Month: May 2014

What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

By Phil Chou Dirty Hands Brewery Now that we’ve been open for 6 months, it’s time for some reflection. Number one; please accept my apologies for being a slack blogger. Many other tasks always seemed to push blogging down the priority list. That said, it’s been quite a journey! Many adventures were experienced in all […]

Crazy Chicken Lady

Last Spring we brought home fifteen chicks from the feed store. It was our first time owning chickens, and we didn’t even have our coop built yet. The coop went up as the chicks grew out of their box in our spare room, then grew out of the brooder box in our garage, then when […]


One nice thing about BLOGS is that you can “publish” what’s been “rejected.” I have a cabinet full of such material. Here’s a piece from 1996, but who knows if the monument is still there: I went to the “Groovy Grand Opening” of Ontario Mills Mall in Southern California last week. The Inland Empire Bulletin […]

May animal community talks

Join the Animal Community Talks at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24: ‘Training Methods: No Two Trainers Are Exactly Alike’ by Mary Majchrowski of Bravo Dog Training ‘Desensitization and Counterconditioning: The Details Make All the Difference!’ by Dr. Christopher Pachel of the Animal Behavior Clinic This event is geared to those who work or volunteer in the animal field. RSVP here. […]

Strange orb reported over Vancouver Lake

Carey Hicks was standing in his driveway in Fruit Valley last night when he saw something odd and scary streak through the sky. It was a helicopter chasing a small craft, possibly an orb, that was highly maneuverable, he said. “It was a smaller craft with a large military helicopter following it,” Hicks said. “It […]

Try And Make Workouts Controlled Chaos

Whenever I have the opportunity to speak to groups on fitness, audience members are usually well-armed with pen and pencil. Like any subject that has an academic side, success is derived by deconstructing complicated information in a way that makes the subject easy to understand and easy to remember. To that end, my thoughts of […]

Allie Long gets 1st senior Cap

Portland Thorns midfielder Allie Long had played for the US National teams at both U17 and U20, but her only call up to the senior Women’s National Team ended in injury prior to getting a game. This week Long’s  career dream was realized Thursday night in Winnipeg, when she came on for the US for […]

Thorns move kickoff to 4pm

  Today’s kickoff has been moved to 4pm to avoid a conflict with the Trail Blazers playoff game against San Antonio which is also in Portland this evening. The Thorns will be hosting 1st place Seattle Reign who have maintained a 100% record so far this season with 5 consecutive wins to start the season. […]


It’s no secret our household is crazy {like, really crazy} about the Portland Trailblazers. In fact, we’ve only missed one game this season. We were staying in Government Camp and apparently Comcast isn’t very popular on Mt. Hood. We know because we called every restaurant in town to see if the game was playing. It […]


I once was a child who sat in the dining room, looking at my mom through tear filled eyes, proclaiming, “I don’t want to eat the stuffed pepper! It’s gross!!” I’ve come a long way since then. Creating a stuffed pepper recipe that binds together the sweet and savory flavors of Moroccan cuisine hopefully offers […]

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