• According to Dr. Rick Hanson, our minds are like velcro for negative experiences and teflon for positive experiences. This started with our ancestors’ whose survival depended upon paying close attention to the bad things going on around them (was that the snarl of a saber tooth tiger?), which created a “negativity bias” in the information their brains prioritized.
  • With health and government officials urging people to stay home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking for productive and comforting ways to pass the time indoors — prompting the reawakening of cooking and baking.
  • To my way of thinking, there are a multitude of good reasons for living in a small town, especially here in Sisters where neighbors help neighbors.
  • We do not need to begin by underscoring how unprecedented and uncertain of a time we are in. The people at the City of Sisters — the Council members, committee members, staff — empathize with the challenges and frustrations that our community is dealing with in a variety of ways. We are doing what we can, while acknowledging that we do not have health experts or emergency response managers on staff. Last week, the City participated in countless meetings and conversations with all levels of public partners — local special districts, County, State, and Federal — to coordinate and align efforts.
  • Parents who want their children to grow up to be strong independent adults must learn to parent for resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stressful events and hardship—a kind of emotional toughness that enables a child to handle their sadness and emotional pain in a healthy way so that a challenging situation does not overwhelm them. A child who practices the foundational skills for resilience improves the odds that as an adult they will be able to stand up to whatever challenges they face.
  • Dear Property Guy,

    I have a “no-pets“ policy in my rental. I have a new tenant who just announced that her emotional support dog would be joining her. 
  • It was a beautiful cool, crisp and sunny day; perfect Scottie-dog weather. We were just back from a long off-leash hike in a gorgeous section of giant old-growth ponderosa pines. I walked three miles. The Scotties ran six miles as they gave everything they had to exploring each rock, fallen tree, and old stump in the surrounding forest. Now they slept. Feeling safe and loved, they were the picture of peace and contentment. 
  • Let’s talk about sex. Let’s talk about spirituality. Let’s talk about shame. The interplay between the three are powerful, complex, and deserve honest discussion. 
  • 2020 goals for your pet
    Few things in life give us more joy than our furry friends. On top of the emotional benefits our pets give us, there are health benefits as well. 
  • A few summers ago, while lounging around the Munich Airport waiting for a flight to Reykjavik, I bought a book: “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World,” by Peter Frankopan. Frankopan is a senior fellow at Oxford University, and has written a convincing reassessment of world history. It is also a poignant and extraordinarily well-considered forecast of our possible future as a broader, Western culture.
  • I’ve been wanting to write a column for weeks. Folks around town have asked about Part Two of my musings on the book “In Defense of Elitism.” Well, some stuff came up.
  • During the elementary school’s Screen Free Week, local mom Renee Stelle enjoyed checking out Hoodoo Ski Bowl. But, she said, her family wasn’t able to take a break from screens. “I definitely feel bad that we didn’t fully embrace it,” she said.
  • Recent commentary by CEC President David Markham criticizing Governor Kate Brown’s position on breaching the four Snake River dams doesn’t tell the entire story. 
  • “Is Sisters a Welcoming Community for All?” That was the focus of February’s Let’s Talk — a monthly community conversation sponsored by Citizens4Community. Twenty-two community members joined in the evening to reflect on a topic that relates directly to a priority noted in the Sisters Country Vision Action Plan.
  • In 2018, Sisters Park & Recreation District (SPRD) was experiencing a time of major transition, just as the Sisters Country Vision Action Plan was being finalized. A year later, SPRD has entered a new era and is stepping into leadership with a strong balance of expertise and passion. 
  • Glancing down as I walked the dog along the creek bed, my eye was caught by a thin, rectangular, gray stone. I was compelled to pick it up and run my hands over its satiny surface and put it in my pocket to bring home.
  • In the January 29 issue of The Nugget there were two excellent articles addressing the concerns of parents as they wade through the difficult job of raising their children. One was Michael Luftig’s commentary on the benefits of strength-based parenting and the other was by Charlie Kanzig as he shared his experience as a school counselor exploring emotional and mental wellness in kids.
  • This year, 2020, is a leap year. We get that extra day because time needs to be counted. Every four years our calendar must come into agreement with the calendar that governs the universe. 
  • A Valentine’s Day date night at home
    Love is a positive emotion with many tangible health benefits, and you can express it in many ways — including a home-cooked meal. 
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