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home : columns July 23, 2018


Tight Cowboys and social floppers
Last week's Letters to the Editor offered an important study in contrasts. One was a well-considered essay in which the writer expressed her concerns, approached the discussion with a counter-argument, and finally made an effective, reasonable case in favor of her beliefs.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Butterflies, butterflies, and more butterflies
Yes, those are butterflies you see smashing into the front of your vehicle as you drive over the highway from Sisters to Redmond or Bend, and especially in the Cascade foothills.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Of a certain age...
The Three Sisters Historical Society horse-drawn wagon in the rodeo parade last month was full of descendants whose ancestors settled, grew, and sustained early Sisters Country. Those early settlers came from many different geographic locations, all searching for a better life.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Cooking - and quilts - on the Overland Trail
Imagine yourself back in the days of the Oregon Trail, where every spring pioneers gathered at St. Joseph, Missouri, and Council Bluffs, Iowa, to begin a 2,000-mile journey westward.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Independence Day
Independence is a funny thing. These days many of the folk who enjoy its fruits - liberty and freedom - are pilloried, marginalized or, as in the case of this column during the late IP43 unpleasantness, exposed to censorship campaigns orchestrated by people who simply will not be satisfied until the only opinion they ever hear is an echo of their own.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Washington's bad day
The Fourth of July is America's Independence Day, but it is also the anniversary of a signal event that set the stage for the American Revolution.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Growth and the good life
Over the last couple of weeks I've heard from a growing chorus of people - and some of you aren't going to like this - that Sisters is "losing its small-town appeal." A number of folk across the spectrum - old-timers, young'uns, and a number of in-betweeners - have shared with me a list of irritants to support their opinion.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Bull by Bull
• At age 75 I feel like I've finally come into my own: My go-to place is wherever I'm at. My kitchen window perfectly frames my lawn ... just enough lawn for me and my 32-year-old mower. I am one of the laziest people I know. Luckily I have enough OCD in me to get everything done that needs doing, including trying to be better about letting my old Bronco warm up. I know I, myself, need more of said warming up.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The Bunkhouse Chronicle - 8-Ball
With the rodeo back in town I've been thinking about horse-wrecks. Depending on how you look at it, it's either fortunate or unfortunate that I have a considerable library of personal wrecks to choose from. It's a qualifying roster of equine catastrophes that would, sadly, make more of a book than a column - something like Thomas McGuane's marvelous musings about the cutting-horse crowd in "Some Horses" - but in the spirit of all things dust and blood and the roar of a Sunday crowd, I thought I'd take a crack at it.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
'Peter and the Farm'
The Montana writer Richard Hugo, spoofing T.S. Eliot, wrote in the opening line of his mystery novel "Death and the Good Life," that "April is the cruelest month, my ass."
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