Wow, never thought the FW conference would be so near to by backyard. I even lived in Portland for a number of years. It is a beautiful city. The Columbia River Gorge - one of the wonders of the world. Once you see it, you'll never be able to forget it. Follow it down streams and it empties into the Pacific Ocean near Astoria and Cannon Beach (a wonderful art community). Don't know what my calendar looks like, but maybe I can take the train down from Seattle. We'll see.
"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything." From "As You Like It." Wm. Shakespeare.