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A is for Adair Village

Adair Village is city in Benton County Oregon and a population of 840 at the 2010 Census. Adair Village is named for Camp Adair which was open 1942 to 1946. Camp Adair was a training camp for World War II and after the war some of the buildings were used by US Air-force from 1957 till 1969.

Adair Village came into existence after residents successfully formed the city which was incorporated in 1976. Several structures from Camp Adair were used as buildings for the new city. For example, city hall was housed in an original building from Camp Adair until fire destroyed it 2003. For more information about the history of Adair Village visit: Adair Living History.

On May 13, 2017 there will be a founders celebration for Adair Village for more information please visit: Official City Website .

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B is for Beaverton

B is Beaverton is in Washington County Oregon.The name was chosen because of the dams that beavers would create in a nearby body of water.  The city center of Beaverton is 11 miles west of Portland.

is for Beaverton is perhaps best known as being the home to Nike.  Nike is an interesting case because although the world headquarters are located in Beaverton the land on which the headquarters sits is considered unincorporated which means that Nike does not pay taxes to the city of Beaverton. Beaverton is also part of the silicon forest which means that many high tech companies have offices in the city.

My favorite piece of trivia about Beaverton that I found out while researching this post came from wikipedia: In the early 1920s, Beaverton was home to Premium Picture Productions, a movie studio which produced about fifteen films.

The sign that lets you know you're in Beaverton.

The sign that lets you know you’re in Beaverton

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The Changing Shadow

I was driving home one night from a friends house and it occurred to me how beautiful shadows can be and how easy it can be to live in them. That May night it was cloudy out and the sun was drawing an amazing picture as it set over the horizon. It was yellow; blue; orange; gray and black.  The gray was the color that stood out the most because in some ways it was the brightest since all of the other colors seemed to flow out of it. I tried to take a picture of it when I got home but by that point the only color that would show up with my phone camera was black.

Here is the poem that came to me that night:
I live in the shadows. The in-between. The one place where light and dark collide. The one place where nothing is clear. When you live in the shadows you live in quiet and peace. When you live in the shadows you live in dark and light. Light creates a shadow and dark creates the place where you can rest.

That poem started me  thinking: what is it like to live in the shadows, does that mean that you live in dark or light or both. If you live in the shadows does anyone notice you? Does anyone care?

I tend to use  quotes to help me define concepts  and man did quotes appear when I typed in “shadows” into Google and hit the image button.  One of my favorite quotes came from George RR Martin: “The brightest flame creates the darkest shadow.” I realize now that living in the shadows is the safe way to live since you live in the background and really do not make much noise.

Taking pictures was one way I tried to figure out just what shadows meant to me. While looking at the pictures in preparation for this post I realized that they are both light and dark.  It just depends on what time of day that you take the picture and the angle of the sun.

Taken in full sun

Painting by Rene. Photo by Christiana

Shadows

Taken just after sunset

 

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Change with Balance

In January I decided to write 500 words a day. At some point I stopped and then I forgot that I made the decision to write 500 words a day. Okay I didn’t forget I just decided one day that I was not going to write 500 hundred words a day. As the year continued I found myself missing the writing and what I could discover about me and about my world if I wrote.

Some good friends are holding/going to an event called Launch Out in June and they have this quote on the website. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.

It is a quote that I have seen before and have never really thought about. Today it hit me: what am I waiting for. My time is now and with that spirit I have decided to chose a word/phrase for the year. I know that June is around the corner but I have decided that you do not have to wait till January to make changes. For example in December Jon Acuff launched the Empty Shelf Challenge. The gist of the post and the challenge: January is an arbitrary month. You make changes when you want to make changes and it does not matter what month we are in.

So without any further ado here are my words: Change with Balance. I know that is three words but in reality it is one word. You can have change and throw yourself out of balance. Balance means that you do not throw everything out when you change. That is why I chose change with balance. I know that some things in my life need to change and I want them to but I do not want to loose the good things that I currently have in my life.

I realize that everything can not stay the same It is just that simple. I know it sounds complex but it really is not. Things must change. I need to change my eating habits so that I lose weight; I need to exercise so that I lose weight; I need to write so that I can finally figure out if my writing can provide me with income. I think that it can but will never know until it does. I have to find out these things.

One of my favorite Bible verses of all time talks about balance and how everything has a season.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

There was even a song written about the verse. called Turn Turn Turn and is my favorite version. I still can’t believe that I actually linked a Bruce Springsteen video that came from CMT. When you watch the video you will realize that it was because of Roger McGuinn was on stage with him playing guitar and singing.

All of these quotes and videos are meaningless unless I make the conscious  decision to change. More on that coming up.

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Writing Goals

Halfway through the year and I have not written as much as I would like. So starting Monday I am going to write 500 words a day. Not sure if I will publish all of them. But I will write at least 500 a day if not more.

I am thinking of joining JuNoWriMo which would challenge me to write a novel in the month of June. I have a week to make the decision. Right now I have no ideas for novels and that is why I think it would be a good idea. Use this next week to plot a novel and see what happens in June. Hubby is pushing me to do NaNoWrMo which is in November that would make 2 novels in less than six months.  I own Scrivener which makes it easier to plot out ideas and keep track of stuff.

Okay. Time to go and plot.

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I survived

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May 1, 2014 · 3:40 pm

Z is for…..

Z is for Zentangle® which has been trademarked so that is why I have the trademark symbol after it. This comes directly from the website: Here’s some suggested copy that you can use: The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. “Zentangle” is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com.

The concept of zentangle® came into my life when I really needed stress relief and I have been using on and off for about three years. The reason I like to zentangle is that you can’t make a mistake. Your “mistake” just becomes part of the pattern. You can tangle on almost any surface and get a good result. For example I’ve seen dominoes that were bought at goodwill used. I’ve seen tangles on canvas and part of a bigger art piece. There is no end in how  they can be used in your art or just to relax on a nice sunny day. In closing I’m going to post  few resources that will include pictures and patterns which you can use to get started with zentangle®

Resources

  1. Newsletter
  2. Wiki-How 
  3. Sandy Steen Bartholomew has tons of zentangle stuff and her blog is the perfect place to find inspiration.
  4. One of the best places to find patterns
  5. Check out this frog. I love it and can envision making it sometime.

 

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