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An ongoing exploration of the complexity of being human, through monthly conversations about trust, loss, feelings and perspective.

Long-time friends Laura and Sascha talk with each other and guests about the confounding and compelling experience of being a modern human. Every example of the ways we grieve, love, hope and create are welcome at the table. Each episode looks at these complexities through one of four main portals – trust, loss, feelings and perspective. 


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The Blog

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The Hosts


Sascha Demerjian and Laura Green have been friends for over 30 years. Their experiences of being human intersect and diverge in ways that make interesting patterns reveal themselves when they look at the world side by side. Or at least they think so. Hopefully you will too.

They are the co-founders of the (now extinct) Belmont High School Bowling Team and the (very much alive) Portland Grief House.

The Music


Parsa Shahinpoor is an internal medicine physician who has been based in Portland, Oregon for the past twelve years. During this time, he's grown more connected to the Northwest wilderness and enjoys hiking, mountaineering, and windsurfing. He's also had a lifelong passion for ambient and instrumental music, and it brings him great happiness to create and share his music with his community.

Listen to music from the podcast here.

Portals IntroParsa Shahinpoor
00:00 / 01:20
Reflections 1Parsa Shahinpoor
00:00 / 04:01
Reflections 2Parsa Shahinpoor
00:00 / 03:54

The Production

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Emily is a young marketing professional who helped build the Grief House website after the pandemic kicked her off of her college campus. She taught English and photography at a university in Kosovo for a while, and now she's back to living at her mom's house.

The Editor

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Sid Cooper left the UK to visit Oregon in the spring of 1994 and there he remains. 

He likes playing and recording music and exploring the riverbanks of Portland with his dog George. 

Click below to hear some of Sid's music.

The Gutters

The Potatoes

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