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Running on Empty

Two days ago I went to Costco right before dinner and broke one of the cardinal rules of shopping:  Thou shalt not set foot in a Costco store with an empty stomach.  If samples...

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Tree Farming

Last week I drove past a tree farm next to the freeway along the Columbia River in eastern Oregon — not an average growing operation and nothing at all like any commercial farm acreage...

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Grocery Store Politics

The other day at the grocery store the kid who bagged my stuff walked out into the parking lot with me and when we got to my car, wondered if he could ask me...

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The Gift of a Campsite

We had four campsites next to one another at our annual family camping trip last week, all four adjacent to the ocean.  This didn’t just happen — my husband got up early one morning...

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Needle in a Haystack

I was camping with my whole family on a beautiful northwest Pacific beach several days ago and was determined to find a time to get into the ocean.  I love swimming in salt water...

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500 Miles

I just got back from driving from here on the eastern side of the state to the coast on the far west — 500 miles, just like the folk song.  More trains than I...

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Vacation

I am so appreciative of those of you who subscribe to my blog and read my postings every day — I love writing them and your support is very affirming. I’m going to be...

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Failed Windows

Groupon offered a great deal so I broke down and hired a small company to wash our windows — it was a luxury and made me feel pretty fancy. When the two guys arrived,...

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Libraries

A man said to me as an election for increased library funding approached, “Why would I vote for that?  When I want a book I just go out and buy it.”  I was dumbstruck....

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Joe Btfsplk

People of a certain age will remember Joe Btfsplk as the character in the Lil’ Abner cartoon who walked around with a constant rain cloud over his head.  I thought of him the other...

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