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home : columns February 6, 2016


Counting noses
It was the winter 1963 that I decided to go on my first "Official Eagle Count." National Audubon was starting counts to establish trends in populations.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Of a certain age...
After 12 years in my comfortable home on Whychus Creek, it is time for me to downsize and economize, hopefully without giving up my own front door and patch of garden. That's much easier said than done, particularly if I want to continue to live in Sisters, which I do.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Cats as therapy animals
With various studies documenting the positive effects pets can have on human health, it's no surprise that therapy animals have regular visits at children's hospitals and retirement communities around the nation. And while dogs might be the first therapy animals to come to mind, an increasing number of therapy cats have been making a difference helping people cope.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Sisters salutes...
• Julia Huni wrote:

We frequently hear what a great community Sisters is, but that point was proven once again on the evening of January 22, at the Project Unify basketball game.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The ballad of the grocery store dad
Some people think they handle stress well. Reality usually tells them otherwise. You know what I'm talking about, right? Every once in a while you come across that one person who claims nothing stresses him or her out and you think, "Give me a break. You must not have children."
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
The Bunkhouse Chronicle: Apocalypse Never
The continuing occupation at the Malheur Refuge has spurred thousands of opinions and commentary at a national level. There are those who believe the FBI should immediately rush in and arrest everybody, those who decry the government in firm support of the Bundys, and virtually every position in between.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Sisters salutes...
• Lorelai Moffat wrote: For the holidays, my class took a trip around town to paint windows. I would like to tell you a little more about that trip. I really enjoyed doing the painting and want to thank the people who let us paint their windows. That was Martolli's, Your Store, and Stitchin' Post.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
What to do about puppy mouthing
Your friend's 5-month-old puppy is adorable and getting really big. But every time you visit them you end up with chew marks and spittle on your hands, arms and clothing. How do you tell your friend that it's just not that cute anymore?
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Losing the war
Sean Penn's foray into Mexico to interview Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has stirred up some dormant thoughts about the drug war, and our involvement in it. I have no idea what Penn was trying to accomplish, but if it led to Shorty getting the bracelets (again), I'm glad Penn was enough of a stooge to pursue the interview. And Mr. Penn might want to think about that for a while - that is, which side of the drug war actually used him.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Living a new way - one day at a time
On December 25, I completed a two-month cleanse. For 60 days I lived without gluten, dairy, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and most fruits and meats. When Christmas morning finally arrived I found myself less excited about my food-freedom than I'd expected.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Of a certain age...
What does "retirement" mean? The word itself suggests pulling back, withdrawing; calling it quits, packing it in. Nothing in there about a new beginning, the realization that there's more to life than working, that's there's a whole world of unexplored territory out there to investigate.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Harney County blues
Nobody is winning in Harney County. Not the Hammonds, certainly, who by some strange judicial legerdemain - and one can't help but believe it is likely vindictive - are now back in prison.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Putin deserves no admiration
"It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his country and beyond... I tell you what I think in terms of his leadership, he (Putin) is getting an 'A'."

- Donald Trump

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Appreciating - not just enduring - family
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's represent many things. Chief among them is time with family.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Choosing a cat or a kitten
When folks think about adding a cat to their lives, they seem to automatically think "kitten." And why not? A kitten is irresistible with her baby face and silly antics, a little fluffball who'll play all day with you and steal your heart. Kittens are adorable, curious, playful and full of energy.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Don't feed deer. Feed birds!
Don't feed deer. The deer don't need the help; they will become so pestiferous you won't be able to stand it - and if you keep it up long enough you'll have cougars running all over your place.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Sisters Country birds
The great horned owl [Bobo Virginianus] is our most common owl. A nocturnal hunter, they hunt silently, gliding over fields and woodlands in search of mostly small mammals. However, great horned owls will also prey on other owls, hawks, snakes and young alligators. Over 250 prey species have been identified.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Of a certain age...
Ten... nine... eight... seven... here comes 2016, ready or not! A new year with new opportunities and challenges is right over the horizon.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Coping with counter surfing
You turn your back for a few seconds, leaving four pieces of chicken sitting on a platter on top of the kitchen counter. Moments later, one piece of chicken has vanished, and your dog is close by licking his chops.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Hidden critters in your winter world
Out there in that nice big woodpile you're consuming this winter there are any number of insects, spiders and other six- and eight-legged creatures sleeping away the winter. (What a rude awakening it must be when they suddenly find themselves in the consuming breath of summer!)
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

















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