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Some years ago while sitting with a fellow Portlander in a coffee shop in Friday Harbor, …we overheard the following remark made with a slight snicker in reference to the latest shenanigans of one of our local politicians: “Portland is a forgiving town.” read more




your health
Harvard Univ. Global Health Institute and Brown Univ. School of Public Health

COVID-19 cases in US by congressional district screenshot on 11.12.2020For USA information by state, county or congressional district, including COVID-19 cases, risk level and disease trends in your area, see this interactive map from Harvard University’s Global Health Institute and Brown University’s School of Public Health.

Open Spaces Editors

Read our latest newsletter for a dose of springtime cheer as we start to recover from the pandemic.

During these still-challenging times, we continue to offer useful diversions for all ages including book suggestions, family recipes, and an unusual and entertaining performance of “Bolero.” Take me away…

Kim Stafford

Our present times suggest a need for a broader view—both inward and outward. To this end, we offer a blessing by Oregon’s ninth Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford.

Enjoy the poem

Our World
Elakha Alliance

Watch Elakha Alliance’s webinar, “The Return of Oregon’s Sea Otters: Considering the Cultural Dimensions of Restoration.” Photo by Arthur Morris/GettyImages

by Kathleen Dean Moore

With wildfires once again raging along the west coast, we watch as devastation reigns and wonder how will we recover. But this is not the first time our lands have experienced such destruction. Regeneration of the natural world has provided comfort in times of loss, as Kathleen Dean Moore shares in her essay, “Fire and Water.”

Artist Showcase
Harry Kingston

Sunrise on the Willamette River and Cormorant photos by Harry Kingston

To view the full Cormorant image and see more of Harry’s work, visit his photography showcase.

International Climate Change

For updates, visit the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) website, where one can find Summaries for Policy Makers from recent and upcoming Synthesis Reports.

Photo: Visible Earth, NASA