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Richard Kent Matthews (RichardSpeaks)

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You Have One Life. Be Bold!
Become your best. Share your best with the world. Miracles follow!

New Thought Minister/Counselor | Author | Blogger | Speaker | Volunteer

How I spend my time in Portland...

Our veteran heroes have a singular set of circumstances when it comes to convincing future employers that they can do the job in civilian life. I help vets prepare and rehearse their job interviews. (I charge a fee but never turn anyone away due to inabiIity to pay.) I work under the auspices of New Possibilities Center, Inc., the Oregon nonprofit I cofounded in 1993. If you live in our metro area, contact me at 503-329-8610, days.

I also volunteer (14 years) for Ride Connection, helping seniors and disabled folks learn how to use Portland's public transportation system. (To brag a little, I was awarded Ride Ambassador of the Year at a big gala in 2013. Honored, humbled, happy!)

(Come visit. You can catch the light rail at the airport, get around the city with ease, and save money on rental cars. I know... cheap plug for the hometown!)

My favorite quote: "Be kind. For everyone is fighting a great battle." I do my best to live by that insight.

I've lived in Portland, Oregon, since 1988 after fair amounts of time in Vancouver, BC, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco, plus Stuttgart, Germany during my military days.

My Life Work

I cut hair for a lot of years but after moving to Portland, I became a private caregiver (17 years); founded New Possibilities Center, Inc., a non profit New Thought spiritual center, in 1993 where I was senior minister through 1999. Officiated weddings and other cermonies until 2013. Since then it's been speaking, writing, and spiritual and career coaching. (Boomers don't retire so fast anymore, in case you're wondering. Ha.)

Eating

My favorite foods are all vegetarian cuisine plus junky french fries and cookies once in a while. (We're all sinners on some level so forgiveness is necessary.)

How I Relax

Favorite pastimes: Blogging, keeping up with social media changes, delving into the various religions, spirituality, self improvement, and how to get more out my Mac. I keep myself up to date on the economy and what's new in job search, career coaching, and counseling.

My People

My life partner, Iris, passed away from liver cancer in January of 2014. She was 71.

My youngest brother, Don, died in 2010. He and I had been on the outs for a lot of years. Then, in 2005, he reached out to me. We made our amends and became as good of friends as one would want. I'm so very glad we did. For him to have died without our healing, well, I'm glad I don't have to imagine it.

I never knew cats could live so long, but mine, Annie, lived to the wise old age of 22. I spoiled her over the years with organic raw foods, purified water, and exercising her by making her chase her treats. It worked. (Annie's long life ended on Sept. 14, 2011.)

I spend a lot of my free time with great friends and my favorite sis in law, Linda, her husband and my brother Allen, and their daughter--my niece--LaRae. Oh, and their wonderhound, Luna, a Poodle/Maltese mix with high energy and lots of lovin'!

Thank you

Finally, blessings to you who pause here to read these words and the words of all the great writers at HubPages. You're why all this exists.

As Nikita Kruschev quipped, "Life is short. Live it up!"

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