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home : columns July 24, 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
Echo Basin area offers a unique outdoor experience
Here is a great little hike just off Highway 20 on the other side of the pass. It's one of those little-known places that is easy to drive by on your way to somewhere else, without ever knowing it's there. I'm talking about the Echo Basin Trail between Santiam and Tombstone passes, and it's a pleasant contrast to some of our local burned-over forests.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Is your pet overweight?
You just got home after taking your pooch for his yearly booster at the veterinarian. You never expected to hear that he was overweight. What's a couple of pounds when he seems happy and healthy enough?
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Of a certain age...
My grandfather Frank, my father's father, popped in to say hello the other day, and I was reminded how much I regretted not talking to him more about what life was like for him and Grandma Jo back in the early 1900s.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Counting butterflies is fun!
For 28 years, my wife, Sue, our family, and her team of volunteer helpers have been counting butterflies in Central Oregon for the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Dogs and their toys
You return home after being gone for a few hours. Fido is at the door to greet you wagging his tail with "Squiggles," his favorite rubber squeak toy, clenched between his teeth, ready to play.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The Hidden Dangers of Summertime
You've been playing ball outdoors with Fido for over 20 minutes on a very warm sunny day; suddenly he begins to pant heavily and starts to vomit. You had forgotten how hot it was outside, since you were wearing shorts and sandals. Lucky for you that Fido began to cool down once you brought him inside the house in the air-conditioning and began to get hydrated again with a big bowl of water.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The ambush bug and its kin
There are about 200 species of insects in this part of the country that make life on Earth very difficult for other insects: Ambush bugs. They have that very descriptive name because they wait silently and unmoving for their prey to get close enough to grab them. And they blend in so perfectly with the places where they wait that they are all but impossible to see.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Obsidian Trail is a unique path into the Three Sisters Wilderness
With mountain streams and plentiful wildflower meadows, I have long considered the Obsidian Trail to be one of the premiere hikes into the Three Sisters Wilderness; yet, until recently, I hadn't been on the trail in a quarter of a century! In fact, the last time I hiked this route was in 1987, when one of my sons and I hiked from the McKenzie Highway to Century Drive.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The long echo of Sykes-Picot in the Middle East
Many of the legacies of the First World War continue to bedevil us a century down the road. Currently, none more so than the legacy of the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916, which Islamist militants proclaim they are reversing in bloody fashion in Syria and Iraq.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
At last! A cure that works!
This is it! All you Sisters Country residents that live in fear of woodpeckers pounding holes in the side of your houses, this is a cure that works. Honest!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Of a certain age...
In a recent writing workshop, I was encouraged by one of the authors leading it to not "be afraid to be a touch bolder in your storytelling ... to take a few more risks."
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Sisters salutes...
• Col. Timothy Sundvall, former vice commander of the 8th Fighter Wing at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, succeeded Col. Stephen Williams as commander of the 35th Fighter Wing, Misdwa, Japan.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Longevity and your pet
Max the terrier lived a very long life. He recently passed away in May 2013 at the age of 29 years, 282 days. He was heralded as the oldest living dog, according to Wikipedia. The oldest living cat, Poppy at age 24, passed away this year. She reigned as the oldest living cat according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Sisters Salutes...
•  Sisters Young Life would like to thank Melvin's Fir Street Market for allowing middle and high school kids to have a car wash last Saturday in the parking lot of the store. The money raised will enable these kids to go to camp for a week at Young Life's Washington Family Ranch.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Preventing your dog from biting
The cutest little dog wagged his tail when you approached him at the park. How could it have turned into an aggressive dog and bite you when all you did was put out your hand for him to sniff?
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
June 28, 1914 - The day the world changed
June 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the day the world changed.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Running commentary
A day after arriving back in Sisters after a school year in South Korea, my wife and I gathered up our two dogs and hit the trail for our first run since our return through the forest at the edge of town.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Dog or cat - which pet is right for you?
Cats and dogs are the most popular pets in the world. Cats are more independent and are generally less demanding. Dogs are loyal and obedient, but require more attention and exercise, including regular walks.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Of a certain age...
You know how you sometimes read an article about some disease, and you start thinking you have all the symptoms so you must have that disease? This month is dedicated to Mental Health Awareness, and I was just looking at an infographic someone shared on Facebook titled "Facing Mental Illness" and I realized, OMG, we're all crazy!
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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