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I'm not BAD evil, more like devil's food cake evil.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

An Ode to Fall

I love fall the most. I love how the days become crisp as an apple, the trees turn a fiery shade of red, and everyone busts out the wool and knee high socks. The air hangs heavy with moisture, the vines heavy with grapes and squash, and my heart sings with happiness. Bonfires, caramel apples, hayrides and rubber boots. Muddy roads, piles of leaves clogging the drains, the smell of must and a soft grey sky.

Some people love the snow white winters, or the springs that renew us and give us hope, or the ultimate yang of a hot summer day bursting with activity and heart. But you can have them, for I love the fall. Give me the quiet inward spiraling and the settling in for the long haul. Give me the renewal and rebirth that this season promises, an internal renewal that asks me to look deep in my own darkness and assess my heart. I will answer that call, corn and squash in hand, wool socks on my feet, prayers spilling from my heart to the fiery trees to the soggy ground to the ever changing sky.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

We Like the Green*

*Green as in eco-friendly, not necessarily money.

After signing out of my Yahoo mail today, Yahoo kindly pointed out a few articles of interest for me to peruse. Usually, they are not very interesting. Today, however, one of the articles was titled "Five Amazing Green Cities" and lo, was that a photo of Portland attached to it?

It was.

According to this article, good ol' Portland Oregon is one of the Five Amazing Green Cities in the world because we've been a model of sustainable practices for years and years, even before it was popular. They cited Waterfront Park, which runs along the west bank of the Willamette River and used to be a 6-lane freeway. (Now the freeway is on the other side of the river, which apparently is more eco-friendly.) They mentioned our huge amounts of green space, and our urban growth boundary which has kept Portland from becoming a giant ugly sprawl like some other major PNW cities to the north. (But don't worry, other PNW cities, politicians and developers have been weakening the urban growth boundary for years now, so soon we can have ugly McMansions and cookie-cutter housing developments like you!)

Portland is the only US city to have made the list. Other cities included Vancouver, Canada, Malmo, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark. Pretty cool. Way to go, Portland. *pats Portland on back*