Trees in misty landscape

Welcome to Open Spaces

Open Spaces is a forum for voices that speak with knowledge and insight to issues affecting people everywhere. As the name suggests, Open Spaces is dedicated to an openness of attitude, intellect and approach. In this spirit, we present thoughtful, well-researched articles on a variety of subjects from a number of different viewpoints.

by Ron Turker, M.D.

What is the reality of “Access” to healthcare?

Kim Stafford

Our present times suggest a need for a broader view—both inward and outward. We offer a blessing by Kim Stafford, Oregon’s ninth Poet Laureate. Stafford travels the state to share the power of poetry to help communities become more curious about their own stories, more emotionally open, and better prepared to exercise freedom in speech to heal our divisions.

by Robert Sack, M.D.

If you want an idea of how the human sleep cycle evolved, consider the sleep patterns of hunter-gatherers and traditional people.

Marten in snow
Artist Showcase
Harry Kingston Photography

Above: Season of Mists
Left: Winter Wonderland

“When artists, entrepreneurs, and agents of social change cluster, they look for forums where they can interact and be challenged and provoked. In Cascadia, Open Spaces plays this role. It is where thoughtful people publish essays that push readers to think outside their comfort zones.”

— Denis Hayes, coordinator of the first Earth Day 
and current president of the Bullitt Foundation