Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: A Sleepover With The Mennonites

The Mennonites are best described as being like Amish who use more technology. Women in long dresses and bonnets, men in slacks and suspenders–they have cars, digital cameras, and even computers. But they use such tools for their single person in life: to do God’s work. And to stay on task, they resist exposure to…
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Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: VANCOUVER

Beach, palms, Caribbean? Nope. Vancouver, Canada. That’s right. I said palms in Canada. Storied Vancouver was the third of my three major city stops on my summer 2017 journey through the Pacific Northwest. Known for is diversity, positive spirit, and natural beauty, the city of Vancouver, British Columbia didn’t disappoint on any front.  Through its people,…
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A Donald Trump Sweater And Today’s Parents Are Too Soft: VPNW #3

When arriving to Portland in July to interview its people, tragedy had recently struck. A month earlier, a man stabbed three other men on a commuter train, killing two of them. He did so, because these men got between him and two women he had been insulting for being Muslim. It made national news, and the…
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Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: VISITING A LIBERAL COLLEGE

When you think about regions of the US, you consider their weather, terrain, cities, and population. And somewhere in there, politics usually enters the picture. And when thinking of the Pacific Northwest, politics usually means liberal or Progressive or the “left” side of the ideological spectrum. This is especially so when considering an institution already…
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Conversation With A Hmong Portlander

This week is interview #2 from the Pacific Northwest. It came about because I recognized a foreign language being spoken without understanding a word… *** Overhearing an Asian family operating a floral booth at the Portland Farmer’s Market, I approached and asked, “Are you Hmong?” They affirmed. And they did so with surprise, because 1. I’m not Hmong,…
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Conversation With A Portland Pot User

Okay, here we go: My first interview from the Pacific Northwest. This summer I traveled this region to talk to people about their lives, about life in this part of the country, and about their outlooks on the world. My first conversation with a Pacific Northwesterner occurred just outside a marijuana store in Portland. It’s just like a liquor…
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It Begins… Video #1 Of Voices Of The Pacific Northwest

Today I release the introduction to my series of conversations from the Pacific Northwest. I’ll start posting these videos to my YouTube channel this weekend. For now, enjoy this trailer:

Voices Of The Pacific Northwest: SEATTLE

It’s a place whose name elicits an image and feel — but what are they exactly? Seattle is a tough city to summarize. The ocean, tech companies, coffee, hipsters, the the homeless: there’s an energy here all its own. The following sites and Seattleites composed my first exposure to this American metropolis–burgeoning with slices of Americana. *** SEATTLE First…
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People Of The Pacific Northwest: A MARIJUANA STORE And FARM

That which is taboo (and even illegal) in one place can be ordinary in another. This can cause us to pause—especially when such a contrast is apparent within two places in the same country. In the case of what I saw in Oregon, it can cause us to question the merit of law and policy…
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People Of The Pacific Northwest: PORTLAND

I had arrived. After two full days of driving, sightseeing, and people-meeting, I parked at my buddy Jay’s house in eastern Portland the night of July 3. He and his wife and daughter opened their home to me in this quiet, residential neighborhood–the perfect jumping-off point from which to explore the eccentricity of this city.…
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