Category Archives: Portland

ECLIPSE

  I watched the eclipse. In Portland, Oregon and thereabouts, everyone did. On August 21, 2017, every local soul was outside with their eclipse glasses on, staring at the sun. It was cool, amazing, wonderful, surprising, and phenomenal, all rolled … Continue reading

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BODY MIND… SOUL

            The body is pain, The mind is fear, The soul is God. Painless, fearless God.   In my vision, my soul was made of water. It’s shape was vague; rainbow colors striped both arms … Continue reading

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A CHEER FOR STUMPTOWN LIT WRITERS FAIR

Does Wordstock intimidate you? Does the Willamette Writers Conference leave you quaking in your Nikes? Many people enjoy that sort of sensation overload, and I admit it; I do, too. I annually attend the largest Star Trek convention in the … Continue reading

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33: LUX – ONE YEAR LATER

A year ago today I met Lux. Though I knew it was an important meeting, I had no idea at the time how defining that moment would be for me. Not being clairvoyant, I knew nothing of the bonding, the … Continue reading

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31: LUX – THE FINAL UPDATE

How many strikes does it take till you’re out? In baseball and drunk driving, the number is 3. Luckily we are dealing with a cat – a living feeling sentient being – so there is no limit. The story continues. … Continue reading

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30: LUX – BACK HOME BUT NOT FOR LONG, October 2014

 After a substantial period of balancing Lux’s medications and working closely with him to make sure he was socially well-adjusted, his medical team proclaimed him ready to discharge into a home. Jim and I made the drive to pick up … Continue reading

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28: LUX – TRAVELING CAT, Summer, 2014

Lux’s room was ready and we said our farewells. No more visits at the boarding facility, those sweet sad moments together where, cat-like, he mostly ignored me, preferring to sniff corners, jump on chairs, and try to chew the plastic … Continue reading

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27: LUX – THUNDERSHIRT

    With Lux gone, the house felt emptier than ever. In March, we had lost our old cat, Dirty Harry, to kidney disease. Harry was the best, the smartest, the sassiest, the sweetest cat on this earth. Though our … Continue reading

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26: LUX – PING-PONG, MAY INTO JUNE, 2014

      Lux must have felt like a ping pong ball bouncing back and forth between my house and boarding. All this to a cat who, before a few months ago, had never left home. Now that home was … Continue reading

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25: LUX – BAD VIBRATIONS, MAY 15, 2014

Lux had been back for only 2 days when he had the outburst. I was in the kitchen and luckily had a cardboard barrier nearby. He ran right up to me and began to growl. I placed the barrier in … Continue reading

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