Month: September 2015

What are your big buts?

I’d love to, but…. People have reacted in different ways to my dream of spending two months in Paris. “Sixty days in Paris?” or “Seriously?” or “Wow.” Some have no comment or disinterest. But the most common, oft repeated reaction

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  • 30th Sep, 2015
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Bonjour 40!

A little over a year ago, I spent a day in downtown Portland, Oregon with a dear friend who used to work in the mayor’s office with me at the City of Beaverton. We were seeing a movie set in

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  • 22nd Sep, 2015
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On Civility.

A black 5-series BMW waits inches from the crosswalk, the driver’s impatience palpable. My daughter and I walk faster than we had been to cross the street, hyper-aware of the engine idling so close to our feet. Barely out the

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  • 16th Sep, 2015
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Success doesn’t strike. It accumulates.

When working on a novel a few years ago, every day that I wrote for four or more hours, I hung a ring of whimsical pink and green paper, gluing it as a link to the previous effort’s piece. That

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  • 9th Sep, 2015
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Sixty Days in Paris? Be still my heart.

When you travel in a 40-foot RV, as we have on and off for more than four or five years now, you can linger in a place. And two months of lingering seems to be just right for most places

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  • 3rd Sep, 2015
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