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home : columns September 14, 2014


Benefits of dog agility training
Since your furry friend was such an active puppy you signed him up for obedience class and he passed with flying colors. But now that Fido is over a year old, he seems bored and restless even though you walk him every day and have lots of playtime together. What could be missing?
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Suttle Tie Trail - a nice family outing
The Suttle Tie Trail is a very pleasant walk in the woods. It's also an easy bicycle trail that is an ideal choice for family biking. At a modest one-way length of five miles, it can easily be turned into a 10-mile round trip through an attractive and healthy forest ecosystem.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
ATV damages Cold Springs
All it takes is one smelly fish in the barrel and the whole thing has to be tossed out. That's what happens when people get to discussing the role of ATVs in our treasured wild places. When one of the ilk goes off on a killing spree, most people think all ATV drivers are all the same - which they are not.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Sisters is for the birds
Last spring, City Manager Andrew Gorayeb and Public Works Project Coordinator Nicole Montalvo came up with a wonderful idea: Put up a bluebird trail throughout the City of Sisters.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Is your cat eating weird things?
You've got everything together for sewing your new quilt, with the fabric pieces spread out on the rug in front of you.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Belknap Crater is a tougher climb than it looks
A climb of Belknap Crater had been on my to-do list for quite a while, partly just "because it's there," but also because it's perhaps the only easily recognizable local geographic feature that I hadn't previously summited.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Of a certain age...
My deadline for this column was looming and I was flat out of inspiration and ideas. I spent a good 48 hours casting about for an appropriate topic. Oftentimes, at the 11th hour, I will hear a random comment, have a conversation with someone, or read a passage that speaks to me. Sometimes, like my trip to the beach last month, an occurrence in my life provides the perfect segue into a column. But not this time - until I found myself staring at a quote that has been on my refrigerator for months.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Whiteness in the land of smiles
I am writing to you from Uttaradit, Thailand, the land of torrential downpours, smelly durian fruit and cheerful Thai smiles. I will be here for 10 months and have just found the time to finally get my thoughts down on paper. I have been having the time of my life here made up of delicious food, beautiful places, and kind people.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Choices in Sisters Country
My children hardly remembered when their grandmother had hair. Her body was ravaged by five years of chemotherapy, and her spirit waned with each round of treatments. Her doctor finally uttered the words we had long dreaded: "There's nothing more we can do." So she contacted Compassion & Choices.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Listening to each other and finding middle ground
This morning I requested to be deleted from a citizen activist mailing list. While I appreciated their effort and depth of research, it was difficult to read through the character assaults. For me, the definition of community is working cooperatively with common purpose. To achieve this we must be willing to join together as citizens and focus on the kind of future we want. Above all we need to keep talking and listening to each other. The listening part is tough.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Spiders and other scary things
When I was a kid - back in the mid to late '30s - fumigating food from foreign lands was unknown. "Things" came to us in our banana shipment.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Of a certain age...
Fill a glass with water and hold it out in front of you. How heavy would you guess that glass of water is? 8 ounces? 20 ounces? Continue to hold it out at arm's length while you're reading this.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Fun and easy tricks for your dog
Sisters Doggie Dash & Stroll will be held on Saturday, August 16, 10 a.m., at Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD). This year, there is a special event for you and your furry friend to do together: The first-ever Dog Talent Contest. Talents or tricks can be anything from singing for treats to rolling over to giving a high-five.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Yellowstone offers lessons in fire
Would most people consider Yellowstone National Park closely related to our local ecosystem? Probably not; but, when you think about it, Yellowstone is just down at the end of our recently rebuilt and repaved Cascade Avenue.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The trouble with lead
Back in the mid-'60s I had the honor and great fortune to be employed by The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in the big city of Portland.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Marked by Mexico
There's a character in C.S. Lewis' story, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," an awful, whiney boy named Eustace who turns into a dragon while thinking selfish thoughts.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Of a certain age...
"Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation."

~ Lois Wyse ~

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Stars over Sisters
The month of August brings with it the highly reliable, sometimes spectacular, Perseid meteor shower, one of the astronomical highlights of each year.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Senior citizen dogs
You've noticed lately that your furry friend doesn't want to walk those two miles with you anymore, he's slowing down and you've tried hard not to notice that the black fur around his muzzle is turning white. He's been your constant companion, and it's hard to accept that at 9 years old he has become a senior.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
'Miracle' geese
This all started with a phone call at 10:30 p.m., just as my wife, Sue and I were about to call it a day. "Jim?" A voice shouted into Sue's ear, when she picked up the phone, "This is Wendall."
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

















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