• On the Norman Rockwell covers of the Saturday Evening Post, holidays were always depicted as large family gatherings centered around a long table laden with mountains of home-cooked food. Everyone seated at the table appeared to be jovial.
  • Shopping for holiday gifts and specialty foods will inevitably look different this year as we head into another time of closures and restricted shopping practices. Luckily our local producers and distributors are motivated more than ever to connect Central Oregonians to all our region has to offer during the holidays and throughout the winter season. Farms stands and outdoor markets may be closed for now, but there are many other options for sourcing goods locally, which is not only helpful to feeling more connected to the resilience of our community, but also supports local farmers, producers, artisans, and local economies through these times.
  • Sisters Country birds - 11/25/2020
    The Marsh Hawk or Northern Harrier [circus hudsonius] is a member of a global group of raptors that are equipped with special tools for silent hunting. Its long, broad wings allow it to glide easily over grasslands, with minimal flapping, moving at a slower pace than other hawks. They use their acute hearing and have a circular arrangement of stiff feathers on their face that collects the sounds of rodents, insects and snakes rustling amongst the foliage. These facial discs are similar to owls and contributes to their owl-like appearance.
  • The Sisters 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update team is out of the gate and running — conducting background studies, doing community engagement, and preparing for a December open house. 
  • As we close in on Thanksgiving, one of the most celebrated holidays in our country, I’d like to share with you a quote I recently received from The Waterfront Depot in Florence:
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s November 17 temporary freeze proclamation placed many restrictive actions in place to “bend the COVID-19 curve.” With no easy answers, policies were enacted to dramatically reduce COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths — while reducing stress on our valiant medical system. 
  • Thanksgiving traditions and turkey
    Nothing evokes the image of Thanksgiving more dramatically than a turkey. So, when a flock of 18 wild turkeys wandered through my yard the other day, I saw it as an appropriate harbinger of the approaching holiday.
  • Stars over Sisters - 11/25/2020
    The late fall constellation of Aries is a particularly appropriate celestial feature to highlight in a month that takes us from autumn into the winter season.
  • Thanksgiving is upon us, and all its glorious traditions. It is not uncommon to eat nearly 1,800 calories in one sitting. This includes an average serving of turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing, two dinner rolls, a small piece of pumpkin pie (without whipped cream) and two beer or wine beverages. Add gravy, and it’s eclipsed 2,000 calories.
  • Reading The Nugget’s “Letters to the Editor” I have been struck by the frequency with which people of opposing political viewpoints find it so difficult to disagree without becoming disagreeable.
  • Aren’t we all feeling so invigorated lately? Life has been so dang swell, right? It is just so easy these days to rise and shine with a smile, ready to seize the day! Don’t forget the glass is half-full so please turn that frown upside down.
  • A bevy of bushtits
    Another plus has popped up for Sue and me on leaving Sisters and coming over here to The Swamp to live near our son Caleb and his family in Eugene: a bevy of bushtits, and other wildlife coming to our feeders and water feature. They’re coming nearly daily in a mob to our suet feeder. 
  • The year 2020 is one we’re more than ready to put in the past. It’s time to ring in new beginnings, or commemorate — and drown out — the past. This time of year, especially between Thanksgiving and New Years, Americans increase their alcohol intake by two fold, according to a 2018 study. 
  • In the aftermath of the elections, there’s exhaustion, relief, anger and a determination to keep pushing agendas. Recently, my cousin, who lives in Southern Oregon, sent me a text suggesting I listen to a conservative political pundit and author, Ben Shapiro. She said she trusts him to provide her the facts she uses to formulate her opinions about what’s going on politically. I hadn’t heard of him so I followed her suggestion to check him out.
  • A year to remember at Seed to Table
    The sun still warmed my back as I wiggled the last of the sweet onions from the soil. As I pulled up the last of last fall’s vision, a calm came over me. I realized that our team no longer needed to worry if the cabbages will size up, how social distancing at the Farmers Market would go, how we would host the next field trip of students, if there would be enough tomatoes to go around, how we could get food to those vulnerable to COVID-19, etc…
  • There are many absolutists out there. This mentality strives for certainty. For the absolutist everything is black and white. If walking 10,000 steps a day is better than 5,000, it’s 10,000 or bust. If an apple has more fiber than a banana, then banana be damned. 
  • Memories of Indian Ford Meadow
    My memories of Indian Ford Meadow live in many snapshots. 
  • People like to say that dogs “live in the moment.” Anyone who says that has never lived with a rescued Scottie. My Scotties are always anticipating the next something; which includes worrying about what is coming next. If I begin grooming one, the other two hide. They also begin to worry as soon as it looks like I may leave them behind when I get in the car.
  • In the 1980s, my dad — my Republican, Ronald Reagan-loving dad — took me to the University of Oregon campus to see a woman speak. Her name was Geraldine Ferraro, and she was the first-ever female vice-presidential nominee for a major party in United States history.
  • The coronavirus is a once-in-a-generation event. As it has ended many lives, going forward it will define many others. It will perhaps define our country, what we have become and who we will be.
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