Category Archives: nativescience

Habits, Norms and Horns

The good thing about traveling is that it encourages you to view foreign places through a new prism.By foreign I mean the United States. We spent the last few weeks visiting the East Coast, practicing the native tongue and observing … Continue reading

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Pandemic PTSD

A friend admitted she suffered PTSD because of the pandemic.I first learned of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from news about Gulf War soldiers returning home and feeling miserable…disconnected.And PTSD implies that you may feel the effects long after the insult—hence the … Continue reading

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Cicada Invasion Vacation

We found terrific coffee within walking distance of our temporary lodgings in Chicago this past week and the first few days greeted us with mid-70s (Fahrenheit) weather, clear skies and low humidity. Unlike Portland, which is often in the 60s … Continue reading

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Entering the Age of Transaction

We feel the heartbeat of Google and Apple and Facebook throb while visiting family in Northern California. My husband and I take a short walk early every morning to find rich-roasted coffee and sweets before the family rises, and share … Continue reading

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When First Place is More than a Win

If you live in Portland, you know it’s time for the Tour de France if you have a coffee and croissant at our local boulangerie. The owner streams the event every year. That’s one reason I love living in this … Continue reading

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Lockdown for Mice

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Lockdown for Mice

When Hurricane Sandy hit the Eastern United States in 2012, the seaside town where my husband’s parents lived lost power. They survived weeks without heat in November and December, thanks to a gas range that warmed the kitchen and let … Continue reading

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The New Normal

My pandemic months were normalized by my spartan wardrobe. I rotated the same three pants over many months—gray then navy and now black—and alternated colored tops for my zoom lectures and staff meetings. Getting dressed was mindless. And normal. Now—as the … Continue reading

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Find the flamingo and you’ll find the lampshade

I broke a lamp when I was moving items on my desk for a home zoom call. The vintage-glass shade hit the wooden table and cracked to bits. I asked my husband where he put the old shade—the one that … Continue reading

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Deb Haaland’s Appointment is Critical

When Joe Biden nominated Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico to direct the Department of the Interior, social media posts buzzed. My American Indian friends and relatives have been rooting for Haaland for weeks, hopeful a Native American would head … Continue reading

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