Category Archives: Portland


1. Get my feature outlined today and written by the end of the day on Thursday.2. Get my photo column outlined today and written by the end of the day tomorrow.3. Go through submissions for my techniques column by the … Continue reading

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We've been a wee bit obsessed with all things winged here at the Jedi Temple Academy. The boys' fascination with World War I aircraft continues apace. Rhys is in D.C. with Grammy and whiled away several hours looking at the … Continue reading

Posted in Homeschool, Mini Activities, Parenting, Portland, Science, Things That Happened | 4 Comments

Music notes

I got an e-mail from a previously-unbeknownst-to-me person the other day who'd stumbled across the Pic-Dem via a comment I'd left at another blog: While scrolling down the page, I noticed the cover art of Mastodon’s Leviathan on display.  Can … Continue reading

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Hey, these guys went and usurped my life mission, darn them

The Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL), that is. They've even been to Portland, whacking errant uses of the possessive and correcting the too-frequent misspelling of "nonpareil" (a thoroughly nasty candy in its own right). And I didn't even know they … Continue reading

Posted in Grammar, Portland | 2 Comments

Baby steps, baby steps; or, when the Universe speaks, perhaps one ought to listen

So last night I was chillin’ at Mississippi Pizza Pub* with the fam, my friend Suzanne and her husband Howard. Suzanne is a writer, formerly a lawyer; a comic book and SF fan; and an all-around swell geeky kind of … Continue reading

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I put a spell on you

\Noc`ti*lu"cous\, a. Shining in the night. Also, coincidentally, the word I had to pronounce, spell aloud, then pronounce again to win the weekly Portland Spelling Bee at Mississippi Pizza Pub. We weren’t even planning on going, but Elizabeth invited us … Continue reading

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Happy Prohibition Repeal Day!

On December 5, 1933, after thirteen years of what Herbert Hoover called "the noble experiment," Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Prohibition Repeal Act. His signature officially ended the reign of the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which had … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Drink, History, Politics, Portland | 3 Comments