Biking When the Air Is Bad

Did you know that if you run, hike, or bike on a day when the air quality is labeled "Unhealthy," you can permanently damage your lungs? Don't take a chance. If you want or need to be active outdoors in areas experiencing air pollution due to heavy industry, car...

Wellness Gift Guide

Wellness means taking care of yourself—and giving others the tools and resources to do the same. We hope it inspires you to think past the obvious and create wonderful experiences and memories for the year to come.

First Aid for Attempted Suicide

Suicide risk is higher than ever in the era of COVID-19. However, only about 1 in 25 suicide attempts is fatal. Thanks to Sarah Gehrke, MSN, RN for sharing lifesaving advice that can make the difference for attempted suicide or drug overdoses. TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide, Self-Harm

Art That Sticks with You

Artist and mom Maria McConnell makes gorgeous decals inspired by the Pacific Northwest.

Under the Bridge

Here’s how to save lives. It starts with being visible.

Portland Confidential: What It Means to Be a Hacker

1. Hackers are never as cool as they think are.
2. Not all hackers are criminals.
3. If you call yourself a hacker, you will get hacked.
4. Hackers hack. It’s what we do.

Crisis Resources

A list of crisis mental health resources, updated for COVID-19.

Love Is a Boat

This is the speech I gave seven years ago at my sister's wedding in November 2013. I still believe every word in it to be true.   This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International...

Will Small Business Go the Way of the Pay Phone?

I would like to invite you to participate in a focus group about technology, community, and the future of independent business. Drinks and snacks provided.

Who Is Molly Muriel?

Not who you’d expect.

Read our interview with founder and apothecary Branda to find out.

A Resource Guide to Help Seniors Who Don’t Have Relatives Nearby

If you have parents or grandparents who live far away, you may be worried about the fact that you can't help them with daily tasks. Luckily, there are many ways to help your senior loved one maintain a great quality of life, even if you can't be there yourself to...

Keep On Trucking

Read Geak Burchill’s new webcomic about being homeless.

Remote Mental Health Services

In the time of COVID-19, we need access to quality therapists, coaches, and specialists now more than ever.  PDX Local has assembled a guide of Portland area service providers for mental health and holistic/physical health offering consultations by video and phone.

Gardening Tips to Help Feed Your Family & Community

Growing a garden can be a great way to spend more time outside, learn valuable new skills, and reduce your family’s grocery budget. You can also help feed those in need simply by growing fresh produce in your backyard.

Suicide Is Preventable

Laura and I are humbled by all the media coverage received for our small effort to put up notes of encouragement on the St. John’s Bridge. What’s next: a free, two-hour suicide prevention class on Tuesday evening, January 15…

Nine Twilights and Counting

The Art of Andrea Rosales

World Insane Is The Overloaded Brain

Freestyle verse by Sincere God Magnetic

We’re already socially distant. The pandemic is reaction to the systemic distortion of academics. 5G is radioactive pollution while the body succumbs to inner confusion designed and spread by mass media controlled execution. Mistrust is a must in a world built on ashes to ashes, dust to dust…

A Space for Healing

“Sometimes a smile can really change someone’s day, especially for someone who is used to being ignored or having people cross the street to avoid them.” – Liz Starke, Rosehaven.org.

Rose Haven is a Portland day shelter for women, children, and marginalized genders.

Portland Confidential: Coming Out as Genderfluid

I decided, just that once, to act like a man — which is to say, just be me.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Plan Suicides

If someone you know comes to you and says they are thinking about suicide, don’t do nothing. They make take it as tacit endorsement of their plan. If you are not comfortable talking to someone directly about the subject, get someone else involved. Refer them to a...

9 Resources for Supporting a Pregnant Mom-to-Be Amid COVID-19

Are you looking for ways to support a pregnant friend, spouse, or loved one during the coronavirus crisis?