• As the Sisters Country Vision celebrates its first anniversary, those working hard to bring the Vision Action Plan to life celebrate some notable progress and look forward to another year of collaborative, community-led action. 
  • The Rock Wall of the Peninsula
    If you look for it, in time you’ll discover a mystery that will keep you awake nights as you try to unravel what you have stumbled across. That’s where Mary Webster is at this moment.
  • If you’ve read this column or my Facebook blog you know that my three rescued Scotties deal with allergy problems for which I have used every food, supplement and prescription available to no avail. Until now. I bought a book, “Mind to Matter,” by Dawson Church, and I’m learning how to heal my Scotties. Here’s a little history. 
  • I bought myself one Christmas-Hanukkah-Solstice-Kwanzaa gift this year, “In Defense of Elitism: Why I’m Better Than You and You’re Better Than Someone Who Didn’t Buy This Book,” by Joel Stein. Being a deep thinker, I naturally based my interest on the book cover, which caught my eye as I wandered through an independent bookstore.
  • Battling light pollution with growth
    People in Sisters have the increasingly unique opportunity of being able to gaze at clear night skies full of stars. However, with the local population rising, outdoor lighting needs to be implemented in an intentional way so that light bulbs are shielded by opaque coverings that direct the light down where it is intended and hide the source of the light (as is outlined in the Sisters City Dark Sky Standard and the Deschutes County Lighting Ordinance).
  • Stars over Sisters
    Though Auriga, The Charioteer, isn’t the most recognizable constellation in the sky, it is one of the bigger ones. It is the 21st largest constellation in the sky, occupying 657 square degrees of the celestial sphere. This star pattern is well up in the northeastern sky in the early evenings during January, and is nearly overhead at 10 p.m. local time by mid-month. Auriga is bordered by Camelopardalis to the north, Lynx to the east, Taurus and Gemini to the south, and Perseus to the west.
  • Exploring your Wanderlist for 2020
    Looking to ring in a new decade with travel? Let me make a few suggestions of what is hot for 2020.
  • Call me pilgrim
    (This is the second of a two-part reflection on Sisters art gallery proprietor Chris Morin’s visit to the cradle of Western civilization).
  • Sisters Country birds
    A familiar resident of our ponderosa pine forests is the white-headed woodpecker (Picoides albolarvatus). Feeding on insects, cone seeds, and larva from the thick bark of ponderosa pines, they also nest in older snags of pines.
  • The barred owl is here to stay
    First it was rumors, “The barred owls are coming, the barred owls are coming…” Next, it was the dire warnings that the barred owls were going to either chase all the northern spotted owls out of the Northwest, or breed with them and bring forth a whole new sub-species called “sparred owls.”
  • Merry Christmas, folks! It’s December 25. If you’re a dedicated American consumer, especially one under 18 years old, you probably know how to feel about this day: Hooray! If you like prezzies, stockings, marshmallow Santas dipped in a strange chocolatey substance that feels like plastic and tastes like wax… this is definitely your day.
  • As I write, the calendar will turn to December 21, the winter solstice, and a time that brings me joy every year as we begin the climb out of shorter days and longer darkness toward the light and warmth of spring and summer.
  • I have a prospective renter who is absolutely perfect. Great credit, great references, steady job. Wants to move in now. Everything’s great. And she has a pit bull. We generally allow dogs, but pit bulls concern me. What do you think?
  • Battle for survival in the Arctic
    Extinction.... a powerful word when it comes to wildlife. Impact travel has become the new buzzword in the travel industry, referring to travel that makes a difference to either people or wildlife. In this case we are looking at threatened animals on the brink of extinction.
  • Shy spotted stinkers
    When I rolled into Bend on a late afternoon in September of 1951 on my trusty 1947 Harley 74, Bend looked like a little backwater town about to die. 
  • Are you thinking about moving to London, performing in a famous rock band or visiting family in Maine? If your answer is “Yes!” to any of the above, you’ve traveled into one of my favorite 2019 books. 
  • The year was 2001. I had been immersed in an online community — a predecessor to social media — for nearly 10 years. One of the wittiest women there came into my real-life orbit. Let’s call her Rose.
  • A friend told me the other day that her daughter was complaining that none of her teachers or classes inspired her. My friend and I were both a little bemused; we couldn’t recall that we ever thought we were supposed to be inspired in high school.
  • My feathered foster son — Part 3
    In spite of Owl’s one blind eye, for a number of years we continued to give numerous programs for the residents and guests of Sunriver and the greater Central Oregon area. He was also a regular fixture in my office, fascinating all who came to the “Ecologium,” bad eye notwithstanding.
  • Growing up in the southwest hills of Portland, in an area that used to be the country, I was a child of nature. Animals, flower and vegetable gardens, and the “Hundred Acre Wood” behind our house provided hours of outdoor adventure to engage my vivid imagination. We were never without cats and dogs, and I even raised a baby raccoon to his full adult size.
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