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home : columns January 23, 2017


Clemency for Leonard Peltier?
As the clock runs down on the Obama presidency, so too does the sand run out on the bid for clemency of one of the most high-profile prisoners in the American prison system: American Indian Movement (AIM) activist and convicted cop-killer Leonard Peltier.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Government is not a business
Way back before the dawn of time, in the last century, I was working in the valley for the Children's Services Division (CSD).
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
'Happy People'
The great battery of recent storms has made things interesting. Cars are off the road, pipes are freezing, heat pumps are failing, and I've got three snowy mounds down in the corrals I think contain horses. By the time you read this, we may have received another 15 inches, which will raise the stakes considerably.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Rabbits as house pets
Rabbits are intelligent social animals. And they make wonderful companions - for the right people.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
A meditation in the barn
I decided to write the first column of the New Year down here in the barn, with the horses and the hay and the barncats.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Through the eyes of a newcomer
For many years, I considered Sisters simply a place with slow traffic to get past on the way to one trailhead or another. I drove through town several times while living in Portland and later from the opposite direction as a Klamath Falls resident.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Deals with thugs
The fall of the Soviet Union took just four days, and left huge vacuums in the affected countries. Russia and Central and Eastern Europe simultaneously found themselves between a rock and a hard place in countless ways.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
The Eagle Huntress
If you are a parent - particularly a father - and you have a daughter, or if you like great movie scenery, or even if you are merely a curmudgeon with gender axes to grind, here's a fun holiday season idea: Go see "The Eagle Huntress" at Sisters Movie House.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
The sky is falling - again!
Over the last few years a very interesting bird phenomenon has been taking place throughout Sisters Country: waterbirds falling out of the sky in mid-winter.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Shades of Sarajevo?
Monday's assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, by an off-duty Turkish police officer, raised the spectre of another assassination, in 1914, on Franz Josef Street in Sarajevo.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
The Eurasians are coming!
The nomination of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State is a very significant development, one that confirms President-elect Donald Trump's sympathy toward Russia.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Why coyotes like it in Sisters
A local television report the other night about coyotes living in Bend surprised some people. It shouldn't have. There are coyotes making a living all over Sisters Country, eating mule deer fawns, road-kills and stray and outdoor house cats.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
To infinity
A man's life is certainly more than his curriculum vitae, but the late John Glenn's is nevertheless jaw-dropping and worthy of reflection.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Bull by Bull
* The other night I walked down to get the mail in the dark. At least twice a day for 30 years I've walked down to get said mail and paper, sometimes in the dark.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The Cult of the Warrior Monk
Marines are fanatical about two things: the Woobie, and General James Mattis.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
In honor of the late Ted
For the past couple of years we have raised our own turkey for Thanksgiving.

We do this for several reasons, not least of which is that we keep making genuine efforts to raise or harvest our own food.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The great travelers
Even if there's nothing but skepticism about what's causing our great old Earth to warm up, there is no question that a whole lot of people in the US-of-A are answering the call to help the signature butterfly of North America, the monarch.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Salute
I've done virtually everything in this life out of traditional sequence, against great counsel, or on a passionate lark. Not exactly the full contrarian, who withdraws when ordered to attack, and says yes when he means no, I still went to college. I even protested the first Gulf War by quoting Abby Hoffman at some horribly self-conscious rally of the patchouli-oil-and-granola set. On the quad. With a bull-horn.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Salute
I've done virtually everything in this life out of traditional sequence, against great counsel, or on a passionate lark. Not exactly the full contrarian, who withdraws when ordered to attack, and says yes when he means no, I still went to college. I even protested the first Gulf War by quoting Abby Hoffman at some horribly self-conscious rally of the patchouli-oil-and-granola set. On the quad. With a bull-horn.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Of a certain age...
Since November 8, millions of words have been written and spoken by those who are either elated or appalled with the election of Donald Trump as our 45th president.

Never in my lifetime do I remember witnessing a presidential campaign so focused on personality flaws rather than policy. The negative campaign ads, disrespectful rhetoric, character assassinations, and unchallenged lies, created an unparalleled low in the history of American politics.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016













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