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LIVE LIKE LEMING

Sometimes legends come into your life and you don’t even know it. Michael Leming was legendary and even he didn’t even know it. Many legends and heroes have been made

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Janine Francolini

Janine Francolini: Flawless Foundation

Founder, Flawless Foundation Seeing the Perfection in Every Child Janine Francolini envisions a world where every child feels flawless, and is understood and embraced by society. Flawless Foundation, which Janine

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LIVE LIKE LEMING

LIVE LIKE LEMING

Sometimes legends come into your life and you don’t even know it. Michael Leming was legendary and even he didn’t even know it. Many legends and heroes have been made by glorifying their deaths from their too adventurous pursuits. As a climber and mountain rescuer I have had a few near death experiences, but personally […]

Diane Durston – Japanese Garden Curator

Diane Durston – Japanese Garden Curator

Diane Durston is not only an expert in her field, but also a published author who we are lucky enough to have right here in Portland as curator of the Portland Japanese Garden. The Santa Monica, California native grew up under the influence of her artist father and book-loving mother. After visiting Japanese Tea Garden […]

Janine Francolini: Flawless Foundation

Janine Francolini: Flawless Foundation

Founder, Flawless Foundation Seeing the Perfection in Every Child Janine Francolini envisions a world where every child feels flawless, and is understood and embraced by society. Flawless Foundation, which Janine began at her kitchen table “like a bake sale,” is the five-year result fueled by her vision. Flawless Foundation works to provide education and awareness […]

Jeff Curtis: CEO of the Portland Rose Festival

Jeff Curtis: CEO of the Portland Rose Festival

Bringing Athletic Vigor to the Portland Rose Festival In the face of economic struggle, national hardships, and difficult times, special events have become vital for an increasingly fragmented society in need of solidarity and civic unity. But the task of uniting half a million citizens in the hustle and bustle of an urban setting to celebrate their […]

Portland Mayor Sam Adams: Exit Time

Portland Mayor Sam Adams: Exit Time

In his waning days in office, Portland Mayor Sam Adams is enjoying record approval ratings. In 2010, two polls showed Adams with disapproval ratings exceeding 45 percent. Today, his approval rating is in the high 50s, a reversal of fortune that skeptics chalk up to a “halo effect.”

Linda Wiles Thornton: A Lighthouse for Single Mothers

Linda Wiles Thornton: A Lighthouse for Single Mothers

The first and perhaps most significant heroes we encounter in life are often our parental figures. They are generally the ones who make themselves available to us in times of need, who offer to love and protect us unconditionally, and who provide nurturing homes for us to grow, learn, and prepare for the real world.

Stan Patyrak: Living Water International

Stan Patyrak: Living Water International

Photos line the walls and desk in Stan Patyrak's office in Southeast Portland, and each photo has a human story behind it. There are photos of children in El Salvador, India, Uganda and other countries from around the world with arms outstretched, receiving clean water as it pours over their hands like the blessing of life itself.

Huy Nguyen: Bellman of Hope and Dreams

Huy Nguyen: Bellman of Hope and Dreams

Huy Nguyen’s mother escaped Vietnam on the last day of the war during the fall of Saigon in 1975. Her own mother sent her back into the city from Saigon Port on a bicycle to find her 3 remaining family members—her father and two brothers. Evading North Vietnamese patrols both ways, she returned with her younger brother atop her handlebars. She was just 17. Later that evening with several of her immediate family members still missing, Tu-Anh Phan, along with 150 other refugees, set themselves adrift into the black of the South China Sea...