August 2019

Winter is coming. I love this time of year here in the Pacific Northwest. The sun is shining, it isn’t too hot, and it isn’t humid. Fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables are ubiquitous. It is easy to get a full day’s work in by 3 PM and still have plenty of...
July 2019

July 2019

My wife attended several scientific conferences in Italy this year, with the last one held on the Amalfi Coast in June, where I joined her for a little R&R. We arrived at the train station in Vietri sul Mare on a Monday evening, but when we stepped off the...
June 2019

June 2019

Ah spring! The tulips are done blooming, the Rose Festival is under way, the irises are in full glory, and the peonies are…laying on the ground. Peonies are one of my favorite plants, but it can be more than a little discouraging to come outside in the morning after a...
May 2019

May 2019

We are all familiar with the value of alliances. There are military alliances, political alliances, business alliances, and a host of others. At Rental Housing Alliance Oregon, we connect small landlords, large landlords, property managers, and the trades that serve...
April 2019

April 2019

In this column last month, I mentioned Oregon House Bill 2639, passed in 2013. This law requires Oregon landlords to consider federal rent assistance (e.g., Section 8 vouchers) as a source of income when screening applicants. The law took effect 1 July 2014, over four...