Category Archives: friends


Having people celebrate my birthday always makes me a little uncomfortable. I LOVE parties, but I don’t love being the center of attention.

However, at some point when life hit warp speed I realized my birthday was a great way to bring friends together… and that is what I truly love and treasure. So over the years I’ve celebrated in many places and brought many friends together – some for the first time and some for long overdue reunions. For that I’m incredibly grateful.

So here’s to birthdays – not as a celebration of one person, but as a celebration of the friends we share and the moments we need in this fast paced world to pause, reminisce and connect. That is what they are there for. Thanks to all my friends and family who made this one so special. Birthdays rock!

thirty-two: connecticut

forty: portland, oregon

thirty-nine: portland

thirty-five: boston

thirty-eight: portland

i left my heart

When winter has just about hammered you into the ground – you know you’re all hunched over and you can’t remember what it felt like to walk outside without every inch covered – then it’s time to head south. I didn’t even need to go that far south, just to the bay area, but it was just what I needed.

Soon after landing the famous first line from The Outsiders washed over my mind. “When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home…” Like Ponyboy I was also getting ready to hitch a ride, but couldn’t think of anything else but what it felt like to breathe warm sweet spring air. I think I stood there breathing in and out for a good five minutes.

Though in town for work, I also carved out time to catch up with my dear friends Tucker and Gretchen – a couple days in Berkeley followed by a couple days in San Francisco. Just what the doctor ordered! And after all that sunshine and warm weather, spa visits, good food and friends I definitely left my heart in San Francisco.

Smiling Midas

Tucker’s beautiful home designed by Julia Morgan, the architect whose work on Hearst Castle I researched for two years

Drinking bourbon and playing darts with Chris and Jay

Gorgeous shop windows in San Francisco

Eating at the bar

Olives and oranges


So apparently this was the last Natefest – the annual weekend away that encircles Nate’s birthday which he organizes for close friends.

Natefest has a long and illustrious past dating back a couple decades and since moving back to Portland I’ve been honored to be invited. But this – the year Nate turned 40 – was supposedly his last. I say supposedly because there’s a glimmer of hope that the tradition will continue next year… especially after the high we all felt following a magical weekend at Silcox Hut on Mt. Hood.

Fittingly, Silcox Hut also enjoys a long and illustrious past. It was built in the 1930s at the same time as the famed Timberline Lodge (used for exterior shots in The Shining and one of the nation’s great lodges). Silcox Hut was initially built as a small day lodge that housed the mechanics for the magic mile chairlift (the second chairlift ever built in the United States). In the 1980s Silcox Hut was rehabilitated and converted into a lodge that could accommodate small groups overnight – replete with comfy bunks, modern plumbing, yummy food, and a snowcat ride from Timberline. It’s Oregon’s highest hotel at 7000 feet.