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The flying saucer symposium

Leave it to the Pacific Northwest to be first in the nation. In the mid-afternoon of June 24, 1947, fire extinguisher salesman Kenneth Arnold was flying home to...

Choosing the right cultivar for your garden

“The word ‘cultivar’ (short for ‘cultivated variety’) entered the English language in 1923. It applies to plants selected or bred for their desirable traits...

Speaking the language of love

This is a newspaper column masquerading as an anniversary present. In a few days, my husband and I will have been married 37 years. Gifts are not typically exch...

Footloose in Rocky Point

Lane and I have been drawn over the Cascades lately. I feel I’ve neglected our neighbors to the east. We decided to check out Rocky Point because it had been a...

Yes is the code word for maybe

There are all kinds of codes we come across in our daily routine. There are padlock codes, codes of honor and ethics, codes for opening doors or gates, and let ...

Tostadas pile on plant-based flavor

When you need fresh inspiration for plant-based dishes, think globally. Latin cuisine furnished the spice palette for the previous post to this blog, featuring ...

Top Latin beans, greens with green salsa

Beans and greens are a theme in my most recent food section column. For a six-day rafting trip that entailed camping and eating on the banks of the John Day Riv...

Beans of summer

“Too early in the summer to be sick of beans.” The “Brokeback Mountain” line leapt to mind as I scanned a menu for six days of rafting on the John Day River. Al...

‘Medford’s Fair Beauties’

Even in 1908 there wasn’t a man in Medford brave enough to choose the most beautiful woman in town. The answer was a self-nominating contest that would let the ...

The story of Dieter Trost’s dwarf birch

Perhaps you remember a margarine commercial from the '70s, featuring an elderly woman wearing a white dress and a crown of daisies. Told she is sampling margari...

Road trip ahead

Ready or not, my husband and I are about to undertake our first post-pandemic road trip. It’s a four-day, three-night venture with long-held friends. In our 37...

LWV is in a league of its own

When I moved to the Rogue Valley in the summer of 2018, the only person I knew was my Realtor. Within one month of my rebirth as an Oregonian, a familiar name f...

Get happy at grocer’s local lamb sale

Heedless of who might be watching, I did a little happy dance in the meat section of Sherm’s Food 4 Less. Such joy was sparked by sign advertising the annual 4-...

Crater Lake Rim Runs return for 2021

Registrations are filling up quickly for the 45th Crater Lake Rim Runs, which are returning after being canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic. “We are good t...

Have your berries and chocolate, too

More than sunshine, in my mind, strawberries signify the start of summer. I’m in complete sympathy with food writer Daniel Neman about celebrating strawberries ...

Drinking in the pink

If any of us admit to having enjoyed that sweet pink wine in our youth, it’s usually with a smile and a shake of the head. Unfortunately, that was often the fir...