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 By Bren Gates    News

Zombie living through COVID

I never got flu shots because I preferred to have my immune system do the work. COVID was different. Too many people in my life were vulnerable. I wanted them to live. Though I’d been vaccinated, I hadn’t been boosted. On October 31, yes, Ha... — Updated 3/22/2022 Full story

 By Bren Gates    News

Hope and strength for the day

Traditionally, the New Year has been about anticipation, new light and life, reset, beginnings — but not this year. Most people speak with trepidation about the future. Hope feels stunted. Unrest hovers, a feeling of flux, so we wait... — Updated 1/5/2022 Full story

 By Bren Gates    News

The gift we give ourselves

“Love is not real.” I remember blinking in surprise and being somewhat dumbfounded. It was said to me some years ago at a Christmas gathering here in Sisters. The person who spoke went on to say that people are basically egocentric, sel... — Updated 12/15/2021 Full story

 By Bren Gates    News

An era of perceived victimization

I have family members who feel alienated in Oregon, muzzled, unable to speak their minds in what they perceive as a liberal state. After Thanksgiving they will search for property in Florida, to be in the sun and have fun with people who thi... — Updated 11/23/2021 Full story

 By Bren Gates    News

A word about inner freedom

Last week I saw a man carrying a sign on the streets of Sisters saying “take the diaper off your face.” I felt a flash of anger, then purposely squelched the fire. That man happens to live in a country where He is FREE to have an opi... — Updated 7/28/2021 Full story


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