Posts Categorized: Life

Great work makes us feel good!

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We’re proud of the work we do at CAWOOD: creating and producing top-quality design, websites, research, writing, branding and campaigns for our clients.
And, yet, sometimes a project is especially gratifying because of the positive impact it will have on the lives of people in our communities.
Take some work we’re doing now that will help one of our clients provide […]

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Book Review: Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

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Walker starts out telling us that two-thirds of adults in all developed nations don’t sleep eight hours a night. What are the consequences? They include a compromised immune system, increased risk of cancer, becoming pre-diabetic – and that’s just a few of the dastardly things that can be prompted by lack of sleep.
I almost stopped reading because I […]

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Reflections after being named Eugene’s First Citizen

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I’m Eugene’s First Citizen. I join a relatively short list of people who’ve helped shape our community. I feel proud and humble. I was honored at the Eugene Chamber’s Celebration of Business just a month ago.
So many people reached out to share my joy and say “thanks.” Flowers, plants, chocolate, hand-written notes, email and social media posts. Plus, […]

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Sun, sand and SCUBA make birthday getaway perfect

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My girlfriend Leeza surprised me with a week-long trip to Hawaii for my birthday. I used to live there and she had never been.
I always talk about how beautiful it is and how I love to SCUBA dive, so it was an easy decision for her to make. She chose Maui because it was the only major island I hadn’t been to yet. […]

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Catching the eclipse enthusiasm

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Of course, you’ve heard there’s going to be a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, a rare event with the “path of totality” stretching across Oregon in a narrow swath, including Newport, Corvallis, Salem, Madras and Baker City.
It would be difficult to miss the news stories about people’s excitement over this astronomicalTotal Eclipse phenomenon or the headlines declaring an “apoc-eclipse” with cautions about major traffic congestion and the possibility of markets running […]

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A fledgling – and fun – stop at the Oregon Country Fair

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It seems like most people have strong opinions about the Oregon Country Fair. In the short time I’ve lived in Eugene, I’ve heard so many stories – some good, some bad, but all of them strange. I had to find out for myself what it was like. My girlfriend and I decided to go on Friday, hoping to […]

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Is it copying or is it learning?

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When I was in Yachats recently, I saw a display of work by pre-school children who were recreating a couple of works by great Masters – Van Gogh and Picasso. At first, I was impressed by how well they did. Then, I realized that I often hear people say, “I could have created that.” It’s easy to replicate, yet harder to fashion an original […]

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Color energizes and connects us

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I like to capture the seasons in my home. This weekend, I was bringing out glass balls to catch spring’s light (the weather was wonderful!) tucking dappled wooden eggs in baskets, and putting away an evergreen tree theme that hung around after the Holidays. I realized that this new color palette was energizing and by making fewer than a dozen changes, I had reset […]

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One biker’s view on texting in traffic and running red lights

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I ride my bike everyday in and around Eugene, pedaling through traffic in the rain and fog over dimly lit streets. I look into the faces of people riding bikes and driving cars, and I see trouble in the streets.
Far too many people are using their phones and texting while driving. And judging by what I see, it is not a safe practice. According […]

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