Category Archives: Memories

Life is a journey

Life is a journey and this is mine I was born in Fern Hill. My folks didn’t have the 50 bucks up front they needed for a hospital admission but Drs were still making house calls. Actually, the doc showed … Continue reading

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My Perfect Day

My Perfect Day My perfect day to me would be A day with God beneath a tree, To watch his animals work and play. That, I could do for all the day. A busy insect, the honey bee, Is seen … Continue reading

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Clowns

Clowns don’t know how to laugh and they have to depend on others to laugh for them. They also don’t know how to cry and their tears fall inside. When people laugh, it dries their tears. But when the laughter … Continue reading

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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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Pal’s Shanty

I saw recently on the news that Pal’s Shanty on Sandy burned down.  I used to go there with Stephen.  It was boys night out and we would first go to Powell’s to paw through the books.  I bought a … Continue reading

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Mima Mounds

  The Mima Mounds Nature Preserve is located near the small community of Littlerock, Washington, just southwest of Olympia.  The mounds are approximately six feet tall and thirty feet in diameter and they are found on the grasslands of the Puget Prairie.  They are composed … Continue reading

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