5 Slam Dunk Moves Homeowners Can Make When It Comes to House Remodeling

It’s March Madness time so most of us are glued to our televisions watching college basketballs stars make great moves on the court.

Who says they get to have all the fun and the glory? What kinds of moves can homeowners make to their homes that are considered slam dunks in today’s real estate market?

I took a look at the National Association of Realtors annual Remodeling Impact Report to help you come up with a game plan when you’re ready to make your next move. Consider one of these plays.

Kitchen Upgrade. Whether you plan on selling your home or staying put, a kitchen upgrade looks to be a winning strategy. Fifty four percent of Realtors surveyed suggested that sellers complete a kitchen upgrade before putting their houses on the market and 23% of them indicated that an upgrade helped them close a deal. While the estimated cost of an upgrade (for a 2,400 square foot home) came in at $35,000, Realtors expected that $20,000 of that cost (or 57%) would be recovered in the sales price. Of course, upgrading may have changed a few remodelers’ minds about moving. Eighty one percent of them reported a greater desire to be home after updating the kitchen and 76% experienced an increased sense of enjoyment when home. So either way you go, you can’t lose!

Complete Kitchen Renovation. Again, this is a play that will net results whether you decide to stay in your home or move. While only 18 percent of Realtors found themselves suggesting this option before selling, 14 percent thought it helped close the deal with 62 percent of the estimated $65,000 remodel being recovered in the sales price. Ninety one percent of the homeowners found themselves wanting to be home more after the remodel and 89% felt a major sense of accomplishment after it was done.

New Master Suite. This might be a project for you if you’re planning on staying put. Only four percent of Realtors suggested a new master suite before selling and only one percent thought it helped cinch the sale but 83 percent of homeowners expressed a greater desire to be home after the project was completed so the enjoyment factor is significant.

New Roof. If your roof is looking questionable, this is a slam dunk move for sure in terms of resale value. Fifty four percent of Realtors recommended this investment and 32 percent thought it was a significant factor in the buyer’s decision. In terms of value recovery, this particular project is the clear winner, recouping 109 percent of the cost in the sales price.

New Garage Door. If you’re looking to move this is another investment that adds considerable value with 87 percent of the cost being recovered upon selling. And as remodeling projects go, it’s on the lower end cost-wise with an estimated $2,300 cost for a 2,400 square foot home.

The National Association of Realtors’ survey also indicated that 35% of U.S. homeowners would rather move than remodel their home so if you find yourself on that team, give me a call at 503.939.9801 or check out my website. I’d love to put my 25 plus years coaching homeowners on their home buying and selling decisions to work for you.

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10 Things You Should Know to Make Your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Lake Oswego a Little Greener!

Irish eyes are smiling this year because St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday. That makes it easy to catch Maher’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival which kicks off at 352 B Avenue on Friday, March 16 at 12:00 p.m.  and runs through Saturday, March 17 until the last person leaves the bar.

So whether you are 99.3% Irish like me or just enough to claim heritage one day a year, here are some fun facts to help you celebrate in Lake Oswego.

  1. The An Daire Academy of Irish Dance will be performing at Maher’s on Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.
  2. You don’t have to feel bad about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day if you’re not Irish. Turns out even St. Patrick wasn’t! He was born in Britain but captured by Irish pirates when he was 16 and sold into slavery. After escaping six years later he entered a monastery, eventually returning to Ireland to convert them to Christianity.
  3. Maher’s festival is family friendly earlier in the day with Irish dancers and bagpipes, but after that, it becomes an adults-only event.
  4. They say the Irish have the gift of blarney which may explain why legend has it that St. Patrick drove the snakes from Ireland even though biologists doubt snakes ever lived there because of the cool temperatures. Could have been a more colorful way of describing how he drove out the pagan religious customs and beliefs that preceded him.
  5. The legend lives on at Maher’s where they’ll be serving up Snakebite on their Import Draught menu (Magners/Guinness) as well as Dancing Leprechauns (Paddy’s whiskey, fresh muddled lemon, soda and ginger ale), Jameson Moscow Mules, Irish Coffees, Whiskey flights and a long lineup of beverages to toast the occasion with.
  6. St. Patrick’s Day was actually a dry holiday in Ireland until 1970. Before that it was deemed a religious holiday so pubs were closed. Wonder if Guinness lobbied for it to be reclassified as a national holiday which it was in 1970, opening up the bars to serve up part of the 13 million pints downed by revelers.
  7. We have the Irish to thank for many things (including me, my wife would say) but one of the best is Irish stew—the ultimate comfort food—that even poor families could improvise with during lean times.
  8. You can order yourself a bowl of it at Maher’s accompanied by Irish soda bread. Other Irish staples include bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie.
  9. You’ve likely heard of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City (which as it turns out is older than the United States itself, dating back to 1762). But have you heard about the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade? Several cities try to lay claim to it, but seems the original started in Dripsey, County Cork and ran from one pub to another, just 25 yards. West Boylston, Massachusetts tried to challenge that with a “parade” between two pubs (Finders and Keepers) separated by a driveway. Seems Hot Springs, Arkansas and Boulder, Colorado also have parades in the race to be called “the shortest.”
  10. Perhaps Lake Oswego could try entering the fray here with a pub crawl—strike that—“parade” from the B Avenue entrance at Maher’s to the outdoor patio in back. Sounds like anything is game!

Let me put the luck o’ the Irish to work for you if you’re considering moving to Lake Oswego or if you’re already here and just want to move up or out! Give me a call at 503.939.9801 or check out my website. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 25 years and would to put my experience into making your home buying or selling transaction a smooth one.

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5 Things You’ll Find if You Move to the Hallinan Neighborhood in Lake Oswego

There are so many great neighborhoods in Lake Oswego, how do you decide if you’re planning on moving here?

One suggestion is to read some of my earlier blogs on Lake Oswego neighborhoods here, here, and here.

It also helps to know what’s important to you. For Natalie Bennon, Willamette River access was one of the things she and her family were looking for when they moved to Lake Oswego, bringing Hallinan neighborhood to the top of her list. She uses the trail that runs along the Oswego Creek to George Rogers Park to get her river fix when she needs it.

But since settling into the Hallinan neighborhood, Bennon has found other reasons to love where she lives as have many of her neighbors.

  1. Abundance of nature. Besides the Oswego Creek trail, Bennon also enjoys walking through the Hallinan Woods on the way to and from Hallinan Elementary School. An active Friends of Hallinan Heights Stewardship Volunteer Party meet regularly to preserve the neighborhood’s natural beauty from planting sword ferns in Freepons Park woods to removing invasive species from trees in the Cornell Natural Area.
  2. Safety. When she lived in Southeast Portland, Bennon felt she had to keep her kids on a short leash when they played outside. “The Hallinan neighborhood feels very safe,” she explains, and finds herself extending that leash much further.
  3. Civic Mindedness. Perhaps it’s the size of Lake Oswego, but Bennon has found neighbors very invested in making their community a better place. Whether it’s in the school district or in the neighborhood association, Hallinan residents look for ways to engage. “You feel like you can have an impact,” Bennon explains. And it’s small enough, she points out that you can actually get to know your City Council members.
  4. Friendliness. Hallinan is a user-friendly place. People are out walking their dogs, playing at the playground at Hallinan School, throwing block parties in the summer. “And there are tons of kids,” Bennon explains, making it a great spot for families with young children to call home.
  5. Location. Depending where you live in the neighborhood, you can find yourself within walking distance to shopping and dining either at the corner of McVey and South Shore (Lamb’s Palisades Marketplace, Curry in a Hurry) or along State Street near Old Town and the Lakewood Center (Lake Theater and Café, Senor Taco, Nicoletta’s Table).

I’d like to add a sixth item: Affordability. While there is a high end range in the Hallinan neighborhood with homes over $1 million, there are more affordable homes available as well. There are five pending sales right now between $575,00 (for a 2 bedroom 2.1 bath) and $799,950 (for a 3 bedroom 2.1 bath). In the last six months there have been 33 sales between $441,000 (for a 4 bedroom 2 bath home at 2,123 square feet) and $1,569,000 (for a 4 bedroom 4.2 bath home at 5,922 square feet). The average sales price was $648,000. It’s a desirable spot, however, and it helps to be working with a Realtor who knows what you want and can give you a heads-up as soon as he hears of something. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 or check my website if you’re interested.




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Sign Your Kids Up for Spring Break Fun in Lake Oswego

If you’re planning a Spring Break staycation but are looking for something to do for your kids, Lake Oswego has got you covered. Check out these options. Best to do so early as spaces fill up fast.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL. Register on their website.

Lifeguard Training Class for ages 15+. Get your teenager ready for summertime jobs with classroom and water sessions. Passage of initial swim test required to enroll. Swim test: Saturday, March 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Class: Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Oswego School District pool, 2455 Country Club Road. Fee: $230. Call 503.740.7184 for more information.

LAKE OSWEGO PARKS AND RECREATION. Please note that this year there is no before, after, or in-between care offered for Spring Break camps. Register by calling 503.675.2549 or on their website.

Ninja Warrior Camp for ages 6-8. Watch the transformation as campers build strength, agility and confidence through challenging games and obstacle courses.  Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road. Fee for Course #17108: $165/Resident; $189/Non-Resident.

Beginning to Rock Camp for ages 5-7. Consider this a rock immersion course for youngsters as RMC staff introduce them to the tools of the trade: bass, drums, guitar, keyboard and vocals as well as music fundamentals: pitch, harmony and rhythm. Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road. Fee for Course #16972: $144/Resident; $173/Non-Resident.

Recording and Music Technology for ages 10-15. Perfect for students wanting to create their own music using computers and other music technology while experimenting with synthesizers and effects pedals. Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road. Fee for Course #16973: $144/Resident; $173/Non-Resident.

Intro to STEM using LEGO® Materials for ages 5-7. Let the LEGOmaniac in your family go wild while designed engineer-designed projects like boats, snowmobiles, catapults and anything else he or she can imagine. Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road. Fee for Course #16974: $155/Resident; $178/Non-Resident.

STEM Challenge using LEGO® Materials for ages 8-12. Calling all “how do things work” thinkers to apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering and architecture as they build bulldozers, hovercrafts, hot air balloons and the Great Wall of China. Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road. Fee for Course #16975: $155/Resident; $178/Non-Resident.

Spring Break Farm Camp for ages 5-12. Luscher Farm is home base while campers learn about organic gardening, seed starts, and how to plant vegetables. Other activities include farm based crafts and feeding the chickens. Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road. Fee for Course #17133: $160/Resident; $200/Non-Resident.

Intro to Fencing Camp for ages 7-12. Learn the basic skills of this Olympic sport that challenges quick thinking, coordination, strength and agility. All equipment provided. Tuesday, March 27 through Thursday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Palisades, 1500 Greentree Road. Fee for Course #17099: $100/Resident; $115/Non-Resident.

Wild Survival Camp for ages 7-11. Kids will learn shelter and fire building, food and water acquisition, cordage, tracking and more in this wilderness survival camp utilizing team scenarios. Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 at Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Drive. Fee for Course #16934: $348/Resident; $400/Non-Resident.

Junior Golf Camp for ages 6-17 gives kids a chance to brush up on their game with lessons, activities, and practice. Includes snacks, drinks and prizes. Tuesday, March 27 through Friday, March 30 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Public Golf Course, 17525 Stafford Road in Lake Oswego. Fee for Course #16966: $149/Resident; $175 Non-Resident.

PLAY BOUTIQUE. 464 First Street. 503.675.7529. Register on their website.

Mini Art Masters. This interactive camp will introduce kids to the techniques of some of the greats like Monet, Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh. Runs from March 26 through March 30. Sibling discounts available.

  • 1-2 year olds from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fee: $40 for half day; $85 for full day until 4:00.
  • 3-8 year olds from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fee: $35 for half day/$65 for full day until 4:00 p.m.

NIC & FIGS. 425 Second Street. 503.479.8596. Register on their website.

Cooking Around the World for ages 8 and up.  If it’s Monday, it must be Mexican; Tuesday it’s Italian; Wednesday it’s Greek, and Thursday it’s Thai. From fresh corn tortillas to curry vegetable soup, this promises to be a delicious and entertaining class. Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $178.

Open Sew for ages 8 and up.  Bring in any project—dresses, pillows, doll clothes—and let the seamstress-in-residence, Katy, guide you. Enjoy a 20% discount on supplies for the class. Monday, March 26 through Wednesday, March 28 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Backpack Charms for ages 8 and up. Supplies and instruction are included so kids can create fun adornments using tassels, painted beads, string and more! Monday, March 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. $44.

Unicorn Dreams Pillow. Supplies (except for 18” x 18”pillow insert) and basic design provided but unicorn lovers can customize their pillows by adding details like a felted mane, facial features, floral crown. Bring your own 18”x18” pillow insert or buy one onsite for $9.50. Monday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. $50.

Donuts! Maple and Chocolate Bars. Make dough. Fry. Glaze. Eat. Repeat. Enough to enjoy in class and take home (along with the recipe). Monday, March 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. $50

2 Day Tween Sewing Camp for ages 10 and up. Two projects to hone your sewing skills: double sided sequin pillow and canvas cross body purse with patches. Bring your own 18”x18” pillow insert or purchase one onsite for $9.50. Tuesday, March 27 through Wednesday, March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 P.M. $120.

Leggings! For ages 8 and up.  Who doesn’t love leggings, especially when they’re custom made! Bring your own knit fabric and elastic or purchase them onsite. Tuesday, March 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. $38.

Spa Products and Candles for ages 11 and up. Supplies included to make bath bombs, soap, lip balm and candles. Wednesday, March 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. $55.

Kids Sewing: Cat or Dog Pillow. This beginner-friendly class will teach you how to stitch up your pillow and customize it. Bring your own 18”x18” insert or purchase onsite for $9.50. Thursday, March 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $50.

Sew Bohemian patchwork zipper pouch. Mix and match different fabric for a unique look. Look how to insert a zipper. Supplies included. Thursday, March 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. $50.

Parent and Child Sewing: Pj’s or a Pillow.  Spend a morning together while you create something unique! Bring your own fabric and pom poms or purchase from the selection onsite. You’ll also need an 18×18 or 20×20 pillow insert. Friday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $38/person.

Parent and Child Baking: Hot Cross Buns.  This popular class is in its third year. Bring your own 9×13 baking dish for goodies to take home (along with the recipe). Saturday, March 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. $42/person.

MOUNTAIN PARK KIDZONE. Register in person at Mountain Park Clubhouse, 2 Mt. Jefferson Terrace in Lake Oswego. 503.635.3561

Spring Break Camp for ages 5-12 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30 includes sports, swimming and pool activities, arts and crafts, games and more at Mountain Park Clubhouse, Mt. Jefferson Terrace. Full Week Fee: $250/ Mt. Park members; $300/non-members ($50 discount for siblings). Full Day Fee: $55/members; $65/non-members ($5 sibling discount). Register at front desk. Call for information: 503.635.3561.

Spring Break can be a good time to look at homes for sale in Lake Oswego if you’re thinking of moving. I’ll be around so give me a call at 503.939.9801. Would love to show you around.

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How to Celebrate National Margarita Day in Lake Oswego Oregon

Thursday is National Margarita Day and while last year this holiday may have gone unnoticed in our house, my wife tried her first margarita when we were in Mexico with friends last May and hasn’t looked back since.

Margaritas have that effect on people. A recent survey showed that it’s the most popular cocktail in the U.S. favored by 60 percent of us who imbibe. So in the spirit of giving my readers what they want, and keeping my wife happy, I thought I’d give you some fun facts about margaritas and suggestions for where to grab one here in Lake Oswego.

  1. The United States is the world’s #1 tequila market.
  2. One thing that contributes to the cost of your margarita is the fact that it takes at least eight years for the Blue Agave plant to mature enough to be used to make tequila.
  3. The biggest margarita on record was an 8,500 gallon cocktail made at Margaritaville in Las Vegas in 2011.
  4. The first frozen margarita machine was invented by Mariano Martinez in 1971, working off a soft serve ice cream maker.
  5. Americans drink an average of 185,000 margaritas per hour. I imagine it’s quite a few more during Happy Hours.
  6. Applebee’s ran a Dollarita special last October in celebration of National Neighborhood Month featuring dollar margaritas. A video showing them being made in a bucket with lots of water went viral and soured a lot of fans, but something tells me the price point kept bringing them in.
  7. Some people treat margaritas like a soup pot and throw anything in it. How else do you explain these variations: Basilrita, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Candy Corn and Caprese (with balsamic vinaigrette!)
  8. Frozen or on the rocks? A recent poll showed 91.8% of the votes going to #OnTheRocks, with 8.2% voting for #MakeMineSlushy (my wife falls in the latter category).
  9. Margarita humor: “Some people need to be taken with a grain of salt. Margaritas have salt…just sayin.’”
  10. Here are some places in Lake Oswego to celebrate National Margarita Day:

Sabrozan gives you a little more kick with their Jalapeno Margarita. 17770 Pilkington Rd., 503-908-8488

Jefe’s has quite a lineup including the El Jefe with El Jimador Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime, simple syrup and egg white. 503.635.1900

Holy Taco’s Holy Margaritas are only $7 during Happy Hour, from 2 to 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to closing. 345 1st Street, 503-675-2726.

Oswego Grill lists two margaritas on their Specialty Cocktail lineup: Cucumber Mint and Fire-Roasted Jalapeno. 7 Centerpointe Dr., 503.352.4750.

Stanford’s, 14801 Kruse Oaks, 503.620.3541 and Nicoletta’s Table, 333 S. State St., Suite M, 503.699.2927 both list Pomegranate Margaritas on their menus.


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Good News/Bad News for Lake Oswego Homeowners Regarding the New Tax Bill

When it comes to the new tax overhaul bill, there is good news and bad news for homeowners. I’ll start with the good.

  • We dodged a bullet. At one point, legislators were looking to change the rules which allow households to exclude up to $500,000 for joint filers, $250,000 for single, in capital gains from the sale of a home. The requirement has been that the homeowner has lived in the house two out of the last five years. Legislators considered extending it to five out of the last eight years. Fortunately that proposal was struck down. Had it gone into effect, first and second time buyers would have had to sit in their houses for three more years, affecting the supply of homes in the lower price range. It would have made it much more difficult for move-up buyers. People in more expensive homes tend to stay put longer.
  • It could have been a lot worse. The House wanted to cap the mortgage interest deduction on the first $500,000 in loans. The final bill raised the amount to the interest on the first $750,000 borrowed. While it’s better than the House version, it’s not as much as the former $1 million allowance. Existing mortgages (taken out before December 14) will be grandfathered in, but going forward, the cap will be at $750,000. This will affect a small percentage of Lake Oswego homebuyers and will play into some people’s decisions to buy or not to buy in the higher price ranges.

Now for the bad news.

  • The new tax bill caps state and local deductions on federal tax returns at $10,000. That means you can only deduct up to $10,000 in property and state income taxes combined. Before there was no limit. So depending on how high your property taxes are and how much money you make, this could leave you feeling some pain. This is another consideration that could come into play as homeowners look at buying higher end homes with higher property tax bills.
  • Home equity loan interest is no longer deductible. In the past, homeowners often used lines of credit to update, expand, or remodel their homes, so this change in the tax law could slow that kind of activity.
  • Changes in the standard deduction mean higher taxes for most of my clients. The new tax law combines the former standard deduction and personal exemption into one larger standard deduction: $12,000 for single filers and $24,000 for joint. But while the old formula offered a lower standard deduction/personal exemption of $10,400, you could also write off all your state and property taxes, instead of the cap under the 2018 law. So depending on what that mix is for you, you may find yourself paying more in taxes even with the higher standard deduction.  Although that doesn’t directly affect real estate it does affect people’s bottom lines which need to be considered when buying and selling a home. So we will have to wait and see what the fallout from that will be.

If you’re wondering how to navigate the home buying process in this new landscape, feel free to give me a call at 503.939.9801. Please note I am not an accountant and would advise you to seek one out also, but know I am here to help you sort things out when it comes to making your next home buying decision.



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LO Speaks: Lake Oswego’s Answer to TED Talks

Yesterday about 100 inquiring minds gathered in the Lakeridge High School auditorium to hear seven people share their untold stories as part of Lake Oswego’s first ever “conference of great ideas.”

And while the inspiration came from a variety of experiences including being embraced by a Puma to almost being arrested for breaking and entering a church, there was a common lasting effect they all contributed to.

1. We were reminded of the joy of the spoken word. Whether you are waiting in a doctor’s office or sitting in a coffee shop, look around and you’ll see that the majority of people have their eyes on their phones. They are interacting through cyberspace, with strangers and friends and celebrities, all from the comfortable distance of the Internet. But yesterday in that auditorium, the audience was connecting with the speakers through the spoken word and we were reminded of how beguiling it can be. Lakeridge sophomore Claire Fennell compared following the status quo to following a GPS, encouraging us to trust our gut instincts more. Although she is a writer by aspiration, she is also on the Speech and Debate Team and showed that she can wield the spoken word as mightily as a pen.

2. We were reminded of the joy of thinking about ideas for just the exercise of contemplation, not argumentation. In today’s political climate, it’s hard to discuss ideas without battle lines being drawn and people feeling the need to prove they are right and others are wrong. It was refreshing to just sit and listen to people introduce us to new ideas like “investing local” (thank you Amy Pearl with Hatch Innovation), or “In livable cities is the preservation of the wild” (thank you Mike Houck with the Urban Greenspaces Institute. We didn’t have to take sides, we didn’t have to vote…instead, we could just get introduced to a new idea, walk around it a bit with our guide and then let it settle in.

3. We were reminded that everyone has a story and that knowing that story creates a connection and a better understanding that we didn’t have before. Tricia Hasbrook shot down some of the misconceptions we hold about autism from a very real place—her oldest son is autistic and was the inspiration behind her co-founding Victory Academy, Oregon’s only school dedicated to serving children and teens with Autism. Oregonian columnist Steve Duin admitted to raging hormones and impulsive thinking that found him and his college girlfriend sneaking though an opened window in a locked Methodist Church to find a sanctuary where they could kiss…that is before the cops showed up and threatened them with breaking and entering. The mercy of the minister who chose not to judge them too harshly or press charges endures as Duin reminded us of the lessons buried in the adventures or misadventures that frame us.

I’d like to give a shout-out to Lake Oswego’s Youth Leadership Council who organized this event. TED curators would have been impressed. The speakers presented ideas worth spreading and true to TED style, they spoke for 18 minutes or less. When it comes around again, I encourage you to attend!

LO Speaks was part of the LO Reads lineup of activities. There are many more scheduled throughout the month. Check them out here and here.

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