23 Blue Zones, Birds, and The Beauty of Portland
Vaux’s Swift Birds
We kinda went on and on about seeing the Vaux’s Swift birds in this episode. Below is the story of how we humans have hurt, and helped, the Vaux’s Swift birds on their way south for the winter.
After fund raising efforts, Chapman Elementary switched to a different heating system for their classrooms.
But the furnace chimney remains, for the sole purpose of helping the Vaux’s Swifts to reach their winter homes each year.
Face-to-Face Human Interaction
In his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, one of the ways to resist tyranny is to “Make eye contact and small talk.”
Because it’s part of being a “responsible member of society.”
And it’s how we “break down social barriers….”
The author, historian Timothy Snyder, tells how, during Nazi Germany in the 1930’s…
“A smile, a handshake, or a word of greeting–banal gestures in a normal situation–took on great significance.”
In other words, your humanity is an act of resistance that makes a difference.
There are no small things these days.
We just want to applaud your kindness, your humanity, and your heart.
As On Tyranny says: “Power wants your body softening in your chair and your emotions dissipating on the screen. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people.”
Now without further ado, here are the links to the things and places we mention in this episode.
Blue Zones: bluezones.com
Cool Stuff to Do and See around Portland, Oregon
Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch: mhralpacas.com
International Rose Test Garden: portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=viewpark&propertyid=1113
The Grotto: thegrotto.org
Mt. Tabor Park: portlandoregon.gov/bes/53192
Multnomah Falls: oregon.com/attractions/multnomah_falls
Oregon Humane Society: oregonhumane.org
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry: omsi.edu
Oregon Zoo: oregonzoo.org
Portland Japanese Garden: japanesegarden.org
Vaux’s Swift (bird) Watch (in September): audubonportland.org/local-birding/swiftwatch
Powell’s City of Books • can’t believe we didn’t mention this one while recording the episode! powells.com/locations/powells-city-of-books
Neat Places to Eat in Portland, Oregon
Here are the places we mentioned on the podcast.