• With all due respect to Sgt. Bailey and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, whose service and dedication to professionalism are both real and deeply appreciated by this space, the advice to citizens to stand back and “be a good witness” in the face of crime is ultimately damaging to a community.
  • This is part of a series on elder abuse awareness, intended to raise community awareness and to provide resources for individuals who are themselves vulnerable or are caregivers, family or friends of vulnerable people.
  • Citizen scientists needed!
    Keeping up with bats is not an easy job. People who study bats don’t sleep during the normal times of most human beings.
  • Sisters Country birds
    In many areas of western North America, the melodious song of the black-headed grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) is a familiar harbinger of spring.
  • The bane of our existence
    Historically, there is no animal on the face of this good Earth who has caused we humans more problems than the mosquito.
  • A hummingbird wannabe
    Well, Good People, hummingbird moths are in season.
  • They’re baaaak!
    By golly, this is a strange time for Pandora moths to pop out of the woodwork… er… soil.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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