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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.

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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 …

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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Disrupt Aging, received "over the hill" cards and sentiments on her 50th birthday, she realized she wanted to challenge outdated beliefs about aging and encourage others to celebrate aging well.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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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…

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.

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.

May is National Bike Month and a perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and practice social distancing — even when and if quarantines have been lifted.

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What is the best thing a woman can do to battle cancer? Go running in the mud with dozens of enthusiastic supporters, of course.

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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.

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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.

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…

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.

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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Travel Portland’s Jeff Miller takes us for a tour of Portland's wild side.