What: McMinnville’s eighth annual Dragging the Gut Festival. When: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26. Where: Cruising on Third Street and live music at the US Bank Plaza both days; car show at ...

 

 

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Book: The Outside World

Tova Mirvis follows two Orthodox Jewish families in “The Outside World,” a funny and touching novel set in Brooklyn, Israel and, though it may seem odd, Memphis, Tennessee. Shayna and Naomi ...

 
Review: The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

One relationship is getting underway and another is beginning to disintegrate in “The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything,” D.A. Mishani’s third novel about Israeli police investigator ...

 
Book: How the Hell Did This Happen?

Venerable humorist P.J. O’Rourke continues his funny and insightful tirades in “How the Hell Did This Happen?”, a collection of essays about the lengthy campaign leading up to the Nov. ...

 
Books by Paula Poundstone

Comedian Paula Poundstone just released her second book, “The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness,” and I hadn’t yet gotten around to reading her first one, “There’s ...

 
Book: Totality

If you’re not excited about the coming solar eclipse, you will be after reading “Totality: A Complete Guide to the Most Amazing of Celestial Sights.” Authors Mark Littmann and Fred Espenak ...

 
Book: The Cat Who Moved a Mountain

Koko repeatedly tilts the frame of a mountain scene and sniffs the sherry bottle in “The Cat Who Moved a Mountain,” one of Lillian Jackson Braun’s “The Cat Who ....” books. Here, ...

 
Book: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

In “The Coincidence of Coconut Cake,” Amy Reichert has cooked up a pretty good story that will leave readers wanting more of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, setting, at least. Elizabeth “Lou” ...

 
Book: Grocery

“Grocery” is many things besides being, as readers will expect, an examination of the way supermarkets work and their history. It’s also a well-reported look at our food system as a ...

 
Book: Big Little Lies

“Big Little Lies” is a laugh-out-loud-funny novel that’s also both touching and deeply serious. It makes me want to seek out Australian author Liane Moriarty’s other books — ...

 
Book: Broadchurch

The novel “Broadchurch” is a bit of an oddity. It started as a beloved British TV series of the same name, then was twisted into book form by excellent mystery writer Erin Kelly. The TV version ...

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Dragging the Gut: Cruisers, start your engines

What: McMinnville’s eighth annual Dragging the Gut Festival. When: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26. Where: Cruising on Third Street and live music at the US Bank Plaza both days; car show at ...

 
Stopping By: Vetting a career path

McMinnville High School junior Jordan Montario had up-close exposure to a possible career last week at an Oregon State University program in veterinary science. “I want to experience everything,” ...

 
Greens & Beans: Creative ways to use summer veggies

Sometimes, when our schedules grow hectic, I start finding it hard to add enough vegetables and fruit into our diets. Oatmeal for breakfast and a hasty supper of scrambled eggs is not a diet rich in produce. But ...

Rohse: On ranch, Mother's work was never done

That old saying, “A woman’s work is never done,” perfectly describes my mother’s typical day on our Eastern Oregon ranch that lacked electricity. Our family — mother, father, ...

 
Pottery on wheels

Newberg artist creates rolling studio from old camper trailer

 
Offbeat Oregon: Various schemers’ plans to exploit Multnomah Falls came to nothing

William C. Griswold surely thought he had a fortune in timber on his hands. Griswold had homesteaded a heavily timbered 142-acre plot of land high on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River. And, even ...

 
Stopping By: Running for life

Running changed Tiffany Henness for the better. As it happens, her new passion put her in the position to better someone else’s life, too. And Henness said, “My faith says it’s not luck, ...

 
Contest powwow a celebration of culture

GRAND RONDE — The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde will host a contest powwow the weekend of Aug. 18-20. This year’s version of the annual three-day event will be held on the Uyxat Powwow ...

 
Heat and hammers: Blacksmiths turn raw steel into useful items

A blacksmith holds a steel rod over the hot coals of a forge. When the steel glows a bright red-orange, indicating a temperature of more than 1,500 degrees, the smith moves it to an anvil and strikes it ...

 
Happy Tails: Get co-pilot ready before hitting the road

My last “Happy Tails” column was inspired by an article in Time magazine. This week, my source is an even less likely one — WeightWatchers magazine. And no, I am not going to spend our ...

Rohse: Don't forget the mountain men

There was a time when young boys, when asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, frequently replied, “I want to be a cowboy.” It’s surprising that they seldom, if ever, answered, ...

 
SIGNS OF HOPE: Newberg woman creates a movement out of words of encouragement

Amy Wolff noticed a distressing spike in the number of young people dying of suicide in Newberg. For Wolff, any child who takes his or her own life is one too many for her to look the other way. She ...

 
August garden tips

The Oregon State University Extension Service provides monthly tips for gardeners. Here are the recommendations for August:   Planning Optimal time for establishing a new lawn is August through ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Thirsty colleague ruined naturalist’s specimens

The history of 1800s Oregon is full of the influence of good old Demon Rum — and from the “Blue Ruin” that inspired America’s first prohibition law in 1844, to the “Temperance ...

 
Stopping By: Evel intentions

SHERIDAN — Skydiving? Too scary. Working with snakes? Too scary. Riding a motorcycle on Highway 18? Definitely too scary. But taking that same bike up a ramp at high speed and sailing over two trucks? ...

 
Happy Tails: Another look at what's between your dog's ears

Awhile back, I discussed a Time magazine article called “Secrets of the Canine Mind” by Jeffrey Kluger, and I got about halfway through before I ran out of space. So in today’s Happy ...

Rohse: Raised on a ranch, but never a cowgirl

Despite growing up on a ranch, I was by no means a rodeo star. I could usually stay on a horse without falling off. I could usually avoid being thrown if a horse suddenly shied or acted a bit cantankerous ...

Savvy Senior: The hidden dangers of frequent heartburn

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, Is regular heartburn or indigestion anything to worry about? My 60-year-old husband eats a lot of Tums or Rolaids throughout the day to help him manage it, but it keeps him up at night ...

 
When McMinnville won the war

Filmmakers Jared Brandon-Flande and John Webb drop something of a historical bombshell in their new documentary, when they assert, “McMinnville won World War II.” To be more precise, McMinnville ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: How Marie Dorion earned the distinction of ‘Oregon’s Revenant’

How Marie Dorion earned her story as “Oregon’s Revenant”   Marie Dorion’s contribution to whatever success the Astorian party enjoyed on its disastrous trip to Oregon was ...


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