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Natural Wonders

When I learned that Oregon, in addition to having an official State Flower, an official State Bird, Fish, Gem and what all, also has seven officially designated Natural Wonders, it…

Money in Politics

Money in Politics

Last week, in the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the narrow (5-4) majority that “Money in politics may at times seem…

Misery Ridge

Misery Ridge

Abel is over from Portland. It’s a couple of hours past sunrise and, along with Trisha and Jeff, we’re standing atop a fat fingertip of rimrock overlooking a perfect horseshoe…

Volunteer Fire Departments

Volunteer Fire Departments

“What do you know about Winsted’s firemen?” my mother asked me one day when I was eleven years old. “They jump into fire trucks and go put out fires fast,”…

GM & The 1.6 Millimeter Solution

GM & The 1.6 Millimeter Solution

You’re driving at night in a General Motors compact car, a Cobalt or Cruze or Ion, and without warning the brakes, gas pedal and airbag suddenly give out. You hurtle…

Farm To Farm

Farm To Farm

Country inhabitants of the Ohio river valley have endured the most arduous winter in memory, at least for people 77 years and younger. While the blizzard of ’77 lingers on…

O Five Charlie

O Five Charlie

We were surrounded by southerners at Fort Gordon. I disliked them. I resented their diabolical ability to exploit my chauvinistic northern prejudices about them and shuck me repeatedly.…

Zozobra: Santa Fe’s Burning Man

Zozobra: Santa Fe’s Burning Man

Wrap up all your troubles and woes and give them to Zozobra to be carried away. Zozobra is a 40-foot tall marionette that has been torched by a dancer for…

Mountain Outin’ To Yellowstone

There’s no sensation like being rocked to sleep in a berth on AMTRAK as the miles fly by to put a relaxing end to a vacation. The fact that the…

Kilroy Was There

Snow speckled Middle Street in the North End during the last week of February. Near Mr. Pemberton’s meeting house boys were pelting the dry goods shop of Theophilus Lillie, pelting…

Google Money

If you google “money,” the search engine called Google, from which that verbification is derived, will tell you that there are 1.12 billion results (as of February 27, 2014). That…

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