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Adventures of Lewis and Cork

Once, when we were both in fifth grade, my best friend, Mack, who was an even better friend of my older brother, Dug, became the proud owner of a plastic boat. 

Driveway was a work of art

The driveway to our ranch home was a work of art and my dad was the artist. He worked in an unusual medium — boulders. 

Grief group provides support

A lot of water runs under the Mill Creek bridge in Cove in five years.

Painting with a broad brush

La Grande has been much in the news lately with unfortunate and tragic suicide of gay teen Jadin Bell, a sophomore at La Grande High School and a member of the cheerleading squad.

Drugs cause 100-bike pileup

OK, Lance Armstrong is yesterday’s news. Armstrong, who late last week appeared on a two-part confessional on the O network, located on the TV dial somewhere near the military history channel and the jewelry channel, disappeared behind headlines screaming the latest on Notre Dame’s love-lost linebacker, Manti Te’o (pronounced “idiot”).

The material girl: we reap what we sew

Like the herd of antelope drifting along on the winter wind Thursday in the Grande Ronde Valley, sometimes the winds of life blows in unexpected ways.

A crash course in manís finiteness

It’s early January. I’m driving over the Blue Mountains between Teri and my extremely modest homes, the “mountain cabin” and “beach condo.”

Facing the 2013 storm head on

Welcome to 2013. Kick the tires. Honk the horn. Enjoy the new year smell.

The best Christmas present ever

“You know you’ve grown up when none of the things you want for Christmas can be bought in a store.”

— Anonymous

Dreaming of a green Christmas

Snow lovers don’t live on fiscal cliffs. I do. Have for a long time. That’s why I’m dreaming of a green Christmas, just like the ones I used to know.

Imagination takes flight with boomerang

From the time I landed facefirst in the Crooked Creek Elementary School gifted and talented program there was the question, gifted in what? 

A not so Civil War: 5 yards in a cloud of mud

Sometime in November, when the fall rains had set in, when storms lined up five deep off the Pacific Ocean waiting to invade Western Oregon, when clouds hung low enough to reach out and touch, when fields became a patchwork quilt of puddles, the boys in the neighborhood would gather for Sunday afternoon football.

Time travel: How to turn November into July in three hours

There’s nothing like a fire in the woodstove to turn back the calendar. In a few hours Monday, I turned my living room from November to July. Thunderheads began building up above the reading lamp.

Red county in a blue state: The politics of the disenfranchised

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

— John F. Kennedy

Let there be darkness: Time to fall back

October 2012 was the wettest on record in La Grande. Hurricane Sandy carved out a new Atlantic Ocean beachfront somewhere in Pennsylvania Amish country. Social Security is threatened. And the Oregon Ducks football team could win all 12 of its games 100-0 and still not be in the BCS championship.

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