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The Thinker

The Thinker

When, after enjoying our Dalles Motor Hotel’s jazzed-up “Continental Breakfast” featuring perfectly-cooked hard boiled eggs, packets of Quaker microwave oatmeal, bear claws, yogurt, fruit, milk, OJ, toast, crumpets and coffee…

What In Sam Hill?

After maybe twenty miles of driving east up the Antelope Road, I get to feeling like Trish and I have been beamed down into the Sand Hills of Nebraska. Here…

Dalles City

In 1857 the provisional government of the Territory of Oregon named the little town at the infamous dead-end of the Oregon Trail out at the wrong end of the Columbia…

Handicapping The Fix

We need politicians willing to put politicians in prison. Take Mitch McConnell, Kentucky’s Senior Southern Senator and the Senate’s Majority Leader. He was on TV the other day proclaiming that…

Finicum’s Rainbow

I wasn’t going to write about LaVoy Finicum. Don’t speak ill of the dead, let sleeping dogs lie, never whistle past a graveyard and all that. I wasn’t going to…

Standoff At Bad Luck Marsh

DAY 31. Our Armed Forces of Law and Order finally flashed their cards a few days ago over in the Harney County, Oregon. I’m talking about them rolling out…

Crying Cowboys

Crying Cowboys

The trouble with the silently suffering kinds of Western lore is that, if ever they do start complaining, they sound kind of silly. A lack of practice, you know? Like…

The Writing Side of Me

Self-expression is everywhere in nature. Even in the wastelands you hear the sounds of life, and everything from the rocks on up tells stories. We are the creatures of our…

Cloud Busters

Sometime after I’d learned to tie my shoes, I got captivated by clouds. I saw flat-bottomed puffs of clouds speeding overhead like the dapples on a giant leaping winged horse.…

Brennan Palisades

As you cross the line into County Tipperary, you see a sign. “You’ve come a long way,” it says. “T’is a far cry from Ireland,” the lad Brennan boasts to…

Pre-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

How’s this for the latest newfangled disease: Pre-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. What with what looks like the beginnings of global ecological collapse—the beginning of the end of the world as we…

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