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home : columns : columns January 24, 2015


Killing coyotes for the fun of it
The recent coyote slaughter over in the Burns Country is another example of some sportsmen's desires gone haywire. Over the past 100-plus years, stories of coyotes being the worst nemesis of ranchers and farmers have been so blown out of proportion that the minute shooters need a bigger target than ground squirrels, they pick the coyote - all in the name of livestock protection and sport.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Cancer - a powerful messenger
Cancer is telling us something. Each person's message is different. For some, their bodies hold a genetic predisposition to getting cancer. For others it is environmental. The question is what do we have power over and what is out of our control?
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
When your cat starts thinking outside the box
Unlike many pets, cats arrive in your home with few requirements. Cats crave a high-quality food, seek a safe, stimulating environment, and will cuddle up when given lots of love. And, of course, they need veterinary care and a few sunlit window perches.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Of a certain age...
Yay! My book is finally in print. Do you have any idea what it takes to get a book into a finished product these days when you do everything yourself? Publishers don't want anything to do with you unless you have an agent, and agents won't return your calls unless you're already a best-selling author, so self-publishing is the alternative for wannabe authors, unless you can pay someone to do it for you.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
What emotions do dogs feel?
You've caught the flu and you really feel poorly. Fido watches your every move and won't leave your side all day, which is out of the norm for him. Could he be feeling empathy?
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Our band-tailed pigeon
There I was, checking my email - as I do every morning - when up pops one from my good friend and fellow airman down the road, Sage Dorsey.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Common dog myths debunked
Call them legends or even old wives' tales, but don't call them facts. Whether it's a tip from a neighbor or something you remember from long ago, myths about dogs can steer you in the wrong direction.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Sisters salutes...
Jackie, Jim, Ethan and Trish Erickson wrote: As many of you know, Jim Erickson suffered a heart attack that put him in full cardiac arrest on Sunday December 21.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Debunking common cat myths
With cats being the mysterious creatures they are, a number of myths have sprung up around them.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
The travels of R/2
This is the story of a very, very rare occurrence: the chance discovery of a marked bird. Of the millions that have been marked over the years since bird-banding began in the U.S., Canada and England, Russia, not many have ever been heard from again.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Of a certain age.....
As one year draws to a close and a new one dawns, many of us pause to reflect on what has been and on what we hope or intend for the coming year.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Latchkey dogs
You've been working from home for two years and have a year-old dog that you are able to give lots of attention to. Then one day things change and you have to work outside the home.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Cancer - What's your expiration date?
The other morning I was driving into Bend to pick up some supplements from my naturopath. I left early so I wouldn't miss any more work than necessary. I was listening to a CD full of songs from my teenage years. "Dust in the Wind" was playing and I was thinking about the lyrics and how they still ring true.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Return of the condor
Earlier this month, Sue and I went wandering around between Phoenix and Las Vegas, visiting family and enjoying the wild things of the Southwest. In our travels so far, nothing can hold a candle to the trip over the Colorado River, near Marble Canyon in northern Arizona.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The Christmas Truce of 1914
December 24, 1914.

Since August, the great nations of Europe have been mauling each other in a suicidal frenzy.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Of a certain age...
I remember Christmases when I was a kid - when my sister and I got so many presents we'd fall asleep before we could open them all. We always had huge Christmas trees in our two-story living room, fully decorated with ornaments and tinsel galore, and a big twinkling star on top.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Dog friendships
Your furry friend has become a good play buddy with Sparky, your sister's dog. Each time Sparky comes to visit they play chase and romp around the yard for an hour until they are both exhausted from their fun interaction.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Finding the right vet for your pet
You've just adopted a 10-week-old puppy from the local humane society. There's a lot to learn about your new furry friend, and one of the most important decisions you'll make as a pet parent is finding a quality health-care provider for him.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Film can spark 'The Conversation' about end-of-life
I attended the screening of "Final Pose," an award-winning BendFilm 2014 documentary directed by Karen Mellberg of Bend at The Belfry last week. The film concerns the end-of-life journey of Sisters yogi Myra Lani Fisher through her own voice and was filmed during the last few weeks of her life as she was preparing to use Oregon's Death with Dignity (DWD) Act.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Changing of the guard
It was a long way for my son Ross from sitting in the back seat of our 1946 Piper Cub in the early '60s - hauling the stick back and forth to cause the nose to go up and down - to becoming the commanding officer of the 926th Air Force Wing at Nellis AFB last week.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014


















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