Busy with her technology job, artist Benita Cole didn’t paint much for a few years. Then, when she tried again, her paintings didn’t meet her expectations. “I thought I couldn’t ...

 

 

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Book: He Said/She Said

As you read “He Said/She Said,” you may start to expect Laura and Kit and their twins to show up in McMinnville this August. They travel regularly, after all, following solar eclipses. Kit ...

 
Review: Boy Erased

Garrard Conley, author of this disturbing and enlightening memoir, grew up in the Missionary Baptist Church, a sect that takes the Bible literally. The church is a central part of his extremely conservative ...

 
Book: Darling, I'm Going to Charlie

Small, but with great impact, this 127-page memoir takes its title from the words artist Georges Wolinski calls out to his wife, writer Maryse Wolinski, as he leaves their Paris apartment Wednesday, Jan. ...

 
Book: Cat With a Clue

Consider that as I try to type this, my Grady is standing between me and my computer screen, demanding a toll of some Whiskas Temptations. Consider that I'm reaching into the shelves below the desk to ...

 
Book: The Boy is Back

A decade ago, Reed Stewart fled the scene of an accident. He and his girlfriend, Becky Flowers, took a tipsy prom night joyride in a golf cart and ended up in the country club pool. Reed’s father, ...

 
Book: Commonwealth

Everybody — from real friends to my friends at NPR — kept urging me to read novels by award-winning author Ann Patchett. So I had very high expectations when I picked up "Commonwealth." And ...

 
Book: Just Fly Away

Lucy, the protagonist of “Just Fly Away,” has felt happy and secure all her 15 years. She enjoys her family, even her show-tune singing sister, and has lots of adventures with her parents. Then ...

 
Book: The Rules Do Not Apply

When you’re a writer and reporter, every experience you have contributes to your craft — to your ability to notice patterns and anomalies; to ask questions; to listen openly to what people ...

Book: Our Short History

When Karen Neulander is diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer, she considers her alternatives: Pills? A gun? A rope?  But, as much as she — briefly — wants to give up, she cannot. She ...

 
Book: Welcome to Paradise

Former high school sports star Al “Big Al” Tuschman is just as competitive on the sales floor as he was on the gridiron. Tall, handsome (in a non-threatening way) and easy-going, he wins every ...

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Stopping By: With an artist's eye

Busy with her technology job, artist Benita Cole didn’t paint much for a few years. Then, when she tried again, her paintings didn’t meet her expectations. “I thought I couldn’t ...

 
Forever Skippy: ‘Family Ties’ actor brings his comedy act to Mac

Long before he portrayed nerdy neighbor Skippy Handelman on “Family Ties” — in fact, before he could talk — actor and comedian Marc Price was in show business. He was a ...

Rohse: The stories cemeteries can tell

On Memorial Day, when you take flowers to the cemetery and remember your loved ones, take time also to listen to the stories told to you by that cemetery. Oh, the stories these cemeteries tell. And what ...

Happy Tails: Many dog owners, one dog park and pet peeves galore

Emotions ran high during an April meeting in McMinnville to discuss “issues” at the Riverside Dog Park, as this newspaper has already reported in somewhat painful detail. Kudos to the Parks ...

 
Space yourself; it's a big day

An alien king and queen will reign over the UFO Parade, one of the highlights of the annual UFO Festival, which will draw thousands of alien lovers and ufologists to downtown McMinnville this weekend. McMinnville ...

 
Dancing to their cultural rhythms

Cecilia Casillas-Runtsch danced a lot when she was growing up in Mexico. She liked dancing, but said she would have joined in regardless, even if she had hated it. “Dancing is a big part of life ...

 
Fiesta fights back against climate of fear

Few people in McMinnville know what it’s like to live in constant fear that government forces will pluck them from their families and lock them up in preparation for deportation. However, McMinnville ...

Mathewson: Are ag changes to blame for bobwhites' disappearance?

On the opening day of pheasant season in 1956, my father and I flushed a covey of bobwhite quail near Silverton. Having moved from Virginia that same year, we were heartened to find a bird so beloved back ...

 
The aliens are coming! The aliens are coming!

The aliens are coming, and so are the alien-lovers, both those who find unidentified flying objects whimsical and fascinating and those who make a serious scientific study of otherworldly phenomena. McMinnville’s ...

 
Stopping By: Nurturing creativity

Everyone can be creative, according to Sepha Nisbet, artist, teacher and catalyst for others’ creativity. “I want to spark fire in people,” said Nisbet, who refers to herself as a creative. ...

Greens & Beans: Sandwiches in many forms

Over the many years Americans have been enjoying sandwiches, certain classic combinations have come to almost define the subject. That’s fine and good, but it does make it easy to forget that a ...

Rohse: Giveaway makes for a wonderful day

I recently had a perfectly wonderful day — thanks to Friends of McMinnville Library. I went to their Giant Giveaway where 2,100 books were offered free. Take home as many as you want. Yours to keep. ...

Savvy Senior: Seeking help with the rigors of travel

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Do you know of any services that help seniors with the rigors of traveling? My youngest daughter is getting married in a few months and would love to have my 82-year old mother attend, ...

 
Fiber rich

Knitting teacher Patti Bobonich was ready with plenty of pearls — or purls — of wisdom to share with students in a class this month at the McMinnville Senior Center. However, not enough people ...

 
Yard of Month: Easygoing approach to gardening pays off

Mark Cooley was surprised to learn he’d earned McMinnville Garden Club’s Yard of the Month honors for May, because he’s still very much in the construction phase. “We are ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Eyes on the sky

One day, if you’re lucky, you might stumble across an interesting little item in the toy section while browsing through a thrift shop: a small hard-rubber toy airplane. This airplane will have no ...

 
Stopping By: A full, happy life

Ted and Lynne Desel had demanding schedules when they were working, he as a professor of speech and drama, she as director of the Linfield Preschool. They thought they were busy then. Now that they’re ...

 
OSU hue inspires new crayon

By STEVE LUNDBERGOregon State University CORVALLIS — A blue pigment discovered at Oregon State University has inspired a new Crayola crayon color. The Pennsylvania company announced today that ...

Happy Tails: Eugene's downtown dog ban raises hackles

I may have mentioned in one of my recent columns that Happy Tails should not be viewed as a political forum. Please forget I said that. Although this week’s column has nothing to do with Democrats ...

Rohse: Some Oregon names creative, others less so

Oregon, if you can believe it, has 85 streams named “Rock Creek,” according to Lewis A. McArthur’s “Oregon Geographic Names.” Additionally, a community in Malheur County ...


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