Tag: Oregon

  • A Trip to Sisters

    A Trip to Sisters

    [caption id="attachment_3805" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Photo by Julie Utterback[/caption] We went to Sisters for a cup of coffee. They make the best vanilla lattes at Sisters Coffee House. I drive out once a week to sit there by the massive stone fireplace, drinking one of those[..]
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  • Finding God in Unexpected Places

    Finding God in Unexpected Places

      If 2017 taught me anything, it taught me to be thankful that life's journey brought me to Oregon. My relationship with Oregon has been awkward at times, leaving me feeling mostly like an outsider, the immigrant in a land of immigrants. Oregon has changed[..]
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  • Turning the Page

    Turning the Page

    When we first moved to Hermiston, Oregon,  the neighborhood didn't have any mature trees or shrubs, pheasants and quails nested in the field behind the house. There were several empty lots waiting for owners to pick out house plans. The stop sign in front of[..]
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  • Beware the Pencil Skirt

    Beware the Pencil Skirt

      I arrived back in the Pacific Northwest a week ago, however, I didn't arrive home until Monday night. I took time to visit with my sister, celebrate my husband's 60th birthday, and make two trips to Central Oregon to search for a new home.[..]
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  • My Nomadic Mama

    My Nomadic Mama

    [caption id="attachment_2214" align="aligncenter" width="584"] In Hawaii with Mama in her Jackie O days.[/caption]   Her bible is sitting on my desk. One of many my mother studied. There's a pair of black-handled scissors laying across it, and a postcard for one of my books. The[..]
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  • Witnessing the Sacred

    Witnessing the Sacred

          There is this place in Oregon, along the Columbia River Gorge, where a person can walk behind the waterfall. Horsetail Falls is one of the most scenic of Oregon's waterfalls. Not nearly as popular as the grandiose Multnomah Falls, it offers an[..]
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  • Worth the Intending

    Worth the Intending

    His name is Caleb Doyle. He lives in Jacksonville, Oregon, a charming historic town that you would never just happen upon, you have to be intending to go there. But if you are wondering, it's worth the intending. You'll have to go soon, though, if[..]
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  • About that Redneck Militia

    About that Redneck Militia

    Here's what the rest of the nation doesn't understand about Oregon and the way Oregonians handle things - they are a very tolerant lot.  Not a self-righteous bone in the whole lot of them. Seriously. Nothing ruffles their feathers, unless it's an Endangered Spotted Owl,[..]
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  • Straight out of a Novel

    Straight out of a Novel

      Daughter Shelby called me this morning. Or maybe I called her (who can remember these things after watching The Great British Baking Show, which, yes, I know is an oxymoron). Today was Shelby's last day at the law office where she has worked for[..]
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