• The Man Who Would Be President

    The Man Who Would Be President

      Get prepared to welcome more flag-draped coffins home. They will be arriving by Christmas. More of America's sons & daughters are going to be slain in Afghanistan. You remember that American Sniper movie?  Be prepared for more of the same. The man who would[..]
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  • Good People Rise Up

    Good People Rise Up

        If you read the headlines, you might come away with a warped view of the world. Michael Moore is screaming that Trump is going to get us all killed. Trump himself threatens nuclear war with North Korea almost every other day. Bannon takes[..]
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  • This is Not Charlottesville

    This is Not Charlottesville

    My friend Gordon was diagnosed with cancer before we ever met. It was a type of melanoma. It appeared first as a place on his leg. The story I heard over the years was that it was gardening season and Gordon, who always planned his[..]
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  • Wigging out with Sister Tater

    Wigging out with Sister Tater

      Apparently teenagers-in-chief Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump haven't yet blown us all to smithereens. It isn't for a lack of trying. Thanks a lot for absolutely nothing, Lindsey Graham. Don't you just love it when folks who couldn't pass the entrance exam to[..]
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  • People and their rice paddies

    People and their rice paddies

      If Kim Jong Un decides to out-bully Trump this may very well prove to be my very last blog post. For all you people wondering what the Bay of Pigs moment was like, this is it. This temper-tantrum meltdown between two completely erratic and insane[..]
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  • The Sunflower in My Garden

    The Sunflower in My Garden

      Outside the window where I sit and write, the sunflower burst to life this morning. Yesterday it was just bud on a stem. Today it is cloaked in golden glory. The sunflower grows wild in my garden. I didn't plant it there. We lived[..]
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  • Lock up those Climate Deniers

    Lock up those Climate Deniers

    I received a text from my daughter around last night. "Minus the humidity, I feel like I might have an appreciation for your childhood without AC," she wrote. Perhaps you are unaware that Oregon has been under an extreme heat advisory? Typically, I, a former[..]
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  • God’s Hot Mess

    God’s Hot Mess

    I think about obituaries more than many in my wide-circle of friends do. This isn't some age-oriented obsession, I've collected obits for years. People mail them to me from all over. So perhaps it isn't surprising that when I learned that Reince Priebus had been[..]
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  • Who’s Your People?

    Who’s Your People?

    I'm hanging out on  a college campus this week. I'm here in the Willamette Valley teaching a class on Writing as a Healing Art. My students are foster kids. High School-age foster kids. My friend and fellow scribe Echo Garrett has worked a great deal[..]
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