Inspiration

10 Things I Learned from Reading Romance Novels

From the very first lines of the very first romance novel I ever read in 1977 (Shanna, by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss), I was hooked: “Night gripped the city with cold, misty darkness… The miserable night masked the passage of a carriage that careened through the narrow streets as if it fled from some terrible disaster.” […]

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10 Small Steps to Making the World a Better Place

by guest blogger Gene Baur, activist, president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary, and author of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life Close your eyes and imagine this: You step out of your daily life and into a favorite storybook. You’re back with “The Farmer in the Dell,” standing in a beautiful green pasture. All around you roam the […]

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Björk at the MoMA—Music as Art

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows I’m a music lover. But Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk holds a special place in my heart—admittedly a place I’d forgotten about for a while until recently viewing her “show” at the MoMA (showing through June 7). I really wanted to go the Björk sound and video installation because while […]

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Happy Earth Day! And Happy #EarthGratitude Wave!

Since 1970, Earth has had one special day a year when we take a moment and really think about our planet—through demonstrations, fundraisers, volunteering, river cleanups, and other means of generally bringing our environment front and center. It was Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, who came up with the idea of creating a “national […]

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50 Things I’m Grateful for about the Earth—An #EarthGratitude List

1. Those little weeds that pop up in the cracks of the sidewalk that, even though annoying to pick, show us just how resilient and powerful nature is. 2. A crystal-clear turquoise sea with warm sun shining. Heaven! 3. That scent at the beach. Any beach. 4. The feel of lying on warm sand on […]

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Portland in Perspective: 6 Real and 4 Bogus Clichés

by Mark Remy, writer, runner, and creator of Remy’s World I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon, for about a year now. As a result, I consider myself the world’s foremost authority on Portland, Oregon. OK, maybe not. But since moving here from Pennsylvania last summer, I think I do have a pretty good perspective on our […]

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50 Crazy-Wonderful Things about the Earth (and Its Creatures) to Be Grateful for!

I know, everyone is busy. But stop for a few minutes and consider just how amazing and magical our planet really is. This is an especially good time to consider the crazy-wonderfulness of Earth, with Earth Day and the Earth Gratitude Wave both on the 22nd. It’s never too early to feel grateful, which is […]

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The Infinite Power of Gratitude

Gratitude is the ultimate renewable energy—it’s free to give, and by giving it, you often receive more in return. If only everything were that easy! But the truth is, it is easy to feel grateful, and the benefits are wonderful. Expressing gratitude (even if it’s in the quiet of your own heart) has been found […]

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