A powerful voice emanates from Amber Hayes’ petite frame. It’s a voice that can shake the rafters. That’s because Hayes embodies the spirit of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah ...

 

 

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Housebroken / Laurie Notaro

Parts of “Housebroken, Admissions of an Untidy Life” feel as if I’m reading my own diary — and I suspect many readers, especially women, would say the same. Author Laurie Notaro ...

 
Book: The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe

Alexander McCall Smith, a Scotsman born in Zimbabwe, writes about Africa with such love and gentle descriptiveness. Readers can feel the relief of parking under an acacia tree, which shades them from the ...

 
Book: A Great Reckoning

In the most recent installment in her series about deep-thinking detective Monsieur Gamache, “A Great Reckoning,” Louise Penny takes readers down a snowy, twisting road that leads from the ...

 
Book: Eileen

“Eileen,” by Ottessa Moshfegh, Penguin Press, 2015. “Eileen” may be one of the strangest books you’ll ever read. Not in style — author Ottessa Moshfegh’s narrative ...

 
Book: What She Knew

"What She Knew," the story of the search for a kidnapped child, is fine if you're looking for a quick-to-read, interesting book. It's the very definition of a "summer read." It's not, however, the ...

 
The Writing Class

I worried about Alphonse the whole time I was reading “The Writing Class.” A basset hound who prefers dreaming about the chase rather than actually chasing things, Alphonse belongs to Amy ...

 
Book: The New Yorker Big Book of Cats

“The New Yorker Big Book of Cats,” numerous writers and illustrators, 2013, The New Yorker Magazine. If you love cats, or humor, or, even better, both, you’ll adore “The New Yorker ...

 
Book: They Left Us Everything

As you start reading "They Left Us Everything," Plum Johnson's memoir about cleaning out her family's longtime home following the death of her parents, you'll think she's talking about all the stuff piled ...

 
Book: The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

While the title, "The City Baker's Guide to Country Living," doesn't really fit, Louise Miller's debut novel is an enjoyable read. I can see why she (or perhaps her publisher) picked the title: Protagonist ...

 
Book: A Mother's Reckoning

You’ll probably recognize the surname of author Sue Klebold: The name became indelibly imprinted on our collective conscience when her son, Dylan, and his friend Eric Harris killed 12 of their classmates ...

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The cool shades of Amber

A powerful voice emanates from Amber Hayes’ petite frame. It’s a voice that can shake the rafters. That’s because Hayes embodies the spirit of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Is beeswax just the beginning?

Buried somewhere in the sands off Nehalem Spit is Oregon’s oldest known shipwreck — and it’s a wreck that may be a genuine treasure ship. The wreck has become known as the “Beeswax ...

 
Holiday Traditions: Toy planes from the 'Christmas Man'

If Santa wanted to scope out the rooftops and chimneys of Yamhill County, he’d do well to call helicopter pilot Ingo Nehls. Nehls, who owns Konect Aviation with his wife, Holly, specializes in leading ...

 
Rohse: When 'war' came to the High Desert

More than 70 years ago, east of the Cascades in Oregon’s High Desert — sagebrush and juniper country — something strange was afoot. Something very strange. Cattle ranchers sensed it. ...

Carlson: The evolution of dog training

Has been a slow news season in the dog reporting business, and this particular columnist is desperately scrambling for something to write about (any ideas you have about an aspect of pet care I haven’t ...

Savvy Senior: Creating a safe home for aging in place

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, My husband and I are thinking about making some modifications to our home so we can remain living there for as long as possible. Can you recommend some good resources that can help ...

Linfield students to perform 'Fantasticks'

The Linfield Music Department will present the classic 1960s musical “The Fantasticks” on Sunday, Dec. 11. The free performance will start at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium ...

 
In the spirit of Christmas, friendship

Connie Foster’s McMinnville home is filled with spirit this season. The spirit of giving. The spirit of friendship. The spirit of Christmas. “Every room reminds me of new friends,” ...

 
Review: 'Christmas Story' aims for the heart

You’ll get a warm, nostalgic feeling from “A Christmas Story,” Gallery Theater’s live version of the film that’s become a must-see holiday classic. Fans of the film will ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Prohibition liquor raid went horribly wrong

On a broad flat stretch of the Willamette Valley floor, just across the freeway from the town of Shedd, lies a little cluster of buildings and a Mennonite church — all that remains of the little ...

 
Greens & Beans: Fixing up all of fall's edible cliches

National Eat Pie for Breakfast Day was duly celebrated in our house Nov. 25, with cold, creamy pumpkin pie and steaming hot bowls of cream of wheat. These foods go together better than you may have suspected. ...

Savvy Senior: How much you'll pay for Medicare in 2017

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, I know there won’t be much of a cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year but what about Medicare? How will the 0.3 percent Social Security raise affect our ...

Several Linfield groups to perform in concert

The Linfield College Department of Music will host a fall chamber music concert at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. A woodwind quintet, brass quartet, cello ensemble and pianists will play during the free program ...

 
Stopping By: Running a good race

Coffee is more than a beverage to Nick and Kim Walton, proprietors of Flag & Wire Coffee house, roastery and distributorship in McMinnville’s Granary District.  It’s a way to bring ...

Rohse: How we suffered with the sinners in confession mags

Confession magazines were the favorite reading for us high school gals in Monument when I was then going to school — and never was one of those copies thrown away. That was during the Depression ...

 
Photographer explores three ‘Ways of Working’

Cincinnati artist uses various techniques to capture the people and landscapes of his hometown

 
Offbeat Oregon: Once the state’s soggiest town, Valsetz is now just a memory

If you should ever get really lost while exploring the spaghetti tangle of Forest Service routes and old logging roads in the Coast Range woodlands west of Falls City, you just might stumble upon the mortal ...

Vietnam vets will speak at Band of Brothers

Larry and Carol Brown, who both served in Vietnam, will speak Thursday, Dec.1, at the McMinnville Band of Brothers gathering for veterans. The meeting will start at 11:30 a.m. in the conference room of ...

Linfield art show to open Nov. 30

Linfield College students will display their art in the annual Juried Student Exhibition, Wednesday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Linfield Gallery. An opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. ...

 
Gallery to present 'A Christmas Story'

By STARLA POINTER Of the News-Register Gallery Theater will take a look back at holidays past with “A Christmas Story,” Jean Shepherd’s popular tale of Ralphie, his family, friends ...


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Worth Mathewson -- Elaine Rohse
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