What winter freeze can cause

Brrr. Not a stutter. Winter hit. Brrr. Did you know that the authority of Oxford Dictionaries (If you can’t trust the British for proper oratory,...

Hiding public information in plain sight

Here we go again. Every legislative session in recent memory has had at least one proposal to eliminate public notice advertising in one form or...

A surprise encounter in the southwest

Once or twice a year, it seems that I dedicate this space to writing about one of my favorite places to visit in the...

Getting used to the new normal: Being ignored

I suppose I may as well get used to it. We Baby Boomers have been the target of marketers, the media and programmers all our...

Oregon says ‘yes’ to self-serve gas and people panic

Since 1951 it has been a law in Oregon that people who own gas stations must always have an attendant on duty to pump...

Common Grackle invasion

Nearly every square foot of Angelkeep terrain held from two to five birds. Angelpond’s rim held wing-to-wing birds. It was a sight to behold, unless...

My New Year’s wish

To start, we have had way too much violence this past year. My wish is to put restrictions on guns. We’ve lost way too...

A New Year’s resolution to help fill backpacks with food for...

As my family finished Christmas lunch and gathered in the living room at our grandparents’ house to talk and spend more time together, the...

Where did the cat go? That’s a difficult question to answer

Introducing Duncan, the all-time King of Hide and Go Seek. He’s a cat who recently spent a few days in my house. I think that...

When ‘fake news’ is fake news. Or nothingburger

In some ways, it gets old. But it doesn’t. We wordsmiths look forward to the end-of-year lists about what words get the most “lookups” on...