Focused on skating into the turn, I didn’t know she was behind me until it was too late. She shoved my back and skated past as my wheels flew out from underneath me. Sailing through the air, I landed on my rear on the concrete floor with a thud. The impact forced the air from my lungs.
I am always impressed by anyone who can just pick up a pen and draw a picture. Sometimes I mistakenly think I have this talent. I'll look at something — like one of my cats — and I'll say, "Hey, Rooster (my elderly orange cat-boy), hold that pose while I dash out a quick (but first-rate!) drawing." This happens when my brain tricks me into believing I'm something of a Vincent Van Gogh. Then I look down at my "picture" and immediately feel the sting of presumptuousness. I console myself by saying, "Well, I may not be an artist, but at least I still have both of my ears." It's always important to look for the silver lining, right?
Aron Nels Steinke was sitting in the audience of the 27th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards when he realized he and his wife might actually win the Best Publication for Early Readers category, and he didn't have an acceptance speech.
By Karen Livingston for The Columbian
July 17, 2015 6 a.m.
Shanahan's Pub & Grill is a casual neighborhood bar. Aside from the wide range of alcoholic beverages, there is emphasis on good food and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. If you are looking for an above-average bar experience, you may find it at this one.
The Crazy Eight, the Sling Shot and the Homicide. These are just a few of the signature formations that have won Latigo 'N Lace Equestrian Drill Team competitive success. The local equestrian team has had a stellar June, picking up the drill team award at the Portland Rose Festival's Grand Floral Parade on June 6, sweeping the divisions at the Pacific Northwest Drill Team Association Regional from June 12-14, and earning the Supreme Champion spot at the Reno Rodeo Championship Drill Team Competition on June 19.
Looking at my garden journal entries from summers gone by, I have noticed a distinct lack of entries in the mid-summer "To Do" section. I'm not saying there is nothing to do at this time of year. I make it a practice to copy down "To Do" lists from other sources so that I have a good feel for what chores are recommended in each specific month or season. Typically, lists for July target lawn care, deadheading flowering perennials, fertilizing spring flowering shrubs, planting fall and winter vegetables, irrigation and spot weeding. What I am saying is that by the time summer is underway, I'm not so sure I want to do everything I find on all of these lists.
For some businesses, saving energy may be as easy as changing light bulbs. The U.S. Energy Information says commercial businesses used 19 percent of their electricity, or 262-kilowatt hours, on lighting last year. The cost for commercial lighting hits $38 billion according to the Department of Energy. So, there's money to be saved by reducing those figures.
HOCKINSON — Ten-year-old John Charles had seen the collection of Nike shoes, designed by kids his age, on display at Doernbecher Children's Hospital while receiving medical care at the Portland hospital. But he never imagined he would one day be among the patient-designers.