Margaret Seiler helps keep Portland Monthly clear, readable, and grammatically correct. She also writes about local politicshistory, sports (from the Thorns to Tonya Harding), and her hobby of extreme transit. The native Kentuckian landed in Oregon after youth-hostelling her way around the continent (before cell phones!) and worked at Willamette Week and the Portland Tribune before joining Portland Monthly in 2010. She lives in North Portland with her brewer husband and their two children. 

Travel

Visit These 10 Oregon Oddities and Roadside Attractions

From the Peter Iredale wreckage near Fort Stevens to the Shoe Tree near Mitchell, seek these out on your next road trip—or just the next time you're in downtown Portland.

01/13/2022 By Gabriel Granillo, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler

Scandal!

Portland Pickles Let Mascot Do a Twitter Takeover—Hilarity Ensues

Dillon T. Pickle's lewd selfie has the internet laughing.

01/13/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Satire

What Is Residency, Really?

He's grown Oregon wine grapes and eaten at Mo's. Is that all it takes to be governor?

01/07/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Travel & Outdoors

12 Oregon Adventures for 2022

Drive the Oregon Coast, snowshoe at Mount Hood, marvel at the Painted Hills, and more. 2022 is yours for the taking.

12/28/2021 Edited by Gabriel Granillo By Karly Quadros, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler

Film

The 50 Essential Oregon Films

From ‘The Goonies’ to ‘Twilight’ and (way) beyond, these are the movies that define the Beaver State.

12/23/2021 Edited by Conner Reed By Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, Cami Hughes, Karly Quadros, Gabriel Granillo, Fiona McCann, Katherine Hamilton, Julia Silverman, Jacob P., and Rich Reece

Shopping

Shops Worth the Drive

Bookstores at the beach, German groceries next to the world’s largest oyster, and kitchen finds in Eastern Oregon

12/21/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Shopping

Cigars to Light Bulbs, We Love These Portland Retail Classics

Some of the shops we’ve come to rely on, whether they’ve been around a decade or a century

12/20/2021 By Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

Soccer

What Do NWSL Deals and Drafts Mean for the 2022 Thorns Roster?

The 2022 Challenge Cup starts March 19, but the Thorns will be without Simone Charley, Tyler Lussi, and Christen Westphal.

12/19/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

Timbers Fall in Penalty Shootout as New York CIty FC Wins MLS Cup

A last-seconds Timbers goal sent the game to extra time, but New York City FC wins on penalties.

12/11/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

What Happens When Your City Hosts the MLS Cup

From Morrison Bridge lights to custom Voodoo Doughnuts, it's beginning to look a lot like Timbers all over town.

12/09/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Staycation

History on the Walls at Old Town’s Society Hotel

New artwork at the Society Hotel celebrates Old Town-Chinatown’s history.

12/09/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

Timbers in the MLS Final & Thorns Announce New Coach

It was a pretty good week in Portland soccer news.

12/07/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Our Sporting Past

Portland Sports Teams: An Incomplete History

Who remembers the Buckaroos, the Rosebuds, and the Forest Dragons? Here's how Portland eventually got its current pro teams: the Blazers, Timbers, and Thorns.

12/02/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Light a Fire

How 4 Nonprofits Stepped Up in the Pandemic

Vaccine clinics, mental health hotlines, hot meals, business support—these groups got help to those who most needed it.

11/30/2021 By Julia Silverman and Margaret Seiler

Grocery Stores

Every Portland-Area Trader Joe’s, Ranked

The local locations of the California grocery chain vary in size, vibe, art, mascot, and how awful the parking is.

11/19/2021 By Cami Hughes, Margaret Seiler, and Katherine Chew Hamilton

Baseball

Baseball's Portland Pickles Open a Team Store Downtown

Find pickle juice, game-worn jerseys, Dillon bobbleheads, and maybe even Dillon himself at the Pickle Jar.

11/15/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Education

Enrollment at the State's Biggest School District Is Down 4.1 Percent

Kindergarten enrollment stays flat, and the majority at the PPS Online Learning Academy are students of color, according to 2021 data.

11/15/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

National Team Call-Ups and MVP Voting: Big Day for the Thorns

The team faces Chicago in the NWSL semifinal this weekend.

11/09/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Travel

Canada Calling: Our Guide to Adventures Up North

If you feel it's time to dust off your passport and cross borders again, why not start with the closest one?

10/07/2021 Edited by Margaret Seiler

Canada Travel

Bike or Ski the Slopes of Rossland, British Columbia

Rossland, Nelson, and the West Kootenays beckon year-round with trails, history, and ’Roxanne.’

10/07/2021 By Margaret Seiler