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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
Angela Higgins commented on Rachel Carlson's blog post Bridgetown Series: connecting the city once more....
"Love this incredible blog!"
Jan 10, 2014
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Jan 10, 2014
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Taking Flight in 2014

"Thank you Solange!"
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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Free Pre-Ballet Classes at The Portland Ballet

July 10, 2017 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
The Portland Ballet offers a series of FREE PRE-Ballet classes. The commitment-free, four-class series introduces young dancers, ages 6-9, to the fundamentals of ballet and helps them decide if ballet is right for them. Classes are held once a week at The Portland Ballet’s studio, 6250 SW Capitol Highway. The Portland Ballet welcomes all new dancers.The final class acts as a placement assessment for TPB's Curriculum Ballet program. Students must attend the full series (all four classes) but are…See More
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Glazing a Bowl at Artistic Portland’s First Thursday Gallery Art Walk—July 6, 2017, 4-6 p.m. at Artistic Portland

July 6, 2017 from 4pm to 6pm
Long sunny days in Portland suggest Fun in The Sun at Artistic Portland’s First Thursday Art Gallery Art Walk on July 6, 2017, between 4-6 pm.Visitors from near and far are invited to meet the artists, view their latest creations and express their own creativity by painting a bowl for charity (2-6 pm). All supplies will be provided by the art co-op. After firing, the bowls will be available for $10 with all proceeds going to nonprofit Sisters of the Road Cafe in Old Town Portland.Pianist, John…See More
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Festa Italiana Portland-26th at Pioneer Courthouse Square

August 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Festa Italiana Portland returns to Pioneer Courthouse Square, our Piazza.  Enjoy nonstop ITALIAN Food, Wine/Beer Garden, Vendors and this year molto Children's Activities.  A great way to enjoy a summer day in downtown Portland........Free!See Festa-italiana.org or our Facebook page.See More
Jun 1
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13th Annual ANLD Designers Garden Tour at Private Residence

June 17, 2017 from 10am to 4pm
Self-Guided Tour of 7 professionally-designed private gardens on Portland’s West Side, featuring garden design by Marcia Peck, columnist for the Oregonian’s Home and Garden section. Tour proceeds benefit Scholarships for Landscape Design Students at PCC and CCC. Addresses and directions included with ticket. Photos and garden stories at https://anld.com/garden-tour/.See More
May 29
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14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park at Creston Park

June 3, 2017 from 11am to 4:30pm
Practicing Peace, Embracing Community14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the ParkDharma Talk and Panel Discussion on the Theme WorkshopsActivities for ChildrenTabling by Buddhist CommunitiesBuddhist Peace Fellowship, Portland is proud to host the 14th Annual Buddhist Festival in the Park on Saturday, June 3, with the theme, Practicing Peace, Embracing Community.  Due to renovation of Colonel Summers Park, the festival will be at a new location this year, at Creston Park on Powell Blvd.Expressing…See More
May 25
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Juvenile Justice in Oregon: Turning Lives Around at Lakewood Community Center (Lower Level)

June 8, 2017 from 4pm to 6pm
Falling into Oregon’s Juvenile Justice System can change the life course of a young person who has been adjudicated for violating the law. If a youth is adjudicated, the Juvenile Justice System focuses on providing a safe and stable environment while holding youth accountable for their behavior; it also encourages them to finish school, learn skills, and live a productive, crime-free life after completing their probation or commitment to the Oregon Youth Authority. This program presents a…See More
May 19
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Artistic Portland’s First Thursday Gallery Art Walk - June 1, 2017, 4-6 p.m. at Artistic Portland

May 15, 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
Art co-operative Artistic Portland will welcome visitors to stop by for the First Thursday Art Gallery Art Walk on June 1, 2017, 4-6 pm.  Travelers from near and far are invited to meet the artists, view their latest creations and express their own 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, they will be available for $10 with all proceeds to nonprofit Sisters of the Road Cafe in Old Town…See More
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