About Oregon Expat
Sometimes the best view is from the outside, and an American expatriate living in Portugal is, in many ways, outside of both nations. The views can be spectacular. I'm also a science nerd, Mac dweeb, and grammar geek, so the posts in this blog tend to be eclectic.
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- On his terms
- Beyoncé: Homecoming
- UPRISING and balance
- The brain radio
- Alsea lovers: This is the one you’ve been waiting for
- The chicken church
- On being happy
- Winterfest! (for Mac users)
- We wants it!
- Celebrating the return of rights!
- Share your gifts
- The kilogram redefined
- Down the research rabbit hole
Monthly Archives: November 2012
…and its 16–35 f/2.8 L II lens: You do not want it to be collected by a curious lioness. Such was the fate of Ed Hetherington’s camera kit, after he set it up near the lioness’ kill. The interesting part … Continue reading
Earlier this year, my home state paper ran a touching story about a long overdue apology. It began: When he was 12 years old, the boy did something he only later realized probably hurt his seventh-grade teacher. It was minor … Continue reading
As a frustrated city-dwelling gardener who can only dream of having a compost pile, I happily devoured the Atlantic’s article on Jack Chambers. He’s a former airline pilot who, as a preparation for retirement, bought a worm farm. A crash … Continue reading
Mt. Shasta is unique in the Cascade mountain range due to its solitary location. While the other peaks in the range are surrounded by foothills (which in many places, including Portugal, would count as mountains themselves), Mt. Shasta stands alone … Continue reading
I already like Pink’s music. But speaking as a Pilates instructor, I deeply respect her abdominals! And, well, everything else. What a physique, and what a performance. (And if she’s really singing all of that live, then she’s in even … Continue reading
When Massoud Hassani was growing up in Qasaba, Kabul, he and his brother would play in the desert with toys they made themselves. They favored wind-powered toys, and would race theirs against those the other kids made. But too often, … Continue reading
It was only a matter of time before industry pros figured out what Oregonians already know: Talk about getting crushed — Oregon just blew California off the map when it comes to producing world-class pinot noir. Wine Spectator, the industry’s … Continue reading
Times aren’t easy in Portugal right now, what with the economic crisis (and random tornadoes ripping up streets), but regardless of the country’s sovereign debt load or international standing, it still has one thing in spades: beauty. In an effort … Continue reading