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So far Austin Brown has created 15 blog entries.

What’s Happened to Portland?

2020-09-24T19:59:03+00:00September 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|

What’s Happened to Portland? Portland is dying.  The heart of Downtown Portland is like a heart in atrial fibrillation with a lot of uncoordinated “quivering jelly” movement, but no strong purposeful life-giving muscular contraction or beat. Over the last six months, the heart of Portland’s downtown has been devastated [...]

Let the People In

2020-08-13T00:07:39+00:00August 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Let the People In What’s happening to “…that government of the people, by the people and for the people ...” (Abraham Lincoln, Gettysberg Address, 1863) that we have so much pride in here in Oregon and the United States?  What happened to transparency in government? The second Special Session [...]

Who Will Care for My Children?

2020-08-12T15:43:54+00:00August 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Who Will Care for My Children? Finding childcare for one’s children is near impossible.  We can do better. Who will care for my children? When I had my first child, I went back to work to support our family when she was 6 weeks old. Bud was still a [...]

Women are Tough and Resilient

2020-07-29T20:44:39+00:00July 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Women are Tough and Resilient Women are tough and resilient.  In today’s world, women wear many hats, go through many difficult situations and survive.  They survive because they are tough--they really are. Women have many career choices today, they are not pigeon-holed as they were just a few decades [...]

It Starts at the Beginning

2020-07-15T20:20:48+00:00July 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

It Starts at the Beginning We worry about our students graduating from high school. It isn’t enough that we pay special attention to our high school seniors in 12th grade.  We must start nurturing and guiding them way before that, from the moment that they are born. When a [...]

About reopening schools…

2020-07-14T22:24:27+00:00July 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|

In the last few days, the reopening of schools has become a major topic. Most everyone agrees that our kids deserve the best education they can possibly get and we need to make sure we keep as many people safe as possible. It isn’t a secret that distance learning [...]

Happy 4th of July!

2020-07-03T00:25:26+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Happy 4th of July! Today marks the day 244 years ago that 56 delegates signed the Declaration of Independence declaring separation from Britain.  No longer were we a colony, but a separate nation.  We celebrate with family and friends, usually with parades and concerts of patriotic songs and family [...]

Newsletter: Feeding Our Community – Part 2

2020-05-12T16:54:53+00:00May 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Feeding Our Community—Part 2 By Selma Pierce Vulnerable businesses Food is one of the main ways that we connect with people. We celebrate special days with food and fancy spreads. The Governor’s executive orders to limit gatherings of people and to limit the serving of food and beverages on-premises [...]

Newsletter: Feeding Our Community – Part 1

2020-05-06T21:31:39+00:00May 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Feeding Our Community—Part 1 By Selma Pierce (with additional information from MPFS and United Way) Introduction--Vulnerable populations        Food is one of most basic needs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the stay-at-home orders did not stop our local non-profits from helping our most vulnerable populations get food.  With [...]

Newsletter: What if Home Isn’t Safe?

2020-05-06T21:30:36+00:00April 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

What if Home Isn't Safe? By Selma Pierce (with additional information from Liberty House, a Child Abuse Assessment Center) April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Before the coronavirus pandemic, every April, a tree near the Capitol is covered with blue ribbons.  Each ribbon stands for a confirmed case of [...]

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