Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse: Famous Champoeg was later forgotten

History did not play fairly in its dealings with Champoeg. Champoeg in the 1800s was an important settlement on the Willamette River, south of Newberg, on the north end of French Prairie. Most of the ...

Rohse: Do you have a 'Philosophy of Life"?

Always, I have been interested in philosophy and wanted to learn more about it. My four years at Monument High did not add any learning in that regard. At college, I hoped to at least take Philosophy ...

Rohse: Many diseases left blessedly in the past

Do you know how lucky you are to live in this century, in Yamhill County, in the state of Oregon, in the United States of America? Imagine living in the Middle Ages during the time of the Black Death ...

Rohse: Important to the planet, warts and all

I know that porcupines can’t throw their quills. I know that a bald eagle is not really bald. I know the difference between the track of an elk and a deer. But, despite being a native Oregonian, ...

Rohse: Humans feel the need for speed

Speed could, perhaps, be called our Public Enemy No. 1. All of us battle that enemy. We’re driving down the highway, already late for a meeting, already exceeding the speed limit, but we press down ...

Rohse: Baskett Slough is a peaceful refuge

Several years ago, when we often took Sunday afternoon drives, one of our favorites was to Baskett Slough, a wildlife refuge 10 miles west of Salem. The refuge was named for George J. Baskett who in October, ...

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 ...

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