Tag: Oregon

  • The Need for Critical Race Theory

    The Need for Critical Race Theory

    While we were traveling about the country there was a lot happening in the national dialogue about Critical Race Theory.  Much of this dialogue is conducted by those with little to no understanding of history. Many couldn't identify the three branches of government, much less[..]
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  • Lowe’s: Racking up the violation fines

    Lowe’s: Racking up the violation fines

    Our local Lowe's store was one of two stores fined by OSHA last week for violating the masks mandates and not providing for the safety of their employees. OSHA determined that the Lowe's Home Improvement Store #2865 knew that they were not providing for the[..]
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  • What Remains

    What Remains

      It barely made headlines, what with all the political corruption underway between the Executive and Legislative branches. But it did warrant at least space in some newspapers as we closed out 2020 and welcomed 2021:   The remains of a girl between ages 6½[..]
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  • As Americans Lay Dying

    As Americans Lay Dying

    I went to a store today that I had not been to in 3 months. I quit going before masks were mandated because it felt dangerous to shop in a store where people got right up next to me unmasked. Here in Oregon, we have[..]
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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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  • The Dumbwaiter God

    The Dumbwaiter God

    If Lent is the season of giving up and letting go, I believe that women have been living in a constant state of Lent throughout history. This notion of women living lives of sacrifice is something that came to me back when I was writing[..]
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  • In Search of Ghosts

    In Search of Ghosts

      I went in search of a ghost story. A story as familiar to me as that of Esther or Ruth; stories which have been repeated to me since before I knew how to read myself. I can't remember the first time I heard the[..]
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  • Put out the Welcome Quilt

    Put out the Welcome Quilt

    As federal employees prepared to conduct raids upon immigrant families nationwide, I made a trip out to Sisters, Oregon for the annual Sisters Quilt Show. When I wrote the Appalachian novels set during the time of World War II - Mother of Rain, Burdy, &[..]
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  • How to Stay Young

    How to Stay Young

    I met Roger at the park. He ran past me, making a loop around the river. On the second loop - or maybe it was more, I didn't really count them, he stopped for a chat. "How long you been running?" I asked. "Since I[..]
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