Tag: Oregon

  • 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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  • Teacher Investigation

    Teacher Investigation

      The local headlines around here are filled with the news of a high school coach under investigation for having sex with a student. Sigh. Sadly, that's not really news anymore is it? Dr. Troy Hutchings, one of the country's leading researchers on the abuse of[..]
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  • Mad Women Hikers

    Mad Women Hikers

    The plan was to go on a leisurely hike, then have a late lunch in Sisters, Oregon. You know, pushing the baby in the stroller so everyone can enjoy The Boy as much as the rest of us do. That was the plan. As we[..]
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  • On the Week You Were Born

    On the Week You Were Born

    On the week you were born, the sun shone bright in the town where I live, but an inversion of cotton-white clouds filled the basin of the Columbia. Looking in my rear view mirror as I drove south on Highway 97, through Rufus, Moro, Grass[..]
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  • Death with Dignity Branding

    Death with Dignity Branding

      Death with Dignity. Such lyrical, poetic branding. I live in Oregon, home to the Death with Dignity laws, allowing terminally ill people the right to die when they want. To be clear this is not suicide. Suicide doesn't even belong in this discussion. That's[..]
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