We recently moved our corporate offices to downtown Portland. It is a beautiful spot, on the 16th floor of a building located across the street from Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River.
When I am stuck writing a sentence, or waiting for a marketing video to render, I can look out the window and see the world beyond.
From where I sit, I can see the American flag waving atop the park’s Battleship Oregon Memorial (the battleship played a pivotal role in the Spanish-American War 1898).
On the horizon, to the east and north, I can see the snow-topped mountain peaks of Hood, Adams and St. Helens. Depending on the time, the traffic below is either moving across the different bridges over the river and on along the highways, or is frozen in the rush hour commute.
Across the river, the twin glass spires are easily spotted at the Oregon Convention Center, where recent events included the 222nd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, the 14th Annual Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Latino Employment and Business Fair, and Portland’s “The Big Idea” discussion on homelessness.
And there, in the center of it all, The Stars and Stripes waves in a gentle breeze.