• Now that a majority of humanity agrees climate change is in crisis mode, regardless of why, we all know we need to get more done to reverse that threat to our children’s futures. There are two corrections to slow and then reverse climate change: reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and increase sequestration of carbon dioxide. This communique will share the best solution to reduce emissions of GHGs efficiently, effectively and with benefits to you.
  • The Sisters Country Vision is a community-led vision project, created with extensive community engagement in 2018. In the Vision, “Integrated Transportation Options” is prioritized as one of five strategies to create a more livable Sisters Country. In 2021, the Vision Implementation Team (VIT) — representing local government, agencies, nonprofits, and community members — is collaborating with several key players to address the evolving transportation needs of the community. 
  • In 1945, General Dwight D. Eisenhower said, “If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.” 
  • It’s perfectly OK if some people contract COVID. 
  • Letters to the Editor that are filled with “alt-facts” are dismaying. Before we can have productive discussions about policy, we must agree on the facts. But that is difficult when a right-wing media machine churns out broadly-shared falsehoods.
  • When I see a children’s hospital or St. Jude commercial on the TV, it brings tears to my eyes along with this thought: “But for the grace of God there go I.” There are so many of these needed charitable organizations, and each one seems to bring a tear to one’s eye, from seeing disabled soldiers to listening to a mother of four describe her life struggles after losing her husband in the Twin Towers tragedy. Unfortunately, those commercials only bring tears to our eyes, but seldom a penny from our pockets.
  • On this Veterans Day I might be expected to focus on the many sacrifices military members have delivered while performing services to our nation. We expect, sometimes as a matter of fact, sacrifice to be part and parcel of their mission. We expect them to step forward in our stead to be delivered up into harm’s way.
  • This was their day. Christmas Eve. A day to put the homeless in a spot of light, in their darkened world. All hopes are dashed by their broken lives, cars, and dreams.
  • “Getting back to more normal life” — a common sentiment these days. I’d like to offer a perspective on how we can do that. In 2005, the Bush administration developed a Pandemic Preparedness Plan (PPP) to address the Avian Flu. They transferred the PPP template on to the Obama administration, which modified and improved it in order to handle the Ebola crisis.
  • During the 2018 Sisters Country Vision, “Keep Sisters Small” was an overwhelming sentiment from the rapidly growing community. Yet there is a conflict about what small means and the desire for more affordable housing and economic opportunities. At a time when the City is updating its Comprehensive Plan that will influence future growth, it’s nice to think about simpler times. 
  • Scottish-born businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie made his fortune in steel, but used his wealth to build libraries. Beginning in 1880, he gave away $60 million to build 1,689 libraries across the United States. Many still exist as libraries, and others as community centers, museums, art galleries or other uses. In 1889, he said, “In bestowing charity, the main consideration should be to help those who help themselves.”
  • By now, most of us realize that the pandemic is not going away anytime soon and that we aren’t past working and schooling kids from home. Within our own lives there is much to be stressed about and when we turn on the news, it’s all doom and gloom. All this uncertainty is a recipe for relationship disaster. If you feel like you’ve been walking on eggshells around your partner, you’re not alone. 
  • The Sisters Country Vision Implementation Team (VIT) is a collaborative group of community members, representing a variety of local organizations, who are working together to bring the 2018 Sisters Country Vision to life.
  • Discovering a hidden gem
    My friend Gary and I have been exploring the wilderness of our Three Sisters Cascade range for years. The other day we started at a trailhead in an area we are generally familiar with. After a short time following the trail, we spontaneously veered off into the underbrush in a direction that we never explored, letting curiosity be our compass.
  • Problem: Reactionary demonstrations in Portland are negatively impacting Democratic Presidential campaign to elect Biden/Harris in swing states as Trump touts law and order while consciously ignoring critical, underlying issues expressed in Portland and several cities across the U.S.
  • Trekking with ‘Tall Socks Tanya’

    There’s something about it.
  • Seeing the recent Nugget article about the new Sisters Historical Museum reminded me of our history with Sisters. Though we cannot trace our heritage back to homesteaders, my husband and I moved to Sisters in September 1976 and things did look much different than today.
  • I’m 30 years old. I’m single. And I’m Canadian. Well, I’m half Canadian, half American. But I can say hands down I am one hundred percent the only person in Sisters that can fit that description. Probably even just two of the three. My dad moved to Sisters after living in Cincinnati for 35 years to be closer to his brother and wife — my aunt and uncle.
  • I have been an advocate of term limits for as long as I can remember.
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