Women of Portland

Photo source: Jeffrey Horvitz

Interview reprinted from womenpdx

Name: Roey T.
Neighborhood: Hollywood
Profession: Political strategist for the LGBTQ movement

1. How long have you lived in Portland and where are you from originally? 15 years, grew up in South Carolina and Ohio.

2. What do you like most about Portland? I love so much about this city! Two things stand out: the free spirit that lets us have legal poker, nude dancing, and weed, and the progressive politics that make this a great place to come home to after my work takes me to places where hate for queer and trans people dominates.

3. How do you think Portland could improve/ be a better place to live? By making it possible to live here. I’m so sad about the changes I’ve seen in Portland lately–so many homeless people, rampant gentrification, way too many smug hipsters with expensive taste. Portland used to be much more affordable, and much more down to earth. I miss that, especially since the people being pushed out are the most interesting people.

4. What is your life motto or what words do you live by? Mine comes courtesy of a homeless man whose sign read “Everything will be appreciated.” That’s how I try to live every day, in spite of being outraged at widespread assholery.

The Passionate Listener

Sturgill Simpson. Source: NPR.org

Sturgill Simpson is a seductive storyteller. He captivates the listener from the first line of a song. Simpson uses his baritone deftly; crafting phrasing that creates a shared sense of comfort and intimacy with the listener. Whether he sings about the vagaries of love, the pain of being broke, or the existential crisis of human existence, Simpson is entrancing.

His music is the 21st century nexus of Country, Rock, Blues – large parts B.B. King, Waylon Jennings, Clarence Carter, The Allman Brothers- and uniquely Sturgill Simpson.

Links for the Voracious

The Grill on The Alley, Chicago

Deborah Daniel’s HOW is a powerful example of what can happen when we really see people.

Ofelia Esparza– altarista, artist, and 2018 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellow– on the three deaths we all experience.

Read NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s powerful words on segregation and opportunity.

Falling in love with “Brooklyn 99’s” Amy Santiago.

Nation of Newcomers documents first-person stories of immigrants to the United States.

Women of Portland

Name: Anne K.F.
Neighborhood: Alameda
Years lived in Portland: 65+

1. What do you like most about Portland?
The fact that we come up with initiatives for change that become models for the nation. For the last eight years Morrison Children and Family Services has worked with parents identified as possibly losing custody of their kids. Parents who had the same experience of addiction and lost their children who are now in recovery mentor parents who are at risk of losing custody of their children. All these innovative service agencies that take risks, I love that about Portland.

2. How can we make Portland a better place to live?
Stop demolishing old houses. Keep the quality and look of the neighborhoods.

3. What is your personal motto? What words do you live by?
Look for the good in every situation. There is always a positive take on the worst developments. You can make positive change in the world.

Originally posted on womenpdx.tumblr.com