Continue reading

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Wordstock Day 1: Kim Barnes and Pauls Toutonghi

It was so great to see many, many authors and readers wandering around the Oregon Convention Center today. I spent a lot of time at the Espresso Book Machine booth, and then wandering around the booths, chatting with other exhibitors. … Continue reading

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Stealing Hydrangeas

More than five years ago, a man came to the door asking if he could cut some of our giant hydrangea blooms. We said yes, as long as he didn’t take them all, because we were enjoying them. The first … Continue reading

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It’s a Parade!

One of my favorite family traditions is going to the Grand Floral Parade each June in Portland, Oregon. Here are a few photos from Saturday, taken with our point-and-shoot because I didn’t want to lug my big camera downtown with … Continue reading

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First Snowfall

We’ve had a few days of wintry weather here in Portland, including a lovely, swirling blizzard-like snowfall Tuesday night. The next morning, though, we woke up to slush and rain. My husband and I talked about that little-kid feeling of … Continue reading

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Some Summer Snapshots: Why I Love Portland

Preschool begins Monday, so it seems like the perfect time to look back at the past few months. Rainy, gray days here in Portland, Oregon, eventually turned into a beautiful summer. Since June, I have posted ten Seven Questions interviews, … Continue reading

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Aerial Portland

Portland, Oregon, inaugurated two space-age looking trams back in 2007. Yesterday, on yet another gray summer morning, my friend and I took our kiddos for their first ride. As I’m complaining about the weather while many states are suffering from … Continue reading

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Portland Writing News That Makes Me Happy

Scott Sparling’s debut novel, WIRE TO WIRE, is racking up more wonderful reviews, including this piece touting its thrills and dark humor in Sunday’s Oregonian. That adds to the novel’s other excellent publicity, including raves from Kirkus, Playboy and a starred … Continue reading

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Interview: Author Michael Gettel-Gilmartin on Middle-Grade Fiction, Writing Habits and Successful Blogging Techniques

I’m pleased to feature middle-grade author Michael Gettel-Gilmartin today on Seven Questions, my interview series that features writers and other creative professionals. While Michael and I are neighbors here in Portland, Oregon, and we have a friend in common, we … Continue reading

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A Wonderful Local Writing Resource

I moved to Portland, Oregon, in September 2001, sight unseen, because I had heard about the city’s excellent coffee, independent bookstores and craft brewpubs. I also hoped to connect with other writers. Within the first few months, I discovered a … Continue reading

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