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The Road from Rock Star to Fatherhood: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The Road from Rock Star to Fatherhood: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Much of what we listened to growing up derived from our own Northwest backyard, including the rock band, Candlebox. A radio dial couldn’t be touched without hearing one of their two major hits, “You” and “Far Behind,” off their self-titled debut album, “Candlebox,” released in 1993. While at Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, we were […]

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Arts & Culture

Portland Youth Philharmonic

Portland Youth Philharmonic

Interested in classical music for the whole family but not sure where to start?   Join the Portland Youth Philharmonic for their annual Concert-at-Christmas on December 26th at 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. They’ll invite all four of their ensembles and an alumni orchestra to the stage to celebrate the holiday season […]

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Teenagers

Mindfulness Studies At School

Mindfulness Studies At School

One of the students was so afraid he vomited in a school trashcan. Hearing that, I felt the magnitude of the situation. This is not the world I grew up in, I thought. Back then, students prepared for fires, not school shooters. A week before the trashcan incident, teens at Wilson High School took part […]

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Holidays

December Notes from Kat

December Notes from Kat

I say it every year, but I can’t believe we’re already in the middle of another holiday season.  It’s inevitable – it comes every year at the same time, but I wake up one day and realize, “Holy cow, it’s Christmas already”.   Everyone suddenly seems a little more stressed out.  It might just be me, […]

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Other Recent Posts

Have You Tested Your Home for Radon?

| December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the United States in both men and women, causing more deaths each year than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. Although smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, more than two-thirds of people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers. This […]

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A Whole New Education at Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland

A Whole New Education at Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland

| December 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro’s Jack, Will & Rob Club hosted an event to celebrate the opening of its brand-new, state-of-the-art “Tween Tech Center.” Designed by celebrity craftsman Carter Oosterhouse, who met with Club staff and tween members before the remodel to learn about their wishes for the […]

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Movie Review: Annie

Movie Review: Annie

| December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

I went to the preview of the new movie Annie fully expecting to be underwhelmed. It’s not my kind of movie. It’s long. It’s a musical. It has small children—a lot of them. When we got to the theater (after a series of small disasters made us late), there were no more seats. I was […]

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Making a Splash by Keeping Kids Safe

Making a Splash by Keeping Kids Safe

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Earlier this fall, LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon was thinking “outside of the box” by putting a surprise in a box! Together with LifeWise’s honorary Director of Health Inspiration, Ariana Kukors, LifeWise created a gift box with goggles, a certificate for free swim lessons (up to $100), a personalized letter from Ariana – a 2012 […]

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Guardian Games

Guardian Games

| December 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Family game night takes on a whole new meaning when you enter Guardian Games. No matter what age or interest, Guardian Games has something for everyone in your family—from the tiny tots, to the teens, to mom and dad. Cards, miniatures, board games, and computer games all vie for attention. Additionally, there are spaces in […]

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Ring in the New Year with Family-Friendly Party Games

Ring in the New Year with Family-Friendly Party Games

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Are you including the kids in your New Year’s celebration this year? For most of us, that means bringing the kids to the party, then sending them off to play with their friends while we mingle with ours. It’s like having two separate parties under the same roof. This year, bring the two parties together […]

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