“China Projects” in The Outlook

A short piece on “Great Ancient China Projects,” from my old newspaper, The Gresham Outlook.

“Former Outlook Writer Pens Book,” The Outlook, July 26, 2008:

Former Outlook news clerk and obituary writer Lance Kramer has published a book to introduce children (and adults) to do-it-yourself Chinese projects. The book arrives just in time for the Olympics in China.

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Best of Portland 2008

Here’s a smattering of all sorts of write-ups I did for Willamette Week’s “Best of Portland” issue, which hit the streets 7/23/08:

Best Place to Hear Live Music: Hawthorne Theater

[The People’s Republic] 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 233-7100. Thanks to OLCC regulations, running an all-ages music venue here is about as easy as opening up a Planned Parenthood office in the Vatican. Continue reading

Portland’s Best Globetrotting, School-Building Coffee Company

From Willamette Week’s “Best of Portland” issue, 7/23/08:

Putting a label on the “best” coffee company in Portland is like determining who’s the most heroic superhero in the Hall of Justice. Our city is unsurpassed when it comes to socially conscious, environmentally friendly, goddamn tasty coffee roasters. So, why’d we single out Portland Roasting ? Continue reading

Portland’s Best Biker Jacket

From Willamette Week’s “Best of Portland” issue, 7/23/08:

Mark Allyn has an unconventional relationship with 115-volt Christmas lights. In the 1960s he started lighting his clothing using strings of the yuletide decorations. He even showed up to a high-school dance with an illuminated necktie. Continue reading

“Great Ancient China Projects” in the news

A profile on myself and Steven Weinberg about our new book, “Great Ancient China Projects,” in this week’s Bethesda Gazette (our hometown newspaper). Give it a read if ya get a sec!

From the Entertainment Section, The Gazette, 7/16/08, by Brooke Kenny:

Bethesda native Steven Weinberg remembers his first day of second grade at Bethesda Elementary, when his teacher showed the class a picture of herself bungee jumping. Classmate Lance Kramer was apparently equally impressed, and when the two bonded over how cool they thought it was, a friendship was born. Continue reading