Monday, June 29, 2020 / by Rick Sadle
Supporting local has always been a credo in Portland, Oregon. Local doesn’t just mean Portland, but Oregon in general. We like to eschew big corporations wherever possible and support small local businesses and local chains.
We also believe in eating healthy and eating sustainably. Contrary to what many believe, the family farm is dying. Most farms are owned by foreign corporations, and it’s estimated that only two percent of farms in the United States are truly family owned, and most of these farm only vegetables.
So, when there’s a true family farm that offers sustainable meats to consumers with Oregon values, it’s important to support them. Enter Oregon Family Farm.
Jefferson, Oregon, city sits on the right bank of the Santiam River between Salem and Albany along Oregon Route 164 east of Interstate 5. Located south of Portland, Oregon near the state capital in Salem, Jefferson is a small (as of 2010, the population was 3,098), rural community ...
Monday, June 22, 2020 / by Rick Sadle
Since March, many of us have still been stuck at home. Even those of us dubbed “essential workers” that have been able to get out and go to the office (and enjoy the lack of traffic), are likely feeling cooped up at home, what with most public places in Portland still closed to the public. Many of you may even be wondering if this is all necessary, if the reaction to this pandemic is worse than the pandemic itself. I don’t want to get into that. There’s varying opinions on this and it’s not likely we will have any answers for many years.
So, for many of us, we just tow the line, do our part to stay healthy and not infect others and hope that we can return to some sense of normalcy soon.
But what to do with all this extra time? Surely you have done your Spring cleaning multiple times over. No doubt you have zoomed with your family way too much. You’ve exhausted your Settlers game and destroyed all of the books on your bookshelf.
Don’t ge ...
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 / by Rick Sadle
Welcome to what is the first pandemic for most of us! My parents predate polio so this pandemic is new even for them. You might be scared. You might be wondering if this is the new normal. The truth is—no one knows how long this pandemic will last. No one knows how long you will have to shelter in place. It’s a scary time for us all, worried about our health and the health of our vulnerable loved ones.
But, once this immediate health crisis passes (and it will—rest assured, life will return to normal)—what will happen to the economy? Many folks have been laid off, most temporarily, some permanently. Others have had their jobs phased out or changed. The stock market is as volatile as ever. Real Estate at this time may seem terribly uncertain, but, it’s a giant part of the economy—an estimated 22% of all jobs in the United States are real estate related. Rest assured, your local agent is as busy as ever, the housing market remains strong. Now is ...
Monday, April 13, 2020 / by Rick Sadle
While Oregon has gone on a necessary and temporary lockdown as we work to flatten the curve of Covid-19. But, even though many of our bars and restaurants are temporarily closed (though, many are still open for take out, so if you can support your local eateries—and Powell’s—please do so!) You can still get outside and enjoy nature… just keep your social distance.
Thankfully, spring time in Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas is a great time to be outside. With this lockdown and quarantine, though, it’s necessary for sanity! But, fresh air and exercise are also good for the health and stress and keeping healthy is vitally important right now. There’s the joke going around about the Quarantine15 but it doesn’t have to be this way. There’s still ple ...
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 / by Rick Sadle
Dating isn’t easy. I don’t care where you live, how old you are, how much money you make or even how good looking you are. Finding that special someone, or even just that someone to hang out with, isn’t easy. It’s not like it is in the movies. You’re not likely to just run into your soul mate when you both reach for the same head of lettuce at the Trade Joe’s. Most of us aren’t smooth enough to have that clever quip that’s going to sweep Mr. of Ms. Right off their feet and into happily ever after with you.
No. Meeting people takes work. Even in a city like Portland, Oregon.
So, what do we do about this?
Well, there’s a plethora of dating apps. Tinder is likely the most popular and, despite it’s reputation as a hook up app, meaningful connections can be made using the app. Bumble, Plenty of Fish, and the recently launched Portland Dating App. Apps are great because you can safely browse available single sin your area form t ...