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Posted on: April 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] The Best Things We've Seen This Week - Vol. 3

A field of tulips in Oregon.

Welcome to The Best Things We’ve Seen This Week – Vol. 3. We want this space to be a place where we can share thinks we think people will like, provide tips for getting through your days at home or to just put a smile on your face. But the underlying reason why we are all home right now can’t be forgotten, so our first link every week is to a resources page on the City of Eugene website where you can find the latest information on what the City is doing, key resources and related information.

Now enjoy this story about the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn. The farm, which hosts the annual tulip festival on its property but had to cancel this year was stuck with 9,000 pots of tulips, so it set up an online service where for $15 people can send tulips anonymously to assisted living facilities. 

A field of tulips in Oregon.


  • Oregon is a beautiful state. In the last few weeks, tons of resources have sprouted up where people can explore our state from home. Check out this great Parents Guide to Oregon Activities and Lessons from Travel Oregon or these podcasts about the state. Or how about a whole bunch of Oregon State Parks coloring pages?
  • Last week we shared stories about local artists moving to digital spaces to share their work. This week comes a story about Noah McLain Philpot and the puppet Fooble the Dragon. They’ve been doing regular live-stream puppet shows on Facebook.
  • Oregon State University has a website called Food Hero, where people can go to find healthy food that’s fast and fits your budget. They have a huge list of recipes, and you can search by ingredient, too. So maybe you’ll find a use for that bag of dried garbanzo beans you have in the back of your cupboard.
  • Google has two neat services you can use to drop in on cool outdoor spaces. Google Earth let’s you explore in 3D all of its maps and see photos people have taken from thousands of places around the globe. And Google Trekker is a lesser-known thing where people hiked trails with ridiculous looking camera backpacks similar to those Google Maps cars you see driving around.
  • Speaking of 360-degree tours, the National Marine Sanctuaries has underwater tours.
  • NASA has some of the coolest content around, and with parents looking for more resources to teach children at home, this NASA At Home site should be on everyone’s list.
  • This is a helpful story from Outside Online giving some tips from a working from homeprofessional on what they do to be their best.
  • Curious how the outdoor apparel company Patagonia got its start? Here’s a 50-minute video about how a road trip to the southern tip of Chile from San Francisco is the origin story of your puffy jacket. This video is usually behind a paywall, so it’s a good opportunity if you have an hour. Even if it’s just to marvel in the vintage footage.

Let’s head into the weekend with a smile

And one more thing...

Have a good weekend everyone.

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