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A howling terror of a storm

Out by the Table Rocks, just as the farmers began to plow, the rain brought everything to a stop. What would become the biggest flooding event in Jackson County...

Dating in the age of COVID

I want to talk about dating. Older people. Not bumbling or Cupiding or fishing or hooking up. But mature adults, looking to make intimate connections. Are there...

A heart for young people

Editor's note: Community Builder is a periodic Q&A series providing perspectives from local people who have been involved in significant change in Southe...

Wines in the pines

Picture yourself in a treehouse in the woods, drinking good wine and watching a river flow. I can testify that it’s possible and makes for a dandy day trip. The...

Proceed with what works for you

I received a lot of reader reaction to last Sunday’s column (“The Healing Power of Decency”). It appears I’m not the only one pondering its absence in our curre...

Lesser red wines benefit braised beef

A recent blind wine-tasting proved a point to my partner. With two bottles of red wine open on the kitchen counter, I convinced him I needed to open a third. Th...

Good times on the mountain

There are googolplex reasons people, me included, love to ski. The obvious include the thrill of aiming the skis downhill, pushing off and, depending on the te...

Backyard adventures

A few days after Christmas, my sister and I were strolling along the Talent bike path in Lynn Newbry Park when she exclaimed, “There’s a hawk!” We always have ...

Meatless korma fills ‘Veganuary’ bill

My family, as evidenced in this blog, is not vegetarian. But we enjoy meatless meals several times per week. My partner, in particular, says he happily would ea...

Each glass of wine is a one-time event

Some of my favorite memories involve wine, but sometimes the wine itself is not as important as the story it creates, or the memories we keep. Often it’s more a...

The Black Tornado and the Chinese ‘Reds’

The Communist interrogator touched the pistol on his belt. “You lie!” he screamed. “Go back to your cell and think!” Dick Applegate didn’t know what he was supp...

Any way the fish flops

They arrived from Amazon the other day complete with instructions, two USB cables and two packets of catnip. A pair of electronic moving-fish cat toys came pack...

Healing power of decency

In the late fall of 2020, I recall listening to an audio-video recording of a 2016 interview with Sen. Lindsay Graham, Republican of South Carolina, in which he...

I got to visit my wife for the holidays

The holidays are again a thing of the past. You may have had relatives over to visit you during the final days of the year, and they may have provided a joyous ...

150 rapids in four days

The Illinois River stretches some 56 miles from its headwaters east and south of Cave Junction to its confluence with the Rogue River near Agness. Its Wild and...

Mandoline perfects ‘pommes Anna’

Preparing a potato-Gruyere tart came with a lesson for my son in new kitchen equipment. My mandoline was the key to producing uniformly thin slices of spud for ...

Record whitefish caught in Deschutes

Alex Dietz of Bend was fly fishing with an egg pattern on the Deschutes River outside Warm Springs Dec. 19, when he hooked a 5-pound, 12-ounce, 24-inch-long mou...

Relearning ancient grains

Relearning the wisdom of “ancient grains” is my wish for the older generation. Millet, farro and amaranth all elicited an elderly relative’s blank expression. S...