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home : columns : columns October 21, 2018

Saying goodbye to Uncle Bob
When my wife's charming, but eccentrically goofball, Uncle Bob suddenly hit me with a very serious request, believe me, I paid attention.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The blessing of the horses
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - If you are one who cares about horses or, as in my case, embrace an unreasonable affinity for all things equine, sooner or later you are going to end up in Mexico. This is particularly true if you came of age in the buckaroo traditions, because caballeros from Spain and Mexico are the fathers of that Great Basin tradition.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
You can't get there from here
I've been wondering what there is to say about the saga of Judge Kavanaugh, and the allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. There really is no upside to joining the discussion in the present environment, largely because we seem to have regressed to the tactics of politically driven denunciation in place of evidence and fact.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Bull by Bull
• Part of my annual check-up this year included an abbreviated memory test: Remember three words for half an hour. Failed. Draw a clock and set the time at 11:10 ... channeled Vernon and passed. After all was said and done, the PA asked me if I had any questions, to which I replied, "Yes. You said I passed the memory test and yet I couldn't remember all three words." "Yes, but your clock was out of this world!" she replied. 
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Resurrecting the calumet
For many people, the Great American Kaepernick Conundrum looks more like a spoiled brat dishonoring genuine sacrifice than a meaningful protest. The other side views Kaepernick's crusade as a righteous moral and political fight against inveterate police violence and institutional racism.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
There's no place like home
If you ask most seniors, including me, where they would like to live out their lives, the answer is usually "in my home." If that's your answer, there are some important considerations to take into account now to make staying in your home a viable option.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
The katydid, by golly
Katydids are not a common sight here in Central Oregon. There aren't a lot of deciduous trees (maples, oaks, elms and such) for them to feed and hide on. But, saying that, I'll bet if you show your 8-year-old the close-up photo of Rebecca Anderson's specimen and then send that young person out the door and say, "Go go get 'em Frank Buck!" he or she will come back with a katydid.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Against tribalism
We are going to be hearing a lot about tribalism in the coming years. That's mostly because so many Americans now see solutions to their angst in joining identity clubs. Pick something about your identity - it must make you feel anxious - then go ranting and throwing stuff and lighting things on fire when the world doesn't step aside for you and your special identity.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Community Policing
Sisters doesn't need its own police department.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Blues for America
Early next month - August 3 and 4 - Sisters will celebrate the most American of art forms: the blues.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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