October 20: Trip to Portland

October 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

We traveled to Portland to a conference on teaching for social justice, but we found enough time to do two of our favorite things: visit Powells, and go to the Grotto.

Powells was the creative outlet for yesterday. Not just buying books,

this is just part of the pile. in our defense, many of the books cost $1

but also actively participating in reading them, like looking for Waldo,

or dressing a female sticker version of the Mad Hatter in outrageous clothes. Sticker books: another calming activity for wild kids and their tired moms.

To bring about more creative adventures for myself, I bought a book titled Freeing the Creative Spirit: Drawing on the Power of Art to Tap the Magic & Wisdom Within by Adriana Diaz. I have always been a sucker for creativity books, and this one looks promising. Here is an excerpt with some good advice I ought to take: “I highly recommend cleaning the work space as little as possible. Learn to think of clutter and dust in a new way. Try to realize that the first in your house is simply displaced from outside. You can choose just what you’d like to do with it. You can collect it, throw it out, or use it as an art medium!”


Today we went to the Grotto, a Catholic sanctuary in Northeast Portland, a peaceful place with beautiful gardens and lovely statues of saints. I have a hard time photographing nature, as I always feel it’s wrong to trap it in a still shot, but I got a few shots of the statues and the labyrinth before it started pouring.

St. Joseph




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