RIP, Hershel Bloom Of White Bird Clinic Fame

Longtime crisis worker and case manager

Longtime White Bird Clinic crisis worker and case manager Hershel D. Bloom died in New Philadelphia, Ohio, Jan. 25 at the age of 66. He had moved from Eugene back home to Ohio a few years ago to be closer to family when his health began to fail.  “Hershel was a remarkable person, and probably the most unique individual I have ever known,” says Chuck Gerard, clinic coordinator at White Bird. Gerard says Bloom had a “special ability to connect with other folks without judgment,” and he “became a model for what was possible.” Continue reading 

Portland’s Whitebird Dance Presents Twyla Tharp, Oct 14, 2015

How can one possibly review a great artist like Twyla Tharp? Her work spans fifty years – this is the 50th anniversary of her dance company – which deserves its own accolades in the arts-funding parched USA. 50 years of collaborations, discipline, technique, of musical explorations, theatrical endeavors, of making her mark, of being herself, of being a woman in a male-dominated field, and a strong, focused and no-nonsense woman at that. She’s a role model for creativity and the shrewd confidence needed to sustain growth over time and space. Continue reading