Monthly Archives: December 2013

Christmas Past

Christmas Past Holiday get-togethers were the cornerstone of maintaining family ties when I was growing up. We gathered for all the major holidays: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, the 4th of July, Mother’s Day and of course, the opening day of deer … Continue reading

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Migration anxiety

  There has always been something very mysterious about the geese flying high in the sky in their precision formations.  I don’t know where they are coming from or where they are going but they seem to have a strong sense of purpose.  Whenever … Continue reading

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The Loop around Steens

My first trip to Malheur was 35 years ago when I took a class called “Paiute Survival Skills”. We slept under a tree at headquarters the first night and then we pitched a tent by the Donner and Blitzen River. … Continue reading

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Paiute Survival Skills

  My first trip to Malheur was in 1976 when I took a class at Portland State called Paiute Survival Skills.  We learned basic skills like flint knapping and tanning hides in the classroom and then travelled to Malheur for a … Continue reading

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Ruth’s Readers

WELL-BEING Rainier book club Ruth’s Readers a hub of conversation for 15 years Joan (pronounced Joann) Mason was enthusiastic about the October read, ‘Outliers: The Story of Success’ by Malcolm Gladwell. A retired teacher, Joan offered up several talking points … Continue reading

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