Tag: Oregon

  • Writing My Way Through Fears

    Writing My Way Through Fears

      For the past several years, I have amassed hundreds of pages of documents and photos, and conducted a bevy of interviews in order to write the book I'm currently at work on. It's a true crime story. Several of you have heard me talk[..]
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  • A More Imperfect Union: 40 years Hence

    A More Imperfect Union: 40 years Hence

      The flowers started arriving this weekend. Beautiful bouquets of white and pink roses, pink snaps and lacy baby breaths. The notes attached were from our children, thanking us, telling us how much they love us. Their parents. Happy 40th, Mom and Dad, the notes[..]
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  • Turned Away

    Turned Away

    Maybe it's the heat. Maybe it's the toothache. Maybe it's the shameful performance at the VFW Convention by the boastful bawbag Celebrity Apprentice. Maybe it's because it's 7/24. That makes 52 years for those of you counting. Maybe it's because of those mamas crying in[..]
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  • 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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