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“Live Music Capital of the World” Originally called Waterloo the capital of Texas was renamed Austin in 1839. It was renamed in honor or the “Father of Texas” Stephen F. Austin. He had passed away a few years prior, so he didn’t even know it, but now you do! What is there to do in Austin? Plenty. Austin has become well known for its booming food truck scene. If your ideal way to spend the weekend is trying out delicious food and soaking up some rays, then you’ll be happy to know that Austin has food truck parks throughout the city. From breakfast tacos and BBQ to burgers and desserts, there’s something for everyone -- there are vegan food trucks too! Food fact: Everyone’s favorite food store Whole Foods originated in Austin. There are no vampires, but Austin IS home to the country’s largest urban bat colony with over a million bats emerging from under the Congress Avenue Bridge every night. Good news, lots of bats means not a lot of flying bugs! If you’re feeling your inner urban cowboy, you can get a one-of-a-kind cowboy hat at Maufrais. They also carry leather jackets, candles and other homemade goods. Hit the water with a kayak or SUP at Lady Bird Lake. During the summer, it’s hot in Texas, so the downtown river is a great way to escape the heat. Launderette. The restaurant was a laundromat before it was converted into a high-end cafe. It’s so cool, you’ll want to incorporate their decor into your own home, and they also have an outdoor patio that caters to everything from casual drinks and apps to full dinners.

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Photo: The Austin Visitor Center at night. Credit, Shane Ware

Rockaway Beach Fill your Spring Break with Adventure


Rockhounding You’ll see them walking at low tide, with their eyes scanning the sand for agates and other rocky treasures. With seven miles of wide open beach, Rockaway is one of the best places for rockhounds to indulge their habit. If you find something you can’t quite put a name to, head to Troxel’s Gem and Jewelry Store in the center of town where Victor and Jen Troxel can help you identify your find. Crabbing Just north of Rockaway Beach is Kelly’s Brighton Marina. The experts there will show you how to crab from the dock or a rental boat, and when you’ve caught your limit, will cook them for you. The picnic tables are covered, so even if it’s a bit raining in March and April, you can still enjoy a delicious crab feed. Hiking the Old Growth Cedar Trail At the south end of town is one of the most enchanting trails on the Oregon Coast. The Old Growth Cedar Trail is built on a boardwalk that traverses through an old growth nature preserve, land that has never been


developed. Even though its entrance is just a few feet from Highway 101, within a minute you’ll feel as if you’re miles away. The thick forested area quiets the mind and traffic noise, and here you’ll encounter birds, creeks and if you’re lucky, spot a native beaver or deer. At the end of the trail’s turnaround you’ll meet the grand dame of cedar trees – an 800plus years old tree, showing her age quite well. This trail is ADA friendly. Hungry? The Pronto Pup was Invented Here Hot dog on stick, wrapped in batter and deep fried? You bet. And it’s been a favorite since the 1930s when George and Versa Boyington, who ran a small hot dog stand on the beach, came up with the idea of cooking a “bun” as needed – like when the rain made their old buns soggy. You’ll find the Pronto Pup café at the south end of town, and they’ve even had a mechanical pronto pup to ride while you wait. Wizard of Oz Putt Putt Golf Course Right next to Troxel’s Gem and Jewelry Store is a fantastical putt putt course with a Wizard of Oz theme.

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The Troxels designed this golf playground, and it has become one of the town’s main attractions, with its yellow brick roads, bubble machine and colorful “holes.” It’s in the center of town – you can’t miss it. Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad The historic railroad gets its season rolling during spring break with three roundtrips a day from Rockaway to Garibaldi. You’ll see views not available to highway drivers, and thrill to the sound of the train whistles at road crossings. It’s a fun ride for the whole family. There’s lots more to do nearby as well, including the Tillamook Creamery in Tillamook and Kilchis Point Reserve in Bay City. There are several restaurants in Rockaway, whether you are craving fresh seafood, hamburgers, Mexican food, or a good bakery and coffee. And lots of fun, eclectic shopping. Go to visitrockawaybeach.org for listings of places to stay. And if you need assistance with a beach wheelchair, contact Troxel’s at 541-418-2842 or email rockawayrocks@gmail.com


Facing page, Twin Rocks at Rockaway Beach. This page - clockwise: Wizard of Oz Putt Putt Golf Course, Pronto Pup, The Oregon Coast Scenic Raliroad, The Old Growth Cedar Trail. Photos courtesy of Visit Tillamook.

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Featured Artist Laura Crosby Willamette


Tea Rooms


18 Art in the Valley 24 The Bookshelf 26 City Gems 34 Day Tripper 68 Real Estate Update 69 Sten: On the Money 70 The Haberdasher 71 Gardening With Brenda 72 Looking Good 73 Kris on Health 74 Fitness Focus

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Healthy, refreshing winter citrus. A zesty welcome to 2024!

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Publisher's Update HAPPY 2024! IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, WE'VE BEEN AT THIS FOR FOURTEEN YEARS - ALMOST. This year's June issue will mark our 14th year of Willamette Living. It's been a lot of fun putting together each and every issue, and I'm sure 2024 will be just as much magazine fun! We hear all the time about being grateful, or practicing mindfullness, or grateful mindfullness -- whatever it is. But one thing that makes the concept really clear to me is the community of readers, and advertisers who have shared the Willamette Living ride over the years. Thank you all for making our magazine dream come true! I still remember vividly, the day I signed our first advertiser, Nancy at Corvallis' Second Glance, to come aboard, and "just try one ad." Around eighty four magazines later, Nancy's ad is still right there in our "Good Reads" section. Thanks for your vote of confidence, Nancy! Best of the Valley... an idea that seems to be quite popular. Our annual contest is going strong and more people participate every year. This year we're beginning in Mid-January with the voting at willametteliving.com. It takes some time to count up all the votes and determine the winners, so we're getting to work early in 2024. Just to be clear, the way our contest works is, people get on our website and vote for their favorite things in the valley, and we count them up. The top three in each category win. That's it. No nominations, no fees involved, no plaques or trophies we try to sell you after the contest. Winners receive a complimentary door

sticker designating to all who enter that they are indeed one of the "Best of the Valley" and they are listed on the web site as a winner (by year). Advertisers get to wear our best of the valley badge on their ad - all year. Good luck everybody! Another new thing, in 2024 we're starting to print eight issues instead of six. The reasoning behind this is in our (former) spring issue of May/June, we've always had too much going on for one issue, so now May/June is May, and June. At the end of the year, our November/December issue has always been tricky -- trying to get all of our holiday content into Nov/ Dec. We needed to work on that issue in October, and people just aren't in holiday mode when Halloween has not even happened yet. So now Nov/Dec is November, and December. A great fall issue about food for November and a bona fide holiday issue for December. From all of us at Willamette Living, enjoy this new issue. Happy new year, and please look forward to even more great Willamette Valley content in 2024! As always, thanks for reading Willamette Living.


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The Portland Winter Light Festival Photo This Page: Brooke Hoyer

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Watch our fantastic fire performers ignite their flames around and among the propane and fire-powered art filling PCS! Featuring Spinning Spades, Kendall Rae, Johnny Nuriel, SolRiso, Erika Ryn and Jodie Smalley. Photo: Amy Sakurai

THE ANNUAL PORTLAND WINTER LIGHT FESTIVAL (PDXWLF) WILL TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 2–10, 2024, AND PROMISES TO ENCHANT VISITORS OF ALL AGES WITH A DAZZLING ARRAY OF LIGHTBASED SCULPTURES, PROJECTIONS, DIGITAL INTERACTIVE ART, POP-UP ART IN STOREFRONT WINDOWS, PERFORMANCES, AND PARTICIPATORY EVENTS. For the ninth year, PDXWLF will be presented By PGE, and admission is free. PDXWLF is an annual program of the Willamette Light Brigade, a Portland nonprofit. The PDXWLF 2024, themed “What Glows Under Pressure,” is slated to take place at dozens of locations throughout Portland and will feature the work of over 125 local and regional artists and creative firms. Live event sites in the central city will include Pioneer Courthouse Square, the World Trade Center, and the Electric Blocks, and the event will showcase pop-up art installations in storefronts and public spaces such as Waterfront Park, the South Park Blocks, and locations throughout the Portland region. Live event sites will be open on the evenings of February 2-3 & 9-10, and pop-up art and participatory events will be available at various times.


PDXWLF 2024 highlights will include: • An opening fire show at Pioneer Square on Friday, February 2nd • “Nautilus Deep Sea,” a colorful public art installation at Waterfront Park by long-time PDXWLF artist Heather Dawn Sparks, will be up through March! • Participatory live events such as the Illuminated Bike Ride, the Lantern Procession, and new this year, the Little Luminaries children’s procession, where kids and families are encouraged to dress up as sea creatures • An “art corridor” viewing path winding through Downtown featuring highlighted pop-up art in windows and public spaces by popular demand! • The return of the Fun Lovin’ Silent Disco at the Electric Blocks, as well as a large-scale projection mapping by artist Andrew Wade Smith • Opportunities for community participation include volunteering, dressing up in lights, joining a live event, and more! • A comprehensive list of art, performances, and live events will be announced in mid-December at pdxwlf.com.

“The Light Festival has always been about invigorating Portland during the darkest time of year,” says Executive Director Alisha Sullivan. “Now more than ever,

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we love seeing Downtown Portland and neighborhoods filled with smiling faces exploring and looking for art, eating dinner out, and exploring local businesses. This event highlights Portland at its best, with the community coming together, rain or shine, to make something creative and beautiful happen.” The PDXWLF has a projected economic impact of $5.5 million and will feature the work of hundreds of local creatives, providing cultural and economic stimulation during the slowest time of the year. In addition to Presenting Sponsor PGE, the event receives crucial support from Prosper Portland, Downtown Portland, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Killian Pacific, Travel Portland, NECA IBEW, TriMet, Oregon Media Group, and others. Locations: The festival will occur at anchor locations and pop-up art sites across the city, including Pioneer Courthouse Square, World Trade Center, Electric Blocks in Central Eastside, and other popup venues. This year's festival will extend to surrounding communities such as St. Johns, Oregon City, Tigard, and Argay Terrace.


The 70th Season! Light up your bike, bundle up and join us for an easy 4-5 mile ride through inner SE and downtown to enjoy the artwork for PDXWLF. Photo: Dylan Evanston

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An ice sculpture from multiple 300lbs blocks that represents how tiny bits of experiences accumulate together to form thoughts that turn into ideas! Photo: Amy Sakurai

Theme: The theme for the 2024 festival is "What Glows Under Pressure," inspiring local and regional artists to create works inspired by the enigmatic depths of the ocean. Presented By PGE: PDXWLF is proudly presented by PGE. PGE's support is vital in bringing this beloved winter tradition to life and illuminating Portland's urban landscape. “Clean, renewable energy is a great way to make our present and our future brighter. We love powering the creativity of the communities we serve, and we’re thrilled to be a part of the ninth annual Portland Winter Light Festival,” says Kregg Arntson, director of PGE’s Community Impact initiatives.

What: Portland Winter Light Festival 2024 When: February 2-10, 2024 Where: Throughout Portland Cost: FREE

Written by Neil Simon Directed by Jo Dodge Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity served up Simon-style.

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Calling all hoopers! Join the LED Hoop Flash Mob! All levels welcome and encouraged to participate. Photo: Amy Sakurai

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Art in the Mid-Valley By Brian Egan

AN ARTIST’S DILEMMA: DO I MAKE ART FOR MYSELF OR FOR OTHERS? Many artists are obsessed with the process of their work and don’t give a damn what others think about it (think Vincent Van Gogh). Others need to create work that is saleable, in order to put food on their tables. Some of us just love the creative process and sell our work only to pay for more materials to keep our creative cycles alive. What artists do have in common is the need to paint, carve, sew, blow, throw or sculpt whenever and wherever possible. We also know the feeling of putting our hearts and souls into a piece of work, only to second guess ourselves and worry about what others might think. But it is important to remember that art is subjective and the only opinion that really matters is our own. So, the next time you meet an artist, ask them what drives their creative juices. A warning, this could be a long conversation as artists do enjoy talking about their work. The annual Jim and Ruth Howland Community Open starts at The Arts Center on January 16th, 2024. This event is an opportunity for anyone in the community to exhibit artwork in the main gallery. Artists of all ages and experience levels, especially those just starting their creative practice, are encouraged to bring one original work of art to display.


Be brave and put your work out there. Online Registration ends on January 11, 2024. If possible, please register online so the installation crew can anticipate your needs. Be sure and visit https://theartscenter. net/howland-community-open-2024 for important registration details. A reception and awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, February 17th from 1:00 to 2:30pm and the show ends on February 29th. Giustina Gallery at The LaSells Stewart Center presents Vistas and Vineyards Juried Show. Exhibition: January 3 - 30, 2024. Reception: Thursday, January 11 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Vistas and Vineyards is the oldest continuous plein air painting group in Oregon. Come celebrate their 34 years of painting outdoors. Some of this year’s painting locations include Davis Family Farm, Frey's Dalhias, Garland Nursery, Harrisburg, Independence, Lumos Winery, Peoria Market, Soap Creek and Spring Hill Vineyard. Vistas and Vineyards is a Northwest artist members group known for their responsive and energized landscape paintings. They meet weekly between mid-May through mid-October to express themselves individually as artists, to enjoy painting at local farms, vineyards and townships and to share impressions with each other

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and the mid-valley community. The group was formed in 1989 and always welcomes new members. The Neuroscience of Narrative February 1, 2024 • 5:30 – 7 PM • The Art Center Main Gallery • $10 Go to https://theartscenter.net/theneuroscience-of-narrative for more information and to register. Exhibiting artists Jeff Leake & company share the neuroscience behind how the human brain creates meaning from narrative at this interactive lecture. ABOUT: At this event, artist Jeff Leake joins Dr. Bill Griesar to present the biology that underlies how humans create meaning through narrative. Storytelling in combination with sensory and past experience profoundly shapes human’s understanding of the world. This suggests that our brain constantly makes predictions about the world. In Leake’s work, he explores the interplay between cultural narratives and human relationships to encourage a nuanced understanding of human interaction and storytelling. A creative activity and brain specimens are included in this unique presentation. Jeff Leake is a Portland artist whose art delves into the intersections of culture, nature, and human behavior, bridging the contemporary with ancient influences. His work





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explores cultural paradigms governing human lives, blending historic imagery, cultural archetypes, and observed landscapes to create complex visual narratives. Influenced by Bruegel, Bosch, and his childhood science and history illustrations, his art blurs the lines between history and fantasy, revealing the intricate connection between humanity and the natural world.

The Corvallis Arts Walk (CAW) is a grass-roots art walk that takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month in Downtown Corvallis from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Galleries, studios, arts and crafts stores and the occasional pop-up keep their doors open late to host an art-related event or demonstration. You can pick up walking maps of the event at the Visit Corvallis office, 113 SW 3rd Street, Alley Suite 101, Corvallis.

Untitled, Sheryl Thompson

Tourists Guide to Cascadia, Jeff Leake

every third Sunday, we invite you to join us to sketch at the gallery Clocks in the window for the New Year 184 S. Main St., Independence, OR


Artist Quote of the month: "You use a glass mirror to see your face. You use works of art to see your soul." – George Bernard Shaw

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What's Shakin' at The River Gallery? Majestic Theatre Happy New Year! We will have two special exhibits early this new year. Our Partner Focus Artist will be Ann Durley which will feature her whimsical clocks. The Window Show will spotlight the ceramic art of Gary House. Of course, this is in addition to our 70 local Willamette Valley artists at River Gallery! It is important to note that we will be closed 1/7/2024 - 1/17/2024 so we can refresh our gallery. January + February 2024 Focus Artist - Ann Durley CLOCKS. BIG & SMALL - Ann Durley This exhibition shows that clocks come in all sizes and shapes. The only common thread is that they all tell time. Ann Durley presents a show that celebrates that diversity. Come see long and tall clocks. Clocks that are big and small. Clocks that are round, square, rectangular, arched, triangular, and other unique shapes. It’s all about time…keep on time with a unique clock. Visit River Gallery to explore the world of Ann’s playful and quirky clocks. Window Show January + February 2024 - Gary House Artist’s Statement: Gary House, retired librarian, RH, active ceramicist and art enthusiast. I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I grew up in daily contact with the Hispanic and Native American cultures which continue to have a major influence on my style and art. My grandmother’s lively interest and appreciation for the arts of the Southwest is something I inherited. Living in Oregon for the part thirty years has stimulated most of my mini garden creations, added many greens to my palate of colors and encouraged me to share my love for art and the environment in my ceramics. I seek beauty and harmony in all aspects of conceiving, making and presenting my work. Seasonal rhythms, plants and ani-

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Original work by Beatrice Rubenfeld Art by Appointment

Contact Beatrice to schedule.


230 NW 6th Street, Corvallis beatrice.artwork@gmail.com

mals are viewed as gists of inspiration to honor, explore and appreciate. The whimsical influence of folk art with its bright colors; simple and energetic forms, can often be found in my work. Spiritual, mythological and psychological themes from world cultures are also seen in my work as my way of understanding and participating in the perennial traditions of knowledge. My hope is to create objects which help people connect with their own desire to live full and joyful lives. I have discovered great joy in the power of ceramic arts to express, hold and inspire artistic creations throughout history. Facing the clay on a regular basis calls me to that edge of possibilities where I can join in the creative process. Stop by River Gallery to appreciate Gary’s art exploration. You will be glad that you did! River Gallery 184 S. Main Street Independence, Oregon 97351 503-838-6171 www.rivergalleryart.com Hours/Days of Operation: Thursdays - Sundays from 11:00am - 4:00pm

Old Barns Print 16” x 24” by Michael Gibbons

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About Laura A NATIVE OREGONIAN, LAURA CROSBY WAS BORN IN COOS BAY, THE YOUNGEST OF FOUR CHILDREN. She lived on a small houseboat until three years of age, at which time her family moved to a home on dry land. Her love of art and the natural world began there, in the tidal washes of the Coos River. At age six, her family moved to Eugene, a city rich in local art and music. Many happy hours were spent at the University of Oregon Art Museum and local galleries. During her grade school years, she was twice selected to attend special, University of Oregon summer art classes for gifted students. Later, she received a scholarship to attend a small art school in Ashland, Oregon where she developed her love and respect for watercolor. It was an intense “dream curriculum” taught by professional artists. Classes consisted of life-drawing from models, weekly critiques, and intense drawing and painting classes.

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In the pursuing years, Laura obtained an R.N. degree, and worked in hospitals in Portland, Medford and Eugene. After 10 years, she returned to OSU to obtain a degree in psychology, and also went to LCC to pursue a degree in dental hygiene. Over the next 30 years, she enjoyed a rewarding career working in several local dental offices. It was in Corvallis that she met Herbert Berman, a classically trained artist from New York. He taught oil painting out of his home in south Corvallis, where he and his wife, Regina lived for many years. Laura studied under his mentorship for 5 years before he passed away in 2014. His passion for the craft, and recollections of his experiences painting with some great artists in New York City, were gifts his students would receive under his instruction. Laura says that art has always been her joy: she is fascinated by light, color, mark-making, and how it influences how we feel and see the world around us. She sees picture possibilities constantly, but really enjoys the beauty in the quick glimpses of day-to-day life: light reflecting just a certain way. She strives to translate what her eyes see into a picture that makes sense to the viewer and reveals what she wants to say concisely and eloquently, letting the viewer complete the image. It goes without saying that visual language is her elusive muse, an instrument of light, color and energy that she continually seeks to master.


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Laura is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America, the Corvallis Art Guild, and a member of Vistas and Vineyards. Awards received include Vistas and Vineyards annual show, Ruth and Jim Howland’s Community Open Art Show, and Umpqua Valley’s Plein Air Paint-out “Award of Distinction.” She has shown her work at many local venues, including Sam’s Station, Good Samaritan Hospital, Sybaris Restaurant, Gathering Together Farm, and many other Guild venues. She sells her work at the Corvallis Art Guild Clothesline Art Sale in August, and at her studio by appointment. Her paintings hang at the Pastega House in Corvallis, and in many homes throughout the country. During the summer months, she can be found near her easel, outside—chasing the light in this beautiful place that she calls home.


Seascape Contact Laura: 541-990-2398 | laura.anne1212@gmail.com Or visit her studio, by appointment

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Malice : a novel by Heather Walter Lizzy and the Cloud By Fan Brothers Finding the perfect cloud in Milo, Lizzy takes care of the little cloud, watching Milo grow and grow, but when Milo gets too big for her to handle, she wonders what to do. Illustrations. (Children’s Picture Book)

Love that story : Observations from a Gorgeously Queer Life by Jonathan Van Ness In this essay collection, the star of Netflix's Queer Eye takes an in-depth look at current topics through his own personal experience, providing stories that speak to challenging internalized beliefs, finding compassion and confidence and learning more about what makes us all so messy and gorgeous. (Nonfiction) CURATED BY OUR FRIENDS AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY!

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In this darkly magical retelling of Sleeping Beauty, Alyce, an evil sorceress, finds an ally in Princess Aurora and wonders if she can lift Aurora's curse so that together they can forge a new world. (Fiction)

Marshmallow Clouds : Two Poets at Play Among Figures of Speech by Ted Kooser A freewheeling romp through the world of imagery and metaphor, this quietly startling collection of thirty poems, framed by the four elements, is about art and reality, fact and fancy. Look around: what do you see? A clown balancing a pie in a tree, or an empty nest perched on a leafless branch? By a former US Poet Laureate. (Children’s Nonfiction)


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Mary Jane : a novel by Jessica Anya Blau Taking a summer job as a nanny for the daughter of a local doctor, straight-laced Mary Jane is introduced to a world of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll, which helps her figure out what she really wants out of life, and what kind of person she's going to be. (Fiction)

Me and the World : an Infographic Exploration by Mireia Trius Infographics artwork promotes visual and data literacy in a content-rich introduction to the world's global communities that describes the diverse kinds of families, languages, professions, living spaces and customs that can be found throughout the world. Illustrations. (Children’s Nonfiction)

A CURATED COLLECTION Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki Finally working up the courage to tell the boy of her dreams, Umetarou Nozaki, how she feels about him, Chiyo instead discovers that he is a popular manga artist and is recruited as his assistant, starting her life of manga making and heartache (Young Adult Fiction)

Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival A creative youngster who has difficulties with social cues discovers a special talent that helps her navigate social situations and make friends. By the creator of Ravis Roar. Illustrations. (Children’s Picture Book)

LOCAL INTEREST Life and Death at Cape Disappointment; Becoming a Surfman on the Columbia River Bar. By Christopher J. D'Ameelio with Reid Maruyama

Cape Disappointment is one of the most notorious Coast Guard units on the Pacific Coast. Its area of responsibility is referred to as the “Graveyard of the Pacific.” This book focuses on five of the most significant search and rescue cases during D'Amelio's tour and how such work affected him and his colleagues mentally and physically.

The Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart Making a friend in newcomer Virginia, one of seven mysterious kids to move into his neighborhood, outcast Ravani Foster must keep Virginia safe when he learns she is in danger, or lose the only person who has ever understood him. (Children’s Fiction)

Christopher D’Amelio was born and raised in Aptos, California. At the age of nineteen he joined the United States Coast Guard, where he quickly achieved the rate of Boatswain’s Mate working in stations and on boats up and down the Pacific Coast from Alaska to South America. In 1998 he was assigned to Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington. During his tenure at Station Cape Disappointment, he amassed over 2,200 hours of underway time, routinely operating on the Columbia River Bar, where he earned a reputation as one of the most skilled boat handlers in the Coast Guard.


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Lake Oswego Story and Photos by Elaine Rea

"Gallery Without Walls" Outdoor art all over Lake Oswego!

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Tryon Creek State Natural Area Tryon Creek is a state park surrounded by suburban neighborhoods. It boasts 14 miles of hiking trails and is home to 300 species of plants. The visitor’s center hosts Friday morning bird walks and offers guided nature hikes. The Friends of Tryon Creek host an annual Trillium Festival in early April and 2024 will be their 44th. 11321 SW Terwilliger Boulevard https://shorturl.at/rG279 Gallery Without Walls Outdoor art pieces are located for public viewing throughout downtown Lake Oswego. Sixty-one sculptures are in the city’s permanent collection and 24 rotating selections remain in place for two years, 12 new pieces each year. The 2024 Walking Map brochure is available at the link above. https://shorturl.at/MW148

Lakewood Center for the Arts

Tryon Creek Visitors Center

Lakewood Center for the Arts Home to the Lakewood Theater Company since 1979, this former elementary school has a 220-seat mainstage as well as a visual arts gallery. The theater company produces six plays annually and acting classes are taught at the center for youth and adults. Special exhibitions are held in the gallery and audiences come from all over the metro area to enjoy the center’s offerings. 368 S State Street lakewood-center.org

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CITY GEMS new ones. Their 80+ year track record is a rare find. 15942 Boones Ferry Road naomislampshadesandlamps.com

Foothills Park Foothills Park is nine acres on the banks of the Willamette River. It is home to the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial and during the summer hosts concerts in a riverside amphitheater. 199 Foothills Road https://shorturl.at/qzWXZ Willamette Shore Trolley These vintage trolleys run seasonally between Lake Oswego and SW Portland on a historic rail line. The 10.5 mile, 90-minute round trip travels along the western shore of the Willamette River and passes through the Elk Rock Tunnel. Riders learn about the history of rail travel on this route dating back to the 1880’s. The Oregon Electric Railway Historical Society’s volunteers operate the trolley and summer service resumes Memorial Day weekend. 311 N State Street wst.oregontrolley.com


several evenings a week, and cater events on- and off-site. We had the Tris di Insalate di Mercato, the ‘Salad Trio’ featuring selections from the marketplace and it was wonderful. 333 S State Street M nicolettastable.com City Home City Home is woman-owned and sources furniture, décor, housewares, and gifts from over 80 suppliers. They carry some vintage pieces and cater to a variety of decorating styles. The store is dog-friendly and a community gathering place on its busy corner in the center of Lake Oswego. Opened in 2022, the shop is bright and welcoming. City Home has two more showrooms in the metro area: Central Eastside and Vancouver. 390 N State Street #120 https://shorturl.at/kpyAJ Ricardo’s Ristorante Ricardo’s has been a local, Lake Oswego landmark since 1980. Renowned for the best selection of Italian wines anywhere, the restaurant’s gregarious owner has brought authentic, family recipes to life. Besides the indoor dining room, they have heated, outdoor dining on a charming patio, and private rooms for larger parties. The staff is friendly and professional and we enjoyed the Pomodoro al Mancini with meatballs. Delizioso! 16035 Boones Ferry Road riccardoslo.com

SHOPPING Babica Hen Babica Hen is a favorite with brunch lovers and always bustling with neighborhood diners. They serve breakfast and lunch all day and have an on-site bakery. Their Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun is the best seller, but we loved the Iron Miner’s Scramble with a homemade biscuit. 15964 Boones Ferry Road babicahencafe.com

Naomi’s Lampshades and Lamps Naomi’s has been selling and repairing lamps at this location since 1942. They carry high-quality lamp shades of every size and shape as well as harps, finials, and repair parts. The all-female sales staff can restore old lamps or custom design

glassybaby glassybaby sells hand-blown glass votives in every color imaginable and produced in one of their Pacific Northwest hot shops. Primarily an on-line store, Lake Oswego is one of only six retail outlets and offers shoppers the chance to see the products in-person. In addition to their standard product line, glassybaby has special colors designated to support causes like assisting people with and finding cures for cancer and Alzheimer’s. A portion of the proceeds from each sale is donated to charity and the company has given away $14 million to date. 390 N State Street glassybaby.com

Nicoletta’s Table and Marketplace In Lake Oswego for 11 years, Nicoletta’s has a bistro feel and serves Italian foods: pizza, pasta, paninis, and anti-pasto with lots of seasonal specials. Many of the menu items are available fresh from their marketplace along with specialty foods, wine, and gifts. They have a garden patio for dining in fair weather, live music WELLNESS & RENEWAL | www.willametteliving.com



Spirit of St-Louis photographed at National Air and Space Museum. The Spirit of St. Louis is the custom-built single engine, single seat monoplane that was flown solo by Charles Lindbergh on May 20-21, 1927, on the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris.

"A Century Ago: Reflecting on the World of 1924"


s we begin 2024, it's only natural to cast our minds back a century to the world of 1924. A time marked by significant historical events, cultural shifts, and technological advancements, the year 1924 is a fascinating period to explore. Join us as we take a journey through the past to understand what transpired a century ago. Roaring Twenties An Era of Excess and Innovation The 1920s, often referred to as the "Roaring Twenties," was a period of profound societal change. It was a decade of economic prosperity and cultural transformation. In the United States, this era saw the Jazz Age take center stage, with iconic figures like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington redefining music. Prohibition led to the rise of speakeasies, where the flapper culture embraced rebellion, fashion and freedom. The Great Gatsby and F. Scott Fitzgerald F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the most celebrated American authors, published "The Great Gatsby" in 1925. While the novel didn't gain widespread recognition until later, it would go on to become a quintessential piece of literature capturing the spirit and excesses of the 1920s. Sports and Legends In 1924, the Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France, marking the first Winter Games in history. Athletes from around the world participated in sports like figure skating, ice hockey, and skiing, laying the groundwork for future winter sporting events. The Pioneering Spirit of Aviation Charles Lindbergh, the famed aviator, began his career as a pilot in 1924. His record-breaking flights and, eventually, his historic solo transatlantic journey in 1927, would make him an international hero and a symbol of the burgeoning field of aviation.

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Global Politics The world was grappling with political turmoil. In the wake of World War I, many countries were still dealing with the aftermath, political shifts, economic instability, and social change being the norm. The League of Nations, established in 1920, aimed to prevent future conflicts through diplomacy and cooperation, although it struggled to fulfill its mission. Artistic Expression Art movements such as Surrealism and the Harlem Renaissance were taking shape. Artists like Salvador Dali and Langston Hughes were producing groundbreaking work that challenged norms and expanded creative boundaries. Technological Marvels The 1920s witnessed remarkable technological advances, including the first transatlantic telephone call in 1927. The radio became a household fixture, connecting people in ways they had never experienced before, and the development of early television technology was underway. Political Leaders 1924 marked the leadership of prominent figures such as Calvin Coolidge in the United States and leaders like Ramsay MacDonald in the United Kingdom. These individuals played pivotal roles in shaping their respective nations during a time of significant change. A century ago, the world was navigating the aftermath of a devastating war and undergoing a transformative cultural revolution. The innovations and shifts that occurred in the 1920s laid the groundwork for the modern world we know today. As we move into 2024, let's remember the past, draw inspiration from it, and strive to build a brighter future.


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In a world where aesthetic concerns often meet medical solutions, sclerotherapy has emerged as a formidable ally in the battle against unsightly spider veins. This minimally invasive procedure has become increasingly popular for its ability to enhance both appearance and overall vein health. Let's delve into the wonders of sclerotherapy and unravel the science behind its success. Understanding Spider Veins Spider veins, those tiny red, blue, or purple vessels that sprawl across the skin's surface like a delicate web, are a common concern for many individuals. While they are generally harmless, their appearance can cause discomfort and self-consciousness, prompting people to seek effective solutions. The Mechanics of Sclerotherapy Sclerotherapy works by targeting and collapsing unwanted spider veins. During the procedure, a specially trained healthcare professional injects a solution, often a saline-based sclerosing agent, directly into the affected veins. This solution irritates the vein walls, causing them to collapse and stick together. As the vein seals shut, blood is rerouted through healthier vessels, gradually fading the appearance of the treated spider veins. Over time, the body absorbs the collapsed veins, leaving behind smoother, clearer skin. The procedure is relatively quick, usually taking less than an hour, and is performed in an outpatient setting. Effectiveness and Benefits: One of the key advantages of sclerotherapy is its high success rate in treating spider veins. Patients typically notice a significant improvement in the appearance of their veins within a few weeks to a few months after the procedure. Moreover, sclerotherapy is a versatile treatment that can be applied to various areas of the body, including the legs, face, and hands.

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Beyond its cosmetic benefits, sclerotherapy can also address symptoms associated with spider veins, such as pain, aching, and swelling. By promoting better blood circulation and reducing the pressure on affected veins, sclerotherapy contributes to improved vein health and overall well-being. Considerations and Post-Procedure Care: While sclerotherapy is generally considered safe, it's essential for individuals considering the treatment to consult with a qualified healthcare professional. A thorough evaluation will help determine whether the procedure is suitable for their specific condition. After the treatment, patients are advised to wear compression stockings to promote blood flow and support the healing process. Avoiding prolonged periods of standing or sitting and engaging in regular physical activity can also enhance the effectiveness of the procedure. Sclerotherapy stands as a testament to the intersection of medical science and aesthetic aspirations. With its ability to gently erase the intricate patterns of spider veins, this minimally invasive procedure offers a path to enhanced vein health and renewed self-confidence. As technology continues to advance, sclerotherapy remains a promising solution for those seeking a safe and effective remedy for spider veins.

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Fancy a Spot of Tea?

Bloom Boutique & Tea House

Afternoon Tea is the New Happy Hour Words and Photos by Elaine Rea


ea rooms do not offer delightful meals alone. They offer a memorable dining experience with a chance to slow down, enjoy good service, and revisit a bit of British tradition. The menus, décor, and ambiance reflect what a tea room owner loves most about afternoon tea. This is a wonderful sampling of the region’s tea rooms; each with their own personality and all with delicious food and great tea selections. The prices range from $30-$60 per person; not inexpensive but perfect for a special occasion (or just for fun)! All require advance reservations (some have online booking), all are locally-owned small businesses, and all are unique.

Clockwork Rose Tea

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In The Portland Metro Area

Clockwork Rose Tea This downtown Beaverton tea room has a steampunk vibe but the fresh flowers (arranged in-house) and mixed-up china service is colorful and charming. Their attention to detail, down to the scratch-made clotted cream is evident. In this spot for eight years, Clockwork Rose hosts four, themed events each year lasting 2-4 weeks each: Mad Hatter, Harry Potter, Witching Hour, and Charles Dickens, and the décor is transformed for each theme. They serve Harney & Sons tea. Side note: their “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” themed bathroom is a must-see! Emporium 12412 SW Broadway Street, Beaverton clockworkrosetea.com

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Doja Tea Lounge Located next to Tualatin Lake in the downtown Commons area, Doja Tea Lounge serves Japanese-inspired flavor combinations that fuse traditional afternoon tea elements with Asian ingredients. Their menu changes seasonally but our service included a savory Green Curry Kabocha Pinwheel and a sweet Kumquat Pink Peppercorn Éclair. They serve their own tea blends and have an outdoor seating area open in the summer. 18674 SW Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin dojateas.com Emperor Georgiou’s Tea Room Emperor Georgiou’s is a Star Trek-themed, proudly inclusive, Kenton neighborhood tea room. Opened in late 2022, the menu changes quarterly with seasonal specials and they offer vegan and gluten-free options for many items. Our “Uhuru” service kicked off with a Strawberry Lemonade Spritzer and crudités before delivery of our tea selections. The tiered tray included their freshly-baked crumpets, which are available by the bag to take home. 8237 N Denver Avenue, Portland emperorgeorgiou.black

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Tea Rooms Contd.

Mamancy Tea & Chocolate

Skywater Tea House

Lovejoy's Restaurant & Tearoom

Mamancy Tea & Chocolate As the name of the tea room suggests, the afternoon tea has fabulous chocolates on the menu. Our meal began with an arugula salad and a bowl of fresh kiwi and strawberries before the savories and sweets arrived. The Kenyan owner shares her tea traditions in the ‘experiences’ she offers. In addition to afternoon tea, Mamancy has late afternoon “Tea and Chocolate Pairings” as well as “Dreamy Dainties”, a take-away afternoon tea box, perfect for picnics. They have a second location in Beaverton. 159 SE 2nd Avenue, Hillsboro mamancy.com

land’s own Steven Smith and their in-house pastry chef creates fresh, seasonal delicacies for their monthly menus. The offerings stay close to traditional British selections, but the Filipino owner sometimes adds his native flavors to treats. We loved the Yuzu Vanilla Panna Cotta starter. Their companion business in downtown Hillsboro is Skywater Fine Wines (skywaterwines.com). 1601B SE River Rd, Hillsboro skywaterteahouse.com

tails on Friday nights. The owner also teaches tea blending classes and the space is available to rent for private, catered events. 712 S Main Street, Lebanon bloomdowntownlebanon.com

Skywater Tea House Skywater Tea House is newly opened (August 2022) in suburban Hillsboro and has an upscale, pressed-smooth atmosphere. Their tea comes from three purveyors and includes Port-

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Bloom Boutique & Tea House Open in 2021, this cozy, downtown Lebanon tea room shares space with a boutique and gift shop. The shop has a Bohemian feel…pretty, a bit fancy, but practical. The afternoon tea starts with the soup of the day and finger sandwiches before the baked savories and desserts. The shop has a full bar and serves fondue and cock-

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Farther Afield

Lovejoy’s Restaurant & Tearoom They are “keeping it royal” at Lovejoy’s with a delightful décor of florals and lace. Located near the Siuslaw River in Old Town Florence, this tea room has been under its current ownership since 2015. We chose the Clam & Salmon Chowder (a benefit of their coastal location) for our starter and it was delicious. Their teas are sourced worldwide and everything on their menu is made from scratch. Their adjoining retail shop sells tea and tea-related gifts. 195 Nopal Street, Florence lovejoysrestaurant.com/high-tea


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Day Tripper: Forest Grove

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Photo: Downtown Forest Grove

ust 23 miles west of downtown Portland, Forest Grove might be considered part of the metropolitan area, but the citizens in this town of 26,000 would disagree. They are an independent bunch living nestled in the foothills of the Coast Range and in the heart of a fertile, farm region growing wine grapes, Christmas trees, and nursery stock. Forest Grove is home to Pacific University, established in 1849 with a current enrollment of 3,550, that gives this college town a young vibe. Every July, Forest Grove hosts the Pacific Northwest’s longest running Concours d’Elegance Car Show (https://forestgroveconcours.org) attracting over 300 of the finest classic and modified cars to the PU campus. Forest Grove has a charming downtown and nearby, tree-lined streets are filled with historic homes. Friends of Historic Forest Grove (https://www.fhfg.org) sponsor tours and events throughout the year to celebrate the town’s heritage. Washington County operates the 2,500-acre Scoggins Valley Park at Hagg Lake, 12 miles away, with boating, fishing, and 14 miles of trails around the lake. https://discoverforestgrove.org

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Day Tripper: Forest Grove

L. L. Stub Stewart State Park

Opened in 2007, Stub Stewart State Park is on the west fork of Dairy Creek, north of US Highway 26 off Highway 47. The park is open for day-use with a welcome center, equestrian trails, and a 3-hole disc golf course. The

Tree to Tree Adventure

Tree to Tree Adventure is an aerial obstacle course and ziplining park that offers activities for ages 2 and up. There are six aerial courses at three different skill levels and take three hours to complete. Admission includes instruction and safety gear. Don’t miss the 65-foot free fall! The zip line tours are two hours beginning with a hike to the top and great views on the way down including a ¼ mile stretch of line. The courses are popular with school groups and for corporate team-building. Reservations are required and the park is open from March to mid-November. 2975 SW Nelson Road, Gaston tree2treeadventurepark.com

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overnight camp grounds are open year-round with 12 cabins and 78 RV hook-ups. The park intersects with the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, a 22.7 miles route along a decommissioned railroad line. Buxton | https://shorturl.at/zRS39

Day Tripper: Forest Grove

Chehalem Ridge Nature Park

Nine miles southeast of downtown Forest Grove, Chehalem Ridge is operated by Oregon State Parks for Metro. The park is open for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding on ten miles of trails, with expansive views of the Tualatin Valley and Coast Range. Dogs are not allowed due to the sensitive habitat, and wildlife include bobcats, coyotes, and we saw a posting for a recent cougar siting. There are picnic tables and restrooms at the trailhead parking lot. 38263 SW Dixon Mill Road, Gaston https://shorturl.at/fknZ3

Theater in the Grove

The 1912-built Star Theater is home to Theater in the Grove, a non-profit performing live theater productions since 1969, making it one of the old

Anna and Abby’s Yard at Rogers Park

A giant Sequoia tree was salvaged from a nearby property and used to build a one-of-a-kind playground in Rogers Park. Built with community-raised funds in memory of two young sisters lost to a tragic accident, it was dedicated in 2020 and designed to be inclusive for kids of all abilities. Just a few blocks from Main Street, it is whimsical and magical. 2421 17th Avenue | https://shorturl.at/ghHN2

est community theaters in Oregon. Auditions are open to the public and the actors, backstage crew and frontof-the-house staff are volunteers.

The company stages four to six plays annually, mostly musicals, and tickets can be purchased from their website. 2028 Pacific Avenue theatreinthegrove.org

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Day Tripper: Forest Grove McMenamins Grand Lodge Stay: at mcMenamins Grand Lodge Eat: Fish & Chips

Housed in a former Masonic and Eastern Star home for the elderly, McMenamins renovated this 1922 building in 2000 with 90 guest rooms. Tucked throughout are cozy bars and sitting areas and two restaurants: Pat’s Corner and Iron Work Grill, all serving McMenamins handcrafted beer, wine, cider, and spirits. We ordered the Ale-Battered Fish and Chips, and it was served with house-made Terminator Malt Vinegar. The lodge has an outdoor soaking pool, day spa, and movie theater. During the summer, the Grand Lodge lawns become seating for 3,000 concert-goers attending their “Concerts in the Grove” music series. 3505 Pacific Ave. mcmenamins.com/ grand-lodge

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Gongaii Games

Frye’s Action Athletics

Gongaii Games

Guidetti’s Marketplace

Valley Art Association

Opened in 1976, Frye’s Action Athletics outfits the region’s high school and college sports teams (e.g. Forest Grove Vikings, Gaston Greyhounds, Yamhill-Carlton Tigers). Now owned by a Pacific University alum, the shop has an old-school feel that transports you back to a time before national, big-box stores. Frye’s does screen printing and embroidery for uniforms in sizes Youth to 4XL. They specialize in hard-to-find, high-end baseball and softball gear, and have a hitting station in-house for custom bat fitting. They also carry gear for wrestling, volleyball, pickleball and the rest. 2016 Pacific Avenue | fryesactionathletics.com This cozy corner shop might appear unassuming but it is a pasta-lover’s Mecca! Stocked with books, tools and ingredients to make delicious Italian meals, they teach pasta-making, cater pasta parties, and host culinary tours of Italy. They also offer a Pasta Club with monthly subscriptions of pasta, sauce and specialty pantry items, for pick-up or shipped U.S.-wide. The store sells kitchen décor and linens, and will make up a gift basket for any occasion. Don’t miss grabbing a sweet treat from the gelato case. 2004 Main Street | guidettis.com

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Valley Art Asssn.

Located on Main Street in a former furniture store, Gongaii Games opened in May 2023 and sells board, card, and role-playing games. They carry character models and paints and have a children’s section, too. They host tournaments on their mezzanine level, offer demo games to try before purchasing, and commission local artists to create Gongaii special-edition stickers each month. Bagged snacks, energy drinks, beer and cider are available to buy; soda is complimentary. They have a second location in Beaverton. 2017 Main Street | gongaii.com

Featuring over 100 local, emerging and established artists for 57 years, Valley Art Association is a non-profit gallery selling work in all mediums: painting, glass, pottery, sculpture and wood-working, for example. The retail space in downtown Forest Grove opened in 1984 and offers adult classes in pottery, painting, mixed media, drawing and printmaking. They host classes and camps for kids, and the town’s Chalk Art Festival every year in September. 2022 Main Street | valleyart.org

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Slow Rise Bakehouse “Honest-to-Goodness for goodness sake”, Slow Rise’s owners got their start making bread and opened this bakery near Pacific University in 2016. They source from organic, regional mills and use a long fermentation process in their wild sourdough breads. Their pastry case is filled with savory and sweet choices rotating seasonally and they are a popular spot for both breakfast and lunch. They offer classes in bread-making. We enjoyed a fresh raspberry Danish with our latte. 2007 21st Avenue | slowrisebakehouse.com


Dauntless is a veteran-owned winery with tasting rooms at their vineyard and in downtown. Opened in 2014 by Iraqi-war veterans, they have planted 12-acres of vines with stellar views in nearby Gaston. They bring live music to their venues, as well as food carts. Outside food and “well-behaved dogs” are welcome. They are “small but tenacious; scrappy but charming”! 2003 Main Street (tasting room), 6505 Old Highway 47, Gaston (vineyards) dauntlesswine.co


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Serving beer, cider and food near the Pacific University campus, Ridgewalker is a locally owned brewery and tap room. Their historic building with its rustic interior and sliced-log tabletop booths pair well with 32 taps and elevated pub food. Ridgewalker selections are also sold in cans; great to take-away. Their Pirate Ship beer garden and Rock, Paper, Scissors competitions are also on tap! We loved the Cajun Chicken Sandwich with Fried Brussels Sprouts (and garlic aoli)…oh, yeah! 1921 21st Avenue ridgewalkerbrewing.com


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In a world where hustle and bustle seem to be the norm, finding time for exercise can be a challenge. But what if you could achieve significant health benefits without breaking a sweat or spending hours at the gym? Yes, it's possible! In this article, we'll explore a few low-effort, high-benefit exercises that can seamlessly fit into your daily routine, helping you stay active and healthy. Photo: Meditation and Deep Breathing – Calm Your Mind and Body

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1 Walking – The Easiest Path to Health Walking is the most accessible and natural form of exercise. A simple daily walk can provide numerous benefits, from improving cardiovascular health to reducing stress. You don't need any special equipment or a gym membership – just a comfortable pair of shoes and a willingness to stroll. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day, and you'll enjoy a remarkable boost in overall well-being.


2 Deskercise – Office-Friendly Workouts


For those chained to a desk all day, "deskercise" can be a game-changer. Incorporate mini-exercises into your work routine to prevent sedentary behavior. Stretch your legs, do seated leg lifts, or engage in chair squats during brief breaks. These exercises can improve circulation and reduce the negative effects of prolonged sitting.

Swimming is a fantastic low-impact exercise that works wonders for your body without making you sweat excessively. It's gentle on the joints and provides a full-body workout. Whether you take a dip in a pool or swim in open water, you'll build strength, improve endurance, and enhance cardiovascular health.

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Yoga and Tai Chi – Gentle Mind-Body Practices

Yoga and Tai Chi are excellent choices for those seeking low-intensity, high-benefit exercises. These mind-body practices focus on flexibility, balance, and relaxation. The slow, deliberate movements can help reduce stress, increase flexibility, and improve overall mental and physical well-being. Consider attending a class or following online tutorials to get started.

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5 Gardening – Green Thumb, Fit Body Believe it or not, gardening is not just for your plants but for your health too. Gardening activities such as weeding, digging, and planting involve low-intensity movements that help you burn calories and strengthen your muscles. Plus, it offers a sense of accomplishment and the joy of seeing your garden thrive.

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Wall sits are a stealthy way to strengthen your leg muscles without anyone noticing. Find a blank wall, slide your back down to a sitting position, and hold it as long as you can. This exercise targets your quadriceps and glutes, helping to tone and strengthen your lower body. The best part? You can do it virtually anywhere.


Meditation and Deep Breathing – Calm Your Mind and Body

Meditation and deep breathing exercises may not seem like traditional workouts, but they offer immense mental and physical benefits. Reducing stress, improving focus, and promoting relaxation are just a few advantages of these practices. Even a few minutes a day can make a significant difference in your overall well-being.

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Heartfelt Gestures: 10 Romantic Ideas for a Memorable Valentine's Day VALENTINE'S DAY, A CELEBRATION OF LOVE AND AFFECTION, IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. It's the perfect occasion to show your partner how much they mean to you. Whether you've just started dating or have been together for years, these romantic ideas will help you create a memorable and meaningful Valentine's Day. 1. A Thoughtful Love Letter In a world filled with digital communication, there's something incredibly romantic about a handwritten love letter. Pour your heart onto paper, expressing your feelings and gratitude for your partner. Share your hopes and dreams for the future, and then seal it with a kiss. This simple yet heartfelt gesture can be a cherished keepsake. 2. A Home-Cooked Dinner Whisk your loved one away on a culinary adventure without leaving the comfort of your home. Prepare a special homemade dinner featuring their favorite dishes or try your hand at a new recipe together. Dim the lights, light some candles, and enjoy a cozy, intimate meal for two. 3. A Starry Night Stroll Take advantage of the crisp February air and go for a romantic evening walk. Find a quiet park, a beach, or simply wander through your neighborhood while holding hands. If you're in a place with clear skies, bring along a stargazing app and identify constellations, sharing stories about each one. 4. A Surprise Romantic Getaway If your budget allows, plan a surprise weekend getaway to a charming bed and breakfast, a cozy cabin, or a picturesque destination you both have dreamed of visiting. The element of surprise and the experience of exploring a new place together can be incredibly romantic. 5. Memory Lane Movie Night Revisit the moments that have defined your relationship by watching old home

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videos or looking through photo albums. Create a cozy movie night at home, complete with your favorite snacks and a selection of movies that have sentimental value to you both. 6. Breakfast in Bed Start the day on a romantic note by surprising your partner with breakfast in bed. Prepare their favorite morning meal, complete with fresh flowers and a handwritten note. It's a sweet and loving gesture that sets a wonderful tone for the entire day. 7. A Couple's Spa Day Pamper yourselves with an athome spa day. Run a warm bubble bath, light scented candles, and take turns giving each other massages. It's an intimate way to relax and connect on a deeper level. 8. Outdoor Adventure If you're an adventurous couple, plan an outdoor activity like hiking, biking, or even a picnic in a scenic location. Embrace the beauty of the great outdoors and create lasting memories together. 9. Personalized Gifts Handmade or personalized gifts show the thought and effort you put into the gesture. Consider crafting a scrapbook of your time together, creating a custom playlist, or giving a piece of jewelry with special significance. 10. Volunteer Together Spread the love beyond your relationship by volunteering together. Choose a cause or organization you both care about, and spend the day helping others. Acts of kindness can be a profoundly romantic and meaningful way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Remember, the most romantic gestures come from the heart. Choose the ideas that resonate most with your relationship, and make this Valentine's Day a celebration of your unique love story.

Coping with the Stress of Current Events Is the thought of an election year is making you nauseous? It's challenging to escape the constant barrage of current events. From global crises to personal challenges, the stress of current events can take a toll on our mental and emotional well-being. In times like these, it's crucial to learn effective coping strategies that help us navigate the storm and emerge stronger. Limit Your News Consumption While staying informed is essential, an overdose of news can lead to anxiety and stress. Set boundaries on the amount of news you consume each day. Choose reliable sources and allocate specific times to catch up, so you can stay informed without feeling overwhelmed. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools for managing stress. Spend a few minutes each day in quiet reflection. Focus on your breath, be present in the moment, and allow your worries to fade into the background. There are numerous apps and guided meditations available to help you get started. Connect with Supportive Communities Social support is crucial during challenging times. Connect with friends and family, either in person or virtually, to share your feelings and concerns. Engaging with like-minded communities and support groups can also provide comfort and understanding. Maintain a Routine Creating a structured daily routine can offer a sense of stability and control. Prioritize self-care, exercise, and a balanced diet, as they have a significant impact on your mental health. Adequate sleep is also vital for stress management. Embrace Nature Spending time in nature can provide a welcome escape from the chaos of current events. Even a short walk in a nearby park or a few moments in your backyard can do wonders for your mental well-being. Nature has a calming effect on the mind and body. Seek Professional Help If you find yourself struggling to cope with stress, don't hesitate to seek professional assistance. A therapist, counselor, or mental health expert can provide you with effective strategies and support tailored to your specific needs.

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n the late summer of 2023, Danish environmental artist, Thomas Dambo (thomasdambo.com) completed six installations in the Pacific Northwest; one in southwest Portland and five in the Puget Sound area. The project, “NW Trolls: The Way of the Bird King” was sponsored by Scan Design Foundation, and the sculptures are constructed of reclaimed and recycled wood products. The theme of the builds was inspired by Nordic folklore with some northwest, indigenous influences.

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Tucked in the trees next to the Nordic Northwest (nordicnorthwest.org). The parking area is the statue of Ole Bolle. He towers over a tiny, red cottage, peering in through the roof. Visiting this site has a bonus: inside the Nordic Northwest building is Broder Söder, a restaurant serving Swedish specialties like æblskivers and lefse for brunch every day.

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After consulting a Seattle native, we visited all the Washington sites in a single day. Here is our route:

Pia the Peacekeeper Bainbridge Island Sakai Park, 1560 Madison Avenue N Our first stop was this city park where it was a short walk along a woodchip path to find the 18-feet tall, ‘curly-haired’ Pia. She sits cross-legged, nestled among trees, with a red flower tucked in her necklace.

Frankie Feetsplinters Ballard National Nordic Museum; 2655 MW Market Street We drove two miles to the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal and rode the Washington State Ferries to downtown Seattle. From there we drove six miles north to Ballard. Frankie is easy to find as he stands smiling in the plaza in front of the National Nordic Museum (nordicmuseum.org).

Jakob Two Trees Issaquah

Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Boulevard S Our next stop was a 24-mile drive east past Mercer Island to Issaquah. Along a wide, paved trail, accessible from the community center’s parking lot, stands Jakob. He wears a necklace of birdhouses and is gripping two, large fir trees looking right at home in the forest.

Bruun Idun West Seattle Lincoln Park near the old Coleman Pool 4699 SW Cloverdale Street We then headed 23 miles back to Seattle in search of Bruun Idun, who we found playing her flute near the beach in Lincoln Park. Note: The southern-most parking lot offers a mostly flat, paved walk along the waterfront to the beach. The Fauntleroy Way parking lot requires walking through the woods to a steep (and not well-marked) trail.

Oskar the Bird King Vashon Island

Robinson Point Park, 3705 SW Point Robinson Road Less than half a mile from Lincoln Park is the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal and from there we took a second ferry to Vashon Island. It is 12 miles to Robinson Point Park where ‘bearded’ Oskar sits among the trees on a throne. His crown is made of birdhouses and he points a large finger towards visitors, many of whom leave natural offerings, like shells, leaves, and flowers, at his feet.

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Riverside Window & Door

Photo: Right to Left Lance Gibbs, Mariah Aeschlimann, Sarah Coffman, Lukas Cassady, Christy Little, Mel Davis

Riverside Window and Door Launches Installation Program For homeowners who simply wish to replace some windows and/or doors, the contracting process can be daunting. Riverside Window and Door is here to help with the launch of an installation program for the beautiful products they offer. They now have a licensed contractor on staff and are a Lead Safe firm. They have also hired skilled carpenter, Lukas Cassady. Finding a contractor that one can trust and afford, is only the beginning. Local contractors are very busy these days and squeezing a small project in can be challenging. This means the wait for getting on their schedules can be long – even if you only want to replace a few windows. In responding to this need, Riverside Window and Door looks forward to bringing their high standards of quality and integrity to this service. The owners and management at Riverside have not initiated this program lightly. They have spent the last 22 years building a reputation of honesty and integrity in the Corvallis

area. From the beginning, they have been willing to stand behind only the best products. They have remained true to that value in hiring Lukas Cassady. He is an excellent carpenter with a solid foundation in the field. As he puts it, “I knew from the moment I first stepped into my first woodshop class that I was meant to be a carpenter - this was the work for me”. The opportunity to work at Riverside, with excellent materials in a variety of settings, and to help customers realize their vision is where he was meant to be. The Riverside Installation process will look like this: Customers will consult with Riverside Sales Team: Lance Gibbs, Christy Little, and associates Mariah Aeschlimann and Sarah Coffman, to select the windows or doors that are right for them. Cassady or Riverside owner, Lance Gibbs will then visit the customer to take all the right measurements - a surprisingly technical endeavor. At this point, a price quote can be given.

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Once a decision on the order has been made, it can be submitted to Marvin, Milgard, Simpson, Wild River or any of the other excellent suppliers the customer has chosen. As soon as the order arrives, the installation can be scheduled, and the project completed. Operations Manager, Melanie Davis anticipates an early February 2024 launch of the service.

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Pawsitively Wonderful The Benefits of Owning a Dog Photo: Iris and Daisy


hey say a dog is a person's best friend, and for good reason. Beyond the wagging tails and boundless enthusiasm, owning a dog brings a multitude of benefits to our lives. In this article, we'll explore the many ways in which our furry companions enhance our well-being and make our world a happier place.

Unconditional Love and Companionship: Dogs are masters at providing unwavering love and companionship. They don't judge, hold grudges, or ask for anything in return other than your attention and affection. The simple act of petting your dog can release oxytocin, a "feel-good" hormone that strengthens the bond between you and your four-legged friend.

calming presence and the release of endorphins during interaction can help alleviate feelings of worry and promote relaxation. Improved Mental Health: The companionship of a dog can improve mental well-being. Many dog owners report decreased feelings of loneliness and an increased sense of purpose, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals living alone or struggling with mental health conditions. Social Interaction: Dogs are wonderful icebreakers and conversation starters. Taking your dog for a walk or visiting a dog park often leads to spontaneous interactions with fellow dog lovers, fostering a sense of community and connection.

Enhanced Physical Activity: Owning a dog encourages physical activity. Regular walks, playtime, and exercise are not only great for your pup's health but also beneficial for your own. It's an excellent way to stay active, boost cardiovascular health, and maintain a healthy weight.

Increased Responsibility: Owning a dog teaches responsibility. Caring for another living being instills discipline, punctuality, and a sense of duty. It can be particularly valuable for families with children, helping them learn vital life skills.

Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Spending time with dogs has been shown to lower stress and anxiety levels. Their

Security and Protection: Dogs provide a sense of security and protection. Many breeds have innate protective

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n a world where we often find ourselves racing against the clock, chasing deadlines, and juggling countless responsibilities, it's easy to overlook the vital role that food plays in our overall well-being. In recent years, however, a growing movement has shed light on the concept of "restorative foods" – a category of nourishment that goes beyond mere sustenance. These foods, brimming with nutrients and therapeutic properties, offer a powerful means to rejuvenate both body and mind. What are Restorative Foods?

Restorative foods, sometimes referred to as "healing foods" or "functional foods," are natural ingredients that provide a wealth of health benefits beyond basic nutrition. These foods are known for their ability to help the body heal, recover, and maintain optimal health. They are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other bioactive compounds that can promote healing and rejuvenation. The Role of Restorative Foods in Modern Life In our fast-paced world, stress, pollution, and the consumption of highly processed, nutrient-poor foods have taken a toll on our health. The importance of restorative foods lies in their potential to counteract these negative effects and restore balance to our bodies. Whether you're looking to boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, improve mental clarity, or simply enhance your overall well-being, incorporating restorative foods into your diet is a smart choice.

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Clockwise from Top Left: Leafy Greens, Berries, Turmeric, Ginger, Kimchi, Almonds, Garlic, Salmon

Types of Restorative Foods Leafy Greens: Vegetables like kale, spinach, and Swiss chard are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They support a healthy immune system, aid in detoxification, and can reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Fermented Foods: Probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, and kimchi support a healthy gut microbiome, which can improve digestion, boost the immune system, and contribute to better mental health.

Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are packed with antioxidants, which help combat oxidative stress and inflammation. They also contribute to cognitive health and heart health.

Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, and flaxseeds are excellent sources of healthy fats, fiber, and essential nutrients. They can lower the risk of heart disease, promote brain health, and regulate blood sugar.

Turmeric: This vibrant spice contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. Turmeric is known to reduce pain, support joint health, and potentially protect against chronic diseases.

Garlic: This pungent herb contains allicin, which has potent antibacterial and antiviral properties. Garlic may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Ginger: With its anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory properties, ginger can soothe digestive issues and reduce muscle pain. It's also been linked to improved cognitive function.

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Oily Fish: Salmon, mackerel, and sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which support heart health, reduce inflammation, and improve cognitive function.

The Science Behind Restorative Foods Scientists and researchers have been studying the potential health benefits of restorative foods for years. These studies have shed light on the mechanisms through which these foods operate. For example, antioxidants in berries and leafy greens protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, which can lead to various diseases. Meanwhile, the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric and ginger are attributed to their ability to reduce the levels of pro-inflammatory molecules in the body.

Integrating Restorative Foods into Your Diet Incorporating restorative foods into your diet can be a delicious and rewarding experience. Start by planning balanced, colorful meals that include a variety of these ingredients. Experiment with smoothies, salads, stir-fries, and homemade soups that feature restorative foods as key components. Gradually make these foods a part of your daily routine, and you'll soon reap the benefits of their healing properties.

Conclusion In a world where the pace of life often leaves us feeling overwhelmed and stressed, the idea of restorative foods offers a glimmer of hope. By embracing a diet rich in nutrient-dense, healing ingredients, we can take control of our health and well-being. Restorative foods provide a path to rejuvenation and vitality, offering not just sustenance, but also the power to heal, protect, and revitalize our bodies and souls. So, savor the vibrant flavors and nourishing properties of these foods, and let them be your ally in the journey toward a healthier, more balanced life. WELLNESS & RENEWAL | www.willametteliving.com



Embracing Healthy Food Practices in 2024 IN A WORLD FILLED WITH FAST FOOD AND HECTIC SCHEDULES, MAINTAINING A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD IS A PRICELESS INVESTMENT IN OUR WELL-BEING. It's not just about the right ingredients; it's also about mindful practices. Let's explore some key principles of healthy food habits and accompany them with a delicious and nutritious recipe to inspire your culinary journey. Balanced Meals for Vitality A well-balanced meal is the cornerstone of a healthy diet. It provides your body with essential nutrients, energy, and satisfaction. A balanced plate typically includes a variety of vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. Mindful Eating Mindful eating is about savoring every bite. Pay attention to the flavors, textures, and aromas of your food. Sit down at a table, avoid distractions like TV or phones, and engage all your senses in the dining experience. Portion Control Controlling portion sizes is crucial. Be aware of how much you're eating and avoid overindulging. Remember that it's not just what you eat, but how much you eat that matters.

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Hydration for Health Water is life, and staying hydrated is vital. Drinking enough water throughout the day supports digestion, boosts energy, and aids in overall health. Incorporate herbal teas, infused water, or sparkling water to keep things interesting. Fresh and Seasonal Ingredients Choosing fresh, seasonal ingredients ensures that you're getting the most flavor and nutrition from your meals. Seasonal produce not only tastes better but also supports local agriculture. Smart Cooking Methods Opt for healthier cooking methods like baking, steaming, grilling, or sautéing instead of frying. These techniques retain the nutritional value of your ingredients and reduce excess calories. The Power of Herbs and Spices Herbs and spices can elevate the flavor of your dishes without adding extra calories or salt. Experiment with a variety of seasonings to create exciting, healthy meals.


A Recipe for Your Health: Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad Ingredients: • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained • 2 cups water or vegetable broth • 2 cups mixed seasonal vegetables (e.g., bell peppers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and red onion) • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • Salt and pepper to taste • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)

Instructions: 1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). 2. In a large baking dish, toss the mixed vegetables with olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes or until they are tender and slightly caramelized. 3. In the meantime, cook the quinoa by combining it with water or vegetable broth in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the quinoa is fluffy and the liquid is absorbed. 4. Once the vegetables and quinoa are ready, let them cool for a few minutes. 5. In a large bowl, mix the cooked quinoa, roasted vegetables, fresh basil, and balsamic vinegar. Toss gently until everything is well combined. 6. If desired, sprinkle crumbled feta cheese over the top. 7. Serve the quinoa and roasted vegetable salad warm or at room temperature.

This delightful Quinoa and Roasted Vegetable Salad is a testament to the beauty of healthy food practices. It combines balanced ingredients, seasonal produce, and mindful eating to create a dish that nourishes both body and soul. Enjoy the flavors, appreciate the colors, and embrace the healthful journey that begins with each bite.

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Le Patissier

Refreshing Ginger-Orange Spritz A refreshing, zero-proof beverage option INGREDIENTS

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5 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (about 7 oranges), plus orange slices for serving 3 cups chilled pineapple juice 1/2 teaspoon Angostura bitters 3 (12-oz.) bottles ginger beer, chilled INSTRUCTIONS Combine orange juice, pineapple juice and bitters in a pitcher or punch bowl. Top with ginger beer. Serve over ice. Garnish with orange slices.

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Orange Marmalade


Orange Marmalade Marmalade is surprisingly easy to make. It's basically just making a simple syrup with orange slices in it. 2 Large Oranges 1 Small Lemon 2 cups water 2 cups sugar Wash the oranges and lemon and cut into quarters then cut into 1/8 inch slices. Place the fruit in a medium saucepan with the water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat, cover, and let the mixture sit for 24 hours to draw out the pectin from the oranges, softening the rind, and mellowing the bitterness.

The next day, place the saucepan over medium heat and return to a simmer. Let cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes to an hour, until the mixture is reduced by half. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Turn the heat up to medium-high and simmer rapidly for about 15-20 more minutes, stirring frequently to prevent burning. You will see the mixture thicken.


To test for doneness, place a spoonful on a cold plate and place it in the refrigerator for a minute. The marmalade should gel and hold its shape. If it seems runny, continue to cook for a few more minutes and test again.

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Let mixture cool completely, then refrigerate in an airtight container for up to six weeks.

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12 Powerhouse Veggies

Do you live by the motto "everything tastes better with ranch?"

to Incorporate into Your Diet and Easy Ways to Do It by Kimberly Blaker WE ALL KNOW HOW VITAL VEGGIES ARE TO OUR HEALTH, WHETHER WE LIKE THEM OR NOT. BUT NOT ALL VEGETABLES ARE CREATED EQUAL. EACH ONE HAS A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF NUTRIENTS AND BENEFITS – SOME, IN PARTICULAR, THOUGH, ARE A POWERHOUSE SOURCE OF NUTRITION. If you're not a vegetable fan, that's all the more reason to try a wider variety. There's bound to be a couple of veggies you'll dig if they're prepared just right for you. If those vegetables happen to be some of these all-stars, it's all the better. Butternut squash. This winter squash is loaded with vitamin A, in fact, four times the recommended daily allowance (RDA). It also contains double the RDA of vitamin C and packs more potassium than a banana. To become a butternut squash fan, first, cut it in half, and remove all the seeds. Then fill a glass baking dish about 3/4" high with water, place the pieces of squash with the skin facing up, and bake at 400 degrees for one hour. Allow the squash to cool enough to handle it, then scoop all the squash out of the peel, and top it with butter. If that doesn't suffice, try adding a touch of brown sugar. Kale. This dark green leaf packs a whopping 684% of the RDA of vitamin K, and well over the RDA of both vitamins A and B6. If you like salad, add a mix of kale to the lettuce. If you're not a salad eater, kale makes a great addition to smoothies. Sweet potatoes. Vitamins A, B5 and B6, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, and carotenoids are their nutritional makeup. The good news is, Thanksgiving isn't the only time of year you can eat them. Sweet potatoes make yummy french fries, which can even be baked rather than fried. Just look for one of oodles of baked sweet potato fry recipes out there. Peas. These contain a long list of nutrients. Of particular note, peas are very high in vitamins B1, C, and K, manganese, copper, phosphorus, and folate. Fortunately, peas are one vegetable most people will eat. Add peas to a variety of soups, stews, and casseroles. Another tasty option is to add them to macaroni and cheese. Bell peppers. Red, orange, yellow, or green bell peppers are nutritious whatever the color. All are high in vitamin C, with red bell peppers containing 169% of the RDA. Also, bell peppers are high in vitamin A and carry a good dose of other nutrients as well. Do you live by the motto, "everything tastes better with ranch?" If so, try bell pepper slices for dipping. Bell peppers are also great on pizza and sauteed to top hot sandwiches. Brussels sprouts. This veggie is noted for its Vitamins K and C. But brussels sprouts provide numerous other nutrients in decent amounts as well. Still, you may be wondering how to

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acquire a taste for Brussels sprouts. If you're not a big vegetable eater, it may be a challenge. But try what one mom, Monica Kass Rogers, did as she revealed in, "How I Got My Kid to Eat Brussels Sprouts." Cut them in half, then stir-fry them in sesame oil with other vegetables. Another trick she recommends is to roast them with olive oil and salt. If kids can learn to love them, so can you. Asparagus. Folic acid is what asparagus is especially noted for because it contains 60% of the RDA. But asparagus also includes a healthy amount of vitamins K and C, as well as several other essential nutrients. Grilled asparagus is a tasty side. Before grilling, brush the asparagus lightly with olive oil then add salt and pepper. Place the spears on the grill for 10 minutes, turn them, then give them a few more minutes until they're lightly blackened. Spinach. Now here's an impressive number. Spinach contains 987% of the RDA of vitamin K. Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, and several other nutrients. You can add spinach to both smoothies and pizza. Spinach quiche and spinach pie are also dishes many people love. Broccoli. Here's another vegetable that's a rich source of vitamin K packing 245% of the RDA. Broccoli also exceeds the RDA for vitamin C and is an excellent source of chromium, folate, and fiber. Mix broccoli into most any cheesy dish, and it's easy to gobble up. Broccoli cheese soup, broccoli smothered in cheese, and other cheesy pasta dishes with broccoli added are good options. Avocado. Although not a powerhouse of any particular vitamin or mineral, avocado still carries an adequate amount. But particularly notable is that avocado is an excellent source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat, which are the healthy fats. So it's an excellent replacement for unhealthy fats. Guacamole is an all-time favorite. Avocado is also yummy mixed with egg salad or a tossed salad. Pumpkin (canned). This is an outstanding source of vitamin A, containing 2 ½ times the RDA, not to mention a fair amount of a host of other vitamins and minerals. Numerous desserts can be made from pumpkin. So the next time you're in the mood to bake, make something with a little added nutritional value. Try making pumpkin pie, bread, cookies, or cheesecake. Scallions. Also known as spring onions, these pack 172% of the RDA of vitamin K. They're also known for their antioxidants and are a good source of vitamin A. Scallions can be grilled just like asparagus. Brush them with oil, add salt and pepper, then toss them on the grill until they're lightly browned. If that doesn't work for you, try wrapping them in bacon!

Kyle's Cocktail Selection Compliments of Kyle Akin of Fireside Distillers in Eugene, makers of Crescendo Organic Spirits and Diamond Clear

Diamond Clear is a 190 proof organic alcohol. Ask for Diamond Clear at your local liquor store, or pick some up at the Fireside tasting room in Eugene. Make your own herbal tinctures! Such as Turmeric, Echinacea, Chamomile, White Pine, Basil or even Cannabis. The pure, organic alcohol in Diamond Clear extracts the beneficial compounds from the herbs of your choice. Just soak for a month and you’re done! Recipes abound online.

Crescendo Winter Cosmopolitan 1.5 oz Crescendo Organic Vodka 1.5 oz Crescendo Organic Orange Liqueur 1 oz Cranberry Juice 0.5 oz Lime Juice Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a large martini glass. Garnish with a lime

No soap and water handy? Make your own hand sanitizer! Easy recipe: 1 1/4 cup Diamond Clear, 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel, 20 drops vitamin e oil, 20 drops tea tree or lavender essential oil. Blend it all up in the blender, store in a plastic squeeze bottle. That’s it! Fireside Distillers 4065 W. 11th Suite 47 In Eugene, Oregon 541-255-7643

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Kaiyo Sushi Queen’s Chopstick Not just Chinese food!

Our Asian fusion menu will delight you. You’ll love our chic new restaruant, and our delicious menu items presented with style. Many reviewers have called ours “the best asian food in Corvallis,” come find out why. www.queenschopstick.com 11:00 am 10:00 pm Sun-Wed 11:00 am 11:00 pm Thurs-Sat

Albany’s new sushi sensa�on. Kaiyo Sushi is the place for a quick lunch mee�ng, date night, or family night out. Watch as expertly prepared sushi floats past your seat on our conveyor, and pick your favorites. Sashimi, sushi, vegetarian and vegan op�ons -- even dessert.

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A taste of Japan, in Albany. Come by today and have some sushi! Open 11 am to 10 pm 2826 San�am Hwy SE, Albany, OR 97322 (Next to Elmer’s)


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del Alma

An exciting menu of new Latin fusion cuisine. Fabulous riverfront bar, special events, extensive wine list. A truly memorable dining experience. Menus and more at: delalmarestaurant.com Open for dinner Mon - Thurs 5:00 -- 9:30 Fri & Sat 5:00 - 10:00 136 SW Washington Ave Suite 102, Corvallis 541-753-2222

Homegrown Oregon Foods Life is busy and eating healthy can be challenging. Homegrown Oregon Foods is an oasis in a sea of fast food. Our food is made with healthy, fresh ingredients at an affordable price, and always 100% gluten free. Dine in, Pick up, or Delivery See the website for details. 212 1st. Ave. in Albany

New Morning Bakery

A local landmark for over 30 years. Our bakers and chefs are at work around-the-clock preparing all your favorite dishes and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or anything in between. Now offering catering too. Mon-Sat 7:00 - 9:00 Sunday 8:00 - 8:00 219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis NewMorningBakery.com 541-754-0181

La Rockita Corvallis' favorite Mexican food. Come eat! Or order online for pickup. 11AM to 7PM, closed on Sundays. 922 NW Circle Blvd #130





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Seven Ways to Keep Your 2024 Fitness Goals Alive When Dining Out IN A WORLD FILLED WITH BUSY SCHEDULES AND CONSTANT HUSTLE, DINING OUT IS A COMMON OCCURRENCE. However, the allure of restaurant menus often tempts us with indulgent options that might not align with our health goals. Fear not! With a few mindful choices, you can still enjoy a delicious meal while making healthier decisions. Here are seven ways to eat healthier when dining out: Scan the Menu in Advance Before heading to a restaurant, take a moment to browse the menu online. Look for dishes that emphasize lean proteins, whole grains, and a variety of colorful vegetables. Planning ahead allows you to make a more informed choice rather than succumbing to impulse decisions. Choose Grilled or Baked Over Fried Opt for cooking methods like grilling or baking instead of frying. Grilled or baked dishes often have lower fat content while retaining the delicious flavors of the ingredients. Whether it's chicken, fish, or vegetables, choosing a lighter cooking method

can significantly reduce the overall calorie count of your meal. Load Up on Vegetables Vegetables are a powerhouse of nutrients and fiber. When ordering, make an effort to include a generous portion of vegetables in your meal. Whether as a side dish or the main course, vegetables can add color, flavor, and nutritional value to your dining experience. Watch Portion Sizes Restaurants are notorious for serving oversized portions. To avoid overeating, consider sharing dishes with a dining companion or ask for a half portion. Alternatively, request a to-go box at the beginning of the meal and set aside a portion of your dish for later. Be Mindful of Sauces and Dressings Sauces and dressings can transform a dish, but they can also be packed with hidden calories and sugars. Request sauces and dressings on the side, allowing you to control the amount you consume. Consider lighter alternatives like vinaigrettes or ask for them to be served lightly.

Hydrate Wisely Often, our bodies confuse thirst with hunger. Before diving into the menu, start with a glass of water. Not only does this help you stay hydrated, but it can also prevent overeating. If you choose to indulge in alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation, as they can contribute additional empty calories. Savor Each Bite Eating should be an enjoyable experience. Slow down, savor each bite, and pay attention to your body's hunger and fullness cues. By eating more mindfully, you'll be more attuned to your body's needs and less likely to overeat. Making healthier choices when dining out doesn't mean sacrificing flavor or enjoyment. With a bit of planning and mindful decision-making, you can savor delicious meals while nourishing your body. So, the next time you find yourself perusing a restaurant menu, remember these seven tips to make dining out a healthier and more satisfying experience.

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Hong Wolfe • REAL ESTATE

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

Real Estate Update

Refreshing Your Home and Spirit

With Seven Easy Steps

By Hong Wolfe, PhD Owner, Principal Broker, Realtor, CRS, CCIM, SRES, CIPS THE YEARNING TO MOVE LIVES IN THE SPIRIT OF MANY HOMEOWNERS, BUT THAT DESIRE FOR SOMETHING NEW IS OFTEN AT ODDS WITH WHAT FEELS FEASIBLE. That sense of newness needn't come from a dramatic uprooting, however. The great part about having a home of your own is you can make improvements and give your home a chance to evolve over time. You just need to help your home live up to its potential! We picked seven of our favorite improvements to help you make the most of your home.

about what you want to change in your home, inspirations, and preferences. . Make an “inspiration board”. An “inspiration board” is a great way to visualize your home’s decor. You can create a board online with a tool like Pinterest to organize ideas you love or you can do it the old fashioned way with a board, magazine cutouts, color swatches, and fabric samples. Doing this will allow you to see all the elements you like in one place so that you can then tie it all together into a room you love.

Find your home’s purpose. Each home is as unique as its owners, so in order to fully utilize your home, consider how you view your home’s purpose. Some people like to entertain, others find it a calm space in the frenzy of daily life; some nurture their families and others nurture their creativity. Your home’s purpose can be any combination of these and more, but it helps to consider the function of your space in order to ultimately find its purpose.

Create a collection. If you have items that you like to collect, think about how to transform that collection into something you can display. If you don’t already have a collection of loved objects think about what this collection would be for you. You can center a room design around your travel souvenirs, old camera collection, figurines, unique plates, or familial objects. Adding to this collection over time can be a great way to keep your spaces new while maintaining a personal feel to your décor.

Assemble a list. A list always helps me figure out where to start or prioritize what is the most important project. Think

Choose a new palate. Shake up your sensibilities and think of a color that will compliment your room while making a


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statement. It’s easy to fall into the white/ beige standby to keep our rooms neutral, but sometimes a color that provides a contrast to your décor will make the room pop. Rearrange. Moving furniture around is another easy way to reinvent your space. Try placing your sofa on an angle to open up your entertaining room or move your lamps to improve lighting. You can also think about moving a piece of furniture into a room to give it new life, like using a unique dresser for a credenza or a chair as a side table. Find design motivation. Home design evolves over time and can be sustained by finding items that inspire you. Read magazines and books that inspire your interests in architecture, design, art, etc. Or find stores and flea markets that sell pieces that influence your aesthetic. Or bring a camera with you when you’re doing your favorite activities and bring back memories or inspirations. Most of all have fun!

Hong Hong Wolfe, PhD Windermere Willamette Valley in Corvallis. Contact her at Hong@hongwolfe.com 541-740-9497

Sten Carlson • YOUR FINANCES

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

On the Money

Four Tips for Combining Finances With Your Partner By Sten Carlson IF YOU’RE IN A LONG-TERM COMMITTED RELATIONSHIP, YOU MAY CONTEMPLATE COMBINING FINANCES WITH YOUR PARTNER. MAYBE YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED, MOVING IN TOGETHER – OR BOTH. Or perhaps you already share expenses like rent, groceries, and utility bills – and life would be easier if you pooled your money together to cover such expenses. Whatever the situation, combining finances comes with many considerations and complexities. As with most things related to money, it helps to have a plan. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind: Communicate early and often. When it comes to relationships, you’ve probably heard the advice that communication is key. This adage holds true when combining finances, as well. In addition to sharing information about your cash, investments and other assets, be transparent about any existing debt you and your partner hold – whether from college loans, credit cards or other liabilities. You owe it to each other to be upfront about the mix of assets and obligations you’re bringing into the relationship.

Next, discuss your spending habits, goals, and feelings about your current financial situation and aspirations for the future. Even if you and your partner agree on most things, you may find that you have clashing views on money, particularly if one partner earns more money than the other, or if your upbringings were markedly different. Getting all of this out in the open early can help you manage your differences and work better as a team.

your partner how you’d like assets to be divided and consider formalizing your wishes in a will. Also, update beneficiaries on your financial accounts (e.g., checking, saving and retirement accounts) and assets if necessary. This is especially important if you were previously married and have your former spouse listed as a beneficiary. In the same vein, if you want your partner to share ownership in any vehicle or property you own, update the titles accordingly.

Choose your insurance coverage. Insurance policies can provide a layer of protection over your finances and may help you feel more confident about your ability to handle unexpected events. Make it a priority to review your individual life, disability, health, car, and home insurance policies before deciding what coverage you would like as a couple. If either of you receive benefits through an employer, pay attention to the qualifying events and dates for when you can change your elections.

Set goals together. Now that you’re earning, spending and saving to support your life together, why not formalize the dreams you share for your future? Set aside time to discuss your short- and long-term goals, such as buying a house, pursuing higher education or retiring early. Bringing in the expertise of an experienced financial advisor can help pave the way as you work to achieve your biggest priorities – together.

Update your beneficiaries and will. Thinking about what happens if one of you passes away may not be romantic, but it is an important step to protecting your loved ones financially. Discuss with

Sten Carlson, CFP®, CLTC, CKA, MBA, is a Financial Advisor with PacWest Wealth Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon. He offers fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for 25 years. To contact him, visit the team website at www.PacWestWealthPartners.com or call at 541-757-3000. Office address is 2396 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis, OR.

Sten Sten Carlson PacWest Wealth Partners in Corvallis, OR. Contact him at Sten.E.Carlson@ampf.com 541-757-3000

Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. and its affiliates do not offer tax or legal advice. Consumers should consult with their tax advisor or attorney regarding their specific situation. Investment advisory products and services are made available through Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment adviser. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2019 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.

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PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

The Haberdasher

Gentlemen's Wedding Attire By Oscar B. Hult, Haberdasher JANUARY IS WEDDING ENGAGEMENT SEASON. THE NATTY DRESSER IS GETTING READY FOR ANOTHER YEAR OF ASSISTING BRIDEGROOMS AND THEIR GROOMSMEN TO LOOK AND FEEL THEIR BEST AT THE UPCOMING CEREMONIES. The big question that the groom needs to ask himself is: should he purchase a suit or rent? If the decision is to purchase, he then should explore the idea of Custom, verses “Off the Rack.” Most guys

have no problem getting an off the rack garment and having it tailored to fit well. For guys who are looking for an unusual fabric, or a specific fit, a custom suit is the way to achieve that goal. Be sure to stop by your local haberdashery and ask about their services and lead times. Remember it is never too early to start the process. Dress Well, Be Confident, Find Success!


Oscar Oscar B. Hult is a co-owner of The Natty Dresser in Downtown Albany. 541-248-3561 Contact him at


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Brenda Powell • GARDENING

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In The Garden

Brighten Those Dark Days IT’S JANUARY AND THE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS ARE PACKED AWAY FOR NEXT YEAR. THE DAYS ARE GETTING LONGER BUT IT STILL SEEMS DARK. Does your living/family room seem a little drab and empty? Even after rearranging the furniture, is there still a blank spot somewhere? I’m feeling the same way. I want something to add color to my home and breathe life into it. This is the time of year I reassess my decor and houseplants and make changes. Here are my ideas to fill those holes and brighten up those dark days: To fill the hole left where the tree was: tall houseplants such as corn plant (Dracaena), giant bird of paradise, Norfolk pine (it makes a great permanent Christmas tree), fiddle-leaf fig (Ficus

By Brenda Powell

lyrata), Ficus all, any indoor palms, money tree (Pachira), and Scheffleras. These are all reasonably easy to grow. Or…Hanging houseplants or plants atop a plant stand. Hanging plants are all the rage lately and there are many choices as well as things to hang them in. Pothos, string of pearls, Boston fern, and Peperomia just to name a few. There are many colors and leaf textures. If you choose a plant stand, it could be powder coated metal, wood, a repurposed antique chair, metal with a mosaic top. There are many possibilities. Pick the one that goes best with your decor. If you need help selecting the best plant for your environment, Garland Nursery can help. My favorite flowering houseplants are

all readily available in January, generally easy care, and suitable for most houses: Anthurium, Cyclamen, Streptocarpus, African violets, and moth orchid (Phalaenopsis). Another thought to fill the void and add something fresh is garden art. There are standing metal birds, beach glass towers, wall-hung metal insects, and even concrete statues. Who says something has to be outside only. Even replacing your throw pillows can add that spark of freshness that many of us need this time of year. Whatever you choose to do, get creative and make it yours, as my aunt likes to say. Fill your house with your personality and the colors and characters you love. Happy redecorating.


Brenda Powell is a fourth generation owner of Garland Nursery in Corvallis.


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Cheryl Lohman • LOOKING GOOD

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

Looking Good

Renewal By Cheryl Lohman AS WE START THE NEW YEAR, THE PURSUIT OF RENEWAL EXTENDS BEYOND TRADITIONAL RESOLUTIONS TO A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO WELLBEING. Consider incorporating these rejuvenating ideas into your routine to embark on a transformative journey in the coming year. Kickstart your renewal journey with a wellness retreat. Whether at a spa resort or a local retreat center, these immersive experiences often include a combination of yoga, meditation, nutritious meals, and spa treatments like facials. It provides a comprehensive reset for both body and mind. Prioritize your skin's health and radiance by including regular facials in your self-care routine. Professional facials, performed by skilled estheticians, involve cleansing, exfoliation, and nourishing treatments tailored to your skin's unique needs. This not only enhances your complexion but also provides a relaxing and pampering experience. Renew your relationship with food by adopting mindful eating practices. Pay attention to the flavors and textures of your meals, savor each bite, and choose nutrient-dense foods that nourish your

body. Mindful eating promotes a healthier relationship with food and a renewed sense of well-being. Designate a day for a digital detox and indulge in a spa day at home. Unplug from screens, draw a warm bath, and incorporate DIY facial masks or treatments. Create a tranquil atmosphere with calming music and scented candles for a rejuvenating experience. Renew your perspective by incorporating gratitude journaling into your daily routine. Take a few moments each day to reflect on the positive aspects of your life and express gratitude. This simple practice can shift your focus toward positivity and enhance your overall wellbeing.

and surround yourself with textures that bring comfort. This sensory exploration can be a simple yet powerful way to refresh your environment and enhance your well-being. Channel your inner creativity through workshops or classes in art, writing, or dance. Creative expression is a powerful tool for self-discovery and renewal, allowing you to tap into untapped aspects of yourself and fostering personal growth. Strengthen your social connections by renewing relationships with friends and family. Plan gatherings or virtual meet-ups to share experiences and create lasting memories. Positive social interactions contribute significantly to overall well-being.

Take your meditation practice outdoors for a renewed sense of connection with nature. Find a serene spot, whether it's a park, beach, or a quiet garden, and practice mindfulness meditation. The combination of nature and meditation can foster a deep sense of renewal and inner peace.

By weaving these renewal ideas into your lifestyle, you can create a harmonious balance of physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The new year becomes an opportunity for comprehensive rejuvenation, allowing you to step into the future with a refreshed outlook and a revitalized sense of self.

Engage your senses in a renewal journey. Explore new scents through aromatherapy, listen to soothing music,

Happy New Year!!!



Cheryl Lohman CPCP, is a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and owns Oregon Permanent Makeup in Corvallis Contact Cheryl: 541-740-1639


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Kris Denning • HEALTH & FITNESS

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The Power of Positive Affirmations By Kris Denning

WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THE SIMPLEST AND MOST POWERFUL WAY TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THIS NEW YEAR AND THE FUTURE IS TO CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS? Check in with yourself right now. Are you aware of what your thoughts are telling you about yourself, your life, and your current situation? What you say to yourself is like a program for how you want your life to be. With that said, are affirming positive experiences for your life, or negative? We all have a mind that likes to tell us stories. Do you affirm worries, or do you affirm faith? Do you affirm illness, or do you affirm health? Do you affirm scarcity, or do you affirm abundance? Every day our mind is an endless loop of affirmations, and if we don’t home in on what we want, we often affirm that which we don’t want. By Law of Attraction, whatever we think about most often, gets magnified in our lives. It is said that worrying is like wishing for what you don’t want to have happen. It’s so empowering to know that we can manifest abundance, opportunity, and positive experiences in our lives simply by thinking better thoughts. Beginning most often in childhood, many of our thoughts and beliefs are

programmed into us unconsciously. For example, if we grew up believing money was scarce, we affirm and create that situation in our adult lives. If we made to believe we weren’t smart, we affirm that by dismissing our abilities to grasp concepts our brain is more than capable of. If we feel unlovable, we will present ourselves as that, and may block real love from entering our lives.

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I trust in the flow of life. I am satisfied with where I am and eager for more.

I approve of myself and have no

I am worthy of receiving love and support from others.

I am grateful for all that I have and for all that is on its way to me.

When you notice your mind spinning about something that doesn’t feel good, create a better, more empowering version of the thought and write it down. At the beginning of your day, read aloud these positive affirmations, so you may reprogram your thoughts and intentions for the day and every day. Repeat them throughout the day if necessary!


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need to seek approval from others.

When I became more aware of my thoughts, as I grew my meditation practice, I could see that they weren’t always reflective of the life I wanted. So, I took charge of them, and changed them one thought at a time. Here’s how you can do it too.

Soon, positive thoughts become dominant, and then beliefs change. Irrational fears and worries get replaced, and life gets better. It really can be that simple. Here are some of the affirmations that helped me change my beliefs and life. If

they resonate with you, write them down and use them in your own affirmation book. Or, let them inspire you to create your own…

I am as rich as can be, and it is setting me free.

Everything is always going my way.

I have faith and trust that the Universe will provide.

I wish you all the best in the new year and beyond. I would love to hear some of your affirmations and intentions. Email me and share them if you like…. healthytothesoul@gmail.com

Kris Kris Denning is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, Reiki Master, and Holistic Nutritionist. Contact Kris at:


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Drew Skaggs • FITNESS

PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry


Revitalize Your Nights Four Tips for Better Sleep By Drew Skaggs IN A WORLD THAT CELEBRATES CONSTANT ACTIVITY AND PRODUCTIVITY, SLEEP TENDS TO GET OVERLOOKED. OR WORSE, WE HEAR THE PRONOUNCEMENT “I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD!” Yet, quality sleep is a cornerstone of health, vital to both physical and mental renewal. Therefore, prioritizing sleep is a key step toward thriving in all areas of your life. Quality sleep is more than just rest; it's a time when the body repairs itself, the brain consolidates memories, and hormones regulating growth and appetite are balanced. It's a natural performance booster, enhancing everything from our mood to our immune system. By prioritizing sleep, we give our bodies the chance to rebuild and strengthen, laying the foundation for a healthier, more vibrant life. Neglecting sleep, on the other hand, can have serious implications. And more than just daytime fatigue. In the short term, it impairs judgment, hampers decisionmaking, increases appetite and hunger, and spikes stress levels. Over time, chronic sleep deprivation can lead to heightened risks of obesity, heart disease,

and diabetes, not to mention its toll on mental health. Skimping on sleep can compromise nearly every aspect of our health. The good news is that there are some things we can do to improve the quality of our sleep. By making a few key changes in our daily routines and environment, we can unlock the restorative power of sleep and enjoy its numerous health benefits. Establish a consistent sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day, including weekends, helps regulate your body’s internal clock. Since most of us have a fixed wake-up time due to work or family obligations, we can just count backward from that time to determine when we should start the wind-down process. For example, if I wake up at 6:00am every morning and want to get at least 7 hours of sleep, I need to be asleep by 11:00pm each night. To be asleep by this time, I need to start preparing for bed about an hour earlier at 10:00pm. Optimize your sleep environment. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary for rest. Keep it cool, quiet, and dark.


Consider blackout curtains to block light and use a fan or air conditioner to maintain an optimal temperature. Be mindful of caffeine intake in the afternoon. Caffeine is a stimulant that can disrupt your sleep cycle. To enhance sleep quality, avoid consuming caffeine in the late afternoon. 2:00pm is a good cutoff time for most of us. Limit Screen Time Before Bed. The blue light emitted from screens can interfere with the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep-wake cycle. To counteract this, limit screen usage for at least 30 minutes before bed. Instead, engage in calming activities like reading a book or listening to soothing music to help your mind relax. Embracing sleep as a non-negotiable pillar of wellness is crucial. Just as we allocate time for exercise and mindful eating, dedicating enough hours to sleep is essential to achieving optimal health.


Drew Skaggs is the owner and Head Coach of The SHOP in downtown Corvallis. We deliver personalized strength and fitness in a group setting. Drew Skaggs: (541) 243-8948 drew@shop-training.com

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The Crossword This issue's theme

Wellness November/December Solution:


28. Exercise class, abbr.

9. Alehouse

1. Fresh start

29. See 31 across

15. Printer and computer maker

5. Big do

31. Song that welcomes in the New Year, goes with 29 across

16. Over the moon

8. Health giving resort

35. Farming sector, abbr.

10. Recollections

37. Madame, for short

11. ". . . ___ flag was still there"

38. Pyrotechnic display

12. Dieters' units, abbr. 13. Did some prying 14. "Quiet!"

18. Drink to 22. "Dance to the ___!" 24. Disco hit "Got to Be ___" 25. Gumbo vegetables 26. New Years Eve quaff, in slang

20. Healthy type of salt 21. It's part of a to-do list 23. Urban transport 26. ___ Paese cheese


17. Sound system, abbr.

19. Prepare

1. Decisions for the New Year 2. Converges on 3. Ladies 4. Bar fruits 5. Celebrations with bands 6. Saxophone, bassoon, etc. 7. Slangy hello!

27. Computer network, for short 28. Happy cat sound 30. Sweet potato 32. Dawn's moisture 33. Balloon filler 34. Helium. for one 36. Supposing that

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Viaan Kerkar quite the kid!

(ha ha... mom had no idea this was happening at first) We received this inquiry, and had to look into it.


e were a bit taken aback when we received this recent advertising inquiry. Starting a coffee company, home delivery, okay sounds good... NINE YEARS OLD, wait, what!?

For those of you who don't recall, when you're nine, you're in FOURTH grade! We just had to look into what was going on with this little dude! We met with Viaan (and his mom), at their home in Corvallis. He is in fact working on starting a home delivery coffee company. He doesn't have all the details worked out yet, but he's very convincing. His partner Brendan Palmero is billed as the CEO. Viaan is the marketing guy. In addition to his coffee delivery plans, he has a podcast, "Happy Puppy Times With Viaan." According to his mom, Viaan's aunt came to visit from Portland

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and told him how she does her podcast. He disappeared upstairs and returned with his own. He's got a substack presence: viaankerkar.substack.com, and he's on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon and more. Also according to mom, Viaan loves to study all things business, she has to force him to watch a cartoon once in a while! He knows all about the history and meanings behind all the major corporate logos. He loves animals and he plans to be a veterinarian, as of now. Viaan's coffee company will be called Cress Coffee, and we'll bring you the details when he is up and running. His delivery area might be kind of limited, since he won't be able to drive a car for seven years, but he'll probably think of something! For now, his website is live: bit.ly/refreshersdrink We're glad we got to meet him now, so later, when he's running Apple, maybe he'll hook us up with some free stuff!

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