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Since time immemorial until the arrival of white colonists, fires regularly burned the area that became greater Portland. Lightning-made fires would spark up in overgrown places, clearing out excess fuel like dead bushes and down branches over a few acres. The region’s Indigenous people used fire extensively. Tribes, bands and families burned prairies to harvest tarweed seeds and woodlands to gather acorns, shaping and molding the ecosystem to favor habitats and plants that sustained their diverse societies and cultures. Sustained – and still sustain.
Early last fall , a wildland fire team from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde led a prescribed burn of Quamash Prairie Natural Area west of Tigard. […] Community members have advised on conservation practices, held ceremonies at the prairie, harvested foods, and gathered plants for basketry and ink-making. Bringing fire back to the prairie has been critical. […]
“With our ceded lands up and down the I-5 corridor,” Drake said, “why wouldn’t we want to participate in these projects that restore fire to these natural areas?” Like nearly every acre of ground in greater Portland, Quamash Prairie is ceded land. When white colonists arrived in Oregon, they used violence and murder to push Native people off their ancestral lands. In the mid-1850s, the U.S. government formalized this takeover through a series of treaties with tribes and bands in the region. […] Many of the Indigenous people in what is now greater Portland became part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. In 1954, the United States terminated the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, dissolving the tribal government, dismantling the reservation and relocating tribal members to urban centers like Portland.
This colonial process […] was a cultural and spiritual violence against Indigenous people, but it also damaged the fabric of the ecosystem. Prairies, forests and wetlands shaped by Indigenous people since time immemorial became cities or farms or were overgrown by plants – native plants like Douglas firs as well as invasive plants – that had been held back by controlled fires set by Native people. […]
By the 1990s, when Metro started acquiring the land now known as Quamash Prairie, the site had been a farm for decades. […] [D]ozens of other Indigenous community members, have worked with Metro for more than 15 years at the prairie, bringing their expertise in traditional ecological knowledge and Indigenous practices in the region to the process of restoring the prairie-turned-field-returned-prairie. Archuleta and the Brunos don’t see the burned field as something sad and destroyed. They see the return of a normal stage of prairie life: the post-burn, a chance for regrowth. […]. Tarweed gets its name from the sappy coating that covers its seed pods. As Archuleta pops open the pods and threshes the seeds in his palm, he explains that the Kalapuya and Tualatin people who lived along the Tualatin River used fire to burn off the tar, allowing the harvest of the nutrient-rich seeds.
Headline, photos, captions, and text published by: Cory Eldridge. “Restoring fire: prescribed burn at Quamash Prairie reconnects land, culture and habitat.” Oregon Metro. 2 January 2020.
Walmart is recalling nearly 4,000 bottles from a line of aromatherapy spray products linked with a bacterial disease outbreak. A bottle of "Better Homes & Gardens Lavender & Chamomile Essential Oil Infused Aromatherapy Room Spray with Gemstones" tested positive for B. pseudomallei, a rare and sometimes deadly bacteria that causes melioidosis.
the wallcreeper is a passerine bird found in high mountains, their range spinning from southern europe to central china. a fairly nondescript gray and black bird, the wallcreeper avoids the eye until they spread their distinctive crimson wings. their primary prey, insects, are hunted by inching & hopping along rock faces and reaching into crevices, often in a ‘crawling’ motion, earning these birds their name. they are often silent, yet remain fiercely territorial. males and females both participate in rearing the young. both sexes display the brilliant crimson plumage; the only difference one might spot when observing is that females typically only sing when defending territory, as opposed to the male’s more frequent relaxed singing.
I'm sure all of you can guess how scary it is to be this vulnerable on the internet. I'm still opening up about my life with kidney disease because I need help.
I've just always had limited options (medically and financially) and am gonna go out on a limb and hope it lands me in a longer life.
A couple of years ago, I came to my friends on tumblr to ask for help getting out of an abusive household once I realized the lack of self-care that I was constantly forced into resulted in kidney failure (following my heart failure about a decade ago)
I'm here, again (some more... continued? I dunno) to ask that if you've ever considered organ donation, reach out to me.
There are over 100,000 people on the waiting list for deceased donor kidneys, just like me. Time is limited. The average wait time can be over five years and many people I know personally have passed during their wait. To say the least, I'm scared.
An option I do have is to find a living donor.
I'm asking friends and strangers to help improve my quality of life by being a living kidney donor. I only need one, after all! :)
Don't worry if you don't know a lot about living donation - I didn't before learning from my nephrology team. Here's some basic information:
-You only part with one kidney
- The surgery is done laparoscopically, meaning through tiny incisions
- The recuperation period is quick. Generally two weeks.
- The cost of your evaluation and surgery will be covered by my insurance. The hospital can give you extensive information on this.
- You will have a separate team of healthcare professionals to evaluate as a living donor. Their job is to help you understand the risks and look out for YOUR best interests.
You can also learn more by searching for the National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
Thank you for taking time to read my story. If donating a kidney to me is something you would like to consider, I would be happy to tell you more about my story and explore the process of determining if you're a match for me. DM!
Also, I know living donation is not for everyone. You can still help if this has moved you to. Consider donating to help covering my medical expenses, debt from my heart surgery in 2007, and the odd cup of boba tea so my kidney diet doesn't bore me to death before the actual kidneys go caput. (Sorry I'm a bit morbid. TY for your time <3)