FREE Oregon Ducks Conquer All Coloring Page!

September 3, 2016 at 10:27 pm | Posted in 2016, Art, art journal, artist, arts & crafts, Beavers, Cartoon, Cheering, Color, coloring, coloring book, Ducks, Football Season, Free, go ducks, Huskies, Kristin Bell, Oregon, Oregon State University, rivalry, University of Oregon, University of Washington, Washington | Leave a comment

I had to make this, because my parents are big Oregon Ducks fans. They were watching the Ducks WIN today, so I thought I’d poke the Oregon State Beavers and the University of Washington Huskies with this comic. LOL. Feel free to download and print it off to color. It will fit on an 8-1/2 x 11 piece of paper. I recommend borderless printing if your printer can do that, but it isn’t necessary. Enjoy! Go Ducks!

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Zoey’s New Bow Tie!

March 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Posted in 2013, bow tie, Cat Break, Cat Stories, Cats, Fashion, Happy, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, Oregon, Pink, Portland, Sweet Pickles Designs | Leave a comment

Just got this bow tie for my kitty Zoey from my favorite cat shoppe, Sweet Pickles Design. Check out their new website here: http://www.sweetpicklesdesigns.com/

Pickles is the cat that inspired the creation of the company. What’s even better is that they are based in my own area—Portland, Oregon! Yay for Sweet Pickles!

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Shootings, Shootings Everywhere!

December 15, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Posted in 2012, Clackamas Town Center, Connecticut, controversial, Crime, crimes, Culture of Violence, Denial, Discrimination, gunman, Guns, insanity, Kristin Bell, Las Vegas, Lunatic, Male, Men, Mental Health, Mental Illness, OR, Oregon, Paranoid Schizophrenia, Portland, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychiatry Denial, Psycho, Psychology, Psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia, school, shooting, Shopping, Suicide, Support System, Surviving, USA, Violence | Leave a comment

In the United States in the past week we have been shocked and devastated by public shootings. First in Oregon at Clackamas Town Center, then in Connecticut at an elementary school and then in Las Vegas at a hotel. Most people, myself included, are horrified at the violence. Naturally, we now all seem to be debating about how to prevent these senseless acts. Some people latch onto gun control, some people latch onto our violently oriented culture, and some people latch onto mental illness as an issue. I honestly don’t know that there are any answers or actions that society can make as a whole to prevent things like this happening in the future, but this bit of rant is not about answers exactly. What I want to talk about is what is NOT the answer.

What is NOT the answer is scapegoating any one group of people. From my perspective as a person living with mental illness, I am (of course) sensitive to people ranting about how the mentally ill should be locked up or about how all of the shooters must have been mentally ill. Honestly, we don’t know enough about the situations or people to comment. What I have to say time and time again is that statistics bear out the fact that mentally ill people are generally not violent and are, in fact, more likely to be the victims of violent crime than the perpetrators of violent crime. People with mental illness are often more of a threat to themselves than to anyone else. Even if all of the shooters turn out to be mentally ill, that does not mean that all people with mental illness are violent. We can note also that all of the shooters were male, but that doesn’t mean that all men are violent and that all men should be locked away from society or have their rights stripped.

It is distressing to me that so often the conversation will turn into attacks on mentally ill people aka “the crazies” and how to keep them away from “the rest of us.” There are literally millions (or more) people living with mental illness who never harm anyone. If someone is violent AND mentally ill, that does not mean they are violent BECAUSE they are mentally ill. They are violent, because they are violent. We should focus our energies on how to make the world a less violent one with people who are less violent, not perpetuate stereotypes and attack other humans who have done nothing wrong.

Acrobatic Squirrel

August 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Posted in 2012, acrobat, Animals, Backyard, Cute, funny, Kristin Bell, Nature, North America, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, squirrel, Washington | 1 Comment

I saw this squirrel dangling in our back yard and I just had to take a few pics of him! I’m so glad he stayed put while I got my camera and took photos. He’s eating bird food by the way. I love the squirrels in our back yard! They are so funny! :) You can click the pics for a larger view. :)

First Day of Spring Snow in Vancouver, WA 2012!!!

March 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Posted in 2012, Kristin Bell, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Portland, Snow, Spring, Vancouver, Washington, Weather | Leave a comment

It is snowing!!!

No, this is not how we usually start off our Spring weather!!! lol

It Is SNOWING In Vancouver, WA On March 1st!!!

March 1, 2012 at 3:42 am | Posted in 2012, March 1 SNOW, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Portland, Snow, Vancouver, Washington | Leave a comment

Where There’s Snow There’s Ice!

December 21, 2008 at 5:41 pm | Posted in Backyard, Birds, Footprints, Ice, Iceicle, Kristin Bell, Nature, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Portland, Snow, Trees, Vancouver, Washington | Leave a comment

A few more snow pics to share…actually some ice too!

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It seems we can’t ever just get snow. Eventually we end up getting ice and ice rain and it makes a huge mess of things. If people only had to drive in the snow that would be one thing, but the ice is impossible. They actually have to close Continue Reading Where There’s Snow There’s Ice!…

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November 14, 2008 at 7:55 pm | Posted in Acceptance, Activism, Allies, Bisexual, California, Discrimination, Dyke, Equality, Ethics, Fag, Family, Friends, Gay, GBLT, Hate, Homo, Homophobia, Homosexual, Kristin Bell, Lesbian, March, Marriage, Movement, Oregon, Organizing, Pansexual, Portland, Prop 8, Protest, Protesting, Queer, Rally, Same Sex, Straight, Trannie, US Politics, Vote, Wedding | 1 Comment

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It Is Always Too Soon…

October 31, 2007 at 7:59 am | Posted in Books, Cat Break, Cat Stories, Dies, Kristin Bell, Oregon, Pet Care, Pets, Portland, Powell's Bookstore | Leave a comment

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Fup Rest In Peace 1988-2007

It is always too soon when our beloved animals pass. This time it is the much-loved Fup who was the store cat at Powell’s technical bookstore. She was 19 years old and lived Continue Reading It Is Always Too Soon……

College: The Pits

October 29, 2007 at 11:09 pm | Posted in Acceptance, Allies, Anonymous, Depression, Downers, Drama, Education, Friends, Kristin Bell, Mental Health, Old School, Oregon, Reading, Support System, Work | 9 Comments

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Okay, I have to admit this. College has really been the pits for me. It just wasn’t all I thought it was cracked up to be. I’ve gone to let me count them now…six different colleges for one huge spree of undergraduate education. I’m approximately $46,000 in debt and I have NO IDEA how I am going to pay that bill. Part of the Continue Reading College: The Pits…

Horses On The Path

September 11, 2007 at 5:17 pm | Posted in Beach, Cute, Field, Fun, Horses, Kristin Bell, Ocean, Oregon, Paradise, Riding | 2 Comments

 

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Well, before the sun went away I happened to see these horses and their riders taking a stroll through the fields in front of our house. They walked Continue Reading Horses On The Path…

Oh What A Day At The Beach!

September 11, 2007 at 2:30 pm | Posted in Beach, Cat Stories, Cute, Kiki, Kristin Bell, Ocean, Oregon, Vacation | 2 Comments

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Well, I’m having a thoroughly wonderful day at the beach today. I have my cat, Kiki, with me and we are just kicking back and relaxing and enjoying the ocean breezes! It is about Continue Reading Oh What A Day At The Beach!…

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