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lyle cherry orchard: 5-mile out-and-back, Columbia River Gorge
Once upon a time, the Lyle cherry orchard was just that. But when farmers stopped irrigating, the orchard died—save for one tree, whose survival no one can fully explain. The solitary deciduous denizen echoes the solitude you’ll likely have on this hike: No road signs announce the trail’s existence, so you have to know where to look.
ROUTE: From the simple roadside pullout, step over the pyramidlike ladder and continue walking until you’ve reached the Cherry Orchard Trail sign about a quarter-mile from the turnout. The first mile up a rocky cliff abounds with steep switchbacks, total elevation gain is 1,500 feet, before flattening onto an open bluff with prime Gorge views. Continue up the ridge and weave through head-high grasses and scrub oaks, and when you think you’ve come to a viewless end, keep on trekkin’ through the trees until you reach a spectacular sheer with sweeping vistas. Look for the cherry tree on the eastern edge, where the hill dips toward The Dalles.
DIRECTIONS: Travel east on Rte 14 through Lyle. The trail begins at a small gravel turnout on the left (north) side of the highway about a half-mile after the double tunnels. Park in the turnout and look for the small trail opening.
Camassia natural area: 1.4-mile loop, West Linn
Dog Mountain: 6.9-mile loop, Columbia River Gorge
It may seem that winter’s gloom clings tenaciously through May, but on Dog Mountain the abundance of wildflowers proves that spring has sprung. Blooms on this popular Washington trail are at their peak in May, when the slopes seem practically spray-painted with fantastic colors. The summit offers a wildflower bonanza, plus fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood and Mount St Helens.
ROUTE: You’ll work for it: The entire way out is uphill, beginning with a steep 700-foot climb of no fewer than 10 switchbacks, from which sharp eyes may spot wild strawberry or coral root orchids. At the half-mile mark, veer right for better views; the left trail goes through a dense forest and is more strenuous. At the next major junction, take the left-hand spur for a more direct route and spectacular views, or the right-hand spur for wooded paths and rarer blooms. No matter how you ascend, you’ll end up at the open slopes at the top, which by mid-May are a riot of lupine, yellow balsamroot, larkspur and paintbrushes—a sight certain to put the spring back in your step.
DIRECTIONS: From Portland, drive east on I-84 to Cascade Locks Exit 44 and cross the Bridge of the Gods. At Rte 14, head right for 12 miles. The Dog Mountain Trailhead is between Mileposts 53 and 54.
Tom McCall Preserve: 3.6-mile out-and-back, Columbia River Gorge
Wildflower lovers take note: The three miles of trails winding through this 231-acre preserve seem to have been carved out with your point-and-click camera in mind. In all, more than 300 species of plants grace the wide-open meadows and windswept hills found here, and thanks to the refuge’s high perch along on the Rowena Plateau near the eastern edge of the Columbia River Gorge, you can fill your frame not only with a natural carpet of blue-hued lupines and yellow glacier lilies, but also with unforgettable panoramas of Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and the Columbia River.
Route: From the parking area, head south on an old dirt road through open prairie thick with sunflowerlike balsamroots and purple-stemmed Columbia desert parsley. After about one-third of a mile, you’ll see a large wooden sign marking the McCall Point Trail. Head up the trail to the right for the short but intense 1,100-foot climb to the summit. If you’re not quite ready to tackle McCall Point, the Rowena Plateau trailhead (which lies just west of the parking area) marks a relatively level one-mile stroll perfect for anyone looking to snap a few pics amid the colorful grasslands without dusting up their Sunday best.
Directions: From Portland, head east on I-84 for 64 miles. Take exit 69 and turn right onto Highway 30. Travel for 6.5 miles (through the town of Mosier) and make a right into the Rowena Crest Viewpoint area. Park along either side of the road. No fees or permits required.
Lacamas heritage trail: 7-mile out-and-back, Camas, Wash.
The 312 acres here pack in conifer groves, fetching waterfalls, fir-fringed Round Lake, and, in spring, tiers of rocky meadows electrified by scores of camas lilies. Mountain bikers fawn over challenging patches of rooty singletrack and lung-burning chugs up dirt roads. Birders favor the adjoining Washougal River Greenway for a 1.5-mile tour of avian-rich wetlands. Need a skinny-tire cruise? The Lacamas Heritage Trail stretches 3.5 miles alongside Lacamas Lake, offering chance encounters with herons, doublecrested cormorants, and bald eagles. Access: 2700 SE Everett St, Camas
Catherine creek state park: Columbia River Gorge
More than 90 species of wildflowers bloom between February and July at this beloved Washington state park, providing a photographic bonanza. The moderate and well-maintained trails also make carting equipment (tripods, for instance) a cinch. And be sure to pack your macro lens, Cobb notes: that cluster lily is ready for its close-up.
Hood river mountain: 3-mile loop, Columbia River Gorge
Yodeling rarely feels so appropriate as atop this 2,000-plus-foot rise south of Hood River where alpine panoramas unfold as if spliced from The Sound of Music. Mount Hood’s craggy spire dominates a yawning valley populated by farms and orchards, rustic barns, and grazing livestock. And come May and June, flowers take center stage. After a short climb through thick woods, the narrow trail breaks into an open double-track path surrounded by one of the area’s brightest wildflower displays. Shoots of lupine, larkspurs, and red paintbrush complement a sea of pinwheel-like yellow balsamroot. Adding to the trail’s appeal is an off-the-beaten-path, locals-only feel: the trail skirts through SDS Lumber Company land (the company has traditionally taken a benevolent view of hikers), with little signage. Still, the route is straightforward. Once atop the ridge, continue along dirt tracks to a trail intersection near a small, gated structure. Follow the path to quiet, bucolic Old Dalles Road, which loops back to the trailhead, or retrace your steps.
directions: From Portland, take I-84 east to Hood River. Take exit 64 and head south on Highway 35. Drive .4 miles and turn left on East Side Road. Continue 1.5 miles and turn left on Old Dalles Road. Go approximately 2 miles and look for the trailhead on the right side of the road. A small SDS Lumber sign marks the path. No fees or permits required.
NOTE: The Hood River Mountain trail is currently closed to public access, and is scheduled to reopen in June 2015. Check the Hood River Area Trail Stewards website for updates.
cape horn: 6.8-mile loop, Columbia River Gorge
Until recently, the only way to take in the spectacular east-facing Gorge views from Washington’s Cape Horn was to pull over on Rte 14 and stare upriver. With the traffic whizzing at your back, it was more nerve-wracking than soul-stirring. But now Cape Horn hosts one of the Gorge’s most secret trails, making it possible to stand atop the bulging rock for far quieter meditations of the magnificent scene across the river: Larch Mountain, the bare knob of Angel’s Rest and of course Multnomah Falls, which appears to dangle from the Oregon cliffs like a fluttering bit of string. But perhaps the most spectacular part of this trail is its existence. Its uppermost lookouts were supposed to be the property of Rim View Estates; a developer had divvied up a prime parcel of land like a sheet cake. That was before Friends of the Columbia Gorge’s Nancy Russell loaned the Trust for Public Land some $300,000 to buy out the developer in 1986. In 2006, the Friends purchased the only private home that managed to get built in the subdivision: a $1.5 million behemoth complete with stable and koi pond that will eventually be replaced by a scenic overlook—a kind of Washington rival to Oregon’s Vista House across the Columbia.
ROUTE: To reach these viewpoints, you’ll have to navigate the Cape Horn Trail, a 7.8-mile loop that twists through a delphinium-filled forest, switches back over mossy fields of scree and—just as your legs begin to jelly—slips behind a showerlike waterfall. Finding the trail is a minor challenge, as it has yet to make an appearance on official Forest Service maps, lacks the grooming and foot traffic of many Gorge trails and is largely sign-free. All this, Cape Horn Trail enthusiasts will tell you, precisely defines its wild appeal.
DIRECTIONS: Head east on Rte 14. After you round Cape Horn, look to the left for Salmon Falls Rd between Mileposts 26 and 27 (marked by a bus stop and a pullout). Park here and walk perhaps 80 feet up Salmon Falls Rd; the trail begins on the left at a tree marked with a Resource Conservation Area sign. After a milelong ascent through brushy forest, the trail briefly joins with a dirt road. Keep left past a pasture until you reach paved Strunk Rd. Turn left for 200 feet and then a make quick right down the gravel road that winds past a house. The gravel path becomes a grassy lane, then winds through a maple forest to Rte 14. (Two 30 mph signs conveniently point to the trail’s second half.) After crossing Rte 14, head straight at the four-way junction to the Cape Horn area. Eventually you’ll reach Cape Horn Rd. Make a left on this little-used stretch, walking the 1.3 miles or so back to Rte 14 and Salmon Falls Rd.
From Yvette Nicole Brown’s official twitter page, responding to a Deadline article stating “Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings – About Time Or Too Much Of Good Thing?“
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In 25 years, half the U.S. workforce will be of Latino, black or Asian descent — so if you ever plan on having a nurse, you’d better start caring about social equity.
That’s the way Melissa Wells, a program associate at D.C.-based equity nonprofit PolicyLink and co-leader of the national Transportation Equity Caucus, explains every American’s stake in racial justice.
Wells, who’s headed to Portland for a keynote address Monday to the Oregon Active Transportation Summit, spoke with me by phone on Thursday about the dilemma of improving neighborhoods without raising rents and whether a new president is likely to roll back federal transportation policy changes.
You’ll be talking about transportation equity on Monday. Could you explain that a little?
Achieving equity is something that has to be done intentionally. A lot of communities, especially low-income communities, communities of color, people with disabilities, aren’t able to take advantage of transportation improvements. We already see the negative impacts in health disparities. Even the pedestrian death rates, they’re much higher in proportion.
What got you personally interested in these issues?
I’m a transportation person now. I come to the work from more of an economic opportunity perspective.
I grew up in Southern California, and especially with all the lovely weather we spent a lot of time outside. There was no fear of cars, you know, speeding past us at 30 mph or faster. Now in Washington DC I live in Northeast. When I leave home every day I walk to the bus stop. Oftentimes the path that I have to take, I notice there are not really sidewalks. Then I get off at Farragut North, and you have designated bike lanes.
I’m on my neighborhood association board here in Portland, and the other day we were talking about a project to create our neighborhood’s first park. We all thought this plan was great, but then one board member who is a renter like me said, “But if we make this nice thing, the rent is just going to go up.” I realize you can mitigate that some by subsidizing housing, but you’ve still got the larger issue, right? How do you pick that lock?
Frankly, city planners have to prioritize accessibility. Transportation-oriented development — a lot of states and regions have these climate change plans. Part of their plan is to preserve a percent of affordable housing within a certain distance. You have to prioritize who you give the land to and you have to designate how this land is supposed to be used.
It seems to me that it’s easy for people, public officials in particular, to smile and nod when they hear about equity and say serious things and promise to think hard about it, and then not actually change anything because they may not be personally excited about the issue. What can get members of a dominant group excited about helping members of other groups?
It’s going to affect us all. In 1980, 80 percent of the U.S. population was white, 12 percent was black, 6 percent was Latino, and Asian was 1.5 percent. By 2040, whites are expected to be 50.9, blacks 13, Latinos 25 percent. Think of it as the share of the workforce. It’s in your best interest to make sure that you have an accessible quality care workforce. Also that they can have transportation.
“You also need to make sure that you’re investing in your communities, because your community is what helps you thrive as well.”
— Melissa Wells on why transportation equity matters
You also need to make sure that you’re investing in your communities, because your community is what helps you thrive as well. We’re all self-interested; you can’t do everything on your own. You need people to stock the shelves at the grocery store.
It’s an argument, and I think it’s compelling, but it still requires people to think.
In terms of getting politicians to act, they want to see the rallying cry, like how the Tea Party was. They were vocal enough and they were able to have a bullhorn. so I think it also requires elevating the issue. It just takes continuing to talk about it, I think.
From your vantage point in Washington, where do you see the federal Department of Transportation going? It seems like Ray LaHood and Anthony Foxx have been pretty committed to changing culture at USDOT. Is that an Obama thing? Is that a Democrat thing? Or is that an institutional thing and it’ll still be there under Scott Walker or whoever?
Will it change? The answer is yes, but how it would change, I couldn’t forecast it. I think we’re in a good direction. There’s just been a lot more coordination and willingness to listen to what’s happening. I haven’t followed this debate as long as others have. But even [1991 federal transportation bill] ISTEA, it prioritized low-income and disadvantaged communities. MAP-21 was weaker, and it happened under Democrats. The best way to advocate for changes is to propose something that’s needed and to show that it’s being implemented, show some successes of where this policy recommendation is taking shape.
Qs & As edited. Melissa Wells will discuss transportation equity at 8:20 a.m. on Monday, March 30, at the Sentinel Hotel. 614 SW 11th Ave., as part of the Oregon Active Transportation Summit. Stay tuned for another Q & A to publish later today with Paul Steely White, executive director of New York City’s Transportation Alternatives.
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The pronoun is used to refer to a person without revealing their gender — either because it is unknown, because the person is transgender, or the speaker or writer deems the gender to be superfluous information.
The latest edition of the dictionary of the Swedish language contains a new pronoun among its 13,000 new words — hen, to go along with he (han) and she (hon).
What do you call a man from Bucksnort, TN? A bucksnorter of course. Some Southern town names are so outrageous they almost seem like jokes, but it turns out there is a story behind each one. Before the Civil War, a man local to present-day Bucksnort sold “snorts” of moonshine for a dollar. Perhaps his name was Buck.
Bucksnort, TN (Ray Rafidi)
And there’s plenty more where that came from. Some Southern town names need no explanation. Early surveyors in Uncertain, TX, weren’t sure which state they were in. Meanwhile, Between, GA is named for resting exactly halfway between Atlanta and Athens. Not sure where to road trip this spring? Try Nowhere, OK, Nameless, TN, or Experiment, GA, or get to the bottom of some of North Carolina’s oddest town names, Big Lick, Meat Camp, and Tick Bite. Hoop and Holler, TX sounds like a fun place to be. The only less prestigious address than Upper Pig Pen, NC? Try Lower Pig Pen, NC. Loving and Happyland are both in Oklahoma, but so is Slaughtersville.
Nameless, TN (Wikipedia)
Here are few more of our favorites:
Wooly Booger, WV
Lick Skillet, TN
Hot Coffee, MS
The Holy City, OK
Hog Jaw, AR
Santa Claus, GA (There’s also a Christmas, FL)
Hot Coffee, MS (R. Steven Norman, III)
What’s the most off-the-wall Southern town you’ve been to? Share it with us in the comments.
video interview on click through, on why the war on drugs creates criminals.
The president called the show "one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades." Their conversation was about the effects of the war on drugs.
Jacobsen Salt’s Ben Jacobsen and Bee Local’s Damian Magista are a special breed of entrepreneur: both believe the food system is flawed, and the answer is sitting in our own backyard. For Jacobsen, it’s salt, hauled and boiled out of coastal Oregon waters. For Magista, it’s honey, extracted from neighborhood hives all over Portland and the Willamette Valley.
Both homegrown companies started in 2011. Jacobsen Salt quickly reached escape velocity with celebrity chefs like New York’s April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig) peddling his flakey salt on The Tonight Show and a major national presence as boutique cookware store Williams-Sonoma’s salt darling. No other artisan brand is as ubiquitous on Portland shelves and in local restaurants than Jacobsen Salt. Meanwhile, as of November 2014, Magista was still collecting honey and hand-labeling each jar. Without the infrastructure and industry connections, Bee Local was on the verge of collapse.
In December, Jacobsen came to the rescue. He purchased Bee Local, keeping the name, brand, and message intact, while plugging the ailing company into Jacobsen’s artisan network. In short order, sales have grown 1000%, Magista tells Eat Beat.
Now, Bee Local looks poised to be Portland’s next great artisan product. Magista’s hive mind is working on new, honey-centric ideas and collaborations, with salted honey water Pok Pok vinegars, honey-infused local beer, and even Bee Local lozenges. Most critically, by the end of March, Bee Local will be glistening on the gilded shelves at Williams-Sonoma, Jacobsen Salt’s superhighway to national success.
No longer a one-man bee operation, Magista is finally spreading his sweet gospel. With increased demand, he’s added 100 new hives throughout Portland, the Willamette Valley, and Oregon Coast, and plans to set up apiary networks in Austin, Texas, New York City, and San Francisco by the end of 2015. “Our goal is to become the most trusted, transparent brand in America,” says Magista.
For now, it’s just Magista and Jacobsen shacking up together in Jacobsen Salt’s 8700 square-foot tasting room on Southeast Salmon. Is there space for another Portland artisan in the cavernous salt den? The next great chocolate or olive oil? For maniacal entrepreneurs like Jacobsen, the answer is undoubtedly “yes.”
“Take your cow and milk it directly into a bucket of cider.” Recipe instructions rarely get more real. By the time pastry chef Eve Kuttemann finished reading the directions for syllabub, a curdled dessert somewhere between cottage cheese and a milk shake, she was hooked on old American cookbooks. Her old-school baking tome collection grew, and between shifts at Trifecta Tavern & Bakery in Southeast Portland, Kuttemann tackled the fascinating art of pioneer desserts recipe by recipe.
Eat Beat has learned that the obsession is about to become a pop-up called Sage Hen, Western slang for “a woman.” Beginning April 3, the 32-year-old talent—whose résumé stretches from Michelin-starred Paris kitchens to Portland’s Castagna—will open her work space once a month for an evening of savory snacks, house punch, and centuries-old desserts. It’s meant to be an intimate experience in the heart of a working pastry kitchen. Cost is $35 a person for food and drink.
Guests will find eight seats only, ringed around a wood kitchen table plunked in the midst of 50-pound flour bags, cake pans and, of course, Kuttemann’s cookbook collection, available for mid-bite browsing.
“I’ll be in my usual spot, creating and plating,” says Kuttemann, envisioning the evening. “That’s the beauty of a chef’s table atmosphere. I have the oven, freezer, and mixer, right there. I can create things I normally wouldn’t put on menu – things too fragile or too temperature sensitive.”
The first menu will offer a genuine taste of a “corn puff,” a cornmeal soufflé gleaned from the 1903 edition of the White House Cook Book, considered a “comprehensive encyclopedia of information for the home, containing cooking, toilet and household recipes, health suggestions, facts worth knowing.” “The dish bursts with toasty popcorn flavor,” says Kuttemann, who pours her own lemon butter on top for extra dimension. “Recipes are vague—a little of this, a handful of that. You have to imagine a bit how they will taste.”
I’m personally psyched for Sage Hen’s Chocolate Potato Cake. The recipe comes straight from Kuttemann’s Oklahoma roots: the Triumphs of Women Book, 1911-1935, assembled by a community club. “It’s really good when done right,” says Kuttemann. “The mashed potatoes give that comforting texture; the cake has a melting crumb.”
In a world where crazy-idea desserts are the new normal, something unwaveringly old sounds downright radical. I can’t wait to try it.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is readying new regulations on payday loans and other high-cost forms of credit. Officials with the agency say the loans can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.
Adult Wednesday Addams: Wednesday vs. Catcallers [S2, Ep 3]
Man is a thirsty beast, and nowhere is that thirst more acutely exemplified than on Tinder, the matchmaking app that lets users swipe right in their quest to find love, lust, bots, or viral marketers. Now a California-based programmer has tweaked the app’s API, creating a catfish machine that fools men into thinking they’re talking to women — when in fact they’re talking with each other.
Like other semi-anonymized digital spaces, Tinder creates a forum for individuals — namely men — to test the limits of aggressive and lewd behavior with seemingly little repercussion.
At Vox, we have a chat room dedicated to staffers’ Tinder misadventures. It is a bleak landscape: women at the company have reported receiving a range of pick-up lines from the inane ("whats ur favorite beanie baby?"), to the bizarre ("Name a better song than Heartbreaker by the late Maria Carry" [sic]), to the gross and offensive and ("Those lips are so gorgeous that they make me wonder what your other set looks like").
But over the last few weeks, a California-based computer engineer — we’ll call him Patrick — has pitted heterosexual male against heterosexual male. Patrick’s program identifies two men who "like" one of his bait profiles (the first used prominent vlogger Boxxy's image; the second used an acquaintance who had given Patrick consent) and matched them to each other. The suitors’ messages — some aggressive, others mundane, but all of them unabashedly flirtatious — are then relayed, back and forth, to one another through the dummy profile.
Tinder is notoriously vulnerable to hacks: in 2013, a loophole in the app could be harnessed to reveal users’ locations to within 100 feet. Last summer, Valleywag reported on a number of techies who tweaked the system to automatically "mass-like" every girl they come across.
Patrick was a Tinder user (in fact, it's where he met his current girlfriend) and says that female friends of his would often complain about the messages they received on Tinder. "The original idea was to throw that back into the face of the people doing it to see how they would react." Initially, he set out to build a Twitter bot that tweeted every first message a female friend received, but then he looked into Tinder’s API and found it had little safeguard from more extensive tweaks. "Tinder makes it surprisingly easy to bot their system. As long as you have a Facebook authentication token, you can behave as a robot as if you were a person."
The program made matches within minutes of activation; Patrick estimates he was overseeing 40 conversations within the first 12 hours. He developed code to scramble phone numbers and stepped in when a real-world meeting was imminent, but he also feels ambiguous about the ethics of the prank: "They ignore all the signs, they ignore all the weird things," he says of the users. "When someone is so quick to meet up without any detail or know anything about the person at all — maybe it’s deserved."
Patrick's exploit reveals the weakness of Tinder's API — but also shows what happens when men's desperation is turned on each other: some turn to anger, others are confused, and still others appreciate the humor of it. But above all, over and over, men breeze by every red flag that indicates they’re not speaking with a woman. Evidently, the first symptom of extreme thirst is blindness.
The following screenshots of the dummy account were provided to The Verge.
So this might actually happen.
One of my career counselors suggested I work in healthcare software because the healthcare industry was more gender balanced.
Almost all registered nurses are women, but men in the profession are paid more, a study finds. The differences were especially startling in outpatient settings and for nurse anesthetists.
I'm not interested after this mansplaining piece of BS: http://www.glamour.com/entertainment/2015/03/the-late-late-show-james-corden-glamour-interview
British comic actor James Corden took over CBS's Late Late Show on Monday with a star-studded debut. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says he offered a touch of talk show tradition with a modern feel.
This is very silly but I like it
Would you like watch a short film shot in Portland, starring Evan Rachel Wood and featuring appearances by Kim Gordon, Robin Lopez and Beth Ditto?
Of course you would. Or should I say, Evan Rachel Would?
That's the title of this collaboration between Southeast Portland clothing company Wildfang, creative agency Sockeye and director James Westby. The elevator pitch is basically, "A female-fronted remake of the Jim Carrey classic Yes Man." Inspired by Kim Gordon's new memoir, Girl In A Band, Wood embarks on a day of saying "yes" (or, rather, "Evan Rachel would") to whatever comes her way—be it partaking in a children's play, attending a mascot training camp with Blazers center (and noted mascot hater) Robin Lopez, or challenging Gossip singer Beth Ditto in a karaoke throwdown at the Alibi.
Why does this exist? Well, Wood has collaborated with Wildfang owners Emma McIlroy and Julia Parsley on an exclusive "Evan Rachel Would" T-shirt benefiting the Friends of the Children charity. It's a mostly enjoyable four minutes (mostly for the young girl in the production of Romeo and Juliet who tells her unenlightened male costar, "Romeo, conventional femininity is a choice, not a mandate"). I Wood watch again. Did I do that right?
Steven Smith, the iconic Portland teamaker who launched three of the best-known brands in high-end tea passed away yesterday, The Oregonian reports.
Smith was, in our words from last year, "[not] just the dean of Portland tea [but] also the ex-president and the professor emeritus... The guy imagines tea flavors for his blends like a young girl dreams of unicorns, then runs around trying to find leaves to match. "
After launching Tazo and Stash, which were both acquired by global players, Smith opened a delightful shop in outer Northwest, where you can find some of the world's best blends in a dimly lit and very Zen tasting room.
Like so many of Portland's best-loved business people, Smith was known for bringing connoisseurship and attentive sourcing to a world that only knew Lipton.
"I saw an opportunity to be a little more fearless in the way we merchandised, the way we talked about tea, even the blends and formulas we could create," he told Entrepreneur magazine in 2012.
Smith grew up in East Portland, according to the O, in a neighborhood that's today called Brentwood-Darlington, and went to Franklin High School and then to Portland State for a year before dropping out and joining the Navy. He emerged a hippie, growing long, curly hair and driving a VW bus up and down the West Coast, peddling chamomile, lemongrass and other herbs. That company, Stash, developed a market for Oregon-grown mint which underwrote his early efforts in tea.
After selling his share of Stash to a Japanese firm in 1993, Smith started Tazo, which pushed boundaries further—at one point, they even sold frozen tea popsicles known as "tea pops." After selling to Starbucks, he took a year off and then returned with his eponymous brand in 2009.
"I named it after myself so I wouldn't sell this one," he once quipped to me.
Steven Smith tea took things to the next level immediately. As the Oregonian put it: "[E]legant string-tied boxes popped up on shelves of gourmet stores nationwide. Each box bore a number to be entered on the company's web site, which detailed exactly when and where the batch was harvested, blended and packed..."
And yet Smith was no snob. He remarkably down-to-earth and generous with his time, which I discovered in 2013, when we asked him to help determine the best free tea in Portland.
WW interns spent a few weeks gathering up dry tea from Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants and then invited America's foremost tea expert over to our office. Because this is Portland, he came. He brought along a fancy porcelain tea set and spent about two hours making tea, teaching us about tea and analyzing our cups.
"There are no teas here that anybody should be ashamed of as a free tea,” he told us for the story, Teatime for Tightwads, "although I might question paying for some of them."
The winner, by the way, came from Yen Ha.
"I’ve actually been looking for a flavor like this in a different leaf,” Smith said.
Services will be held in The Sentinel hotel, 614 S.W. 11th Ave. at 3:30 pm on March 31 according to the Oregonian.
The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has just published a report from 17 experts from 11 countries who concluded that glyphosate (“Roundup”) is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
The IARC Working Group found evidence that
Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the USA, Canada, and Sweden reported increased risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that persisted after adjustment for other pesticides…In male CD-1 mice, glyphosate induced a positive trend in the incidence of a rare tumour, renal tubule carcinoma. A second study reported a positive trend for haemangiosarcoma in male mice. Glyphosate increased pancreatic islet-cell adenoma in male rats in two studies. A glyphosate formulation promoted skin tumours in an initiation-promotion study in mice.
Glyphosate has been detected in the blood and urine of agricultural workers, indicating absorption. Soil microbes degrade glyphosate to aminomethylphosphoric acid (AMPA). Blood AMPA detection after poisonings suggests intestinal microbial metabolism in humans. Glyphosate and glyphosate formulations induced DNA and chromosomal damage in mammals, and in human and animal cells in vitro. One study reported increases in blood markers of chromosomal damage (micronuclei) in residents of several communities after spraying of glyphosate formulations. Bacterial mutagenesis tests were negative. Glyphosate, glyphosate formulations, and AMPA induced oxidative stress in rodents and in vitro.
Glyphosate is the herbicide used in conjunction with glyphosate-resistant genetically modified crops. These are widely planted in the United States (HT means herbicide tolerant).
In addition to causing widespread selection of resistant weeds, glyphosate may also cause cancer.
Add this to the list of scientific reasons for concern about widespread production of GMO crops. Roundup is used on plants other than GMOs, but GMO corn, cotton, and soybeans use the most.
Note: The FDA has just approved new varieties of GMO apples and potatoes. These do not use Roundup.
Next: watch Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, attempt to cast doubt on IARC’s scientific judgment.
Addition, March 22: As an example of the level of the general discussion of GMOs and glyphosate, see this short video clip from French TV (in English) with Patrick Moore. Mr. Moore, a former director of Greenpeace, has controversial views on climate change and GMOs.
Additions, March 23:
DTN/The Progressive Farmer quotes a Biotechnology Industry Organization representative as pointing out that IARC took the Séralini study seriously, immediately casting doubt on the quality of its literature review (but I can’t find any mention of this study in the IARC report).
Center for Science in the Public Interest urges the EPA to take this seriously.
Consumer Reports is concerned about the vast amounts of glyphosate used and thinks the government should monitor it.
The story of the Reed College student who claimed he was booted from Humanities 110 for his controversial views on rape lit up the Internet Thursday after BuzzFeed News first reported student Jeremiah True's account.
National Review and The Daily Caller, two conservative outlets, ran with the story as evidence of political correctness run amok. "A student at Reed College in Portland claims he was banned from class discussions mainly because he questioned a rape 'statistic' — even though that 'statistic' has been debunked — just because other students said they were uncomfortable," is how the National Review summed it up.
But in exchanges with reporters for Reason magazine and Inside Higher Ed for follow-up stories posted late Thursday and Friday, True revealed a component of the story that wasn't evident when it broke: The student, a freshman, appears unwell.
Reason and Inside Higher Ed both report True made a demand before he would agree to be interviewed.
True's professor, Pancho Savery, told the author of the Reason piece that True wasn't banned for his controversial views. Rather, he was banned "for a series of disruptive behaviors."
"I also reached True via email, and asked him whether he had been rowdy or disruptive in class," Reason reports. "He responded by making a bizarre request. This was his email back to me: 'Before I interview with you, you must agree to make 'nigger' be the first word in your article.' I declined this ultimatum, and he declined to answer my questions."
Inside Higher Ed offers a similar account. "True declined to be interviewed Thursday," the website reports. "When contacted via e-mail, he responded that he would only answer questions if the first word in the article was 'nigger.' Inside Higher Ed refused to make such a commitment, and he then declined to talk."
Reed's student newspaper, The Quest, adds to the picture.
True launched a petition on change.org asking that he be returned to class.
He ends his petition with what the student newspaper calls a "haunting" message. He writes:
"I love you, mom. I love you, dad I love you my dear, dear sisters. I love you my dearest friends. I love you all, and I will sacrifice everything for you. I am so sorry that I have kept you at a distance while this has happened. I want to keep you safe. I need to keep you safe. I do not know where my life will go from here. I do not think I will make it out of this unscathed and I am sitting here writing this, sobbing uncontrollably. In spite of all the pain that we have experienced, my family still tries to show they care, however possible. I have hurt them in this time of crisis, and that weighs upon me. I know that, despite our distance and our differences, I love my family and they love me. I do not want to be a martyr, but I will do that if that is what is necessary to make a statement."
A spokesman for Reed, Kevin Myers, says True wasn't banned for the content of his speech but for the context. True, Myers says, disrupted class by steering it off topic, including to his thoughts on "rape culture."
"We continue to be concerned by his actions and we're looking for a resolution that's best for everybody," Myers says.
There are plenty of outlets for great food in New Orleans—raw bars, seafood shacks, produce stands, patisseries, cocktail temples, and coffee shops with strong sustainably sourced brews. On April 10 when the historic St. Roch Market finally reopens for business you’ll find all that—and a whole lot more—in one place.
Built in 1875, St. Roch Market had its hey-day in the forties and fifties after World War II. It would change hands several times in the following decades. By 2005, it was increasingly rundown, but still operational as a seafood marketplace with a sometimes-open Chinese restaurant. After Katrina, the flooded space sat shuttered, untouched for seven years until the city invested $3.7 million to revive the neighborhood landmark. But the renovated building remained empty until the fall of 2014 when New Orleans entrepreneurs Will Donaldson and Barre Tanguis stepped in to transform the market into a traditional food hall—the first of its kind in the South. (Think a hyper-local twist on the Whole Foods’ prepared food department plus fresh produce, booze, and indoor/outdoor communal seating.)
Photograph courtesy of St. Roch market
Open and bright, the whitewashed interiors feature twenty-four original steel columns supporting thirty-foot tall ceilings. Thirteen vendors—of that number, seven live within a half-mile radius of the market—will set up stalls, including a full service bar, along the walls of either side of the new building. Melissa Martin, chef of the Cajun-tinged Mosquito Supper Club who grew up in a family of Louisiana fishermen, will open Curious Oyster Company, where some of the city’s most experienced shuckers will crack open a dozen plump, salty bivalves for you. Brandon Blackwell, former sous chef at Upperline, is on board as the resident fishmonger. Keenan McDonald will sell foraged produce and fresh-cut flowers alongside Dylan Maisel’s cold-pressed juice bar. Take a world tour with your taste buds and sample West African dishes at Lagos and Korean-Creole fusion prepared by St. Roch resident Kayti Williams. (Try her fried chicken.)
Across the board, the focus for each of the purveyors is fresh attainable food. Something Donaldson and Tanguis are passionate about. “New Orleans has always been a very mixed neighborhood environment,” says Donaldson. “From block to block things can change drastically.” The duo spent five months working with the St. Roch and other Marigny neighborhood groups to understand the area’s demographic in order to create an inclusive space that would benefit the entire community—even implementing an apprenticeship program to help combat the high level of unemployment in the surrounding area. The program provides both a paying job and the opportunity to learn a new skill, be it baking or butchery.
Photograph by Rush Jagoe
Angry Owl beat
It was really only a matter of time until someone in Oregon immortalized Salem's angry owl as a beer.
Here is the amazing, wonderful flowering cherry in our front yard. I placed a small half-circle bench at it’s base so I can enjoy a small, personal hanami each spring. Portland has had some heavy rain and wind over the weekend, but these cherry blossoms are hanging in there. In a week or so, the petals will carpet the yard.
I found this tea made out of sakura blossoms - apparently they are pickled? We saw sakura-flavored food (lattes! cakes! candies!) everywhere in Japan last spring. I may grab a few of these pretties and see what I can do.
I got caught
It’s a trap! #OHSpets #tillymonster
pretty new bridge
There are just 179 days until the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge opens. This exciting new piece of infrastructure will grab a ton of headlines not just because it’s the first new bridge to be built across the Willamette in over 40 years — but because it’s one of the only spans in America where every mode will be allowed except for private cars.
Let that sink in: No cars or trucks means this bridge — one-third of a mile in our dense, central city transportation network — will have only a fraction of the noise, toxic pollutants, and safety hazards that private motorized vehicles plague our city with each day.
I’ve been begging TriMet to let me bike across it since the first media tours were given a few months ago. So far they’ve said no; but last week they were nice enough to give Michael Andersen and myself a private walking tour to help us understand the latest developments and features on the new bridge. We were joined TriMet’s Civil Engineer David Tertadian, their Public Information Officer Mary Fetsch, and TriMet Active Transportation Planner Jeff Owen.
Here’s what we saw (and learned)…
Most of the major construction is done. For the next 4-5 months crews are doing mostly small stuff like tweaking handrails, training bus and rail operators, replacing some seismic joints at the east end of the bridge, and testing the various electrical systems.
Before I even got on the bridge, I was impressed at how many bike-related changes have been made at the bridge’s intersection with SW Moody near the new OHSU/PSU Collaborative Life Sciences building. There are several new bike-only signals to help make the transition from the Moody cycle track, across the street, then onto the bridge’s bike path.
Speaking of which, the start of the path (on the west side) begins with a big bike symbol and a riding area that is physically separated from the walking path via a curb and planted median. Also noteworthy is how the bike symbol is outlined in black. Owen, TriMet’s bike/walk specialist, said that was to help the white thermoplastic stand out better against the light grey pavement.
I like that the bike path is physically separated at the start because it reinforces expectations about where people are supposed to walk and bike.
Here’s how it looks from another angle (looking west)…
Given how much biking and walking will happen on this bridge it will be very important for people to stay in the proper lane. You’ll also notice the bike/walk lane markings, which are very similar to the ones used by Multnomah County on the Hawthorne Bridge (the only difference is that the bike marking is green instead of yellow). TriMet has also outlined the white center lane stripe with black to make it more visible.
I was pleased to confirm that the width of the bike path stays a constant 7 feet, 8 inches the entire length of the bridge. The walking path is 6 feet, four inches wide and balloons out to 13 feet, 4 inches wide at the “belvedere” viewing sections towards the middle of the span.
Just east of the new Life Sciences Building, the physical separation ends and you come to a wide open area. You’ll notice there are crosswalks and traffic signals. If you’re a transportation wonk, this will be a fascinating intersection to watch once the bridge opens as it should be a bustling hive of multi-modal activity with people on foot, on bikes, in streetcars, buses (lines 9 and 17), and light rail trains. Owen informed us that in the future this will be an actual intersection with SW Bond Road, which is slated to be extended once OHSU further develops adjacent parcels (so add cars into that mix too!).
Since there’s a bicycle signal on the bridge span, I asked TriMet reps if it would have an automatic sensor loop or if people would be required to hit a button to get the light to change. They didn’t know the answer and I’m awaiting a clarification. UPDATE: I’ve confirmed that the bike signal will be triggered via a sensor loop embedded in the concrete.
Speaking of sensors, we were very happy to hear TriMet plans to install two bicycle trip counters (one for each direction) similar to the one currently in use on the Hawthorne Bridge. Owen pointed out electrical boxes that have already been installed in expectation of the new counters, which will be ready to operate by the opening date in September.
As we made our way further up the bridge and over the Willamette, I immediately noticed the incline. I’m very curious how hard/easy it will feel to pedal up this new bridge. TriMet says the “typical longitudinal slope” of the Tilikum is just under 5 percent (which is the ADA maximum). We’ve been told the incline is the same as the Morrison Bridge — but the Tilikum is twice as long (760 feet versus 1,720 feet respectively).
Another striking difference you’ll feel riding on the Tilikum is its modern aesthetic and bold design. All the other bridges we ride over feel like either antiques (Steel, St. Johns, Broadway) or boring and uninspiring concrete slabs (Burnside and Morrison). The Tilikum, by comparison, is captivating. The sharp-edged, brushed aluminum railings and steel cables, juxtaposed with the tubular white cables that stretch skyward are a sight to behold.
I appreciate that even despite concerns over path safety, TriMet has not littered the bridge with caution signs. Owen said that was by design. “The aesthetic vision was to be as simple as possible and to not have more signs than needed for safety.” I hope people walk and bike respectfully so TriMet doesn’t feel the need to add more signs or markings.
One place where there’s likely to be some path congestion are the belvederes. These are the areas (on each side of the bridge) where TriMet wants people to stop, chat, and maybe take a photo and enjoy the view. The only design features that mark the belvederes are a widening of the walking path, a widening of the upper railing that encourages you to lean on it with your forearms, and a series of orange thermoplastic pavement markings.
As we made our way to the eastern landing of the bridge, I got to see how the new path interacts with the existing Esplanade path and station area near SE Water and Caruthers avenues. One thing that occurred to me is the balcony of the Portland Opera just became a much cooler place to hang out.
There will also be a very direct connection from the Esplanade to the Tilikum via a new path…
As we came to the OMSI station area, Fetsch pointed out a new covered bike parking area, bikeway network signage, and the new crossing features at SE 2nd Place (note the continued use of green for bikes and yellow for walking)…
We looped back to SW Moody on the north side of the path. As we approached the Life Sciences building and the stations near Moody, I noticed a speed reader board. TriMet Engineer Dave Tertadian said that’s to make sure bus and train operators slow down through the bridge’s curves. The bus speed limit will be 25 mph and it will be 11-15 mph for trains.
As we approached Moody, I loved the amount of life already present at the Life Sciences building. Starbucks and another retailer are taking advantage of what will be an almost emissions-free and relatively quiet bridge. They’ve put out a lot of chairs and even some plush couches for customers to sit on the sidewalk and enjoy the space. There is also ample bike parking on every side of the building.
Overall, it’s hard to not be excited about what the Tilikum will mean for our bicycle network. While the connections to and from the bridge still leave something to be desired, the bikeway on the bridge itself will surely make it an instant favorite for thousands of daily riders.
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I'd want to be an apple tree, of course
To date there is no verified service guaranteeing that after you die, you'll be reborn as a majestic, high-flying eagle or a fearsome tiger roaming the jungles of Sumatra. But to believe Italian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel, there is a chance that in death you could become a real, if slightly less-spectacular bit of nature—say, a leafy shrub beautifying a street corner in Rome.
That's the idea behind "Capsula Mundi," a proposed method of using corpses to enhance the urban canopy that's up for nomination in 2015's INDEX: Award. Traditional burial practices come with a slew of problems, argue Bretzel and Citelli. Funeral plots take up space, and many cities like London and Washington, D.C., are running out of room for bodies. There's also the fear that embalming fluids could contaminate the environment, not to mention that wooden coffins require the destruction of trees.
Rather than continue with tombstones and chemicals, the designers suggest we turn toward no-frills "green cemeteries." The funeral planning would begin while people are still alive, as they gather their loved ones and tell them their favorite kind of tree or bush. Then, once their souls pass from this worldly realm, they'd be stuffed in the fetal position into egg-shaped sacks and buried around town. Trees planted above them would suck their nutrients and grow into towering firs, stately silver birches, gnarled olives, or horse chestnuts.
For many this idea must sound gruesome. (And indeed, a similar concept has repeatedly popped up on NBC's serial-killer drama, "Hannibal.") But Citelli and Bretzel lay out a few reasons why it's worth considering:
The growth of a tree needs from 10 to 40 years and a coffin is used for three days. Capsula Mundi is produced with 100% biodegradable material, starch plastic. The starch is taken from seasonal plants such as potatoes and corn. Capsula Mundi saves the life of a tree and proposes to plant one more. By planting different kinds of trees next to each other it creates a forest. A place where children will be able to learn all about trees. It's also a place for a beautiful walk and a reminder of our loved ones.
As this type of feral burial is forbidden by Italian law, the human-fertilizer system is stuck in limbo for now. The design duo hope to change that through a lobbying effort—so, hey, get in touch if you want your flesh to one day become olives on the table or juniper berries flavoring your children's gin.
Keep Portland Pink - Waterfront Park. The Cherry Blossoms are in bloom.
Vintage southern cookbooks are very good at pie
Important research for tomorrow #piday #teampie #baking #vintage