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home : columns August 26, 2016


Tuya: A distinctive local geological feature
Tuyas are relatively rare and unusual geological features that are found in exotic cold-climate locations such as far northern British Columbia, Iceland, Antarctica, and Tuva, Russia, near the Siberia-Mongolian border.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
A weather forecast from a legend
"...And so your 10 days here in Edinburgh should give you decent weather."
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Operation Sad Panda
Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels, Germany...

On the outskirts of this training village, known to the real world as Raversdorf but today serving as the notional Afghan village of Spinchai, someone has propped a large stuffed panda on a fence. The panda stares out over the long, dusty approach to town and looks sad.

He looks like an IED.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
The warning bell is ringing!
The warning bell is ringing loud and clear, Good People!

Those hundreds of dead and dying yellow pine along Highway 20 from Sisters to beyond the Camp Sherman cut-off are telling us to be careful with chemicals.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The Bunkhouse Chronicle: Dispatches From Bavaria
There is a grim certainty of purpose among the 30-odd professional military officers gathered in the room.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Of a certain age...
I'm not big on conspiracy theories but I am convinced there is a plot afoot to drive people insane - especially those of us of a certain age.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Making monarch conservation happen
In this day and age of wrangling in just about all areas of U.S. Government - especially the continual bickering in Congress - what a refreshing day a group of monarch conservationists had recently while visiting a cooperative nursery in Wasco County.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
You can't see 'em from the road
Saturday, July 23, marked the National Day of the Cowboy. I was unaware there was such a thing. Most cowboys (we call them buckaroos where I come from) probably don't want their own national day - it's a touch immodest - but there it is anyway, and like a bad meal, sometimes you just have to eat it and say thank you.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Take the kids exploring
Summer! What a wonderful time for reunions, traveling, exploring, adventures, and introducing your kids to new cultures. I'm not talking about cultures of different countries. I'm referring to the many cultures found here in our own United States. There's great value in taking children from their normal routine and surroundings and exploring new scenery and people.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
They're back...
Back in 1953, while camping at Big Lava Lake one night with Lily and Dean Hollinshead in their big tent, playing five-handed pinochle with the Rosebrooks, a sudden loud and grating "scree-haw, scree-haw" shattered the night, accompanied by something sliding down the outside of the canvas walls.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
You've got memes
A few months ago, in a moment of indiscretion, I joined Facebook.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Of a certain age...
I noticed him as we were being shown to our seats. He sat alone at a table by the window, sipping a beer and pouring over several maps.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Think Twice
You'd think, with all the hoopla we hear about caring for our forests and being careful with fire, people either living in and/or visiting Sisters Country would be more in line with the Conservation Ethic.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Irish are worried
My wife and I are truly blessed. Since we retired we have had an opportunity to pursue our favorite hobby - travel. Our last trip, in May and early June, took us to Ireland for three weeks. If you have heard good things about Ireland double them, it is fabulous.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
No decision
The political parties, for many of us, are increasingly irrelevant.
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The many faces of the alligator lizard
That alligator lizard in the picture was serious about living up to its name. It and my son Caleb's finger met while we were exploring the Lava Beds National Monument back in the 1980s.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
The big identity party
Commentary... The continued balkanization of the United States into identity groups, travelling companies of grievance theatre, and the culture of self-loathing we are now widely and actively nurturing isn't doing us any favors.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
A golden eagle disaster
Working with golden eagles over these past 50-plus years has been - and continues to be - an adventure, most times glorious, and other times shocking.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Sisters Country birds
Raucous, boisterous, annoying, disagreeable are just a few terms used to describe the Steller's jay (Cyanocitta stelleri).
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Prisons and schools
Over the years I have read about the challenges the Sisters School District has had with their budget. They are endlessly trying to squeeze more out of a budget which keeps getting tighter and tighter. They seem to have risen to the challenge, but the challenge gets more difficult year by year.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016















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