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Nov 16, 2014

On Motivations, and Honesty With Self

The other day I was headed into a conversation with a friend, when I caught myself getting excited about one particular thing we might be talking about: drama involving other people. Basically, this friend of mine is involved in a situation which I have avoided because of its high potential for drama, but then I […]

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Jam on Hawthorne
Nov 15, 2014

Portland Breakfast: Jam on Hawthorne Grows Up

t’s been a while since I’ve been to Jam on Hawthorne, which over the years has grown into one of the more popular Portland breakfast places. I remembered it, from when I was researching the first edition of Breakfast in Bridgetown, as a cute little place with homemade jams and awesome lemon-ricotta pancakes. But the truth […]

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Overreaction? Sure. Doesn't mean it's uncommon.
Nov 09, 2014

Thoughts On Catastrophizing

One of the amazing things about how my mind works, or doesn’t, is its ability to catastrophize. I don’t know how common that word is outside of recovery circles, so I’ll explain briefly. This month I had a $150 expense which I forgot to account for, so a couple days ago when I thought I […]

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Nov 03, 2014

A Defining Portland Brunch: The Screen Door

olks have often said that in Portland, we don’t go to church, we go to brunch. And if, indeed, the Portland brunch scene is a religious one, then the Screen Door has to be considered one of the holy of holies. This past weekend, the Breakfast Crew and I went to worship. But it started […]

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Loftus Road Stadium in West London, home of Queens Park Rangers.
Nov 02, 2014

Watching English Soccer: Queens Park Rangers

One of the most amazing things about seeing soccer in England is that stadiums which host top-flight players in one of the world’s greatest leagues are often right in the middle of some residential neighborhood — and the fans are right on top of the pitch. Nowhere is this more in evidence than at Loftus […]

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Montefiorale, a typical rest stop on a Tuscan hike.
Nov 02, 2014

My 8 Favorite Places in Tuscany

Every year, I lead a hiking and touring trip to Tuscany, which I like to call “Trails and Tables of Tuscany.” It’s a fantastic mix of walking through the countryside, hiking in the hills, visiting cultural sights, and of course … eating. Here’s a link to the 2015 trip. If you want to know more about […]

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Oct 31, 2014

18 Years a Portlander: A Little Roadtrip Reminiscing

This particular Halloween, I find myself in London, enjoying a pause in the middle of another soccer run — this time seeing nine games in 13 nights. But on this day 18 years ago, I arrived in my new hometown of Portland, Oregon. I will never forget it being Halloween, since I walked out of the Greyhound […]

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Adorable Sweedeedee -- screen door and all.
Oct 29, 2014

Brunch at Sweedeedee: Great Food, but ….

ast weekend I had a chance to eat brunch at Sweedeedee, in North Portland. It’s an insanely cute little place, and I had heard many good things about the food. Jen Stevenson, of Under the Table with Jen, said something like “favorite place ever.” But I (in fact, we) have a serious reservation about the […]

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Watching a soccer game at Burnley FC is a trip back in time.
Oct 28, 2014

Watching a Match at Burnley FC: A Trip Back in Time

The first thing I heard about watching a game at Burnley FC was from a Sunderland fan – and it wasn’t completely positive. I had just told her, during a game at The Stadium of Light, that I like the old grounds, such as Everton’s Goodison Park, and she said, “Yeah, that’s like going back […]

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Oct 27, 2014

English Soccer Tour: Game Day in Sunderland

My English soccer tour has always been mostly about people. There are the people I meet, of course, and the people who read the stuff I write. Ultimately, there will be people reading the book and having their own experiences – maybe even coming on tours with me. My relationship with Sunderland has always been […]

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