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Posted Oct 3, 2015 at 11:01 PM

I grew up in North Dakota. Every Memorial Day until we moved, my extended family gathered at the cemetery to tidy up the graves of my ancestors, plant a few flowers and hope for rain. Post World War II, the country changed. Family farms slowly came to a close. My father never really liked farming, so instead of leasing our farm, he sold out and moved us several hours away, just 50 miles from the Canadian border. Memorial Day visits to our ancestor’s graves dwindled. After...

Posted Sep 26, 2015 at 11:01 PM

When we adopted a dog from the Jackson County Animal Shelter, I had no idea I’d spend every day hunting for my missing slipper or my pajamas. Though I have never found them mangled or torn, I do find them in various places: the bed,...

Posted Sep 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

I have successfully carried out my first mission since moving to Oregon from British Columbia Canada back in June. It’s always bothered me to hear the U.S. president end a speech with the words “God Bless America.” And...

Posted Sep 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM

I grew up in Northern California near the ocean and spent many summer days swimming at our local beach. One summer when I was 9 years old, I was swimming not too far from the beach when I glanced over my shoulder and saw a fin right behind...

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