Piece by tiny piece, Ralph Kraft builds pigs and peacocks, roses and roosters, dancers and dragsters. He creates pictures of people and places as well, all rendered realistically and intricately in colored ...

 

 

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Book: Don't Ever Get Old

Rumor has it that police detective Buck Schatz was the rogue officer on whom Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry character was modeled. It’s not true, Schatz notes as he narrates “Don’t ...

 
Book: Street of Eternal Happiness

National Public Radio correspondent Rob Schmitz gives readers a fascinating, often disturbing, look at life in China in “Street of Eternal Happiness.” That’s the actual name of the street ...

 
Book: Windy City

National Public Radio reporter and host Scott Simon takes us behind the doors of city hall in “Windy City,” a novel-slash-love letter set in Chicago. The book pokes fun at political juggling ...

 
Book: The Circle

"The Circle," by David Eggers, 2013, Alfred A. Knopf. Mae, the main character in David Eggers' novel "The Circle," is a young woman with her head in the Cloud. In the not-too-distant-future, she takes ...

 
Book: The Beautiful Mystery

“The Beautiful Mystery” is a novel about love and passion that asks the questions, can we do something wrong, but for the right reason, or something right for the wrong reason? Louise Penny ...

 
Book: The Railwayman's Wife

As “The Railwayman’s Wife” opens, Ani and Mac Lachlan buy a special present for their daughter Isabel’s 10th birthday: A kaleidoscope, with a ball of glass that turns every view ...

 
Book: The Forgiven

David and Jo Henninger take a holiday from cool, damp London, heading for Morocco where acquaintances are hosting a wild weekend party. The get-away will be good for their stagnating marriage, they think, ...

 
Book: Murder at the Savoy

“Murder at the Savoy,” by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö, translated from the Swedish by Amy and Ken Knoespel, Random House, 1971. Wife-and-husband mystery writers Maj Sjöwall ...

 
Book: Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

The Kim regime — Great Leader Kim Il-sung, who took over the north after a single Korea was divided at the 38th parallel following the 1950-53 war; his son and successor, Kim Jong-il; and grandson ...

 
Book: Dine and Die on the Danube Express

Peter King takes readers on a trip down the Danube River from Munich to Bucharest in “Dine and Die on the Danube Express,” the eighth-installment in his “Gourmet Detective” series. The ...

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Stopping By: Breaking into art

Piece by tiny piece, Ralph Kraft builds pigs and peacocks, roses and roosters, dancers and dragsters. He creates pictures of people and places as well, all rendered realistically and intricately in colored ...

 
Festival to screen 30 short films in two days

The sixth-annual McMinnville Short Film Festival will feature two days of speakers and screenings of 30 films, created by filmmakers from Yamhill County, other parts of Oregon and the U.S. and ...

 
Happy Tails: Bird's story touches hearts worldwide

Instead of going to the dogs this week, we are going to go to the birds. I heard about a toucan in Costa Rica who touched my heart and the hearts of millions of others, inspired an Animal Planet documentary ...

Rohse Colored Glasses: Clothes unflattering? Fashion doesn't care

Fashion is a troublemaker. It prompts us to wear styles we vowed we’d never put on our backs. It wheedles us into buying things we don’t really like — but, what’s to do when everyone ...

 
At Wascher, students share love of learning

LAFAYETTE — While she loves learning in general, Jasmin Rain especially loves learning math. “It makes my brain get bigger,” said the Wascher School second-grader, who’s excited ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Fish wheels a legacy of a river once teeming with salmon

If you get out on the Columbia River in the more inland reaches — past the Beacon Rock area — you’ll often notice there are lines of rotting, weatherbeaten posts leading out into the ...

 
Quitter. Winner.

Health educator Janice Primozich has a great deal of empathy for the students in her smoking cessation classes, as she knows how much suffering can accompany trying to quit. But she also knows how wonderful ...

 
Rohse: City hall building worthy of admiration

I walk up the red brick pathway, in downtown McMinnville at Second and Cowls, and here I am at the door of McMinnville City Hall. I love our city hall. Every time I pass this imposing building, I admire ...

 
Greens & Beans: Enjoying late summer's delicious bounty

Corn chowder with fried mushrooms and buttered toast is on the menu for supper tonight at our house, while a friend has plans for a hearty Italian soup featuring sausage, kale, cream, crushed red pepper ...

 
Sheridan artist to speak about 'creative spirit'

Sheridan artist Monica Setziol-Phillips will discuss “The Importance of Nurturing the Creative Spirit” in a lecture Sunday, Oct. 2, at the McMinnville First Presbyterian Church. The free program ...

Willamina hosts Harvest Festival

WILLAMINA — The third annual Harvest Festival, which promotes local artists, merchants, farmers, musicians and nonprofits, is slated to run 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, on the West Valley ...

Savvy Senior: Health advice for travelers

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: My husband and I are recently retired and would like to do some traveling both in the United States and abroad, but worry about health issues, such as insurance, finding a good hospital ...

 
Fighting the inferno

Pastors usually have many Bible verses ready when someone in their flock fears death. They might offer something from 2 Corinthians 5:8. “We are of good courage, and we would rather be away from ...

 
Yard of the Month: Couple's yard is a winner — no joke

Couple build up property with 10 truckloads of rocks “I thought it was a joke or something when I was told we won Yard of the Month,” David Johnson said, exclaiming, “I have weeds!” There ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: 'Graveyard of the Pacific' was not easily tamed

On the morning of Sept. 18, 1853, the American bark Oriole was heavily laden with building materials and waiting for a favorable breeze to kick up so she could cross the Columbia River bar. Around noon ...

Linfield theater students perform one-acts

Linfield College will open its 97th theater schedule with “The Season Opening One-Acts,” three one-act performances, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 22-24. The collection of shows will start ...

 
Stopping By: Making time

Dan Hilbert deals in hands and faces, bevelled edges and beading, pendulums and precision movements. He makes time. Or, at least, designs devices that help us keep track of it.  “I want to ...

 
Happy Tails: Walking the dog without tension

I happened to see a dog wearing a prong collar the other day, which isn’t exactly a notable thing except that I haven’t actually seen anyone use a prong collar in ages. With Gentle Leaders ...

Rohse: The curious case of bachelor buttons

Remember the bachelor buttons that once grew along roadsides? You perhaps picked them as a bouquet for your mother. In late summer, when harvest neared, you’d see those colorful blue blossoms in ...

Savvy Senior: Cheap phone plans for seldom-calling seniors

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: What are the cheapest cell phone options available to seniors today who only want one for emergency purposes or occasional calls? I have a cell phone now that cost me $30 per month, ...


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