March 2019

March 2019

In Homer’s Odyssey, the hero must navigate his ship through the Strait of Messina, which separates the island of Sicily from mainland Italy. This was a hazardous undertaking: the shoals on the north side are described as a six-headed sea monster called Scylla. To the...
February 2019

February 2019

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” – Unknown I have been fortunate to have lived in several communities over the course of...
January 2019

January 2019

Happy New Year!  Ken Schriver here, newly elected President of Rental Housing Alliance Oregon. I am both humbled and eager to take on the responsibilities of President, and I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can during my term. As I’ve only been a member of...
December 2018

December 2018

Homes get decorated for the holidays. Car companies, carpet cleaning companies, mattress companies, and everyone else are now using Santa Claus in their advertisements. We put on our snow tires and write our end-of-the year letters to friends and families. So, here is...
November 2018

November 2018

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Instead of honoring a single person like George Washington or my mom, it honors the sharing of a meal. I like to eat. The history of Thanksgiving seems a little 2- dimensional. After Pilgrims land and nearly die off from a cold...