Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Enjoy Healthy Eating with Your Living Foods

Photo source: Kathy Rossol
Kathy Rossol of Your Living Foods believes healthy food not only tastes good, but it tastes better. When we eat food that nourishes our body, it also nourishes our soul. The good news is eating healthy is easier and more enjoyable than you might think. Kathy Rossol is a nutritional consultant who will teach you how easy it is to integrate healthy and delicious food into your life. Once you start, you’ll wonder why you ever ate differently.

Expand Your Diet

Kathy tells me most diets fail because we believe they limit rather than expand our choices. She has another approach. Kathy recommends that we start changing the way we eat by adding foods instead of removing them. For example, she suggests adding a vegetable to your typical breakfast or adding a leafy green to your dinner plate. Or, maybe put an avocado in your sandwich or salad. Now there’s a trick to make the sandwich or salad seem richer.

Fortunately, simply adding a few additional healthy foods to your normal diet mix can lead to big changes. We gradually begin to feel more satiated with that avocado with our lunch, so we eat fewer chips. We start noticing how much better we feel when we eat a few more vegetables, so we want to eat more of them. Slowly, we start shifting our food choices not out of obligation, but out of desire.

Grow Your Palate

Photo source: Kathy Rossol

Another trick Kathy employs is to add new flavors to your diet. She recommends we start exploring with our taste buds. We have been conditioned to want sweet foods, but then we are missing a whole world of other flavors and foods. Start mixing foods together like kale and bacon to enhance the flavors of each ingredient. Experimenting with new flavors and new foods adds variety to your diet and provides additional sources for the nutrients the body needs and craves.

Adding variety to our diets, Kathy says, is good for us. First, it helps crowd out the sugary and starchy foods. Second, it keeps our meals interesting. I know I get bored eating the same thing day in and day out. Finally, variety exposes us to more of the vitamins and minerals we need to stay healthy, eliminating the need for many if not all those extra supplements.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

How to Find a Tudor Revival

Tudor Revival in Ladd's Addition
Tudor Revival
Ladd's Addition is one of my favorite neighborhoods. It's an area of town that almost reminds me of Europe, with it's traffic circles and diagonal street design. Ladd's Addition is also home to some of the best Old Portland architecture you'll find in town. Walk down any street, and you'll find a mixture of Old Portland home styles.

I took this picture on one of my walks with Positively Portland Walking Tours, so it just seemed natural to ask Eric Wheeler to explain what type of house this is.

Tudor Revival

Here's what Eric has to say about this house:

The pictured house is a one and a half story residence that fits into the general category of a Period Revival style. Tudor, Gothic, Spanish Colonial and Mission are all specific revival styles that were very popular in Portland in the 1920s, often called the “between the World Wars” era. This decade was also a time of great prosperity, especially in urban America, and many of our historic neighborhoods were filled in during this time period. The 1920s in Portland was a time of population growth and feverish building activity that came to a screeching halt in 1929 with the onset of the Great Depression.
What style is this house? Likely there would be general agreement that this is a Tudor Revival residence. The name indicates a historic reference to a dynasty of English monarchs and a style with aesthetic roots in England and Western Europe. The following are elements that identify this house as a Tudor Revival:

      • Mock half-timbered gable end on the entry. Mock half-timbering is one of the most visibly reliable indicators of the Tudor Revival style.
      • Clipped gable ends on the left end of the main roof and on the entry roof. The clipped gable is a visual identifier of the Craftsman influence in this house. Tudor Revival and Craftsman are both American styles that evolved out of the English Arts and Crafts Movement.
      • The massive shed roof dormer ends echo the angular look of the clipped gables described earlier.
      • Notice the slender, round-arched “peek-a-boo” window on the left side of the entry, providing visual relief from an otherwise angular exterior façade.
      • The “bell cast” metal roof on the entry canopy also adds a bit of curvilinear detail to the façade.
      • The twin flanking, projecting gables on the first story are similar, but not identical….one clipped and one not. This is a common Tudor element designed to align the style closer to the consciously unbalanced façade of the Arts and Crafts tradition and away from the symmetrical Colonial/Classical appearance.
      • The attached single car garage (likely original) also fits this house neatly into the early automobile era when the English-inspired Tudor Revival was popular. By the 1920s most Americans could afford to own a car.

You will see many variations of the popular Tudor Revival style as you walk, drive or bike around old Portland neighborhoods.
Thanks Eric! If you want to learn more about Portland neighborhoods and their styles and personalities, join Eric Wheeler on one of his tours with Positively Portland Walking Tours.

Have you seen a Tudor Revival recently?

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Four Years of Creative Pairings Portland Wine Shop

Last Saturday I stopped by my favorite wine shop in town, Pairings Portland Wine Shop. If you haven't been there, you have really missed something special. Pairings Portland Wine Shop is one of the most creative places you will visit. The owner, Jeffrey Weissler, is not only a wine expert, but also a very ingenious wine pairings super hero. At Pairings Portland Wine Shop you'll learn how to pair wine to your favorite food, movie, or dog breed or even to your mood.

Unpretentious Pairings

This wine shop is fun. Last weekend the wine shop was celebrating its fourth birthday. It was the wine club's pick-up-your-bottle weekend, and Pairings was also offering free wine tasting from a local wine maker, Crowley Wines. Not surprisingly, the shop was busy for a Saturday afternoon. As I tasted some yummy Pinot Noirs from Crowley wines, I chatted with another patron about why she stopped by. Kayla told me something I heard from many others in the shop that day. Pairings Portland is a fun place to learn about and enjoy wine. The shop stocks some of the best wines you'll ever find in town without being pretentious about it.

I think that's true. Everyone feels welcome the moment they walk in. In fact, one club member was there with his brothers from Mississippi. He felt it was the perfect place to introduce one of his brother's to wine. They were taking advantage of the club member benefit of free tasting of 5 wines on pick-up day. You can also sign up to be a club member for the day for $25 to take advantage of this great deal.

The Best Wine in Town

I have never purchased a bad bottle from Pairings. In fact, it's the only place in town where I can buy wine and know I won't get a headache after drinking it. Jeffrey is very particular about the wines he stocks in his shop. His wines are not knocked up, as he likes to say, and Jeffrey looks for other key traits as well. In fact, the criteria for selecting the wines is posted on his walls for everyone to see and to understand.

I was so happy to see Pairings Portland celebrate its birthday. It's one of my favorite spots in town to get a bottle or just spend some time hanging out with friends. Plus, I guarantee you'll have fun talking to Jeffrey or his viticulture tour guide, Christopher.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Stacey Roy's Classroom 211 Teaches Children How to Resolve Conflict Peacefully

Stacey Roy Teaches Children How to Resolve Conflict
Photo source: Stacey Roy/Classroom 211
Simply speaking with Stacey Roy of Classroom 211 calms you down. Stacey projects a confident yet soothing energy that she freely shares with others. Talking to Stacey, I felt enveloped in a space of peace and freedom - a freedom to be at ease with her and with myself. I am not surprised she is the creative mastermind who started and runs Classroom 211. Classroom 211 empowers children to communicate with confidence and compassion, which helps them resolve conflict and prevent bullying.

Classroom 211

I met Stacey at Classroom 211's office in the renovated Washington High School, fittingly in room 211. After a quick tour of her work space, we headed over to a coffee house in the building to chat. Stacey explained she wanted to bring her skills and talents as a curriculum developer and mediator to the classroom to help children. Classroom 211, the way I understand it, develops emotional learning programs that teach school children better communication skills, which in turn equips them to peacefully resolve all sorts of social conflict.

The Language of Communication

For example, she teaches children how to use the right language to effectively express themselves. Or, she and the class might discuss what it means to be a friend, how to make friends, or how to keep friends. Stacey wants children to find their voices and to be able to stand up to gossip and bullying in a mindful way. If we learn these skills as children, we can also bring these skills with us into adulthood.

Stacey started this learning program with a pilot project at Holy Redeemer Catholic School for third and fourth graders. She worked with the children for about 35 to 40 minutes a day. Now, Stacey is expanding the program, believing her program is ideal for K - 8 education.

Stacey understands that different age groups face different emotional challenges, and she adjusts the programs accordingly. A child in Kindergarten through second grade doesn't really talk back, but acts out. Using books and literacy programs, Stacey helps these young children learn how to express themselves, so they feel like they're being heard - so they feel safe, loved and needed.

The Power of Role Play and Affirmations 

Classroom 211 Teaches Children How to Resolve Conflict
Photo source: Stacey Roy/Classroom 211
On the other hand, middle school students deal with bullying and social pressure from peers. Stacey works with this age group using a lot of role play to teach the students how to speak up peacefully and effectively. Stacey notes that middle school students face a sudden shift in school to all academics, with the schedule allowing little time for them to express themselves. These role play exercises give the students a safe place to express themselves and learn different methods to resolve conflict.

Stacey's program through Classroom 211 also teaches children the value of affirmations and positive words. She told me about one exercise where the students write something positive about someone else in the group and put the statements into an envelope for that person. Then, each student reads what was written about them, giving each student the opportunity to read nice things someone else wrote about them. Words are powerful. And Stacey says, for some kids it's almost like Christmas. They are receiving a gift of kindness and inclusion they don't feel every day.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

SerraVision Photography Captures The Stories of Our Lives

SerraVision Photography
Photo Source: SerraVision Photogrpahy

Serra Hadsell of SerraVision Photography is a story teller. Serra takes lifestyle photos that capture key moments of your life, and then she transforms the photos into a visual story book of memories for you to cherish. I think this is a revolutionary approach to photography. How many of us have stacks of forgotten old snapshots or photo albums we never open? What about that collection of photos on Facebook or Flickr? Serra takes these photos and puts them in context, beautifully bound together in a book we'll open over and over again.

Relive Your Memories

Serra says her goal is for her clients to open the book, or look at their photos, and feel like they're experiencing the life event again. Serra believes the secret to achieving this experience is to take photos of people going about their normal business and living their lives. Photos of ourselves in awkward poses or in locations we don't know are less likely to speak to us and help us remember our lives. Instead, Serra becomes a type of natural observer to your life's activities during a photo session. It's like she's recording your memories visually through the photos she takes.

SerraVision Photography
Photo Source: SerraVision Photography
Serra spends a lot of time with her clients, in their own comfortable milieu. For example, her first appointment with you might last 2 - 3 hours at your home. This way, you can get to know each other. You will talk together, and Serra will answer your questions. She will create an environment in which you can relax together. Once that occurs, you will be excited for your upcoming photo shoot.

Serra likes to have the photo shoot at a location that means something to you. Serra might go with you and your children to the park where they usually play, for example. Or, she might join you for your weekly breakfast out at your favorite diner. I could even imagine Serra doing a photo shoot of me while I practice agility with my dog. She would be able to capture the story of me working with my dog from a different perspective and bring it to life through the pictures she takes. I know I would cherish that story.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Art And Integrity of Eve Styles

Eve Skywalker
Photo Source: Eve Skywalker
Portland is teeming with talent. I know I’ve said this before, but if you slow down and take the time to get to know the people around you, you can’t help but discover talent. Eve Styles, the creative director behind the independent fashion label Eve Skywalker, is one of those amazing discoveries. She is a talented and creative fashion designer, who is bringing integrity back to fashion through the clothing she designs.

The Discovery

I discovered Eve at the office. She is part of our agent services staff at Living Room Realty, and we both work out of our SE office. I quickly noticed something special about Eve and how she carries herself. Eve is one of those people who is just true to herself, true to her style, and true to her art. I find that admirable.

One day I noticed some fabulous tights she was wearing. When I learned that she made them, my curiosity was piqued. Eve was preparing to sell the tights at a pop up market at our office, and she showed me a bit of her collection. Wow! She showed me tights with vibrant colors and tights with flowers on them - literally. Eve had hammered flowers onto pre-washed tights and leggings, using the tights and leggings as a canvas. I had never seen anything like it before.

I wasn’t surprised when I learned Eve was also getting ready to showcase her clothing line at FashioNXT in Portland. It turns out, Eve is really an artist whose medium is fashion design. She is not just designing beautiful clothing to wear, but she’s also making a statement and expressing herself.

Eve is not new to fashion design. It's been part of her life and who she is for a long time. She started sewing as a young girl with her grandmother, and hasn't stopped. Her grandmother taught her to sew and was her idol. I believe Eve learned at an early age how to express herself through sewing and to treat sewing as a form of art.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

It's a Portland Bungalow, Says Eric

Portland Bungalow
Photo copyright Eric Adams

What Kind of House is This?

That's a question I asked myself often when I first moved here. I still vividly remember how I felt when I saw all the old neighborhoods, full of old houses with such character and style. The neighborhoods felt almost magical. I'd heard the terms bungalow, craftsman, and tudor before, but I wasn't really quite sure how to differentiate them. After living here for awhile, I got familiar with those terms and a gained basic understanding of the styles of homes that fill our neighborhoods.

It wasn't, however, until I met Eric Wheeler of Positively Portland Walking Tours, that I began to grasp all the subtleties and details of all the varying architectural styles here in Portland. I've also come to appreciate how some styles are even unique to Portland. So, I'm starting to send Eric a series of photos of homes in Portland and asking him to answer some basic questions about each house to share on this blog.

Portland Bungalow

Here's what Eric Wheeler had to say about this house:

The pictured house is a single story “Portland Bungalow”, built in 1928 in a high-density residential district in SE Portland. Typically houses of this style have 2 bedrooms, one bath, full basement and less than 1000 sq ft of living area. This modest house type was very popular with builders and buyers in the “between the wars” period of the 1920s because of its ease of construction and affordability. The small footprint of the house also fit in well in subdivisions with 50 foot wide lots in the “streetcar” neighborhoods on the east side of the Willamette River. 
Like many bungalows of this time period this house has Craftsman-influenced clipped gable ends (also called “jerkingheads”) on each side of the main roof and at the top of the porch roof. The multi-paned transom window over the picture window on the left side of the house is another Craftsman element in the Portland Bungalow. 
But unlike true “Craftsman Bungalows” built in the first three decades of the 20th century, the Portland Bungalow has a wide front with a rectangular foot print parallel to the street, as opposed to most Craftsman bungalows that have a narrow front with a rectangular foot print perpendicular to the street. The central entry and evenly spaced windows of this house type are more typical of Cape Cod or Colonial Style houses. 
Because of key differences in appearance and floor plan and the popularity of this style in the early 20th century Portland streetcar neighborhoods, many in the real estate profession are calling this house type a “Portland Bungalow”. Look for this modest, but charming residential style as you walk, drive or bike around old Portland neighborhoods.

Thanks Eric!

What type of house will we discover next?