Tag: Oregon

  • Keeping Witches at Bay

    Keeping Witches at Bay

    We buried Mama's ashes atop a bed of wild honeysuckle vines. I had stopped alongside the road in Greeneville, Tennessee, and picked them myself. You might think it's the dollar-sized magnolias in bloom that most remind me of my Southern childhood. Or the wild dogwoods[..]
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  • Paul Ryan and the Meat-Cutter

    Paul Ryan and the Meat-Cutter

    I was just walking the dogs through the neighborhood. No agenda, really, other than to let the dogs sniff things out. Over on the street just north of us, I saw a fellow poking around one of the houses currently under construction. I thought perhaps[..]
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  • The Cult of Bhagwan Trump

    The Cult of Bhagwan Trump

      When I was in college, I focused some of my studies of the Moonie cult. I was a Com major and studying a cult was a given for me, having grown up in the Bible Belt, having spent so much of my early years[..]
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  • Kids These Days

    Kids These Days

    [caption id="attachment_3926" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Students marching in Bend, Oregonphoto credit Bill Dahl[/caption] When I hear people bemoan the youth of today, how lazy and insolent they are, how disrespectful and disruptive they are, how they don't do anything but stare at their phones all day[..]
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  • 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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