Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse: Animal intelligence is most impressive

Whoever thought up the phrase “dumb animals” should be ashamed. He did not know whereof he spoke. Anyone who has had a pet, lived on a farm or ranch, or has hunted or fished, knows of the ...

Rohse: Handkerchiefs are nothing to sneeze at

A 10-inch square of fragile fabric — the handkerchief — has left its footprints on the world, but mankind has done little to express its thanks. And soon it may be too late. As with endangered ...

Rohse: Things that go bump in the night

I do not like sounds in the night, especially unfamiliar ones. Likewise, I do not like even familiar sounds if heard at a time that is not customary. In all the years that I walked the mile and a half ...

Rohse: Proud of my years as a blood donor

In my billfold is a card that I have neither used nor even removed in many years, but I shall never discard that American Red Cross Blood Donor Card. This was brought to mind by a recent News-Register ...

Rohse: How to build a better bathtub

I haven’t taken a bath for years — and, in case that conveys the wrong impression, it is because I do not like bathtubs. I am a shower person. For the most part, modernization has skipped ...

Rohse: Grant County was home at the right time

Although I’ve always thought Eastern Oregon was the best place in the world for a kid to grow up, I have since suspected that might have been because we were living there at the right time — ...

Rohse: The machinations of a secret society

In the mid-1800s, a mysterious secret society, the Knights of the Golden Circle, was causing considerable unease in Yamhill County — and elsewhere. That concern was so considerable, it was mentioned ...

Rohse: Social lives thrived, even in E. Oregon

Man is a social animal, and if nothing else provides his socializing he creates his own. Often, as a kid, I was asked what on earth we found to do in Monument that was fun. But we Eastern Oregonians never ...

Rohse: Merry Christmas to all, including Santa

’Twas the week before Christmas and things were not going well up North Pole way. Santa had sent word that he wouldn’t be able to deliver gifts to McMinnvillans. Third Street’s lights ...

Rohse: Oregon had a role in war between states

Although no Civil War battles were fought on Oregon soil, our state was considerably involved in that conflict — albeit in indirect ways. Oregon’s principal involvement pertained to protecting ...

Rohse: Favorite gifts are difficult to wrap

My kids are pleading with me for suggestions as to what I want for Christmas. I know I am difficult to shop for, so I try to think of something. I can’t think of a thing. I begin, then, thinking ...

Rohse: Drawing inspiration from the stars above

It’s getting harder to see the stars nowadays. Or, is it that we humans are getting too apathetic to look up on a clear night and marvel at that sight? What a sad happening if we humans were to ...

Rohse: A tribute to large and small blessings

Thanksgiving is near, and that means that there’s more than turkey to think about. It’s the time for giving thanks. Give a thought to your blessings of 20l7 so you’ll have them at the ...

Rohse: These insects aren't as scary as they look

As a kid, just as I feared that porcupines could throw quills, so, too, I feared earwigs. That was because of stories I had heard about those frightening creatures. They could get in your ear and burrow ...

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