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The Importance of Knees

The Importance of Knees

As a competitive basketball player for untold years (48), I know well how important knees are. I would never have blocked as many shots (11) or swished so many countless jumpers (1,393), or dunked in so many opponents’ faces (0), without my knees rising to the occasion time after time. Go ahead and laugh. But […]

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Bus 75:  Hidden Portland

Bus 75: Hidden Portland

There’s a line to get in. It’s not long but it’s lively. Everyone is excited for the doors to open. It’s like this every Sunday evening at six o’clock when NWA Blue Collar Wrestling takes the stage at the Eagle’s Lodge on North Lombard. Bus 75 goes right by, within shouting distance. It’s performance art […]

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Grandpa Lazlo played for the Copywriters

Grandpa Lazlo played for the Copywriters

Found this old photo of my grandfather, Lazlo Overhead, who played college football for the Nebraska Copywriters, before they became the Cornhuskers. Copywriting and football run in the family. Okay, I’m lying. Lazlo played for the Carlile Copywriters, not Nebraska. And before being called the Cornhuskers, Nebraska’s team was known as the Bugeaters (no lie). […]

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“Driving Strangers:   Diary of an Uber Driver”

“Driving Strangers: Diary of an Uber Driver”

Strangely enough, I’ve recently collaborated on a book with good friend and weirdly talented Portland artist, Karen Wippich. It’s titled “Driving Strangers: Diary of an Uber Driver.” The book combines Karen’s oddly intriguing portraits with my brief, pithy musings about people I’ve ferried around Portland as an Uber driver. It features 25 art portraits, 75 […]

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Happy Evolution, America

Happy Evolution, America

“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and […]

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Lessons learned from a freelance Snake Charmer

Lessons learned from a freelance Snake Charmer

On a recent holiday trip to Morocco, I spent some time in Marrakech with various local freelancers, including storytellers, drummers, dancers with roosters on their head, fortune-tellers, cell phone hawkers, and one highly charming snake charmer. I came away with five insights into freelancing that can be applied in any country, any line of work. […]

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Last message of ’13

Last message of ’13

It’s the thought that counts.   On this, the last day of a year ending in 13, it seems fitting to end with a message of hope and good luck. The above message was written years ago by my daughter, Ruby. I couldn’t have said it, or written it, any better. From the entire staff […]

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