Tag: Oregon

  • 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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  • The Letter

    The Letter

      A woman called me once, a woman I had met only one time at a reading I did in Oregon. I don't even remember her name now but she had a dream she wanted to share with me. She said Karly Sheehan appeared to[..]
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  • Dookyheaded Fraud

    Dookyheaded Fraud

      There I was, sitting in that red chair, the one next to the window where I can watch the finches feed, when the phone call came. It was 7:30 p.m. The yellow finch was at the feeder. It was a phone number I did[..]
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  • The White Trash Oprah

    The White Trash Oprah

    When I was a young girl living in a Filipino village on Oahu's North Shore I used to have this strange thought. I don't know if it's a thought all kids have, or just one all military brats have, or perhaps it's a pattern for[..]
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