Archive for 'Family'

Lora boldly stands for principle

  Lora participated in her first candidate forum last night at Troutdale City Hall.  Lora has never run for public office and she was pitted against Troutdale’s best and brightest.   Lora stole the show.  Not only did she bring some fresh perspective to the old boys club, she was the only one who showed any […]

My Family

I’ve been married to Lora for 26 years.  We have five children, Michael (24), Rob (22), Asia (20), Lexa (16) and Rachel (13) (from left to right, Rob, Asia, Jeff, Lexa, Lora, Rachel, Michael).  They are a diverse group.  Michael and Asia attend BYU; Rob attends Mt. Hood, Lexa attends Reynolds High School, and Rachel […]

Independence Day

I love the Fourth of July.   Independence Day.  Great movie too.   This weekend I’m specially blessed to have all my kids home for the holiday.  What a treat.  We are going to Corbett to participate in the Corbett Fun Festival.  We have lived in Troutdale for a long time, and so we’ve gone out to […]

Troutdale Art Walk: Art, Business and Fun!

Troutdale Art Walk was a lot of fun.   Check out the StandAgainstTheMachine interviews with these friends and small business owners.  We’ve got a bunch of photos as well.  If you’d like a link, send me an email.  Thanks to all for a great time!!! Richard Dios-Stevens, Classical Guitarist Bryan Sopke Photography Reborn Bags by Lynn […]

Memorial Day Thank You!

I want to take just a minute today to thank the men and women who wear and have worn the uniform of the United States military.   I appreciate your sacrifice, dedication and service.  Memorial Day always reminds me of my grandfather Golden Ivan Lawrence, who I never really got to know that well in large […]

My Mom (Helen) is the best!

Mothers do all kinds of things for their children, but my Mom is the best of all.   On Saturday, she marched in the St. Johns Parade with me.  Can you think of a greater act of love than that?  We had a great time.  It reminded of me being a kid and working with her […]

Video Update: St. Johns Parade . . .Kings, Pirates, Wenches, Duck Vader, and Humpty Dumpty

The St. Johns Parade was a blast!  www.stjohnsparade.com The weather was spectacular, and the folks were even better.   I’m already planning my costume for next year!  I’ve got some really fun video and tons of pictures.  Meet some of the great St. Johns people (more pictures and blogs coming, but here is a sample).  On the video side,  […]

King of the Cajuns makes life a Mardi Gras

I was down at the Saturday Market with my son Mike this weekend.  We had a blast.  Portland is a great city and the market brings people together.   One of the many highlights of the day was meeting Ken Groves, who is King of the Cajuns.  He’s a small business man from NE Portland who […]


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