“Firing on all cylinders” is what it takes to survive a pandemic, and that’s just what boutique owner-designer Erica Lurie is doing. While many popular locally-owned boutiques have closed due to loss of business, Garnish Apparel — offering locally created designs of contemporary women’s clot…
The Village Movement began in Boston around 1999 as a neighborhood-based membership organization. The impetus was a desire to help older adults stay in their homes as long as possible. Dues range $25-$65 per month, which cover village administrative fees, connections to discounted services a…
When talking about pets we generally think of the domesticated animals who live with us. But many of us equally care for — in heart and in action — the critters who, while just visitors, bring a great deal of joy to our daily lives.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, most of us think about resolutions in the new year. One of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is to strive for continuous self-development. Most of us strive to enhance the quality of our lives and become a better version of ourselves. Setting personal goals …
When Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP CEO and author of Disrupt Aging, received "over the hill" cards and sentiments on her 50th birthday, she realized she wanted to challenge outdated beliefs about aging and encourage others to celebrate aging well.
Jenkins’ book explores living fully at stage, and encourages retirees and soon to be retirees to embrace the following ideas supporting living well as an “Active Adult.”
Flying to Louisville for Christmas last year didn’t begin with the usual seasonal sparkle. I was reminded that a seatmate can make or break a flight. The first leg was the breaker when the man offered his elbow but no words or eye contact. The maker came during the final leg — a front-row aisle seat with extra leg room... and Tyler.
Thanks to technology, doctors are once again making house calls.
That’s what Steven Kassakian considers the virtual visits that have become the norm thanks to the Corona Virus. Kassakian is chief health information officer and physician at Oregon Health Sciences University. He says home visits via telemedicine brings back some of yesteryear’s benefits of home visits. For instance, the doctor gets to see the patient’s home, can interact with family members, and have a focused conversation regarding the patient’s concerns.
To ease stress, you can walk, ride a bike, or run into Bud Lewis. The exercise may lift your spirits but the man’s giant smile, hearty handshake, bear hug, and kind words will warm you like a summer day.
Meet Leland Stanford Lewis, recently turned 100. Called “Bud” by everyone, he’s hard to miss. The silver-haired mountain of a man, still strong at 6’2” with sparkling sky-blue eyes, has a voice that fills a room as he remembers your name, asks about your family, conveys a compliment, and introduces you to whomever is near.
Ready for adventure?
The smoke is clearing, and we’ve all become “comfortable” with safety protocols. After recent months of “pandemic life” we’re all ready for some fun! Favorite pastimes are those spent friends and family, and there are many options. Northwest attractions have reopened and are excited to welcome visitors. They’re doing things a little differently — in fun and creative ways — with safety protocols in place. Just in time for the season, this month we highlight great regional pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more.
Vince Woods Farm
According to a 2018 report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) entitled “Single-Use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability,” unless the world improves its consumption patterns and waste management practices, by 2050, there will be roughly 12 million metric tons of plastic litt…
Sharon Flock arises each day at 5 a.m., sits down at her sewing machine and starts working. About 11 p.m., she turns off her machine and goes to bed.
If you’re Looking for an exotic bird, then look no further than Exotic Bird Rescue of Oregon, an all-volunteer-based nonprofit whose mission is finding safe, loving homes for every bird. Based in Springfield, the organization also offers education and support to the communities it serves.
During this long stay-at-home spring of coronavirus, people have increasingly turned to their local public library for book recommendations that help pass the time. Though library buildings closed, many staff continued working virtually, offering online library card registration, providing b…
While one of the most enjoyable experiences of working from home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic may be the extra time you’ve spent with your cats, the downside may be their separation anxiety when you return to work.
Today’s appliances are designed to last only about five to 10 years, depending on the brand and model. So are they worth fixing when something breaks?
For many of us, summer offers opportunities for additional reading time. If you have a library card, then you have access to digital books for free. With options for smart phones, tablets, kindle e-readers, and home computers, you can get e-books and downloadable audiobooks from home 24/7.
There is a 25-foot-tall Japanese maple tree growing by my backyard patio. It started as a tiny seedling that germinated from a seed that fell off the coral bark maple growing in the front yard.
The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) is seeking submissions of Portland-area outdoor cat enclosures and cat patios, or “catios,” to be featured on the Eighth Annual Catio Tour on Sept. 12.
For Jo Manning, there’s life before Oct. 21, 2019 — and life after.
It was on this date last fall that the Springfield City Council voted to approve a rezoning application — against the recommendation of its planning commission — that would seem to mean a certain end to a mobile home park where Manning lives.
Authenticity at work has gained traction over the last few years. It requires self-awareness and, ultimately, vulnerability. Here are some questions to ask yourself that may help you foster greater self-awareness and authenticity.
Concert promoter Mike Meyer celebrates the sounds of nature through a new radio program titled Island Earth Radio, heard twice a week through Eugene station KRVM-FM, 91.9.
Even avid readers can have dry spells, endlessly searching for something good to read. Getting reading recommendations from friends is an option, but you might have vastly different tastes. Another option is to let the robots at Amazon tell you what to read (and buy), but we hope it hasn’t c…
No matter how long you’ve been with your partner, you still need to make time for each other. Here’s a list of ideas for spending quality time together.
Want to support culture while enjoying music, meeting great people and learning about new things? The Eugene Symphony Guild has a spot for you.
When residents in Nancy Inglehart’s Gresham neighborhood learned their rent would be increasing by $40 a month, they had decisions to make.
Ever wonder how Halloween would fare in a time machine? These mysteries are revealed when the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library features a display of Izo Milano’s antique postcards and memorabilia this month.
Step inside Abbey Creek Vineyard and Winery, and you’ll notice right away this isn’t your typical experience – hip hop music plays in the background, family pictures are posted on the wall, and you’re greeted by Bertony Faustin, Oregon’s first black winemaker.
Many of us dream of having the time to paint and explore our artistic side when we’re no longer working full-time. It’s part of our desire to keep mental acuity as we age.
The idea to return to my hometown brought an uplifting feeling. This journey of 400 miles to Southern Oregon felt right. A road trip has always been full of mystery and wonder for me. Remembering the places, people, neighborhoods, special relationships, seasonal sites, and variety of events …
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