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Farewell November...

as the last leaf falls to the ground...I write this on a day of THANKS. As we usher another holiday out so too we say farewell thee November. Just the other day I admired all the lonely leaves left on trees that are about to land on the ground. Don't get me wrong, we've had an amazing display of autumn foliage yet so…See More
Oct 5, 2016
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Carpe Libre....seize the FREE....in YOUR neighorhood.

Little Free Library - Beaumont - Wilshire neighborhood - Fremont StreetIt's fair to say that the "LITTLEST" of things make me happy, both in concept and size. As such and because I walk to/from EVERYWHERE in the neighborhoods that I caretake in, I am…See More
Mar 20, 2014
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The calm before the BLOOM.....let's do this thing called SPRING hey!!

Tom McCall Waterfront Park - photo taken March "2013"I should preface by saying that YES, I snapped these photos in "2013"...alas, I hang my head in shame as I've had writer's block this ENTIRE week (I blame the nice weather, AHEM) hence being desperate about something to write about. Instead I will lament on the potentiality…See More
Mar 14, 2014
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It's MARCH and food month is upon us!

*photo from Portland's Dining Month*FOOD.I think it might be one of my most favorite topics to discuss. Good food, fancy food, fresh food, local food.With March comes Spring but also too comes…See More
Mar 6, 2014
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Bridgetown Series: St Johns Bridge

2013 A rare photo I captured SANS traffic...not an easy task.The St. Johns BridgeThe second bridge in my Bridgetown Series. Alas, it is also my FAVORITE (not just me) bridge in Portland. I thought I would save it till last in the series but I just couldn't help writing about it sooner. PLEASE hang in there…See More
Mar 1, 2014
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Words on Woodstock...

"Southeast Portland"aka "SE" PortlandFrom time to time I am asked why I always state my 'compass location' so to speak. While I don't give you precise coordinates to my EXACT location as I go from client sit to client sit....a mobile nomad must have some anonymity as I might be care taking for local celebrities at times...true story!!Admittedly, Portland is such where one needs to be very specific of location. I am not making this up people. I was a fast study when I first moved here and…See More
Feb 21, 2014
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Feb 15, 2014
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Portland vs Seattle....the other Pacific Northwest (?)

"Portland is Happening Now" train car in 'Seattle'Right then, I just spent an entire week in Seattle this past week. And WOW Portland...that was one SNOWY and FRIGID welcome back. I guess I should have had the Seattle sun…See More
Feb 8, 2014
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Hood River Happiness...

Happiness:hap·pi·nessˈhapēnis/nounnoun: happiness; plural noun: happinesses                                                            1.the state of being happy."she struggled to find happiness in her life"I'll try to make this short yet sweet.....so then, I just spent a week in Hood River...just about a 1.5 hour drive east of Portland off of 84. And WOW, I had no idea how calm, laid-back, kind, peaceful and just plain HAPPY this little pocket of the Pacific Northwest is. I had only been as…See More
Jan 31, 2014
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Historic Hwy 30 in the Columbia River Gorge

Historic Columbia River Highway: let me share this amazing historic stretch of road with you...While I'm sure most Oregonians have heard of it AND many tourists for that matter too...it is a piece of Oregon history that is very close to my heart. I visited this stretch of highway over thirteen years ago, have gone…See More
Jan 25, 2014
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Newsworthy Notes from Newport

What a treat to have been invited to the Oregon Coast this past week. And not just for a day trip....for FIVE FULL days. I am a VERY lucky girl and VERY grateful. As we all know, going to the Oregon Coast is respite and renewal for me. And what better way to research the area even more and make it newsworthy enough for an…See More
Jan 17, 2014
Rachel Carlson commented on Rachel Carlson's blog post Bridgetown Series: connecting the city once more....
"Thank YOU Angela!!"
Jan 11, 2014
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Jan 10, 2014
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Jan 10, 2014
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Taking Flight in 2014

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Jan 4, 2014
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Taking Flight in 2014

"GREAT photo--congrats on making photo of the week!"
Jan 4, 2014

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Which Portland neighborhood do you call home? Or, are you Moving to Portland?
Varied.
About Me:
Mobile nomad with no permanent address. I am a professional care taker, pet/house sitter, dog walker and chicken wrangler. I'm not a real detective but I play one on TV. Writer, reader, researcher and photographer.
What do you love about Portland?
The OUTDOORS, trails, parks and peaks. The arts districts, eco-friendly, sustainable and community vibe, food/drink and the weather.
My music:
Mixed genre, folk, jazz. Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams, Bob Schneider, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Mumford & Sons, Billy Harvey. LOCAL musicians.
What's your favorite Portland neighborhood and why?
This is a hard one as I have been very fortunate to experience many amazing neighborhoods since moving here almost three years ago. My top favs so far: NW Alphabet District and NE Mississippi District.
Favorite quote:
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion."
— Henry David Thoreau

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Carpe Libre....seize the FREE....in YOUR neighorhood.

Little Free Library - Beaumont - Wilshire neighborhood - Fremont Street

It's fair to say that the "LITTLEST" of things make me happy, both in…

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Posted on March 20, 2014 at 11:00am

The calm before the BLOOM.....let's do this thing called SPRING hey!!

Tom McCall Waterfront Park - photo taken March "2013"

I should preface by saying that YES, I snapped these photos in "2013"...alas, I hang my head in shame as I've had writer's block this ENTIRE week (I blame the…

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Posted on March 13, 2014 at 2:24pm

Bridgetown Series: St Johns Bridge

2013 A rare photo I captured SANS traffic...not an easy task.

The St. Johns Bridge

The second…

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Posted on February 28, 2014 at 11:59am

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Taste of Parkrose 2017 at Rossi Farms

June 24, 2017 from 10am to 4pm
Join us in celebrating the food and culture in Historic Parkrose at our 4th Annual Taste of Parkrose Eggfest sponsored by Parkrose Hardware, Portland Development Commission and Gateway Brewing!NEW THIS YEAR:Win a $500 SHOPPING SPREE AT Parkrose Hardware AND MORE by joining the Big…See More
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Artistic Portland First Thursday Gallery Art Walk - May 4, 4-6pm at Artistic Portland

May 4, 2017 from 4pm to 6pm
Visitors are invited to meet the artists, view the latest creations and express their creativity by painting a bowl for charity (2-6 pm). All supplies will be provided by the art co-op. After glazing and firing the bowls will be available for $10 and all proceeds benefit Sisters of the Road nonprofit Cafe in Old Town.There will be music, refreshments and House Spirits Distillery will provide spirits for tasting and purchase. Their specialties include, among others, Westward Oregon Straight Malt…See More
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Easter Games for Grown Ups at Portland Center Stage at The Armory

April 16, 2017 from 12pm to 1:30pm
Here’s your chance to explore the historic 125-year-old Armory and win prizes! Pick up a scavenger hunt form in the lobby between the hours of 12 and 1:30 p.m., fill it out at your own pace and turn it back in for a mystery prize egg. Everyone who completes the scavenger hunt will receive one egg containing a mystery prize. If all the answers on your form are correct, you’ll receive two mystery eggs (two prizes!). Prices can include, an overnight stay at the new AC Hotel, unlimited ride…See More
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Lauren Weedman Doesn't Live Here Anymore at Portland Center Stage at The Armory

March 17, 2017 at 7:30pm to April 30, 2017 at 2pm
A World Premiere! What do you do when your heart is broken? When your world seems to be falling apart, one frustration at a time. Grab a guitar, hitch up your jeans, and sing about it! From the star of HBO’s Looking and The People’s Republic of Portland at The Armory, Lauren Weedman (and her alter ego Tami Lisa) are ready to take you on a journey of heartbreak, laughter and fresh starts. Lauren will be joined by a band of fine musicians; and we’re pretty sure her hair will be bigger than ever.See More
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Wild and Reckless at Portland Center Stage at The Armory

March 16, 2017 at 7:30pm to April 30, 2017 at 2pm
A World Premiere! Blitzen Trapper mined their lyrical storytelling and Oregonian roots to create a story for the stage that fuses the energy of a rock concert with the imaginative possibility of the theater. Wild and Reckless traces the unforgettable tale of two kids on the run, in a futuristic vision of Portland’s past. Evoking a bygone era of Portland, this sci-fi love story features a rock-and-roll score that pairs unreleased songs with favorites from the band’s catalog, including “Black…See More
Mar 28
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Tell Me the Truth About Love at The Portland Ballet

April 29, 2017 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
The Portland Ballet presents an intimate evening of cabaret love songs with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Eklund and pianist Sandra Hyslop. The benefit, “Tell Me the Truth About Love,” will feature the beloved music of Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, Francis Poulenc, Érik Satie, and more. Funds raised go towards finishing off TPB's Studio Theatre, located in Hillsdale. Only 102 tickets available, which include desserts and drinks. Visit theportlandballet.org for more information!See More
Mar 28
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Óye Oyá at Milagro Theatre

April 27, 2017 at 7:30pm to May 27, 2017 at 7:30pm
World Premiere - Spanish LanguageBook by Rebecca Martinez, based on a treatment by Rodolfo Ortega, Music and Lyrics by Rodolfo Ortega, Directed by Estefanía FadulApril 27 - May 27, 2017Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2 PMABOUT THE PLAYAn original Spanish language musical inspired by the Cuban zarzuela and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. This musical is a journey of love, the power of compassion and forgiveness, and finding home. This musical promises to be the biggest production ever seen…See More
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Gathering of the Guilds & Ceramic Showcase at Oregon Convention Center

April 21, 2017 at 10am to April 23, 2017 at 5pm
Gathering of the Guilds and the Ceramic Showcase More than 300 Northwest artists will be showcasing their work in beads, ceramics, fibers, glass, metals and wood at the 2017 Gathering of the Guilds featuring the Oregon Potters Association’s Ceramic Showcase. Whether you're shopping for mother's day gifts or looking to commission custom furniture or find the perfect home decor items, this is the place to come! Artists include members of Creative Metal Arts Guild, Guild of Oregon Woodworkers,…See More
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