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Book Review: Walking With Romana

Walking With Ramona:  Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland, by Laura O. Foster My feelings about this book are highly ambivalent.  Like many children, I read a fair amount of Beverly Cleary’s novels when I was a child, even if I didn’t … Continue reading

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A Hillsboro Squirrel

That conclave of people over there looks dangerous, methinks, and so perhaps it would be best to find a place with more cover so that they do not try to hunt me.  Perhaps you may think that a tree outside … Continue reading

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Book Review: An Oregon Message

An Oregon Message, by William Stafford It seems somewhat strange in retrospect that Stafford would publish a book with a title of An Oregon Message and then be upset five years later that he was being labeled as a regional … Continue reading

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Scene From A Sabbath Drive Past Multnomah Falls

Water rapidly rushes over the gorge under the approving gaze of the assembled travelers while the land slumps past the stumps of trees recently cut down over the road closed west to Bridal Veil. Nearby ashen mute moss-covered tree trunks … Continue reading

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Book Review: GigaFlood

GigaFlood:  The Lake Missoula Flood In Northwest Oregon And Southwest Washington, by Rick Thompson This book is a sort of geological mystery, where the author discusses a massive Pleistocene flood and its effects on the land of the Pacific Northwest.  … Continue reading

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They Know Better

I often ponder my obstinance when it comes to performing tasks I set out to do.  As it happens, when I woke up this morning and went off to work there was some snow falling from the sky, but it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Oregon: Portrait Of A State

Oregon:  Portrait Of A State, by Rick Schafer Being somewhat familiar with books like this one [1], I have to say that there are quite a few things about this book that are immensely worthwhile.  For one, it is of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast, by Rick Schafer, Essays by Jack & Jan McGowan When I enjoy books with beautiful pictures of Oregon’s scenery [1], I prefer them to come without a sermon.  Unfortunately, it is all too common for books about nature … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Enemy Never Came

The Enemy Never Came:  The Civil War In The Pacific Northwest, by Scott McArthur This book is a rough sort of work, written by a competent historian who nevertheless falls short of the most eloquent practitioners in his craft.  As … Continue reading

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Book Review: Oregon: The Taste Of Wine

Oregon:  The Taste Of Wine, by Janis Miglavs It should be pointed out at the outset that this book is not so much a celebration of wine as it is a self-congratulating collection of quotations and observations from those involved … Continue reading

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