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April / May 2019


The lifestyle magazine for Oregon’s Willamette Valley

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Mercedes Benz of Salem Presents The Mercedes-Benz G-Class

The All-new 2019 GLE With a wealth of innovations, the allnew Mercedes-Benz GLE is poised to set new benchmarks in its segment at an extremely competitive price. For example, the revolutionary new E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL system is the world’s most intelligent SUV suspension developed by Mercedes-Benz and powered in part by the 48-volt battery. The

driver assistance systems also take another step forward with Active Stop-and-Go Assist that enables the GLE to recognize traffic jams at an early stage and support the driver in stop-and-go traffic. The interior is even more spacious and comfortable, with a newly available third row seat. The new GLE is equipped with the intuitively-

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The Central Coast

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Art in the Mid-Valley By Brian Egan


recent conversation at The Arts Center revolved around an interesting two-part question: Who is an artist and when is an artist considered a professional rather than a hobbyist? My research shows that there is no clear definition of who is an artist (unless you ask the IRS, of course). According to Marcel Duchamp, the artist defines art, and it seems true that artists today also define who and what they are. My own view is that an artist is a dreamer, a poet, a singer, or anyone who communicates their view of the world through the medium of their choice.

through public workshops, seminars and presentations. An important part of being a guild member is freely sharing knowledge with one another as well as with the next generation of woodworkers. Several members volunteer their time at local high school wood shops assisting the instructors in guiding students. Membership is not exclusive and open to all skill levels from novice to master. Meetings are held the third Monday evening of each month at a member’s shop or at an associated business location. Interested in joining? Visit

Here in the Mid-Willamette Valley we have a plethora of talented artists who gather together on a regular basis to share their knowledge with one another in guilds and other organized artists groups. This issue will begin a series of articles that tells the stories of some of the local guilds and the creative ways they promote their members.


The Mid-Willamette Woodworkers Guild was started in 1982 by seven professional woodworkers who would meet over beers to share techniques and tell stories of their successes and setbacks. They decided to turn these rough-hewn meetings into a more formal organization and 37 years later the guild is still going strong with over 30 members. The purpose of the guild is to promote high standards of craftsmanship in woodworking

Art and Crafts intersect when the Guild presents it’s 36th Annual Exhibit of Fine Woodworking at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library from April 25th to 28th. Members will show their best pieces created over the last year. Woodworking students from Crescent Valley and Corvallis High Schools will also display their work at the exhibit. This is your opportunity to take measure of the incredible woodworking talents we have in our own backyard and vote for “Best in Show”. Exhibit times: April 25, 26 & 27, 10am to 6pm, April 28th, 1pm to 3pm. Reception: Come and meet the members on Friday, April 26th from 6pm to 8pm Arts Center Exhibits for April and May The Howland Community Open Exhibit continues at The Arts Center until April 18th with over 200 pieces of art representing all ages and skill levels. Year after year this is the most popular exhibit as it showcas-

es the full range of artistic talent in our community. Spring brings “An Iris Stands Tall – a Mother’s Journey, a Daughter’s Transition”, a solo exhibit of work by Annette Sabater about transgender identity. She uses art to express her feelings and understand her daughter’s changes. Exhibit dates: April 26th through June 14th. Reception May 2nd The Corvallis Art Walks take place April 18th and May 16th. Galleries, studios, arts/crafts stores and the occasional pop-up keep their doors open late to host an art related event or demonstration. Walking maps of the event can be picked up at any of the storefront members or downloaded from our website:

www.CorvallisArtsWalk.com. If you are in the Independence/Monmouth area check out River Gallery. Located at 184 S. Main Street on the historic Independence riverfront, River Gallery has been a destination for art lovers since 1998. A cooperative run by 13 partners, their focus has always been to provide a venue for an incredible number of talented Oregon artists. They have several juried shows throughout the year to give both emerging and established artists a chance to share their work. Their “Wild Women” show every January is not to be missed!

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“Yaquina”, A Painted Voice for a Sacred Landscape

46 paintings done over a 35 year period of time by Michael Gibbons plus 24 paintings of similar interest of the area landscape and central Oregon coast. “Yaquina” is an exhibit of over 40 plein air paintings in oil, created over a 35 year period, from locations along 50 miles of the Yaquina watershed. It is a visual documentation of the health and vitality of the area and contributes to the awareness of

the river’s environment for forest, marsh, game and fish. Through his skillful “artistic voice”, Michael has been dedicated to preserving a record of the Yaquina River and the goal is to foster discourse through appreciating the beauty of this natural treasure. 5 Giclee limited edition prints have been created (see images) and will be available for purchase . A select group of original oil paintings by Gibbons that are not a part of “Yaquina” will be available for www.willametteliving.com

purchase. This work is of the Northwest, and will be a one- time special price offering of art selected for this exhibit only. Michael Gibbons will be present at the opening reception June 1, 2019 at the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus and also at the Closing Reception July 12, 2019 and he invites all to come by to visit with him.


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The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

After trying bullet journaling for a few months, I stumbled across this book written by the man who created the method. I’m glad I picked it up, as it gave me insight into this organizational system as well as ideas for how I might further use it. For those unfamiliar, bullet journaling is a method of organizing your to-do lists and a way to bring all of your journaling together in one place. This book will give you the basics on bullet journaling, along with ideas for taking it to the next level. It is also a lifestyle guide, as bullet journaling is also about ridding yourself of distraction and focusing your attention on what matters most. The author prompts you to consider where you are focusing, and would like to focus, your energies. I also appreciated the repeated emphasis that it’s the content of your bullet journal that matters, not the aesthetics or appearance. Some people put a lot of artistic energy into their bullet journals -- I am not one of those people!

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Book Love

by Debbie Tung Book lovers and bibliophiles rejoice! Cartoonist Debbie Tung has created another spot-on graphic novel, this time focused on all those who love books, bookstores, and libraries. Each quick story in this compilation capture the exact feels readers have when they find a new book to love, or browse the latest titles to choose from. Highly recommended for any and all readers and book lovers! If you like this one, consider reading Tung’s other graphic novel, Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story, too. - Kristy

Lumberjanes, Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen Lumberjanes attend summer camp at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. In between earning scouting badges, the Lumberjanes are embarking on daring and supernatural adventures complete with magical quests, three-eyed foxes, and, later in the series, goddesses! These comics are great for middle school readers on up, and are fun, humorous, and heartwarming all in one! - Kristy

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SPRING! By Kirsten Gunderson

The Value of Shutters By Richard McCann


s the home renovation season approaches in the Willamette Valley, you may begin to think about home projects. When it comes to window treatments, consider shutters, sometimes referred to as plantation shutters. Shutters provide certain benefits that other window treatments simply don’t deliver. What Can Shutters Do for You? Create a timeless look, shutters are more than just window treatments that provide style, privacy, and light control. They are an investment in your home. Shutters are extremely durable and seldom need replacement. They will weather the test of time, unlike other window coverings that are prone to wearing out with use and fading from UV damage. In addition to providing a lifetime of use, shutters are one of the only window coverings that will increase the value of your home, both aesthetically and to the actual resale price. When it’s time for you to put your personal touch on your window coverings, be sure to take a good look at shutters and the value they add to your home.

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Spring is here, warming our hearts, homes, and outdoor spaces! The daffodils are all over the place and the camelia tree just burst out in red blooms the other day, so I am thinking about how to enjoy the return of warmer weather both inside and out. I reorganized my front entry to clean up the clutter while keeping easy access to everything. This is an excellent place to tackle in a Spring Clean – besides putting away winter outerwear, think about how to perk up this area. A colorful entry mat or runner rug, a vase for budding branches, or an accent lamp with a cheerful glow will bring a smile to both you, and your guests. A console table or cabinet is excellent for organizing these items and providing a convenient place to set keys. Use baskets to hold shoes and a coat tree to hang coats – if you are short on floor space, find some beyond basic wall hooks.  I built a stone patio a few years back under an old apple tree, and I look forward to rehanging my light strings and lanterns for some evening sparkle and having friends over for potluck dinners. Even with limited outdoor space, carve out a sitting area with a table and chair for your regular use. Plant some ceramic pots with lush greenery and flowers and you have a perfect spot for morning coffee or to enjoy an alfresco dinner.   This is also a great time to think about eliminating the paper waste that can happen with outdoor entertaining by investing in fabric napkins and bamboo or melamine tableware. Durable and machine washable, you can mix and match solids and patterns for everyday or for special occasions. Try mixing new linens with older items from estate sales for eclectic style. To preserve your glasses and barware, get unbreakable drinkware for fearless entertaining. More attractive than plastic cups and better for the environment, your options range from festive to elegant enough you can pair with the nice china for candlelit dinners. Kirsten is a design specialist at The Inkwell Home Store in Corvallis InkwellHomeStore.com


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Your Health

How to Die Young (at a very old age)- Part 2 By Dr. Frank Sievert Owner of Corvallis’

Thrive Clinic

“Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented, and in many cases its associated cognitive decline can be reversed.”


ou read that correctly, let me say it again: Alzheimer’s disease is preventable! Unfortunately however not with a single medication. As the Alzheimer’s Association puts it: “A genuinely new Alzheimer’s drug has not been approved since 2003 and the currently approved Alzheimer’s medications are ineffective in stopping or slowing the course of the disease.” We now know that Alzheimer’s disease is a normal physiological response to protect the brain– gone rogue. In a nutshell, what happens is, that more synapses are broken down then are being rebuilt at any given time. There are 3 main factors to cause it, inflammation, nutrient deficiencies and environmental toxicity. Every single case of Alzheimer’s disease is different because there are at least 36 identifiable factors that can contribute to any combination of these 3 processes. I will quote a longer section from Dale Bredesen’s book “The End of Alzheimer’s”, as I simply cannot say it any better: “How to give yourself Alzheimer’s: A Primer Why would you want to give yourself this dreadful disease? In truth, of course, you probably would not, but looking at the multitude of factors that can contribute to the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease helps you to understand how to prevent the process in the first place, or reverse it once symptoms appear. It also gives you a check list to see just how many of these factors you already have in your life. Okay, how shall we start? Well, if you are like me you often work late and find yourself craving a late night snack, preferably something sugary, making your insulin level skyrocket right before bed, keeping it high while you are sleeping. May be you get to bed well after midnight and sleep poorly because of sleep apnea (often the result of weight gain). Nonetheless, your eyes open bright and early, getting just a few hours of sleep. Your feet have barely hit the bedroom floor when you start feeling stress as you contemplate the day ahead. You grab the typical American breakfast–a sweet roll or doughnut, a large glass of orange juice, a big slug of low-fat milk in your coffee–and thereby get a hefty dose of inflammation triggering dairy, take another step toward

insulin resistance with the sugar and poke holes in your gastrointestinal lining with the gluten. You pop your proton pump inhibitor to prevent gastric reflux, even though by reducing stomach acid you will impair your ability to absorb key nutrients such as zinc and magnesium and vitamin B12; then you will take your statin, a great way to lower your cholesterol below 150 and thereby increase your risk for brain atrophy. Oh, and we will do all this less than 12 hours after our late night snack, which means the body never gets to induce autophagy and remove the accumulating amyloid and various damaged protein debris. Rushing out the door keeps our stress level high, producing the cortisol that damages our hippocampal neurons. Next we’ll jump in the car making sure not to get any exercise before work and minimizing sun exposure, an excellent way to keep vitamin D levels suboptimal. Since we are stressed out and irritable from lack of sleep, we will keep our interpersonal interactions high pressured and unpleasant, avoiding positive social interaction and killing joy. When our blood sugar crashes around mid morning, we will hit the office pantry, where a thoughtful colleague has left a box of chocolate chip muffins for everyone to partake of. Then lunch?! There is no time for anything but a sandwich from the cafeteria or deli–white bread, spongy saline injected turkey with hormones and full of antibiotics and stress factors–yum! Alternatively, how about some mercury-laden tuna? The salad does not look that good, anyway. Wash it down with a diet soda, to damage our microbiome. Now let us go for the brownie, so we can get our trans-fats and minimize our healthful omega 3 fats. At this point, we have done a yeoman’s job of setting our physiological course for Alzheimer’s disease. But if we want to get there even faster, we top it off with a cigarette, decreasing the delivery of oxygen to our tissues–that would include brain tissue–and sending hundreds of toxic chemicals into our bloodstream. No need to brush or floss our teeth–who cares that poor oral hygiene promotes systemic inflammation and destroys the barriers that otherwise keep bacteria such as P. gingivalis out of the brain. Our postprandial torpor sends us to the candy machine and–hey, we worked so hard today, we deserve a treat!–to that luscious Frappuccino we have been keeping in the fridge. Sugar and fat runs have been our only “exercise” today (and every www.willametteliving.com

day), but who has time to get up and move around frequently? Finally time to hit the freeway, heading home while screaming at the idiot riding his brakes in front of us, thus keeping your blood pressure up and making your blood brain barrier as porous as the colander we plan to use for tonight’s gluten filled pasta dinner. On second thought, let us get something at the drive thru. Start with large fries, a perfect source of Alzheimer’s-inducing advanced glycation end products, or AGE–trans-fats, starchy insulin, oxidized reheated oils with little vitamin E, and neurotoxic acrylamide. You can almost picture each fry with tiny little boxing gloves, snarling: “Let me at that hippocampus!” Add the burger–from corn–and not grass-fed beef, high in inflammatory omega 6 fats and low in anti-inflammatory omega 3s, slathered in high fructose corn-syrupy ketchup, on a bun so packed with gluten it is the perfect way to punch holes in your intestinal lining and your blood–brain barrier. Home again! Ignore that moldy smell. Collapse in front of your favorite screen for some Netflix bingeing or other favorite fare, as long as it does not offer mental or physical stimulation. (Leave that Wii tennis and soccer to the kids.) Then we can top off the perfect Alzheimer’s inducing day with a relaxing margarita or 3 to accompany that amaretto cheesecake, then dutifully pretend to get caught up on work before drifting off to sleep with the lights on and the electronics still blaring. “Rinse and repeat.” Most of us will find ourselves at least in some scenario of this description of a typical day. That is no reason to panic however: just as it takes many years for mild cognitive impairment to develop into full-blown Alzheimer’s disease, so it takes many years for the metabolic processes of the brain assaults that come from a typical American diet and lifestyle, to do their damage. So much for the good news. The bad news is that the more you find yourself in that description above, the more certain you are already on track to develop cognitive decline and ultimately putting yourself at risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The take-home message: You can reverse Alzheimer’s, or prevent it, by addressing any and all factors that you can identify, with the assistance of your physician. If you are concerned, find yourself a functional medicine provider, or integrative medicine minded practitioner to assist you. Dr. Bredesen’s book is a good start.


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reat news Willamette Valley, we all live about 50 miles from one of the greatest stretches of coastline in the world, and thanks to early Oregonians we can all enjoy it. Oregon’s beaches are mostly owned by the state, and since we’re a “lodestar” state as Governor Tom McCall put it, we’ve led the way in how to manage the coastline for all to enjoy, not just the privileged few. Of course, early-on there were private interests who sought to acquire and control sections of the coast, but they were out maneuvered by Oregon Governor Oswald West. Governor West was a strapping cowboy who rode his horse all over Oregon, and took on the


timber industry, private interests and all who sought to rob Oregon of its natural resources. In 1913 Governor West declared the entire length of the Oregon Coast a part of the state highway system – since it was used for commerce, of course. Hence, no private development. In the 1960’s when a motel owner in Cannon Beach decided he’d just fence off a section of beach for his clients only, the concept of public access was put to the test again. Governor Tom McCall flew to the beach with two helicopters filled with surveyors, engineers and aides. In dramatic fashion, they landed at the beach and made quite a show of the whole event. In the followWillamette Living Magazine April / May 2019

ing weeks, with lots of help from the news media, the public outcry for open beaches could be heard all over the state – particularly in Salem. On July 6th, 1967, bi-partisan legislators passed the Oregon Beach Bill guaranteeing public access to Oregon’s beaches. Also of note, the formula for just how far the public easement extends up the beach was developed by a team of scientists from Oregon State University – go Beavs! To truly appreciate our wealth of public beach access, try going to Malibu and toasting a few marshmallows over an open fire. Or even finding a way to get to the beach. The “Hollywood Elite” doesn’t want you down there and will at least try to have you

egon Coast arrested. In sections where the state of California has forced public access to the beach, the residents have used creative tactics to keep you, the impoverished, out. They have painted the curbs red to illegally create no parking zones, they post “private beach” signs, also not true, and they even put out cones, to fool would be beach goers into driving on. Clearly, they don’t realize that many (most?) of Oregon’s sandy beaches are every bit as nice, and everyone can go there and get along, surf, roast a hot dog, soak up negative ions, whatever. As one of our current legislators would say, it’s so much more “the Oregon Way.” The 60’s surf films that were staged in Southern California, where

everyone was having a great time on the beach, that’s illegal now, unless you’re in Oregon. The Beach Boys all wore Pendelton shirts, perhaps that was an unspoken nod to how much they wanted to be on the beach -- in Oregon. We took a trip over to the central coast recently and took note of some of our favorite stops. We started in Lincoln City and meandered down to Yachats. Here are a few suggestions for your next beach trip: Photo: Agate Beach at Newport’s north end. www.willametteliving.com






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Lincoln City Lincoln City is kind of a “big city” of the central coast, so you’ll find the Lincoln City Outlets. The outlets include all the usual suspects like Nike, and Columbia Sportswear, and some gems like a kitchen store with some great deals! The Lincoln Outlets

Also in Lincoln City is The Tie Dye Pie Pizzaria – a funky little place, but if you have a hankerin’ for some great pizza, go there. Want to visit the oldest restaurant on the coast? It’s also in Lincoln City – Snug Harbor Bar and Grill is a landmark, with a full bar and a great upstairs deck and it’s dog friendly if you’re travelling with your furry friend.

Tie Dye Pizzaria - That’s a great pie!

The upstairs deck at Snug Harbor

The Bar at Snug Harbor

Depoe Bay

Depoe Bay - the bay

Depoe Bay A tiny town with a strip of the usual touristy shopping options, and probably the best spot on the coast to watch whales, and boats as they navigate the treacherous channel to the world’s smallest harbor. The people who drive their boats in and out of there in foul weather are fearless! When there are big waves, the wall along the bay creates a huge geyser of water that is always exciting. And the main attraction... when whales are around, they like to stop in the harbor and swim around. You can see them clearly from the sidewalk – it’s a special spot. Stop there and just hang out for a while, you’ll like it.

Cape Foulweather The Lookout and Gift Shop sits right on the cliff at the cape, 500 feet above sea level. Cape Foulweather was named by Captain Cook as his expedition sailed past, and experienced high winds and – foul weather. The gift shop was originally a stage stop for coaches travelling between Lincoln City and Newport, then it was purchased by an executive of the Hershey’s Chocolate Company after he spotted it in his travels to the “wild west.” He and his wife moved to Oregon and ran it as a restaurant for a time, but they came to realize that visitors wanted gifts and souvenirs, not food. So, the gift shop was born.

The Lookout & Gift Shop at Cape Foulweather

Otter Point Home of Mo’s West, the parking lot at Otter Point offers some great seafood, and Mo’s signature offering, clam chowder. It’s also a great vantage point to watch surfers, or drop a quarter into the telescope for a look at sea lions and the “Devil’s Punchbowl.” If you want to do a little surfing, there’s a staircase down to the beach and it’s a great spot. Check out the surf shop that is right across from the staircase. Beverly Beach State Park and Campground Maybe the best State Park in Oregon. You can walk from your campsite, under the highway to the beach. Reserve early! Agate Beach Fantastic beach!

Mo’s West at Otter Point

The view at Otter Point - Devil’s Punchbowl

Nye Beach A historic section of Newport that is at the water’s edge above Newport Beach. Lots of tasteful shopping, and great restaurants. A mustsee for the coast visitor! Also in Newport… The historic bayfront. Lots of touristy stuff here – Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, Shopping, Mo’s Clam Chowder, and one of the best restaurants in Oregon, Local Ocean offers ocean-fresh seafood expertly prepared. While you’re there you can check out the Newport fishing fleet docked right outside the door. If you want something a little less extravagant, but still great, look for the Newport Café back up on Hwy 101. They have great deep-fried seafood, and a colossal burger. The burger might seem kind of like a touristy gimmick, because it is, but… it’s also one of the best burgers you’ve ever had – bring friends – like four of them.

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Nye Beach

The beach at Yachats river mouth

Continuing South… You’ll come to Yachats, “the gem of the Oregon coast.” A tiny town that is big on style. Look for the pastel-colored motels at the north end of town and more fabulous beaches. At the mouth of the Yachats River there is a great beach to walk and contemplate, and in the little town there are great restaurants. Check out the historic Little Log Church. Completed in 1930 from logs floated down the Yachats river, the church served the local congregation until they outgrew it and built a new church down the street. The building was sold to the Oregon Historical Society on the condition it be maintained as a museum. Lots of interesting history to be found there. All of the coastal towns have various events throughout the year, search online and of course, keep an eye on WillametteLiving.com!

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“I was not blessed in this life to become a father, so the Straw Bale Gardens method has become like my child.”


e found this great book! Straw Bale Gardens. It’s a clever solution to growing a garden when the soil gods haven’t shined upon your plot. Like at my house, where the backyard is made of clay. Not some clay -- it’s like pottery class style -- solid, slippery clay. Good for a mug, not for planting carrots. Take a look around for this. If you aim to grow some vegetables this summer, and don’t want to spend countless hours trying to guess how to optimize your soil, this is definitely for you! The following is the introduction to the book:

The Author, Joel Karsten

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“WHEN YOU ARE YOUNG, “OLD” RELATIVES WILL TELL YOU that time flies by quickly and only speeds up as you get older. You might look at them with a crooked smirk, but then twenty-five years zoom by and you understand completely. It seems like yesterday that I drove home to the farm where I was raised in southern Minnesota to get straw bales and set up my first experimental Straw Bale Garden. I remember buying fertilizers at the farmer’s elevator and trying to explain what I was doing. The sales guy thought I was crazy. But here we are, a couple of decades later. I just gave my first TEDx Talk, which has the potential to reach millions with this idea, and I’m writing my fifth book on the Straw Bale Gardening method. Straw Bale Gardening is relatively young, after all, and it is still an evolving technology. One of the most gratifying outcomes of my venture into Straw Bale Gardening has been watching the idea spread to corners of the world where hunger still lingers and traditional growing practices are out of reach—places where people own no land and no tools, have limited water, little knowledge, and no money to invest in gardening. In many of these places, however, they have adapted my method and use locally gathered organic material, available nitrogen sources, plant seeds saved from Willamette Living Magazine April / May 2019

previous crops, and water recycled from cooking, dishes, and bathing to make the crops in their bales grow. Within sixty days, vegetables are harvested and eaten. And little by little it is making a difference to increasing numbers of the 800 million people who wake up every day not knowing for certain how they will feed themselves. This new edition of my book has several exciting ideas I have been working on that I hope you find interesting and innovative. The basic method of Straw Bale Gardening hasn’t changed, but there are more innovations, some interesting new crops (such as mushrooms), and a few ideas to make the process even easier. I’d like to encourage you to try your own ideas and experiment, and let me know when you find something that works. I’ve always been hungry to hear good ideas, and I’d love to know if you’ve found a better way to do something. I was not blessed in this life to become a father, so the Straw Bale Gardens method has become like my child. I will forever love it and champion it, and I think it will probably be the greatest legacy I leave behind someday. But it has grown far bigger than me and the idea lives on its own now, making its way around the world, establishing a following wherever it takes root and has a chance to flourish.”

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Process QAD Inc, project: Duluth, GA

By Maryann Ewing, ASID “Design is a process,” said *Mr. Busse. This was absolutely news to me. I had been through design school at UC Davis, design school at the University of Copenhagen and worked for two Interior Design companies by this point in my design career. I thought that design was all about creating beautiful, provocative space.

in Montana, or a bungalow in Albany.

Brief explanation of the Phases:

Preliminary Design: In this phase, the design professional utilizes all of their creativity. The preliminary design is based on the information gathered in the Programming phase. The designer will typically produce two different design options for the client to compare and review. The project will then progress using either one option or a blend of the two options. During every step of the project, the design professional is communicating with the client in the form of meeting minutes, emails, and memos to confirm that the project is adhering to the preferences outlined in the Programming Phase.

Programming: This first stage also happens to be the most critical. In this phase, the designer interviews the client to find out what they want to accomplish, why they want to accomplish it, and their preferences in doing so. The Programming phase allows the project to align itself with what the client really wants. This is true for any project, be it a skyscraper in Dubai, a ranch

Design Development: In my experience, I have noticed that people often try to skip over this phase and go straight to formulating the Construction Documents. However, the reality is this phase will happen naturally no matter what you try to do to eliminate it. The Design Development phase takes the Preliminary Design phase and begins to turn it from ideas into reality. When all

What did Mr. Busse mean, exactly? What is the process of design? I realized then that the interior design process was the same as any other process; there is a clear progression from a beginning, a middle, and conclusion in an interior design project.


Maryann’s former employer: After receiving his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford, Bill Busse began his career, eventually making partner in the Palo Alto architectural firm Spencer & Associates.

Maryann is a local designer who has worked all over the world on commercial and residential design projects.


of the details are tested and decided upon, the plans are revised and re-presented. Once the client agrees with the design adjustments, the designer revises their budget and timeline accordingly and moves on to the Construction Document phase. Construction Document: The designer will take all of the information that has been gathered in the previous phases and use it create drawings that will explain to the contractor how to build the project. These are the plans that will be sent to the Building Department for permit and to a contractor for pricing. Interior designers will take another step and prepare a furniture specification document for the client. Construction: In this final phase, the design professional will be involved in weekly construction meetings to answer questions and respond to issues that come up. What have I learned by living many years with the design process? The process makes a project manageable and enjoyable for everyone involved. Design is a Process.

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Which coastal museum to visit? The choice is many!

The Tillamook Coast is host to several unique, small and reasonablypriced, or even free, museums and interpretive centers. Some are outdoor playgrounds where history and culture cohabitate with nature exploration. Others offer indoor activity on rainy days. Each has something original and hyper-regional; adults and children alike can explore quickly and learn abundantly.

ď?˜ At the Garibaldi Maritime Museum, children can build a small ship, dress up in pioneer clothing and peer into oceanic navigational units.

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Tillamook Forest Center Tillamook Forest Center is teeming with both indoor and outdoor fun. The center showcases a fire lookout tower, miles of forest trails to discover, a stunning suspension bridge over the Wilson River, an interactive museum, history and videos about the Tillamook Burn, and so much more.

Tillamook Forest Center is open Wednesday through Sunday. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person. www.tillamookforestcenter.org

Tillamook County Pioneer Museum This family activity spot will take you on a fascinating trip into yesteryear. Founded in 1935, the museum offers 19 display areas featuring more than 55,000 artifacts chronicling the history of the North Oregon Coast.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $1 for children. www.tcpm.org

Kilchis Point Reserve Exercise, nature and history collide for a rich coastal adventure at the 200acre Kilchis Point Reserve. It is a fantastic place to break up a long drive, bail out of the car and take a walk with your children and dogs. Three walking trails, all ADA accessible, meander through the lushly forested area surrounding the Tillamook Bay.

Kilchis Point Reserve is free and open to the public year-round. www.tcpm.org/kilchis-point-reserve.html

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Garibaldi Portside Bistro

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WHERE TO STAY Sheltered Nook  International Police Museum in Rockaway Beach has a replica of a jail cell, dress-up clothing and other interactive items that provide fun for youth.

Garibaldi Maritime Museum Nestled into the base of the Captain Robert Gray Mountain in Garibaldi is the Garibaldi Maritime Museum. Both the town and the museum honor Captain Gray, a Boston sea captain who was the first U.S. citizen to cross the Tillamook Bay Bar. This is a childfriendly museum, with several interactive areas ready to invite learning through play.

Admission to the museum is $4 per person ages 11 and up, and $3 for seniors. Children 10 and under are free. www.garibaldimuseum.org

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The Tillamook Air Museum literally sits inside the hulking remains of a WWII-era blimp hangar. The air museum features an exhibit hall and theater, and hosts vintage aircraft and military equipment. While visiting the museum, you will be standing inside one of the world’s tallest free-standing wooden structures.

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for military, and youth prices vary by age. www.tillamookair.com

Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Take a trip back in time with a historic train ride along Tillamook Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is sure to delight both the young and the young at heart. The round-trip ride begins by boarding in Garibaldi and ends in Rockaway Beach, where passengers can return to Garibaldi immediately or hop off the train, linger in Rockaway and return later in the day.

Round trip fares begin at $14 for youth, or $22 for adults, with discounts offered for both seniors and veterans. www.oregoncoastscenic.org

 Park hosts at Cape Meares Lighthouse are available to answer questions and give tours during summer months.

 Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad takes passengers on a leisurely ride along Tillamook Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Cape Meares Lighthouse Meander along the Three Capes Scenic Loop through Netarts, head north into Oceanside, drive a bit farther along the route and suddenly you’ll find yourself at the Cape Meares Lighthouse. Standing at a mere 38 feet, it’s Oregon’s shortest. The lighthouse is also a visitor’s center and miniature museum. The walk to the lighthouse is a bit steep, but paved and wheelchair friendly. Winter months bring on the grey whale migration and the lighthouse is a perfect location for whale watching.


Latimer Quilt and Textile Center If textile art is your thing, the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center is a must-stop on the Tillamook Coast. Attracting international visitors, this is a working museum, gift store and space for artisans to both take classes and sell their wares. Quilts, books and locally created wares line the walls and are available for purchase.

Latimer’s repository is available for limited touring and requires an appointment. It features thousands of textiles and some date back as far as the midnineteenth century. Admission is $4 for ages 13 and up, $3 for seniors and children are free. www.latimerquiltandtextile.com




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Vegetable Pakoras Recipe Ingredients


• 3 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cut


In a large bowl, mix the chickpea flour, salt, red chilli flakes, turmeric powder, crushed coriander, jalapeno peppers, fenugreek leaves, and asafoetida.


Add required amount of water to make a medium thick batter.


Add the cilantro, onion, potatoes. spinach and mix well into the batter. The vegetables should be lightly covered with the batter.


Heat the oil. Take spoonsful of the mixture and drop gently into the oil and fry until golden. Repeat with the remaining mix.

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into thin, 1/2-inch strips 1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced 1 cup spinach leaves, roughly chopped 1 1/2 cups chickpea flour (besan) 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (optional) 2-3 tsp red chilli flakes (adjust to taste) (optional) 1 tsp coriander seeds (dhania), crushed or coarsely powdered 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (optional) 3/4 cup cilantro (coriander leaves), finely chopped (optional) 1 pinch asafetida (optional) 1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves (optional) Salt to taste Vegetable oil for deep-frying

*Discovery: in Indian cooking, there are scores of new, exciting spices you’ve likely never heard of, and there are exotic names for things -- sometimes many, for the same thing. Not only is Indian cooking an opportunity to try some new flavors, it’s also a way to learn new words, a lot of them, good luck!


*Pakora, also called pakoda, pakodi, fakkura, bhajiya, bhajji, bhaji or ponako, is a fried snack, originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is a popular snack across the Indian subcontinent; it is served in restaurants and sold by street vendors. It’s also often found in Indian restaurants in the Western world. - Wikipedia

March 14, 2019 - cooking class at the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center: Vegetable Pakoras. So good, and so easy! If you’re looking for a vegan treat, this is a good one. The CMLC offers cooking classes on an ongoing basis. And, Priyanka, our instructor for this day, is planning more classes! Check facebook.com/willametteliving for updates. Or: CMLCenter.org


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Asparagus Chicken Asparagus Roulade Serves 4 • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts • 12 asparagus spears • 8 slices Black Forest ham • 4 slices provolone cheese • 12 large basil leaves Breading Ingredients: • 1 egg • 2 tsp water • 2/3 cup bread crumbs • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese The night before blanch asparagus spears 3-4 minutes. Drain and run under cool water to stop cooking process and set aside. Butterfly chicken breasts and flatten 1/3” thick with a cast iron skillet or rolling pin. Layer each breast with basil leaves, ham, and cheese. Add three asparagus spears across short side near one end and roll lengthwise, allowing asparagus to stick out the ends. Tuck chicken ends in, transfer to a storage container and refrigerate overnight. In the morning Mix egg and water and dredge chicken breasts through it. Combine bread crumbs and parmesan and bread the chicken. Refrigerate until ready to cook. At cooking time: Preheat oven to 400°. Place chicken seam side down on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook 15 minutes. Turn and cook 10-15 minutes longer, until golden brown and firm to the touch. Slice on a diagonal and serve slightly fanned out so you can see the layers inside. photo and recipe courtesy of Emily Stimac, Thyme Garden



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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

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Novak’s Hungarian Opened in 1984 by Joseph and Matilda Novak, Novak’s is Oregon’s only Hungarian restaurant! Today, locally sourced ingredients, sustainable practices, and the same love from the “old country” goes into every dish. Mon, Wed & Thurs: 8:00 - 8:00 Friday: 8:00 - 9:30 Saturday: 7:30 - 9:30 Sunday: 7:30 - 4:00 Closed on Tuesdays 208 2nd St. SW in Albany 541-967-9488 www.novakshungarian.com

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

Kaiyo Sushi 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. 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)

Owners Lupé & Carlos invite you to come have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Delicious, authentic Mexican foods prepared in-house. Fresh ingredients & skilled chefs combine to bring you savory dishes your whole family will love. Mon - Sat: 8:00 - 9:00 Sunday: 8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast Buffet Sat & Sun Only: 9:00 - 12:00 933 NW Circle Blvd in Corvallis

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Le Patissier

Simple Baked Asparagus

What you need: 1 bunch asparagus olive oil 1 lemon cracked black pepper garlic powder salt nutritional yeast (bulk bins)

What to do: Cut the bottom 1/4 of the asparagus spears off and discard - they are tough when cooked. Lay the asparagus in an oven-proof baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Mix around with your hand to coat the Asparagus evenly with the oil.

Sprinkle with garlic power to taste. (maybe 1/2 teaspoon) Cut lemon rounds as thin as you can and place on top of Asparagus. Three or four rounds will do. Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for twenty minutes. Remove from oven and squeeze the remaining lemon juice on top, and dust with nutritional yeast for a zingy, cheesy flavor. Salt and pepper to taste. Bonus: This dish is vegan!


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y now pretty much everybody in the real estate market has read or at least heard that the market is changing. Sellers houses need to be priced more competitively, and need to be impeccably marketed. No more “it will sell tomorrow with 10 offers regardless of poor pictures and shoddy marketing.”

ter because you looked at Zestimates….. If you overprice against your broker’s advice you will not sell, at least not within a reasonable amount of time, and often for less than you were advised to price at to begin with.

ing available for you should be the highest priority. A quick text or a recording why your broker is not right available away helps!

2: Engagement

Every seller should interview a few agents and compare their services. As usual it is often “you get what you pay for”. If you are looking to find the cheapest agent you might just end up having your house sit on the market for the duration of the listing without being sold. At the end you will have spent more than the money you thought you would save by paying property tax, utilities, maintenance and maybe mortgage interest for the duration of the listing. That money will never come back to you. In the meantime the listing has grown stale and buyers are starting every inquiry with “I wonder what’s wrong with it?”

Punctuality, organization, proactive engagement and more are a good sign your broker is actually interested in you and your listing. A well prepared plan that can be implemented fast will give your listing the steam it needs to appear on the market, generate a lot of interest and be in contract fast, preferably with multiple offers and once in contract with a viable back up. Putting up a sign, entering some data on the MLS, and then leaning back to wait for results will not cut it.

Nearly every sale hits a road block or two at some time during the transaction. Staying calm, knowing a way out, helping with a transition, knowing alternatives, and solving problems is a main task for a broker. Experience and flexibility are required to find the best way forward. Not involving their own ego helps a lot. A drama free transaction, geared solely towards the common goal is ideal.

What can you expect from a broker you entrust with the sale of your biggest asset?


1: Knowledge Your broker needs to have deep knowledge of the market, your neighborhood, recent sales around your house, how those compare to yours, the development of the market in the last 6 months and how to assemble a quality market analysis, showing you not only what has sold but also properties pending sale, days on the market, and what your competition is. Your broker needs to have competent answers to your questions and be prepared to solve any problem. You should be able to trust your broker and you should welcome competent advice. Listen to their pricing advice carefully and don’t think you know bet-

3: Professional Services I know I am a good broker but a lousy photographer. Why would I not engage somebody who is a pro in their field and will handle the job significantly better, faster and more efficient than I could ever do myself? Professional photography and staging should be a staple in every good broker’s arsenal. Staging helps a buyer envision themselves in the home, it adds warmth and color and gives the camera something to focus on. Average empty houses sit on the market longer! Inspecting a home before it is going on the market will help preventing a sale failure. You get the chance to repair, disclose and prepare. 4: Availablilty

6: Follow up: For me, a sale closing is not the end of it. Developing a relationship with a client means to be there anytime forever after the closing for any kind of support I can give. So if you need something after the closing and you can never reach your broker, that is an issue. In summary: ask questions, compare, do not settle for second best, do not try to get the cheapest and have expectations! Happy selling,


If you are like me you severely dislike talking to voice mail. Your broker should pick up their phone and reply to your text and email fast. Be-

If your property is listed with a real estate broker, please disregard. It is not our intention to solicit offerings of other real estate brokers. We are happy to work with them and cooperate fully. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each office is independently owned and operated. ©2018 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity . Each office is independently owned and operated. Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.


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Do you have a real estate question? Ask Annette, at Coldwell Banker Valley Brokers in Corvallis 541-207-5551

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On the Money

Five Mistakes to Avoid When Naming Beneficiaries By Sten Carlson

f you’ve ever spent time working through your estate plan with a professional, you know how important it is to select and update your beneficiaries. Failing to do so can result in costly mistakes – for you and your loved ones. Here are five common mistakes that can easily be avoided with a bit of proactive planning: Mistake #1 – Not naming a beneficiary on all accounts. Ensure you have beneficiary designations on all of your retirement, investment and banking accounts, as well as your insurance policies. If you don’t name a beneficiary on one or more accounts, your estate becomes the beneficiary of that account and your loved ones will need to go through the probate process (a legal process most families want to avoid for financial and emotional reasons). If this happens, your relative can lose their ability to use “stretch” payouts based on their life expectancy because the tax-advantaged status for retirement assets is lost. Mistake #2 – Forgetting to name a contingent beneficiary on all accounts. Many people list the same loved one – usually a partner or parent – as the primary beneficiary on most or all accounts. If this is how you’ve handled your assets, it is important for you to also name a contingent beneficiary. This is because if your primary beneficiary passes away first and no contingent beneficiaries are listed, it’s comparable to having no beneficiary designation. If you both

die at the same time, funds go into probate. Naming contingent beneficiaries also gives the primary beneficiary the option to execute a qualified disclaimer so some assets can pass to nextin-line loved ones. For example, a primary beneficiary may not wish to claim the assets because of tax implications or because they don’t need the assets and prefer instead to pass your gift onto another beneficiary. Mistake #3 – Not using specific names. One mistake many people make is listing a generic term – such as children, parents or aunts – instead of specific names in their beneficiary selections. This can be problematic, especially if you are part of a blended family. Many states won’t include or recognize stepchildren when the word “children” is listed. Another risk of vagueness is that a family member you’ve lost contact with may enter the picture and try to claim a piece of your remaining assets. With this in mind, make sure you use full names of each person when naming beneficiaries. Mistake #4 – Failing to review your beneficiary selections regularly. Beneficiary designations override your will, so it’s crucial to keep them up to date. You may need to update your choices every few years due to life changes, such as if beneficiaries have died or your relationship with them has changed. This is particularly applicable if you’ve gone through a

Sten Carlson, CFP®, CRPC®, CLTC, BFA, 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.

divorce or remarried. If your ex-spouse inadvertently remains the designated beneficiary of an account, he or she may have the upper hand if the case winds up in court. Mistake #5 – Not communicating your preferences with your partner and family. Communicating your legacy wishes is an important step to helping your loved ones know what to expect upon your death. While it can be tough to initiate the conversation, doing so can help reassure loved ones that you have a plan. Keep in mind that you don’t need to share the exact amount of money you plan to pass down to respective family members, unless doing so is your preference. Instead, share high-level details that give your family insight into how you intend to share your hard-earned wealth. Estate planning isn’t the most enjoyable part of planning for your financial future, but it is crucial to helping ensure that your assets are handled the way you desire after you no longer have control. Beneficiary designations can be complex, and depending on your situation, it may be hard to decide who to list as the recipient of assets. If you want a second opinion or help assessing the implications of your options, consult an estate planner and financial advisor in your area.



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

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The Haberdasher Get Out and Have Some Stylish Fun! By Oscar B. Hult


pring brings with it a desire to get out into the great outdoors. Whether it is out in the woods or along the city streets makes no difference. Riding our bicycles is the favored way for us to get out. The Pacific Northwest can be a bit chilly in the spring so be sure to dress appropriately. A wool tweed jacket and some nice lined leather gloves go a long way toward making these outdoor activities more enjoyable, and they look great too. If you are still reading this I assume you are interested in the idea of getting out in

style. One of our favorite ways to do that is a Tweed Ride. There are three such rides coming up soon. What is a Tweed Ride you ask? It is, simply put, an organized bike ride where people deck themselves out in tweed. There is usually an opportunity for people to have a bite to eat, and socialize either at the halfway mark or at the end of the event. The most famous of these is the Tweed Run in London, where literally hundreds of people turn out

to ride through the streets of London. Closer to home there are Tweed Rides in Albany, Corvallis and Portland. The Albany Tweed ride is held in conjunction with National Preservation Month, and will include: stops along the route to talk about the history of some of Albany’s Victorian buildings. We will end at the Vintage Bicycle show at Deluxe Brewing, for food drink, and to participate in the show. Dress Well, Be Confident, Find Success!




PDX Tweed Ride

April 6, 2019 Meet at Overlook Park @ 10am Bring a sack lunch and a tea cup www.tweedPDX.net

Corvallis Tweed Ride

April 28, 9am Meet at Allan’s Coffee & Tea 500 SW 2nd St Corvallis, OR

Albany Tweed Ride

May 11, 2019 - 10am Meet at The Natty Dresser 425 1st Ave. W. Albany, OR Facebook@AlbanyTweed

Vintage Bike Show and Swap Meet May 11 @ Deluxe Brewing 635 NE Water Ave, Albany, OR  1-5pm

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



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PROFESSIONAL HELP: Tips from local leaders in their industry

In The Garden

Succulent Seduction By Brenda Powell

ucculents are easy care, fun and oh, so addictive. I knew I had a problem when the one pot of Lewisia on the hot spot of my potting bench multiplied into four more pots of assorted succulents, some hardy and some not. I left all of them out over the winter and replaced the ones that died with new plants in the spring. In the roasting sun, I didn’t even have to water them every day. They were cool and that was before they flowered! My obsession grew and I took some empty bonsai pots, filled them with cactus mix potting soil and threw in some hens and chicks and trailing sedums. I placed them on the sunny side of our hot tub where they lived happily until the neighbor’s cherry tree shaded them out. Then I discovered Echeverias and all was lost. The first time I saw Echeveria elegans in bloom I was in love. Cool blue leaves capped by luscious peachypink nodding flowers.

They were all so easy to grow. Good drainage, neglect and limited water were all they needed. It’s a good thing I drew the line before I bought any Agaves or the remainder of my open space would be occupied with pots containing these striking, sharp-pointed plants. You may know one of the Agaves as century plant and another as the source of tequila. Many are marginally hardy in our area, so they may need protection in the coldest part of winter. Many of the other non-hardy types can overwinter indoors. Just give them plenty of light.

Requirements of succulents:

1. A well-drained soil. In a pot, a cactus mix works well. In ground it would be wise to work in pumice and sand into the soil and mound it up a bit. Many sedum varieties are not as fussy about soil but none of them tolerate standing water. 2. Full sun to very light shade. Don’t even think about planting them on the north side of a house or under a fir tree. That’s why we have ferns. 3. Outdoor succulents in pots like regular watering, just not as often as your other plants (once a week perhaps). Little to no watering is needed Nov-Feb. In the ground outside, they may only need water once or twice a summer, once they’re established. Indoor succulents: Nov-Feb most succulents just want to be watered when completely dry (except true cacti and some other oddities like Lithops). In the summer sun they can be watered more freely-perhaps once a week depending on size and type.

Brenda’s favorites: Lewisia ‘Elise’: This variety has a mix of flower colors in the yellow, peach, pink tones. Echeveria elegans ‘Glauca’ (described above) Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’: A perfect rosette of purple tinged foliage. Sempervivum: Any of the varieties of S. heufellii. Sedum ‘Ogon’ - for the small chartreuse foliage.

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4. Very little fertilizer. Light fertilizing in spring and summer with Dyna Gro Grow is perfect.



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

Follow her writing at garlandnursery.wordpress.com



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Wellness Yoga For Back Pain Relief

By Kris Denning



know back pain. There was a time in my life, when excruciating lower back pain overwhelmed me when sitting, standing, bending, well most of the time. I spent a lot of money and time at the chiropractor with regular weekly visits and took so much ibuprofen that my intestines likely resembled cheese cloth. The pain caused me stress, and/or the stress caused me pain. It was as they say, a “vicious cycle”. Until I found yoga. Millions of people suffer from some type of back pain, and if you are reading this, likely you and/ or someone you know is currently suffering. Perhaps someone has recommended you try yoga, but you may be wondering, specifically, how can yoga help? First, yoga helps to relieve stress. It seems we all have a space in our body where we tend to feel physical pain from stress, typically somewhere along the back. In yoga, attention paid to slow, deep breathing helps to calm an overactive stress response, allowing the muscles to relax and let go. And those deep inhalations and exhalations gently massage the spinal column, bringing fresh

oxygen to the spinal disks, while the poses help to create space between the vertebrae.

words - you tend to notice when you are slumping and can correct it.

Perhaps you don’t experience stress, because you exercise regularly, you have a job you love, you are appreciated by everyone, and your kids are calm and happy all the time. But you still have back pain… Maybe you’re in need of a good stretch! Tight hamstrings for example, can tug on the pelvis, creating a backward tailbone tilt and causing a flattening in the lower spine. This can strain the discs in the lumbar region, causing low back pain, and can potentially lead to sciatica. Many common yoga movements are aimed at greater flexibility, particularly in the hamstrings – “downward dog”, anyone?

Weak muscles can also lead to back pain and poor posture. The deepest layer of abdominal muscles, the “transverse”, directly support the spine and often are not properly engaged in simple crunches. Several yoga postures systematically engage all the layers of abdominal muscles. Weak back muscles are not as capable of supporting the needs of the spine, which can contribute to poor posture. Most yoga poses directly engage these muscles that strengthen the back and help keep you standing upright, naturally.

Poor posture can also lead to back pain. Our typical S-shaped spinal curve is, by design, a natural shock absorber for the typical pressures placed on the body. When poor posture causes these spinal curves to flatten or arch too much, it can compress the vertebrae and/or the discs between them, irritating the nerves along the spine. One side effect of a regular yoga practice is a natural awareness of posture and alignment, in other

I’ve just scratched the surface here on the benefits of yoga. If you do suffer from back pain, consider talking to your doctor to see if yoga may be right for you. Be aware that some known side effects of yoga include confidence, stronger muscles, greater flexibility, improved balance, feeling and looking younger, a calm and peaceful presence, and an overall greater well-being. Namasté

Kris Kris Denning is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and a yoga/pilates teacher at Timberhill Athletic Club. Contact her at



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Allergy Season is Upon Us

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e live in an absolutely beautiful area, but if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you may not be looking forward to the next couple of months. The grass seed fields in the Willamette Valley, coupled with pollen from trees, can make spring in the Corvallis-Albany area a time of sneezing, sniffling and red, itchy eyes for many residents.

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Cheryl Cheryl Lohman of Oregon Permanent Makeup is an Oregon Licensed Permanent Makeup Artist and Esthetician, and is a Lifetime Member in the Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals. For more information you can reach her at 541-740-1639 or visit her website at www.OregonPermanentMakeup.com.



The Hot Ticket

OSU Wind Ensemble May 23, 7 PM LaSells Stewart Center Corvallis


Bark in the Park May 12, 8:30 AM - 1 PM Alton Baker Park Eugene


Easter Egg and Adult Scavenger Hunt


Neil Young

April 21, 12 - 5 PM Left Coast Estate Rickreall

May 23, 7 PM Matthew Knight Arena Eugene


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Banff Mountain Film Festival

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April 22, 7 PM The Elsinore Salem

April 22, 8 PM Hult Center Eugene

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April and May 2019 Events

For a complete listing of events, tickets and latest updates, visit: lasells.oregonstate.edu

THE premier

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra


7:30 p.m.

SAC Presents: Jenny Scheinman & H. Lee Waters - Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait 


April 14 4:00 p.m.

Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Series presents Yeol Eum Son 

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April 28 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

Corvallis Youth Symphony Association Spring Concerts:  Willamette Valley Junior Honors Symphony Corvallis Youth Symphony

May 3

7:30 p.m.

The Emerald City Jazz Kings: “Cheerful Little Earful” 

May 4

4:00 and 7:30 p.m. Spring Family Weekend Show - Halcyon 

and conference center serving

May 20 7:30 p.m.

Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra - Mahler: Symphony No. 9 

May 23 7:30 p.m.

OSU Wind Ensemble 

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May 27 7:00 p.m.

Willamette Valley Concert Band: Memorial Day Patriotic Pops Concert Celebrating America

on the Oregon

May 28 7:30 p.m.

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Starker Lecture Series: Tribal Forestry from Reservation to Restoration “Coquille Tribal Forestry; Seeing the Forest through a Cultural Lens”

April 17 7:00 p.m.

SAC Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series - Cassils: The Body as Social Sculpture

April 23 7:00 p.m.

The Decade That Changed America: The 60’s - Woodstock Revisited: Rona Elliot, Woodstock Publicist; Henry Diltz, Woodstock Official Photographer

April 29 7:30 p.m. Holocaust Memorial Lecture - “Reflections on the Holocaust” with Stephen Nasser (free but tickets required)

May 31 7:00 p.m.

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Keynote Address - The Oregon State University 2018-2019 Governor Tom McCall Lecture “Donald Trump and Ideology” Presented by James Lindsay, Council on Foreign Relations

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Willamette Living April/May 2019  

Lots of helpful hints for your next trip to the Oregon Coast, art events, even Asparagus! Enjoy.

Willamette Living April/May 2019  

Lots of helpful hints for your next trip to the Oregon Coast, art events, even Asparagus! Enjoy.