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Cheers to local women in wine

Recently I spent an evening in support of women in wine. The happy hour began with a tasting of local women-made wines. The night slipped easily into conversat...

Easy supper roasts squash with sausage

Anticipating a busy day outside the kitchen, I summon sheet pan suppers at dinnertime. Minimal time is involved to peel and dice or slice vegetables, toss them ...

The two-sided flag

After reading “Oregon seals and flags” in this column (Nov. 1), a bunch of readers were surprised to learn that Oregon never had an official state flag until 19...

Science says hugs are healthy

Family therapist Virginia Satir is reported to have said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day...

The secret of Gold Hill is a secret

Gold Hill always seems to be in the news for the wrong reasons. As someone who has lived here off and on for the last 20 years, let me tell you why what you thi...

Joe is a strong man

MEDFORD — Ever since he was a little kid in Salinas, California, arm wrestling his larger-than-life uncle on his grandmother’s kitchen floor or at her dinner ta...

Better than pie: savory squash tart

It’s a strange contradiction in my mind that many kids gobble up pumpkin pie, but gag over winter squash. A textural thing, I suppose. Silky pie filling, which ...

Hiking above the fog

Where were we heading? We thought we knew, but given the weather, none of us had the foggiest idea. That’s because the road we followed was barely visible in th...

Kids in the kitchen

Christmas goose or pheasant? Gifts of homemade chocolate bark or gingerbread? And in between the season’s feasts, which healthful recipes will we make? My kids ...

Turkey stock simmers squash soup

First came the sandwiches, then the tetrazzini and turkey shepherd’s pie. In honor of Hanukkah, the last mashed potatoes will become latkes with smoked fish, ha...

She’s got chutzpah

“Life can be a joyous encounter with the possible.” — Ruth Wire “Writing is not a lonely profession,” says Ruth Wire. “My characters keep me company.”...

Healthy Aging: Thank outside the box

I am sure you give thanks. Especially during a week dedicated to doing exactly that. It may be simple acknowledgments present in a Thanksgiving table prayer or ...

Why is the Grim Reaper so grim?

I work with death on a daily basis and over the years have come to know him quite well. In an average week, I visit about 12 dying folks, more than 300 termin...

Incredible journey of Swainson’s hawks

Scattered palms and cecropia trees surrounded the pastures of the small farms on the coastal plain of western Panama. In places, traces of rainforest remained. ...

Tackling Denali

A local one-legged skier and another from Montana became the first adaptive athletes to both summit and ski down Alaska’s 20,310-foot Mount Denali June 20. Thei...

Cave Crawling at Lava Beds

LAVA BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT — It sounded like a good idea. While checking in at the Lava Beds National Monument visitor center to get a caving permit and a loan...