• Some weeks ago, a friend invited me to check out a statement his company had posted online. It began “Black Lives Matter” and went on to say earnest things about race. 
  • The season of the barbecue
    There’s nothing more American than a backyard barbecue.
  • Hidden dangers of summertime for your pet
    You’ve got your dog protected from fleas and ticks for the summer so now it’s time to take him on a camping trip with your family. However, there’s a whole heap more in Central Oregon that can harm Rover besides fleas and ticks.
  • Rumor has it that during Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) Sisters establishments sell more wine than they sell beer during Sisters Rodeo.
  • Fear not the false black widow
    “Teacher Scout! Come look! I found something!” a 5-year-old student called out to me.
  • Invasion of the giant bee snatchers!
    The Xerces Society, one of the leading world-wide insect conservation organizations, put on a four-hour Bumble Bee Atlas webinar a couple of weeks back. Right in the middle of it, the presenter, Professor Rich Hatfield, paused in his recitation on bumble bees and placed an illustration of the Asian giant wasp on the screen, saying: “This is not one of our local bumble bees, it is the “murder wasp” that’s hit the headlines recently. The reason I put this in my program is because I have heard of misinformed people killing our native bumble bees, thinking they are the infamous invader, the Asian yellow-faced wasp.”
  • Cavorting with penguins in the Falkland Islands
    A Facebook item spotted by my wife, Kathi, noted the posting person’s most useless purchase of the year: “my 2020 planner.” The collapse of the travel industry in the wake of the novel coronavirus has definitely limited our adventures and unique wildlife experiences. One that we managed to squeeze in last year, however, was visiting penguin colonies in the Falkland Islands.
  • From the day I sold my home in Kirkland over 16 years ago, in preparation for moving to Sisters, most areas of my life have fallen nicely into place. I was lulled into a false sense of maintaining this charmed life.
  • A hail and windstorm ravaged indiscriminately throughout Central Oregon recently. Gardens and farms tended with love, faith and fortitude were in shambles. Other people and places were untouched — maybe a little rain and whipping winds, but nothing that a hammer or a rake couldn’t fix. No trauma, just inconvenience. 
  • My running career started on a bicycle.
  • Stars over Sisters - 7/1/2020
    In July the warmer weather and increasingly longer nights combine to make stargazing a perfect activity with which to spend your time. Now, if we could only find a way to start observing earlier in the evening and get to bed at a more reasonable hour, it would be ideal.
  • Summer is here, and when the mercury rises furry friends are at risk for heatstroke or death if their pet parents make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car. 
  • As I got into my car the other day to head home from work the warm aroma of homemade bread welcomed me. I’d stopped at Melvin’s (AKA Oliver Lemon’s, but we all still call it Melvin’s) and bought a loaf of Sparrow Bakery sourdough bread which makes the best grilled cheese sandwich of all the breads I’ve tried. The warmth of the afternoon sun had heated the inside of my car sending the lovely aroma wafting through the air.
  • Many avid cyclists who sculpted their fitness over years of hills, endurance, and pushing the pedals don’t see e-bikes as the next great innovation in cycling progress. Grouchy attitudes of “earning it” or “they don’t deserve to ride unless they can do it themselves” are short sighted at best and bigoted at worst. E-bikes are here to stay, as the European market is booming with commuters, travel companies, and brands innovating well beyond what is currently available in the USA. 
  • The unlaid ghosts of Vietnam have risen in recent weeks, asserting their undying influence over a cultural moment that lies 45 years beyond the fall of Saigon.
  • Our country is going through a radical change, and our children are watching and observing. I’m talking about the movement against racism.
  • Longing for our eternal home
    This is the second of two columns on the disruption of church services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In a previous column, we looked at the definition and goals of the church in the New Testament.
  • In last week’s episode, I shared the story of one Friday in May several years back. My husband headed off on his bicycle to work; our 19-month-old son and I embarked on our weekly routine of taking the city bus to a certain diner. Along the way, we encountered an aggressive, aggravated guy who willfully chucked a big ol’ plank of wood on the sidewalk as we walked by, nearly hitting us. 
  • Pandora moths are back
    When I rolled into Bend on my Harley in 1951 I didn’t know a Pandora moth from a monarch butterfly. It wasn’t until 1986 that they both entered my life, but the first to arrive was the moth; the monarchs came later when my wife, Sue, started monitoring the butterflies at Lava Beds National Monument south of Klamath Falls. 
  • The church is not a building — but we need to gather
    The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted nearly all of our life routines and the weekly rhythms of the church have not been exempted. Leaders at every church location have been forced to make decisions about how to continue worship, teaching, and fellowship in light of concerns over spreading the virus.
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