Jim Williams (Street Articles Author)
5


I was born in a small town in Indiana in 1957. My mom and dad, who devoted the great majority of their time to our families dysfunction moved to Portland, Oregon in 1958. I managed to get through first grade before the family loaded up the truck and moved back. Spent a school year in Shellbyville before once again making the trek back to Portland, this time for good. Spent the rest of my youth playing baseball, basketball, attending school on a part-time basis, and basically trying to make the best of a bad situation. Graduated from high school in 1975 and got a job working for a place that made toilet seats. It was called 'Jonni Frames,' clever huh? Spent the next few years adrift, working in a factory until the economy ended that run. Not knowing what to do, a friend suggested taking some classes at Portland Community College. I researched a bit and decided to get into broadcasting as I'd always had an interest in photography and I thought being a cameraman would be an easy gig. Needless to say that didn't work out, but I made a lot of friends. Since that time I've been a buyer, inventory control specialist, building inspector, and now bide my time as a writer and photographer. Success eludes me on a monetary basis, but I think my photography in particular is of a quality that I could make a better living if I was a better marketer. I was challenged to become a writer by the publisher of the local paper I provide photography for. I critiqued another writers work online and the publisher thought that if I could do better perhaps I should 'shut up' and write something. Enjoying a challenge I decided to give it a go. Long removed from any kind of writing classes, I bought a few books, and gave it a go. Two years later I'm still writing so I must be doing something right. I blog occasionally and know I need to write to get better at it. Did I also mention that I'm lazy? Yeah. So there you sort of have it. I hope to contribute to this site from time to time, we'll see.

What's it All About?
So, I ask the question but I don't have an answer. It seems as though my writing comes in bursts. I write for my local paper, the Sisters Nugget. It is a weekly that comes out every Wednesday. I mainly cover music events, some sports, and whatever else I dig…
By:  in  Relationships  >  Communication   Sep 14, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

I Take Pictures
Like the title "I Take Pictures," clever title huh? Not really, but that's what I do, that, and write for my local newspaper. I fell into all of this quite by chance. Three years ago, I was a gainfully employed building inspector and plans examiner for my local municipality. Previous…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Photography   Aug 25, 2012  
4
  Likes: 0

No Mas
Many years ago during a boxing match between Roberto Duran and 'Sugar' Ray Leonard, a frustrated Duran who was getting embarrassed in the ring, had had enough. In the middle of a round, he threw up his hands and told the ref "No Mas," or "No More." With the USADA…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Cycling   Aug 24, 2012  
2
  Likes: 0

Eberhard's Dairy Products, 61 Years Of Excellence
For 61 years when Central Oregonians have gone to their local grocery store and reached for a gallon of milk, a quart of ice cream, a tub of cottage cheese, or sour cream, what name do you think comes to mind? Well, Eberhard’s Dairy Products of course. Founded in 1951,…
By:  in  Business  >  Entrepreneurialism   Aug 23, 2012  
0
  Likes: 1

Her Hurt Is Also My Hurt
As the family was getting ready for their day, with the smell of coffee brewing, and toast toasting, I asked my daughter who was getting ready for her morning session of volleyball practice how the team selections went last night. All I got was a sad frown and a "not…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Fatherhood   Aug 23, 2012  
2
  Likes: 1

Lance, Say it Isn't so
Almost indignantly, a federal judge tossed Lance Armstrong's lawsuit against the United States Anti-Doping Agency. Armstrong and his high priced legal team once again argued that the USADA deprived Armstrong of due process when it charged him and five of his ex-teammates and associates of doping. The seven time Tour…
By:  in  Recreation and Sports  >  Cycling   Aug 22, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

Making Sense Of 'common Sense'
Earlier this year I was reading the late Christopher Hitchens book 'Hitch-22.' In this book the name 'Thomas Paine' kept coming up. I have to admit that I was unfamiliar with who Thomas Paine was. After a little Google sleuthing I discovered that Thomas Paine was one of the most…
By:  in  Book Reviews  >  History   Aug 22, 2012  
1
  Likes: 1