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Oregon strong: State needs its own holiday

Monday, friend Tom will be in Boston helping the Commonwealth of Massachusetts celebrate its very own holiday, Patriots Day, by running until he is a bundle of wet rags.
Yes, Tom is running the marathon. It’s 26.2 miles of misery. Or if you’re our age, 56, insanity. This year’s misery is particularly poignant for Tom and 35,999 of his closest marathon-running friends, for it is the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and wounded more than 250 others.

Support separation of church and hate

The faxes poured in to the newspaper day after day, week after week, year after year in a toxic stream: God hates fags. America loves fags. God hates Americans.

Spring shoe shopping tests endurance

Only smart, above average, terrific-looking people read newspapers. Nearly everyone wears shoes. The shoe industry is a great business opportunity when the market includes nearly everyone except hippies, hillbillies and barefoot brides.

ON SECOND THOUGHT: Splashing in Seattle for raincation thrills

In a forest of umbrellas, downwind from the flying headless salmon of Pike Place Market, in a place where rain is about as common as oxygen, the Wonder Woman and I searched for the 12th Man.

The 10,000-hour rule: Why hard work matters

Kevin Love is no Beach Boy, and living in Minnesota, as he does now, he is not exactly “Surfin’ USA.”

Oregon is the true state for lovers

The commonwealth of Virginia has produced many fine folks: presidents George Washington, the father of our country, Thomas Jefferson, the uncle of our country, Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson and my mentor, Sandra Busey.

Welcome to the frozen tundra

La Grande’s population has just about doubled overnight.

Deck rink launches gold medal performance

One step onto the deck at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning and I was doing an ice-skating routine worthy of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

PETERSEN: Snow performs disappearing act

Each night, on Channel 2, weatherman Dave Salesky exclaims amazement at the ice hell that is La Grande.

Wind used to open bigger can of whoop-em

Watch the national TV news when a storm slams the East Coast and you’ll see broadcasters sporting hair that has no better chance of staying put than a New Jersey home in a hurricane.

Think mountain goat on a bicycle

A picture is worth 1,000 words, or two of these columns, if the writer can contain his irrational exuberance to 500 words.

There’s gold in them there hills

Growing up in the west part of Oregon, I looked on the bright side, if anything in Western Oregon is bright.

Teetering on the resolution high dive

There are two types of people in this world: those who make resolutions, and those who roll on the ground laughing.

Energizer Bunny no match for Christmas Wonder

Ah, the joys of aging. Among them is hearing the Christmas classic song “Let It Snow” for the eight-zillioneth time, while walking through a mall hunting for gifts. Meanwhile, 90 percent of the shoppers, addled by the intoxicating aroma of Cinnabon and credit cards burning a hole in their pocket, are walking the wrong way. 

Tough love in air for Christmas

Go to any shopping mall. The closer it gets to Christmas, the tighter couples, especially older ones, the ones with many Christmases of experience, will hold hands.

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