It’s a Volcano Not a Vulcan

I live on an urban volcano.  They say it’s extinct though I’m not certain how can you tell if a volcano is truly extinct.  The volcano’s caldera sits about a half a mile to the south, it’s not flashy, no lava, just an asphalt parking lot that looks eerily empty in the blustery November weather.  The volcano does give Portland a statistic as the only city in North America with a volcano inside city limits.

Our neighborhood feels like a neighborhood should, filled with families, squirrels, kids and a variety of adults who enjoy a martini now and then.  I’ve developed a soft spot for our  90 year old neighbor named Nan.  I’m guessing that her Scottish accent is as strong now as it was when she came to live here 65 years ago.  Nan can be a little feisty and that’s why she’s dear to me.

I didn’t know that I was going to start writing a blog, but then again I didn’t know I was going to start school again after a 20 years stint away from Portland State University.  In my head I’m living the life of a hot coed and in real life I am a mid-life, artist with a brain that’s still quite sharp (despite what you may have heard about women over 25) that’s got one foot in the Ed Sullivan Show and the other in YouTube.

Back to volcanos, I’ve been fortunate to see many volcanos and some of them were erupting and some of them weren’t.  Volcanos cannot be extinct because I’ve seen many of them, it’s the Do-Do bird I haven’t spotted.  I wonder if Do-Dos were spotted… how will we ever know?


About Tress Prefontaine

On the northern slope of Mt. Tabor you'll find my house holds one husband, two dogs, three cats and several squirrels in the tree outside. We also are lucky to have a year-round hummingbird as a visitor to the bird feeders. I like to tell stories about life, love and the pursuit of the slice of apple pie (a small cafe in Amsterdam is the current leader). I spend a portion of my time in the studio creating kiln-formed glass art. My work is in collections on six out of seven continents (Antarctica is just a matter of time). I can't mention names however I often wonder if the piece in The Netherlands hangs next to their Rembrandt?
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2 Responses to It’s a Volcano Not a Vulcan

  1. What’s on your mind?
    Have any questions?
    I’ve got an answer.

  2. John Morrison says:

    There are a lot of volcanoes out there that we should be familiar with.
    Three on Oahu, for instance. Punchbowl, Koko Head and Diamond Head are pretty much right in the city limits of Honolulu. Haleakala is on Maui, and of course, Mauna Loa and Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaii. These are all still there to experience. My favorite, however, doesn’t exist any longer. Except perhaps in our imagination. It is also in Oregon. I am referring to Mount Mazama.

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