By Viki Eierdam for The Columbian
January 2, 2015 6 a.m.
When Vancouver resident Leslie McMillan took early retirement after a rewarding career as a lobbyist with the pharmaceutical giant Merck, she knew she wanted to do something more "right-brained," and the Portland/Vancouver up-cycling concept caught her attention.
After her divorce, Trish Palin had about six weeks to move her belongings from a three-story house to a 500-square-foot trailer. She had accumulated lots of stuff over the years. Her packed-to-the-rafters house was emptied by 22 trucks from Goodwill and other charities.
The median sales price of U.S. single-family homes and condos in November was $190,000, up 15 percent from a year ago, according to the real estate research firm RealtyTrak. In Washington, the median price of $250,000 was up 9 percent for the year. Oregon's $238,000 median increased by six percent since last November.
By Andrea Peterson, The Washington Post
December 27, 2014 6 a.m.
Unless you're making an active decision to disconnect this holiday season, you've probably seen a flood of Facebook "Year In Review" posts — a sort of digital card highlighting the biggest moments of 2014, algorithmically customized for each user.