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Gift Guide 2012 — 14 Rad Gifts Under $25 in Bend, Oregon

Gift Guide 2012 — 14 Rad Gifts Under $25 in Bend, Oregon

You live in Bend, you’ve procrastinated (blame the storm) and now you need to do some turbo shopping. Here are 14 ideas for mostly local gifts and/or stocking stuffers — all under $25 — for the awesome carnivores, lushes and cyclists in your life. For the Carnivore   Primal Cuts Baseball Hat $22 They can sniff out frying bacon from roughly 2.3 miles away. They believe in the food chain but also in humane and ethical treatment of the animals…

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The Good in Bend — Artist Jesse J. Lockwood

The Good in Bend — Artist Jesse J. Lockwood

Seeing is not the same as noticing. I’ve been brunching at CHOW for three months and while I’ve seen Jesse Lockwood’s art on the walls, I didn’t really experience the work of Jesse J. Lockwood, or notice it until last week. Shrinks call this phenomenon “selective perception.” Perceiving the Artist: Jesse J. Lockwood Every day, we’re bombarded with stimulus, so we limit the information we take in.  One of the ways we limit our “noticing” is through our personal filter of…

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Another Great Dog Walk in Bend (That May Require Trespassing. Ooops)

Another Great Dog Walk in Bend (That May Require Trespassing. Ooops)

I break the law a few times a week. Please don’t tell anyone. I do it for Betty. I mean, look at that sweet girl. Who wouldn’t bend the rules to make her happy? This is Betty Betty has a good life. She gets an hour or so of daily exercise in one of the prettiest cities in the country: Bend, Oregon.That said, being her human, and having other human stuff to do, I don’t always have time to drive her…

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The Good in America — and in Bend, OR

The Good in America — and in Bend, OR

After the horrifying Newtown tragedy last week, it’s not so easy to see the good in America. But that’s exactly what Trek Kelly is doing, and has been doing, for almost a year: seeking out the “Good in America.” Trek set out on his journey in January 2012, spending a week in every state, taking photographs, blogging and compiling notes for a book by the same name.  His transportation for the 50-state tour is an old-school van emblazoned with Evil Knievel graphics….

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Let it Snow! (What I’ve Learned About Ruts)

Let it Snow! (What I’ve Learned About Ruts)

It’s snowing in Bend (yay!) and there are ruts are everywhere: the main streets, the heavily travelled sidewalks, popular trails and, ahem, my life. Sometimes, these ruts are helpful — treading a worn-in path can be less treacherous than forging your own, plus the well-worn path seems safer: other people traversed this ground and didn’t perish. But sometimes the common paths are slick and dangerous (or boring). Choices, choices, choices.I have a slightly reckless disposition (all of us have this impulse, I…

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Best Park in Bend (That Isn’t Shevlin)

Best Park in Bend (That Isn’t Shevlin)

If you’ve been in Bend for longer than five minutes, you know about Shevlin Park. Shevlin is the granddaddy of all Bend parks, spanning 650 acres (though the website says only 50 acres are developed) with great terrain for hiking, biking and gawking at the beauty of Oregon. I suppose you could go to Shevlin every day — it’s close enough (five miles west of downtown) — but if you have dogs, there’s a park even closer to downtown that…

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