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home : columns July 23, 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
Celebrate dad of today
In years past, a father's purpose was to establish the linage and wealth of the family. That wealth often determined prestige, opening up pathways for advancement into society. Everything else, the nurturing, loving, teaching, discipline, feeding and clothing were left to the mothers.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Of a certain age...
The main reason I live alone is that through my experiences of living with others I've developed a preference for having my own space and making my own decisions.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Sisters salutes...
Heartwarmers extends heartfelt thanks to the Rickards family and The Open Door for selecting our local nonprofit as a beneficiary of the restaurant's "Dine for a Cause" fundraisers in 2015 and 2016.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
The myth of militarization
Dramatic video of civil unrest incidents in the past few years or police tactical team deployments have once again raised the ugly, and ill-informed, boogeyman specter of the "militarized police."
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
The mystery behind feline hairballs
Your Maine coon cat is napping peacefully on your bed, when suddenly she bolts up, wide awake and is clearly uncomfortable. She extends her neck and hacks and gags in distress. Then, to her relief (and your dismay), she regurgitates something unusual-looking on your coverlet.

The scary-looking cylindrical shaped UFO that kitty has disgorged is actually a trichobezoer or commonly referred to as a hairball.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Of a certain age
Gardening has always nourished my soul, as have hikes surrounded by the ever-changing landscapes of forest, river, mountain, and desert. Standing dwarfed by tall pine trees is my outdoor cathedral, where Spirit is all around.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Indoor and outdoor threats to your pet
Much like human kids, your pet kids tend to put everything in their mouths.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
One meal at a time
Sometimes we can measure success in tiny milestones. We had one the other night, on our little rancho in the pines. We made a meal entirely out of our own food. That is, we hunted the elk, we raised the vegetables, and we canned the fruit.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016















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