Elaine Rohse

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

Portland author Eileen Stark will be at the library from 10 am to noon to sign her book, “Real Gardens Grow Natives.”

Rohse: Plant sale highlights native varieties

On my calendar, I’ve circled in red May 23. You may want to do so, too. On that Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Carnegie Room at McMinnville Public Library, the Cheahmill Chapter of the ...

Rohse: Jane Barnes wrote unusual chapter in Oregon history

At Oregon’s Capitol, on friezes near the ceiling of House and Senate chambers, are the names of 158 shapers of Oregon history. Six are women: Sacajawea, Marie Dorion, Narcissa Whitman, Tabitha Brown, ...

Rohse: The hospitality of ranch wives

As a rancher’s wife in Grant County, I would have been a loser. Eastern Oregon’s hospitality dictum would have been my downfall. I loved having company for meals — if I was expecting ...

Rohse: Think you know how to breathe?

Apparently, there’s a wrong way What with all the flu, colds and other viruses making the rounds, you should perhaps also be on the alert for another affliction — one apparently almost as ...

Finetooth photo/Wikipedia##John Day River at Clarno. The water is high from spring rains and snow-melt. Clarno is about 109 miles (175 km) by water from the river mouth.

Rohse: No swimming hole ever measured up to John Day River

As with covered bridges, those wonderful old swimming holes are fast disappearing. As a kid, I was lucky. At Monument, we had the John Day River. Ever since, I have looked for a swimming hole of its ...

Rohse: There's so much knowledge to know

Despite being an educated person, you cannot know everything. And, with that in mind, here are bits of diverse knowledge you may not have yet acquired. Although it is true that these may not greatly increase ...

Rohse: Do you remember way back when?

Certainly, it is not wise to live in the past. But that’s not to say we shouldn’t enjoy the nostalgia of “Yesteryear McMinnville” — the l960s, ’70s, and before and after. Rohse ...

Rohse: Tripped up by dance etiquette

Emily Post, America’s etiquette guru, should have been dethroned because of the etiquette she devised for ballroom and public dances: The etiquette of gals submissively following male partners as ...

Plant seeds of bright new days

Every 24 hours, we wake up to a bright new day. Will we, then, just sit down, receive this day — and bask in its bright newness until it passes? Or will we give a bit of thought as to why this day ...

For those who speak French

I wish I were an accomplished linguist and could converse in Spanish, or Italian, or French — or even Russian — but I was somewhat disadvantaged at the outset. Our school at Monument offered ...

Good Friday wasn’t good at all

Good Friday, March 27, 1964, was not a good day. In Alaska it was not a good day. In California it was not a good day. And at Beverly Beach State Park on the Oregon coast, it was the saddest day imaginable. Four ...

Homemakers take note

I’m far from being a Heloise or a Handy Mandy, so I’m always happy to increase my collection of household hints. And I’ve lately acquired some new ones I think are winners. I wish I’d ...

Shutterstock photoLou Gehrig is the favorite player of baseball enthusiest Dick Ulrich.

McMinnville statistician extraordinaire

For the love of baseball and records

Epidemic of the fear of the dark

I do not like the dark. I dread the coming of shorter days, when the darkness of mid-afternoon creeps in and takes away our day.

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