Elaine Rohse

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

Courtesy City of Dayton##Steamboat Oregona 1915-Dayton Ferry Landing.

Rohse: Waterways were lifelines in early Yamhill Valley

Once upon a time, long ago in Yamhill land, there were no roads. Our highways were rivers — and our land was blessed with three. The Columbia was our I-5, our interstate highway. The Willamette ...

Rohse: Don't leave home without ... everything

Mother taught me a lesson that I shall never forget: “Don’t leave home without it.” At times, I feel I learned that lesson too well. As a little kid when I left for school, Mother said, ...

Rohse: Information truly a sustainable resource

We Americans, living in what we assumed would always be the land of plenty, are beginning to realize that our “plenty” can be in danger. The infinite can become finite. Our unlimited quantities ...

Rohse: Gratitude is good medicine

Especially at Christmastime, we humans are often filled to overflowing with gratitude. The problem is that we don’t always share it. And that, indeed, is a shame. Says my gratitude teacher, “Unexpressed ...

Rohse: Some castles aren’t fit for princesses

As a kid I loved castles. I dreamed of being a princess and living in one. I read about castles in other lands, and when we vacationed in Spain and drove its hinterland, seeing wonderful many-turreted ...

Rohse: About next year, Santa ...

Santa, you forgot to bring some presents that were on my Christmas list. Surely, I am a Scrooge to harp about things I did not get because I had a wonderful Christmas. But I truly was disappointed about ...

Rohse: Amid unease, many reasons to be merry

A hundred years ago at Christmastime, Mayor Tilbury was wishing all McMinnvillans a happy l9l5 holiday season. Good tidings abounded in our town. But, over all was a sense of uneasiness — a fear ...

Rohse: Cowboy boots a footwear favorite

American cowboys with their iconic Stetsons and heeled boots have galloped through U.S. history and cut a wide swath. Those boots are said to be America’s most recognized icon today. Cowboy boots ...

Rohse: Brain freeze at the ice cream counter

I am sure that ice cream did not plan to be a problem when it first came on the scene. After all, Americans everywhere were screaming for ice cream. The problem evolved because of people who could not ...

Rohse: Umbrellas had no place on the range

Mankind surely detests rain and has gone to great lengths seeking protection from downpours. The good news is that some 3,000 years ago, the umbrella was invented, which helped a bit. However, that “portable ...

Rohse: All blessings, great and small

In the year 2015, with Thanksgiving at hand, we give thanks. We give thanks for beginnings: the start of each new day, each new week, an entire new month that awaits — and, shortly, our brand-new ...

Rohse: Life in turkey country

More than half a century ago, as Thanksgiving drew near, Yamhill County faced an alarming problem. Rustlers were on the prowl. They were rustling turkeys here in Turkey Land. This rustling drew national ...

Rohse: Birders open eyes to a winged world

My son and his wife are birders. I was not familiar with the term “birder” until they introduced it to me. I looked it up in my dictionary to see if my kids had made it up. My dictionary advises, ...

Rohse: Lend me your ears

Long ago, mankind discovered how handy ears were for hanging ornaments. Earrings, for centuries, have been worn by men, women and children. Earrings are part of our history. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's ...

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