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home : columns June 24, 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
Our only backyard salamander
It's always a pleasure for me to come out the back (or front), step of the porch and suddenly see a long, slender amphibian with a bright yellow patch on its back madly scrambling for cover under the porch.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Fryrear Curve
The Fryrear Curve on Highway 20, between mile- posts 7 and 8 has been a thorn in the sides of Central Electric Co-op, Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD, the Oregon State Police and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office for many years, due to the wrecks that take place there.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Looking Outward - Civility enhances free speech
A lot has gone on in Sisters Country lately, and I cannot rest until I weigh in with an opinion. I read with interest a news article concerning the city council's adoption of a resolution adopting the 9 precepts of the Sisters Country Civility Project. One councilor was worried the adoption might impinge on free speech.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Road trip with Rover
The weather is warming up in Central Oregon and you're anxious to get on the road again to visit friends up north in Washington or family in Idaho. And it wouldn't be the same without your furry friend in the car with you.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Of a certain age
There they were, set out in the parking lot to tempt me on that warm spring day. Green leaves, brightly colored blooms, sturdy little starts of lettuce and squash, all waving at me in the April sunlight, begging me to take them home and plant them.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Democracy is very rude
Please, please, take a minute and think about what resolutions defining a particular standard of civil discourse - like the one passed at Sisters City Hall earlier this month - are really all about.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The Bunkhouse Chronicle: A Raid For Horseflesh
Two weeks ago my mother called and dropped a bomb on our house. She asked if I was sitting down. I wasn't, but I did, quickly, because that's what sons do when their mothers start a conversation that way. And if you are a mother reading this, please don't do that.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The Easter Rising of 1916: 'A Terrible Beauty Is Born'
MacDonagh and MacBride

And Connolly and Pearse

Now and in time to be,

Wherever green is worn,

Are changed, changed utterly:

A terrible beauty is born.

- William Butler Yeats



Monday, April 24, 1916. The British Empire is locked in a death struggle with Germany in Belgium and Northern France.

In Dublin, Ireland, a collection of idealists, Celtic cultural mystics, and labor socialists about 1,250 strong seize several key municipal buildings downtown and declare the Irish Republic.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Do animals have souls?
For eons, men and women have pondered the question: Do animals have souls?
Tuesday, April 12, 2016















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