Central Oregon coast is a calming ritual

Central Oregon coast is a calming ritual

It's a ritual. Every winter my husband and I spend two weeks at the same spot on the central Oregon coast. We go to breathe.

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Pittock Mansion: French Renaissance showplace in Portland, Ore.

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A coastal backyard in Yachats, Oregon

A coastal backyard in Yachats, Oregon

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