Portland boy Kyron Horman – Missing day seven

I am not a news reporter. I don’t have first hand facts. But I have to say that the more I read about this local Portland story the more confused I am.

Fact one

  • His stepmother dropped him off at school after visiting the science fair. Several reports said that was the last anyone saw of Kyron.


  • Kyron was in his classroom and left to get a drink of water and never came back. But then later that was denied.

Fact two

  • When Kyron didn’t get off of the school bus his stepmother called 911


  • When Kyron’s stepmother and father went to pick him up at school at the end of the day they were told that he had not been at school all day.

    These are just two of the discrepancies that I have read in the various online news reports.

    Whatever the facts are this kid needs to be found. Kyron’s case doesn’t fit the profile of the Amber Alert system so that avenue has not been used to aid in the search.

    It’s National Candy Month!

    An article in the USA Today named the ten great candy stores in the US.

    One of them happens to be Enchanté in Milwaukie, OR. Until recently the candy shop was called Milwaukie Popkorn and Candyland. The owner changed the name after her mother passed away  because her mother always thought she should change the name to Enchanté. I stopped in Saturday and congratulated the owner on getting written up in USA Today. She said it was a surprise.

    I have been a fan of this little shop for years. They make the best cheese popcorn that I have tasted. For holidays I quite often buy mixed candies to take to parties or the office. This is another example of my trying to support the local businesses and economy.

    “This Portland-area shop, fashioned after Parisian candy shops of the early 1900s, has captured Kaie Wellman’s (US Today author)heart. “They do little hand-packaged truffles that use three different types of black-and-white paper. You want it as much for the packaging as for what’s inside it, and that’s saying something.”

    The owner of Enchanté  played a big part in organizing Art a la Carte-First Friday in Milwaukie. I haven’t been to this event yet but want to go next month. It sounds a lot of fun and good entertainment.

    Dave’s Killer Bread

    I shop local and eat local whenever I can. Today’s local adventure was a visit to Dave’s Killer Bread outlet just a couple of miles from home. Although I have bought the bread for years I had never been to the place where they make it. Dave started out selling his bread at local farmer’s markets and has now expanded to include Costco, Fred Meyers, Safeway and many health food stores. Sold in Oregon, Washington and Idaho and I saw one store on their website as far away as Arkansas.

    Dave has an interesting story and the video below is worth watching. Dave was a drug user, drug dealer, had felony convictions for armed robbery and multiple trips to prison. Dave turned his life around and is now producing “Killer” bread.

    My favorite bread is the Rockin’ Rye. The bread a lone is almost a meal. It is so hearty and full of good chewy ingredients.

    Rockin’ Rye. Yummmy!

    Sin Dawg

    Fire strikes Isla Mujeres

    Friday night there was a fire on Isla Mujeres in the newest colonia La Guadalupana. 18 homes burned down, 9 families homeless. No reports of anyone hurt. Thank God!

    Read Gringo In Paradise and Zina’s blogs for details from the island.

    Donations can be made on the Peace Isla Mujeres website or Facebook’s Isla Mujeres Scholarship Group has a few posts about how to donate.

    Photos from Maggie of La Gloria English School.

    Oregon ranks as the second hungriest state

    Just another sign that the economy in the State of Oregon sucks big time.


    Oregon ranks as the second hungriest state according to a United States Department of Agriculture study released Monday, only behind Mississippi.
    The study reported that over 13 percent of Oregon households struggled to put enough food on the table in 2008.

    “These alarming numbers confirm the severe human toll of this recession and what the Oregon Food Bank network has been seeing for the past two years,” said Rachel Bristol, its chief executive. “Oregon has been hit especially hard.”

    Nationwide, 14.6 percent of U.S. households, or about 49 million people, struggled to put enough food on the table; the highest number since the U.S. Department of Agriculture began tracking food security levels in 1995. The numbers are a significant increase from 2007, when 11.1 percent of U.S. households suffered from what the USDA classifies as “food insecurity”, not having enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.
    The USDA said that 5.7 percent of those who didn’t have enough food experienced “very low food security,” meaning household members reduced their food intake.
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the numbers could be higher in 2009 because of the global economic slowdown.
    The Oregon Food Bank, which delivers food to many Southern Oregon charities, has already handed out 66.2 million pounds of food this year, the highest amount it’s ever distributed in a single year.
    “More people, more families come to our food pantry and our kitchen and dining facility. Last year we provided 53,500 meals. This year that will be 10 percent higher,” said Len Hebert with St. Vincent de Paul.
    St. Vincent de Paul says this year it’ll spend about $400,000 more on helping the local community with rent, food, and utility programs.

    Race For the Cure

    Today is the Portland Race for the Cure. It is the largest on the West coast and the third largest in the country.

    The first time I heard Melissa Etheridge’s I Run For Life it was a version with cancer survivors interspersed telling their stories. I sat in the car and cried it was so emotional. Then about a year ago I saw Melissa in concert and she sang this song. Many people in the audience got teary eyed, myself included.

    This is my annual tribute to my friends who have fought the battle, some won and  some who lost the fight.

    Artist: Melissa Etheridge
    Title: I Run For Life

    It’s been years since they told her about it
    The darkness her body possessed
    And the scars are still there in the mirror
    Everyday that she gets herself dressed
    Though the pain is miles and miles behind her
    And the fear is now a docile beast
    If you ask her why she is still running
    She’ll tell you it makes her complete


    I run for hope
    I run to feel
    I run for the truth, for all that is real
    I run for your mother, your sister, your wife
    I run for you and me my friend
    I run for life

    It’s a blur since they told me about it
    How the darkness had taken its toll
    And they cut into my skin
    And they cut into my body
    But they will never get a piece of my soul
    And now I’m still learning the lesson
    To awake when I hear the call
    And if you ask me why I am still running
    I’ll tell you I run for us all


    And someday if they tell you about it
    If the darkness knocks on your door
    Remember her
    Remember me
    We will be running as we have before
    Running for answers
    Running for more


    I run for hope
    I run to feel
    I run for the truth, for all that is real
    I run for your mother, your sister, your daughter, your wife
    For you and me my friend
    I run for life

    I run for your mother, your sister, your wife
    I run for you and me my friend
    I run for life

    What that “red neck” houseboat really was


    I published this photo on my blog last month in a post titled Rolling on the river – part II. I had just got my new camera and took it down to the Willamette River boat launch to take some photos. My timing was perfect to see both the above houseboat and the Portland Spirit float by.

    I heard that the story of the houseboat was covered by a local TV evening news but couldn’t find anything online about it. Yesterday my massage therapist said that she saw a story in the newspaper. So I did some more searching and found the story.

    Two friends, a houseboat and a river: A final adventure before real life beckons. – James Mayer The Oregonian

    “William Steele has been dreaming about floating down the river since he was 9 years old.

    It wasn’t Huck Finn who inspired him, but a book at home on backyard bungalows that had a drawing of a houseboat. The design looked like it would fall over. Steele thought he could do better.”


    It is a story of friendship, a dream and determination. Go read the story and watch the video interview.