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home : columns December 8, 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
Grounded
I have a photograph somewhere, taken from the rear seat of a British Norman Islander, of my father and uncle. My uncle, the captain on this flight between Pago Pago and the Samoan island of Ofu, is hoisting a beer and flashing a decidedly rakish smile. It simply simmers with mischief. My father is looking back at the camera in mock terror.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Going, going ... gone
In the last 20 years, or so, things have been going on out there in the wild world of nature that both concerns and bewilders science. The condition of Earth's atmosphere and climate, are, of course, the biggest concerns that make us wonder what's really going on, and how long it will be before the Earth's ecosystems become unraveled.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Fear and change
We treat people as gentlemen not because they are, but because we are.

- Steve Glode



My late father used the above expression often. I don't think he invented it but I heard it a lot as a kid.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
A hunting story
Last week I went elk-hunting with some friends, out past Hampton, in the big and mostly empty desert and juniper country.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
The Last Gather
The last time I gathered cattle for my grandfather - the last time anyone did - he assembled a crew of grizzled old brush-poppers and young buckaroos and promised to put on a big feed for the help.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Just look at the facts
Early this summer, before the political conventions, a friend's daughter came to visit. We have known her for many years.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Bullfrogs are bullies
The American bullfrog is a royal pain-in-the-tail-end in Oregon. It doesn't belong here, and it eats anything it can stuff into its gaping maw - our native amphibians, small birds, ducklings, and other unsuspecting victims.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Le Fin de Siècle
The French, naturally, have a phrase for it: le fin de siècle. The End of the Century. In its broader context it is meant to encapsulate squalls of cynicism, doubt, spiking religious fervor, a tinge of helplessness, and general pessimism during epochs of dramatic change. It is a kind of phenomenon that seems to settle over large numbers of people when the trail ahead seems dark and rocky, beset with troubles, and the wagonmasters not quite up to the task of guiding the company through.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Sisters salutes...
• Quay and Dawn Richerson, of Sisters, announce with great pride the graduation of their daughter, Jordan Jean Richerson, from The University of Texas School of Nursing.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Still standing
There is an old red barn just south of Lakeview on the verge of collapse. I've been watching this barn for the last 10 years, gauging its precarious buckle and lean, keeping a private book on its chances for surviving yet another round of hard winter.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
From the inside out
The discovery in 2013 of Roman coins under the Japanese castle of Katsuren on the island of Okinawa, now on display at a museum in the city of Uruma, is another important reminder that we never know as much as we think we do.

Roman coins in Okinawa?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Heritage and change in Ulaanbaatar
It doesn't take long to drive between the vast calm of the country landscape of Mongolia to the sharp clamor of the capital city, but the difference feels like culture shock.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Meeting the challenge
Last month, Col. Ross Anderson - my kid - and his staff were among hundreds of U.S. Air Force individuals, groups and civilians who were recognized for meeting the challenges of their tasks as members of our nation's Total Force at the Air Force Association's annual Air Space Cyber Conference held in the Gaylord National Convention Center Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016














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