Articles written by Melody Carlson

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 By Melody Carlson    Opinion

The trouble with STRs

Living in a place like Sisters, we can all appreciate how visitors are drawn to its natural beauty, recreational activities, and small town charm. And there’s no arguing that tourists provide a healthy livelihood for many local b... — Updated 3/26/2024 Full story

 By Melody Carlson    Opinion

Occupying the land

Pro-Palestinian demonstrations in various U.S. cities recently got my attention. Curious as to what the protestors were actually supporting, I read from various news sources. To my surprise some of the “journalistic” accounts made lit... — Updated 11/14/2023 Full story

 By Melody Carlson    Opinion

Say no to settling for cookie-cutter lives

In a generation where “celebrating diversity” is the mantra of the day, have you noticed how strikingly similar life has become in our country? Perhaps not quite so much in Sisters, where individuality seems to thrive — thank God! But if yo... — Updated 10/24/2023 Full story

 By Melody Carlson    Opinion

It takes a village to raise a village

Last winter the news of a plan to “supersize” the Space Age gas station got the attention of many Sisters residents. Most agreed it was a poorly conceived plan. Not only would it be an eyesore upon entering town and worsen our ongoing traffi... — Updated 7/18/2023 Full story

 By Melody Carlson    Opinion

CATS versus C4C – really?

I’ve lived in Sisters 28 years and love this sweet town for the same qualities we all appreciate—gorgeous mountains, majestic trees, recreation opportunities, celebrations of art and music. We purposely moved here to embrace a smaller com... — Updated 4/25/2023 Full story


I had a dream…

OK, I realize it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day this month, and I’m not making light of his “I Have a Dream” speech. In fact, I’m a great admirer. But I had a dream—the kind of dream you have while sleeping. In this admittedly strange dr... — Updated 1/12/2023 Full story


Living up to our name

No matter how the midterm election turns out, some folks are going to be mad. And sometimes when people get vexed, they lash out. I just hope that won’t happen in Sisters. I’d like to think that whether or not we agree on all things pol... — Updated 11/8/2022 Full story


Helping the houseless

I plan to attend the meeting on houselessness next Thursday, and am curious as to what possible solutions will be presented. As a pragmatic person, I hope it’s not only an awareness meeting with lots of talk-talk-talk. I think most of us are... — Updated 10/18/2022 Full story


Commentary... Staying in the moment

I recently tuned on the news to witness a historic moment — Prince Charles transitioning to King Charles. I listened to his speech then watched him greet and interact with his public. A moving gesture, but I couldn’t help but notice h... — Updated 9/14/2022 Full story


The end of the world — and ants

Our new home was recently visited by teeny tiny ants. A neglected mound of construction dirt outside our kitchen became the ants’ new happy habitat, with an invisible trail that led them straight inside. While I enjoy most of our n... — Updated 7/19/2022 Full story


COVID recovery plan

COVID has messed with my mind. Oh, I didn’t actually contract COVID and I know very few people who did, but more than a year of COVID restrictions has definitely changed how I think and act. And I know I’m not alone. I’ve jokingly told... — Updated 7/13/2021 Full story

 By Melody Carlson    News

Uniquely united

I think I was in fifth grade when I first heard the phrase: “America is a melting pot.” Being young and somewhat literal, I imagined all these diverse people from varying cultures and ethnicities swirling around in a huge caldron, sim... — Updated 3/30/2021 Full story


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