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Watching Soccer in England – When to Go

What's the best time to go watch soccer in England? As I sit here planning my trips to watch soccer in England during the upcoming season, I find myself thinking there are two ways to approach this thing. One way is to say, “When can I go, and what games will be happening while I’m there?”...

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Portland Heritage Tree #1 – American Elm, Downtown

Sometimes a tree is impressive for what it looks like. Other times, for why it’s there, or who put it there. Still other times, for where it is. In the case of Portland Heritage Tree No. 1, all of these things apply. Wonderfully framed in a urban courtyard, a curvy pillar of nature’s beauty...

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(Re)Finding Recovery on the Road

Every now and then I get tired of 12 Step World. It might be depression getting to me, or laziness, or more often I start putting personalities ahead of principles. “I don’t want to go to that meeting, because I’m tired of those people.” A good way to stop going to meetings for a while, or longer. Problem...

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2014 FA Cup Road Trip: Fulham at Sheffield United

I have two general rules for watching English football in person: 1, Don’t sit with the away fans unless you’re one of them, and 2, To really see what it’s about, get yourself to a proper FA Cup tie. Good news for me: I did both at the same time. Bad news for me: I went to Sheffield United to see Fulham...

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Portland Heritage Tree #179: The Corbett Oak

First there was a wilderness, although the people living here wouldn’t have called it that. They called the big river Multnomah, and they would have lived, hunted, and gathered here for many centuries. There would have been many trees here, and what we now call the oak tree would have been particularly...

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Recovery Share: Getting a Better Map

I’ve been reading this book called The Spirituality of Imperfection, and after a long, mildly annoying Part 1, it immediately gave me a great insight at the start of Part 2. (Recovery lesson: don’t quit before the miracle!) The insight came in the form of an analogy, which I will paraphrase and re-state...

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Family-Friendly Columbia Gorge Hikes: Wachlella Falls

If you're looking for a kid- and family-friendly hike in the Columbia River Gorge, look no farther than Wachlella Falls. It isn't just that the falls itself is beautiful; the trail is also easy to reach, easy to hike, and potentially not too crowded -- if you can get an early start. I snuck out on a Thursday...

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A Step 3 Prayer

Higher Power, … Grant me honesty, courage, humility, and serenity, to face that which keeps me from you and others. -- Life With Hope, p. 13 I once spent hours going through this prayer with my sponsor. What strikes me about it is that we don’t ask our Higher Power to keep us sober, or to make...

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Some More Terms to Know While Watching English Soccer

As I watch English soccer games on TV and in person, I am constantly taking note of words and expressions that I don’t hear anywhere else – phrases that you might wonder about, if you didn’t think about this stuff as much as I do. I am writing a book about the game, and one of the things I will...

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Portland Heritage Tree #3 – Tulip Tree, NE Weidler Ave.

I love asking people if they know about the Portland Heritage Trees. Usually they say no, and then I ask if they have ever seen a really cool tree with a plaque on it. And then they usually say yes. "That's a Heritage Tree," I tell them. Or sometimes I'll just ask them about a particular tree,...

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