Articles by Gloria Hammer


Yoga as a path to healing

PHOTO: Stuart Stark helps students with a yoga pose.   Born in Queens, NY, Stuart Stark relocated to Portland in 1985. Stuart has combined a physical therapy and yoga practice for almost 30 years. I connected with Stuart at the Gudmestad Yoga Studio. After months of work recovering from a car accident, my physical therapist…


Portlander concocts Fire Brew Health Tonic

Fire Brew founder Valerie Roth drew on her interest in holistic nutrition to create a concentrated, shot-based health tonic. What began as offering samples at a local farmers market now has garnered national attention, including a mention in Sunset Magazine. “You drink a shot of Fire Brew a day,” says Valerie. “You add it to…


Ezra Weiss and all that jazz

Either way you say it – Music Man or Man, Music! – Ezra Weiss loves jazz. His enthusiasm is contagious, his involvement is impressive. Portland can thank Ezra’s Oberlin College buddy, Zack Hickman, for suggesting that they move to Portland after graduation in 2001. Besides rave album reviews and airtime, he teaches at Portland State…