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An Artist's Life

An Artist's Life

A tribute to Pat Clark, artist, educator and founder of some of Bend's artistic institutions
I remember quite clearly the first time I had a conversation with Pat Clark. I was hanging an exhibition of student work from an arts residency I had completed with almost 2,000 middle school students in Central Oregon and Portland.

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Leaping Sickness, Junk Male

“Hello, drama queen. I’d like to introduce you to your spider bite.”
Leaping Sickness I thought I was happily married.

Advice & Fun

Matt Wuerker—Week of November 25

American are ****ing mad more isn't done about climate change

Advice & Fun

Free Will Astrology—Week of November 25

Be alert for the oncoming delights of the unknown
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Poet Renée Ashley describes what she's attracted to: "I'm drawn to what flutters nebulously at the edges, at the corner of my eye—just outside my certain sight. I want to share in what I am routinely denied or only suspect exists.

Advice & Fun

Offers In a Seller's Market

Observations from the homeowner's viewpoint
The first two quarters of the year brought a very heated home market. It was and is a seller's market, meaning that due to lack of inventory and high demand from buyers, the seller has more leverage during negotiations.

Take Me Home

Dispo Black Friday Deals

Best deals on bud during the best sales of the year
The typical products for Black Friday shopping tend to be televisions, cell phones and maybe even a computer or gaming console. Every year people stand in long lines and raid stores for that deal on the item of the year that won't last into the afternoon hours.

Smoke Signals

This Modern World—week of November 25

Things to be thankful for

Advice & Fun

Tips For Future Protests

Don't be a hero

Advice & Fun

A "Mix Tape" of Beloved Musicians

Silver Moon's musician mural puts the pub's love of music in bold black and white
Since the Bend City Council relaxed its mural code in 2019—allowing murals to be painted on buildings outside the Maker's District—the area where the previous code limited them—public art has proliferated in Bend. Murals now adorn hotels, underpasses, schools and private businesses, with more popping up all the time.

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New Age Edibles

Say "bye" to pot brownies and "high" to potcorn
According to a poll taken by in 2019, 9.6% of cannabis users in the U.S. preferred to ingest marijuana via edibles like brownies, cookies or gummies. As weed grows in popularity, it seems more and more non-smoking stoners want to feel the effects of THC and CBD without inhaling.

Smoke Signals

Bend's Biggest Venue Gets a New Name

Les Schwab Amphitheater becomes Hayden Homes Amphitheater
It has name recognition all over the state and region—but effective immediately, Bend's biggest venue will no longer be known as the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Redmond-based home builder Hayden Homes is now the name-in-title sponsor for the Old Mill venue, entertainment company Live Nation announced Tuesday.

Culture Features

Matt Wuerker—Week of November 18

Spending billions to promote green energy!

Advice & Fun

Free Will Astrology—Week of November 18

You are an expert at reading between the lines
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): "Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don't read the lines," wrote author Margaret Millar. That's not a common problem for you Scorpios.

Advice & Fun

Fossil Fool?

Could this apparent change in personality point to dementia?
Fossil Fool? My husband died of a heart attack at age 75.

Advice & Fun

First-Time Homebuyer Dreams Versus Reality

Six ideas better left abandoned when starting the process
Each homebuying pursuit begins with a dream—and more often than not, that dream very quickly turns into fantasy. Homebuyers and particularly first-time homebuyers have plans and visions of their dream property with all the bells and whistles, in flawless condition, in the perfect location and all for a bargain price.

Take Me Home

This Modern World—week of November 18

Let's get mad about something dumb

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