Tag: NPR

  • How to Become a Hero Helper

    How to Become a Hero Helper

      He was upset, distraught might not be too strong of a word. It was that time of night when a boy's body quiets down but his mind doesn't. At age 8, Sullivan was worried about the future. In particular, he was crying about all[..]
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  • These Lasting Moments

    These Lasting Moments

    Tim and I went on a date recently. It was apparently a date a lot of people decided to go on because when we arrived at Sparrow Bakery, the socially distanced line was long. Sparrow is a Bend tradition, sort of like Dinglewoods is for[..]
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  • This Flayed Land of Ours

    This Flayed Land of Ours

    I made my first solo journey in nearly a year. I loaded up the car with items I did not pack for previous trips - Lysol wipes, masks, gloves, pillow, sleeping bag, towel. Even though I had booked a very fine cottage with all sorts[..]
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  • Reinventing the Scam

    Reinventing the Scam

    I got a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past recently. The ghost came in the form of an email: "Remember Mike Kerr from Snowball Express? You won't believe what he's up to now." If you are a writer, stumbling over stories is fairly common[..]
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  • FEMA: Trump’s Illegal Cartel

    FEMA: Trump’s Illegal Cartel

    If you watched 60 Minutes on Sunday, you heard the desperation in the voices of medical professionals who are having to treat #Covid19 patients with what one nurse declared was "medical waste." She was referring to the inadequate PPEs they have to keep reusing because[..]
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  • Trump Steals from Ted Bundy’s PlayBook

    Trump Steals from Ted Bundy’s PlayBook

    In some ways, Ted Bundy is an icon of the '70s. He mixed show biz and violence in a way that had never been done before. - Stephen Michaud [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5TZ6fTYrsE[/embed] Ann Rule and I used to talk about certain murder cases. We met when I[..]
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  • His Welfare is My Concern

    His Welfare is My Concern

    [caption id="attachment_5051" align="alignleft" width="933"] This is a picture of what it means to have socialized healthcare - Those who are able carry those who are unable.[/caption] Everyone, except the one-percenters, know that our healthcare system is broken. It's not just that a trip to the[..]
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  • Education Cannot Be Bought

    Education Cannot Be Bought

    I’ve been following this college scam with a bit of wry interest. Some of you know that I taught at the university level for a few years. I’d be doing it still except that the pay for adjuncts is abysmal. Not to mention the benefits.[..]
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  • When You Are Not a Famous Author

    When You Are Not a Famous Author

    I was in Seattle this weekend. Sunny Seattle. There wasn't one speck of snow on the ground. Flowers were blooming. It was blissful. Only I wasn't really in Seattle. I was in a suburb of Seattle. Once you get past Olympia, it is all Microsoft[..]
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