30-Day Blog Love Affair:: Day #25!

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We have an event here in Portland called the Last Thursday Art Walk.  It started fourteen years ago as a sort of the rebel offspring of the First Thursday Art Walk held in the downtown galleries.  It is truly a renegade DIY event in every aspect of the word—equal parts carnival, garage sale, art fair, burning man, protest, karaoke, dance party, art experiment, parade, ______.

It’s a place were performance artists of all sorts, buskers, marching bands, crafters and anyone trying to make a buck merge together in the name of “anything can be considered art” for one colorful evening a month.  It’s a place where spontaneous dance parties break out in the street, stilt walkers become almost “normal” and you never really know what you’ll find on the next block.  It’s a place where unique expression is celebrated, diverse neighborhood populations merge, and for the most part, everyone seems to have a really good time.  Oh, and I’m pretty sure it’s some of the best people watching on the planet.

I just returned home from what felt like the first official Last Thursday of the year (it’s a warm weather event, and tonight was particularly lovely).  I’m definitely a little wired from all the stimulation…and perhaps the full moon :)   But, mostly I’m also feeling incredibly  grateful for my freaky city where truly anything goes and art is an extension of life itself.  We sure are lucky here.

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I also want to thank you all for your beautiful heartfelt comments yesterday after my “Blogging about Dating 101″ post.  I so loved hearing all your stories of LOVE FOUND!

Hurray for love.

Hurray for art.

Hurray for you.

xo flora









  1. I need to move to Portland , looks like my sort of place X

  2. want. to. come. to. Portland.
    for now.. A Bali will suffice xoxo

  3. After reading Kelly Rae’s blog, and now this…well, I can’t tell you how much I want to visit Portland. The UK can be so DULL and stuffy!

  4. Thanks for posting this. I have to come home to Portland in 3 wks after being away for 3 months, and I wasn’t looking forward to it. This is a nice reminder of one of the great things about Portland!

  5. Must visit some day!

  6. I think I’ll have to put Portland on my bucket list!

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