Elaine Rohse

"Rohse Colored Glasses:" Reflections on history and home life.

Rohse: Jumping through hoops

Not all of us humans are good athletes although we well may be pretty skillful at jumping through hoops. Jumping through hoops however is not really much of a physical challenge. Rather I regard it as ...

Rohse: Mounds of mystery

The puzzle of the mysterious mounds — found in the Willamette Valley and virtually all over the world — has long gone unsolved. You, many times, may have walked by these curious blips on the ...

Rohse: Museum highlights wedding history

Now that it’s June, the wedding month, volunteers have been busier than ever at the Yamhill County Historical Museum in Lafayette. They’ve donned their white gloves — because human hands ...

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Rohse: Don't let reading fall by the wayside

The world would be a better place if every little kid had at least one book — one that was his very own and in which he could sign his name. The world would be a better place if every family had ...

Rohse: Bullfighting a long, bloody tradition

During World War II, Homer was stationed at several different air bases in New Mexico, where the weather facilitated the practice of bombing missions. Several of the small Mexican border towns nearby ...

Rohse: This rider wants a saddle, please

I love to ride horseback — but, please, please, may I have a saddle? I’ll ride double, if I must, but I surely don’t enjoy it as much as if I have my own saddle. And bareback riding ...

Rohse: Time to weed out some bad habits

It’s spring. Time to groom flower beds. Time to weed vegetable gardens. Time, too, to “weed” ourselves. It may surprise you that humans do indeed need weeding, as do gardens. Rohse ...

Rohse: Team names, from ordinary to offbeat

Those who make a living in professional sports often argue that nothing is more important to a team than its name. They say that that name is not just a label but defines the identity of the team. It ...

Rohse: When dreams were delivered by mail

During the early 20th century, Grant County’s largest annual event was hunting season. Ours was good deer and elk country. Every fall, the hordes descended on Eastern Oregon: cousins we didn’t ...

Rohse: Battles, bonding over dirty dishes

My older sister and I loved each other dearly, and had great fun together. But we had a problem that had to do with taking turns — and determining whose turn it was. When it was time to gather the ...

Rohse: Death Valley a serene and beautiful place

When we recently planned a trip and our friends learned we were visiting Death Valley, no one seemed much interested in going along. “Why would you want to go there? one asked. “What on earth ...

Rohse: Ranch terminology trips up greenhorn

When you’ve never before lived on a cattle ranch and move there as a little kid, there is much to learn. And not just physical tasks, such as milking cows, saddling a horse, closing wire gates, ...

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Rohse: Rumble seat was the 'best ride ever'

I imagine that kids today pity those of us who grew up before the era of electronics and missed out on smart phones, ipods, laptops, all those aids that provide entertainment for kids who then do not have ...

Rohse: Gratitude remains for long-ago teachers

Our Monument High School included enrollment of about 25 — and two teachers for the entire school. But I loved Monument High. I had a wonderful time those four years, except for one profound regret: ...

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