Give Better.

Christina Bertalot

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Really, every two seconds. Most of us probably take for granted that the blood will be there, waiting for transfusion, if and when we or a loved one need it. But there’s no guarantee of that… unless we all do our part to contribute to the local and national supply.

Yesterday Coates Kokes teamed up with the American Red Cross to sponsor Read more…

CK team watching March Madness on TV

One Shining Moment

Sue Van Brocklin

This time of year makes me happy. The days are getting longer, rain and snow will be behind us soon (OK, maybe not rain), and NCAA college basketball playoffs are underway.

Coates Kokes is not alone in sponsoring a Bracket Challenge competition: 70 million people filled out March Madness brackets in 2016. USA Today says that embracing March Madness at work “will create a happier, more cohesive, more positive workplace.”

Getting ready for a trip to the Big Read more…

Coming Together for Better

Christina Bertalot

What does it mean to “Live Better?” For some people, it may mean cutting back on calories (goodbye, Christmas cookies!) and getting a little more physical activity. To others it could mean working a little less and spending a little more time with loved ones. Or possibly cutting back on a bad habit that prevents us from being our best selves.

But for the immigrants and refugees from war-torn countries, the notion of Live Better has a far Read more…

The blog post that could have been.

Kevin Glenn

She did it.Hillary

And we did it.

With Tuesday’s historic vote, America fulfilled one of its original promises. Since the founding of the country, we’ve hoped to hold this truth to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. Now, Read more…

How Well Do You Know This Place?

Anri Sugitani

“Where are you from?”

That’s a common question I dread being asked as I never know how to answer it. Do I say where I was born, or my two nationalities? Or should I mention all of the places I’ve lived?

Due to my dad’s job,  <a class=Read more…

The end is just the beginning.

Jeanie Coates

mt_st_helens_anniversary_photoThe ash kept falling like snow, but it just wouldn’t melt. Citizens roamed the streets, their anxious faces dressed in unfamiliar surgical masks to protect their lungs. Nervous cars hid in their garages fearful of clogged air filters. It seemed
Portland, my beloved hometown, would be forever lost Read more…