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  • The word “community” used to imply something fairly innocuous — a group of people who have something in common, like living in the same neighborhood.
  • •?The late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russell Baker wrote, “The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.” To that end, while I was waiting for a train in Germany long years ago, an American acting badly asked me if I spoke English, to which I replied, “Nein” all the while with an English edition of Time Magazine opened in my lap.
  • Sisters Country birds
    The echoing fluted melody within the forests now is the hermit thrush (Cartharus guttatus).
  • The Things I Have To Do are small…but there are so many of them. They pile up madly, one on top of the other. 
  • Beyond colorful hard-boiled eggs, there are many specialties that are part of the traditional Easter meals enjoyed around the world.
  • Juanito Mendiolea was a Basque immigrant who over many years donated considerable time and energy helping my family with our sheep. 
  • “I yell at my daughter sometimes,” a woman recently mourned on her mommy blog. Then she proceeded to flagellate herself.
  • The chains that bind
    Our home has a thick chain that hangs about 20 feet from our roof to the ground. Nothing fancy; it funnels water into a rocky planting area. 
  • I’ve been working on the computer for about an hour. I see a black Scottie pushing his ball with his nose toward my feet. It’s Chewy, he’s telling me it’s time to take a break and play ball with him.
  • Treating 
arthritis in dogs
    Rover’s easy run around the yard becomes a stiff walk; his jump to a favorite chair is no longer possible, and lying down is accompanied by a deep groan. 
  • Out here in the West water is precious, particularly when living on the east side of any mountain range between the Sierra-Cascades and the Rockies. 
  • Goodnight Molly: A tribute
    The following is dedicated to dogs and dog-lovers everywhere.
  • How do you know when you’re old? When the person looking back at you in the mirror has wrinkles and gray hair? Maybe a medical condition signals the advancement of years — arthritis, forgetfulness, joint replacement or repair, failing eyesight, or congestive heart failure.
  • The TVs are on their way!
    In spite of all the snow and cold, turkey vultures are on their way north to their summer haunts. While air temperature does play a role in the movements of TVs and other birds, it's really the sun's relationship to the horizon and the amount of daylight that controls their migration calendar.
  • Darina Allen, cookbook author, chef and owner of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry, County Cork, Ireland said, "For centuries in Ireland, the March 17 holiday celebrating the country's patron saint was a somewhat sober affair. It was much more of a religious feast - you went to Mass where people would wear a live shamrock, a little Irish dancing, and sometimes a parade."
  • Change is one phone call away
    Sometimes it seems impossible to change things. I mean, it's hard enough to eat better or get more exercise. What about changing the world?
  • Challenges travel in packs, and this winter is no exception.

    No sooner had our second generational snowstorm in four years ransacked an otherwise placid winter, than one of the dogs ripped open his shoulder in an accident and needed medical attention. Twenty or so sutures later, a leak opened up in the master bedroom in the same place we had a leak in the winter of '17, which required some late night alpinist adventures on the north face of a precipitous peak, and will require a second replacement of the bedroom ceiling in as many years.
  • It has been awhile since the last Ranger's Corner. Too long I reckon.

    The 35-day partial government shutdown threw a wrench in our public outreach efforts as well as many other projects. But we hit the ground running and picked up right where we left off in late December. As winter reminds us it's not done yet, with recent record-breaking snowfalls, we are ramping up for another busy field season.
  • When The Nugget asked me to start a new column, my husband suggested I call it "In the Pines." I laughed and agreed. I'd been involved with a couple events using the phrase, like Writing in the Pines.
  • Is enough snow really enough?
    There are some people in Sisters Country who are pretty unhappy about this magnificent snow that lies upon our sagebrush and sand at the moment; they think "enough is enough."
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