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home : columns October 23, 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
Rumble of hoofbeats, rattle of bones
I don't think I've ever been on a horse more nimble than that little bay.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
I almost shot an unarmed black man
The "police shoot an unarmed black man" narrative is distressingly common.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Sisters is not a dog park
Sisters resident Maureen Palmer recently contacted The Nugget with a complaint regarding off leash dogs at Sisters Elementary School (SES).
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Billions and billions
$3.5 billion.

That's how much money the United States gave to Pakistan in 2011. Since 2007, there has never been a year when we sent them less than a billion greenbacks. Many of those years it was considerably more. That's our money, yours and mine, that one White House and Congress or another has forked over to an unstable, essentially borderless Islamic Republic, year after year, for "economic and military aid and development."

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The hour of dogs a-barkin'
"It's the hour of dogs a-barkin'," as Tom Russell sings about Mexico. Seems to be true in the countryside of Mongolia as well. This night though, Stinky, Guetuerma and a nameless pup that belongs to someone else but is here most of the time, were barking well past dark outside my ger (Mongolian for "yurt.").
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Sisters Country birds
In early spring the symphonious melodies of the male American robin (Turdus Migratorius) are heard over the entire U.S.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Spider eating a spider
Sue and I often stay in the Pacific Northwest Experimental Station out near Riley, south of the Burns Highway, to get a good night's sleep. After 10 hours and more of exploring the wilds of Harney and Lake counties, searching for golden eagle nesting sites, bumping over what some call "roads," in our ancient 4Runner, we usually pull into the station between 8 and 9 p.m., pooped, ready for a quick supper and then hit the sack.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The mouse and the elephant
When Russian troops poured through the Roki tunnel in 2008, after months of international legerdemain and carefully stage-managed provocations, Lt. Colonel Romani Sanikidze, of the Georgian Army, was a junior officer.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The choice to be OK
It's easy to succumb to low morale right now. Every time I check my online news sources I'm faced with another tragic story and yet another reason to take hold of defeatism. Shootings, acts of terror, dysfunctional families, and politics seem to reign supreme, not to mention the issues which hit closer to home like murder, a dysfunctional city government, and increased airport noise.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
We're in this together
Some friends were visiting us in Sisters recently and we took them up to McKenzie Pass and walked up the observatory there. We have been there several times, and I was again impressed with how that observatory was built during the Great Depression.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Eagles, eagles, everywhere
Eagles have been a love of my life from the time I arrived in Oregon - where I discovered them being killed from 1080 poison put out by government trappers killing coyotes back in the early '50s. Eagles are still with me today as Sue and I help to conduct a statewide survey with the Oregon Eagle Foundation.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Saved Rounds
Editor's note. This story is about Marines. And a quilter. Therefore, it contains a touch of salty language.

One of my companions for the evening was U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant Robert Gallup.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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