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Hello and thank you for following me. My name is Rose Bak. I am a writer based in Portland, Oregon.

I am a dedicated multipotentialite which means I have a wide array of interests and creative pursuits. …


Going out of town together for the first time presents some challenges. Here’s how to minimize conflict before you leave home.

In every new relationship, there are milestones that test the fragile bonds of coupledom: meeting the family or kids, having your first fight, and your first out-of-town travel excursion.

I’d been dating a guy for three months when he asked me to go to a reunion with him in San…


The stress and lifestyle changes associated with a new baby may bring a couple closer together — or rip them apart.

For most people, having a baby is a happy time. Whether through birth or adoption, having a baby will naturally impact a relationship substantially. Some parents however underestimate just how much things will change when a baby is factored into their relationship.

We’ve all heard new parents complain about how…


My relationship with a “man-baby” taught me a lot about what I wanted in a romantic partner.

I remember the day I realized that was I was dating a “man-baby”.

My live-in boyfriend and I had gone for a hike. It was a rare sunny spring day in Portland. The hike was my idea, if it was up to him, he would have sat in the house…


One of the hardest parts of taking your romantic relationship to the next level is figuring out the bills.

Moving in together, either because you’re getting married or decided to cohabitate, is a big step in any relationship. …


Pantries and fridges provide free food to those who are struggling with food insecurity.

Refrigerators and shelves full of food are popping up in neighborhoods all over Portland. They are part of the “PDX Free Fridge” movement, an effort to take the shame — and red tape — out of accessing food resources.

You have likely walked or driven by these little food stations…


Strike authorization votes are happening this week.

Time is running out in contract negotiations between Kaiser Permanente and 3,400 healthcare workers represented by the Oregon Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals (OFNHP- AFT Local 5017 ).

In a previous poll of its members, 94% of its members indicated that they would support a strike after negotiations with…


World Financial Planning Day is a great time to get a handle on your finances.

This week we celebrate World Financial Planning Day and given the increasing prices of housing and goods in Portland, now’s a great time to focus some attention on your finances.

World Financial Planning Day occurs on the first Wednesday in October each year. Its intention is to raise awareness about…


Guys of a certain age really seem to like fish. Or they think the women do anyway.

I was at a party recently and the subject of online dating sites came up. Several people in the group are single, over forty, and navigating the complex world of middle-aged dating.

“I don’t understand why every guy over forty is holding a fish in his profile picture,” one person…


There have to be consequences when people work so diligently against their own self-interests.

I’m a sucker for a fundraiser. Maybe it’s because I grew up poor. Maybe it’s because I was forced to participate in so many school fundraisers as a kid. …

Rose Bak

Rose Bak is a freelance writer, author and yoga teacher who lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit rosebakenterprises.com or follow @authorrosebak on social media.

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