Category Archives: News

Meet the Author: Jessica Vealitzek talks up her new book, how to write a novel as SAHM and getting published

Tuesday is the big day! It’s the big launch of my friend’s first novel, “The Rooms Are Filled.” It’s a touching story of a young boy who was forced to leave his family farm after his father suddenly dies and … Continue reading

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Braving the ice, wind and snow for the Portland Auto Show

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love cars. This weekend we decided to fight the elements of snow, wind and rain and hit up Portland’s Auto Show. We’d been planning to go to the auto show with another family … Continue reading

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Ruffling a Few Feathers About The Lack of School Funding

We all believe that children are our future. We all feel like education is important. And yet our schools are terribly underfunded. I’m not in the business of getting into a back-and-forth about school funding formulas, Common Core standards, tax … Continue reading

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Former Portland mayoral candidate talks about hitting woman in college

Portlanders at a storytelling event last night got quite the surprise when former mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith took the stage and told a story about the time in college when he hit a woman at a party. Smith, who lost … Continue reading

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The First Indian Miss America, racism and the bigot next door

When Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America, there was a nasty backlash online. People didn’t like that she was the first woman of Indian descent to win the crown. They told her: It’s America, not India and called her a … Continue reading

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Honoring Sept. 11 Through Teaching Our Kids, Each Other

It’s Sept. 11, 2013. Twelve years. A lot happens in 12 years. A whole generation has come and for many 9/11 is a day of tributes on TV, a discussion in the classroom or simply black white words on the … Continue reading

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#SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen: Twitter reflects feminism’s problem with race

Did you guys catch the Twitterstorm that was #solidarityisforwhitewomen? If not, it’s still out there, read it. I was checking out my Twitterstream on Tuesday and first noticed it from @AngryBlackLady, who often has quite a few good gems. Naturally, … Continue reading

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How can I protect my son from becoming another Trayvon Martin?

Trayvon Martin. A name forever etched in the annals of America’s complex relationship with race. We all know the story. A 17-year-old armed with only a bag of Skittles, a hoodie and mocha skin is followed by a neighborhood watch … Continue reading

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Peet’s Coffee Wants To Know What You Give A Cup About: Listen to one mom’s story

What do you care about? What I mean is, what gets your heart thumpin’? Is it soccer? Women’s rights? Same-sex marriage? Money? Coffee? This post is sponsored by Peet’s Coffee & Tea, which is conducting what it calls the first … Continue reading

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The Jackie Robinson movie and a case of deja vu when it comes to change in America

Sitting there with fingers buttery from the popcorn, I watched the new Jackie Robinson movie, “42,” and it struck me how many parallels his rise to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers mirrored Barack Obama’s rise to the White House. We … Continue reading

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