• Hidden dangers of summertime for your pet
    You’ve got your pet protected from fleas and ticks for the summer, so now it’s time to take him on that camping trip with your family.
  • July 20 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most remarkable moments in human history.
  • Are cats cuddly companions or fine-tuned killing machines? They’re both, and owners know that.
  • Sisters Country birds
    The chipping sparrow [Spizella passerina] frequents roadsides, bird feeders, mountain meadows and grassy fields across the west.
  • The new American penchant for tribalism isn’t doing us any favors.
  • Back in 1958, I was looking for something to really sink my teeth into. I tried out being a buckaroo, a logger and a powder monkey. I was living with Dean and Lily Hollinshead on George A. Jones Road, in the house George A. Jones occupied when he had the grand idea of making that property into a model Central Oregon fruit farm…which failed because of freezing frost that hit him every spring in that micro-weather zone.
  • I was honored to be a workshop presenter at The Healing Trauma Conference last month. The event was created to provide resources and access to new modalities for healing past traumas and learning new techniques to achieve resiliency. Co-founders Cheryl Mills and Susanne Frilot worked for 9 months putting it together, and when it finally breathed its first breath, it proved to be a labor of love that took on a beautiful life of its own.
  • My perfect Scotties can occasionally get angry at one another. Usually it is about space on the bed. For years our dogs slept on beds in the laundry room. In fact we built this house specifically to accommodate our Scottie pack at the time.
  • Last week, while some Oregon legislators were resisting the cyanide pill of a “climate bill” — whose only certain result will be the destruction of of good jobs for mostly rural Oregonians — I bombed south through the desert to pick up a new horse for training. A two- year-old chestnut with brains and breeding, I’m honored to get this filly started for her owners.
  • in The Pines: Art Wins Big
    It was the 1980s. I was too young to drive, too restless to bear the confines of country life. On the cusp of my 13th birthday I was in a serious car accident, and afterwards found myself subject to wild swings of mood.
  • A Western story
    The 79th Sisters Rodeo is history, with the roar of the crowd, the pageantry of the Parade and Grand Entry, the drama of record-breaking rides fading into the warm collective memory of Sisters’ longest-running event.
  • Working with eagles at 91
    My wife, Sue, and I are finishing up surveying this season’s golden eagle breeding territories. “Finishing up” means we’re visiting eagle breeding sites we have been given the responsibility to keep track of by the Oregon Eagle Foundation.
  • In my job it is an undeniable fact that legislation and policies directly impact the emotional well-being of my clients, and admittedly, myself. Amid our national division and contention, many of my clients have reported feeling powerless, disheartened, silenced, and unnerved.
  • Baby eagle 
    The only golden eagle cam operating in the U.S., located just north of Sisters, has been transmitting some pretty exciting footage over the last few weeks.
  • One day a few years back, I staked out my favorite table in the bustling coffeehouse. It was an antique school desk, wobbly and funky, resting near the great stone hearth.
  • Close encounters of the coyote kind
    Last Friday I met up with my riding buddy and true Vaquero horseman Jeff Gates at another friend’s ranch off of Dusty Loop Road in Tumalo. I had recently purchased an old Hamley saddle that my legendary cowboy/logger friend Steve Bennett used at his family ranch in French Glen, Oregon.
  • Wheel of Fortune
    Way back a thousand years ago, when I came off the desert to try once again — reluctantly — to reconcile myself to the vagaries of human civilization, I committed a cardinal sin: I sold my saddle.
  • Dear Property Guy:

    My husband and I are getting an amicable divorce. No attorney. We have two houses, which are the problem. One house is our primary residence, his parents live rent-free in the other.
  • Rare turkey 
vulture spotted
    Something new came soaring into the Central Oregon skies last week and it would be wonderful if you’d watch for it: an adult turkey vulture (TV) wearing a patagial (wing/auxiliary) tag.
  • “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.”

    — Will Rogers
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