Mr. President, you are my Kennedy, my Reagan. It was you who made me interested in the political discourse, and what our government is doing. It was you who made me register to vote the first chance I could, even though it was not an election year.
Being a part of helping these children smile and learn about something so important to our communities, trees, was the most fitting end to our journey.
Before the STIHL Tour des Trees, if I had fallen asleep and dreamed of what it would be like to go cycling through Oregon, today would have been it.
The hills today were relentless, but they came with a reward, some great downhilling. We came around a corner and in the distance, looming above, was snow-capped Mt. Hood.
City by city and block by block, we can create a better world for our kids. We can modernize the way we use energy. Cut pollution. Fight global warming. Put people to work. And get America back on its feet. In places like Portland, it's already happening.
At every stop, we're reminded of the true reason for the ride: raising awareness and educating about the importance of trees.
I woke up this morning early, full of anticipation with no idea what to expect. This week is my first time cycling in the STIHL Tour des Trees, America's largest fundraising event for tree research, a weeklong bicycling tour that travels through a different area of the country each year.
Now you can add another data point supporting the notion of the Anthropocene -- caffeine in near shore ocean and estuarine waters.
An organic dinner of farm raised ingredients. A table full of jovial guests and local wine. A summer night to appreciate good food and where it comes from.
Regardless of which metric of eligibility you use, the United States has one of the lowest voter turnouts of any of the comparator countries, while Australia and Belgium have the highest.
Health insurance seems like a luxury only to those who have it, people like Governors Haley, Heineman and Scott.
Believe it or not, 2012 is shaping up to be all about the Beaver State. With innocuous races for the Oregon legislature and an under the radar non-partisan race for statewide office, Oregon is the sleeper state up for grabs in 2012.
State capitals may be hotbeds of partisan madness, but they are also the hubs around which local economies, cultures and sentiments spin.
For many people the debate comes down to one question: tribute or stereotype? But there's also another, arguably more compelling way to answer this question: look to the data.
My notes are as follows: Light and bright, and leaves a sweet taste on the back of your tongue. A wine with a delicate feel that gets bolder but balanced as you drink it. A balance between smoothness, alcohol and sheerly delicious cherry.