Songwriters know the importance of walking, be it for fun, for breaking up and making up, or for getting and staying fit.  Turn on the radio or YouTube, and it won’t be long before you’re ...

 

 

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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 ...

Starrett and Olson hash out details of trail hearing

Yamhill County Commissioners Rick Olson and Mary Starrett spent part of a work session Tuesday hashing out details of a hearing Olson plans to convene in May on the proposed Yamhelas Westsider Trail. The ...

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 ...

 
Book: Do or Diner

Trixie Matkowski grew up watching her aunt and uncle run a classic diner in upstate New York. Now grown and newly divorced, she’s returned to the small tourist town and purchased the diner, some ...

 
Book: Blue Plate Special

If you’re expecting a novel about food, Frances Norris’ “Blue Plate Special” is not what you’re looking for. (Good news: there are half a dozen other novels and memoirs out ...

 
Book: The Summer that Melted Everything

Fielding Bliss is the son of a prosecutor who sees himself as an arbitrator of good and evil. He knows what evil looks like, but just to be sure, he puts an ad in the local paper inviting the devil to ...

Features

 
Stopping By: We're walking, yes, indeed

Songwriters know the importance of walking, be it for fun, for breaking up and making up, or for getting and staying fit.  Turn on the radio or YouTube, and it won’t be long before you’re ...

 
Carlson: Take another look at sighthounds

When you are retired, you have the luxury of time to think, although you don’t always exactly make a conscious decision of where your thinking will take you, and you don’t always end up in ...

Savvy Senior: How Medicare covers physical therapy services

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Can you explain how Medicare covers physical therapy services? I’m a new beneficiary, and would like to get some treatments for my back. Need Help Medicare covers a variety ...

 
Spurred to write

Some college writing assignments can be absolutely hellish. Megan Krueger, however, turned one such assignment into a budding literary career, when she discovered that the devil is in the details ... ...

 
Review: Audience the only winner of funny, tragic 'Gin Game'

"The Gin Game," now playing at McMinnville’s Gallery Theater, consists of nearly two hours of card-playing by a pair of embittered elderly nursing home residents. For something that sounds stultifying, ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: High-stepping in Portland

For most modern Oregonians, the most intriguing part of the old stories of the 1894 Portland and Willamette Valley flood is how undaunted people were by it. Today, most Willamette Valley residents expect ...

Linfield performance features musical theater

Linfield College music students will perform scenes from Spanish operas and American musical theater Sunday, April 23. The public event will start at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium on ...

 
Path to healing

When Brad Pearson relocated to McMinnville three years ago, his body was contorted by stress, his movements were limited, and he had little energy, stamina or hope. “I was a wreck,” he said. Today, ...

 
Gardening tips for April

The Oregon State University Extension Service provides monthly tips for gardeners. Here are the recommendations for April:   Planning • Write in your garden journal throughout the growing ...

 
Terroir will bring writers together

Longtime Oregonian columnist Steve Duin will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Terroir Yamhill County Writing Festival this Saturday, April 22. The festival, which draws hundreds of writers and ...

Rohse: So many wondrous sights on the coast

It’s spring — an idyllic season if Oregon sun but shines. But, should rainy doldrums persist, pack a bag and take a little trip down our amazing Oregon Coast. Oh, sure, you’ve been there, ...

 
She wears many hats

Adrienne Speer’s bearing is as poised and graceful as one might expect of a highly trained ballerina. The soft-spoken George Fox University senior selects her words carefully, as if measuring them ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Lighthouse finished 18 days too late

The third of January, 1881, was a typical winter day for the construction crew working on the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. That is to say, it was awful. A terrific gale was blowing out of the southwest, ...

 
Stopping By: Leading students together

McMinnville High School is a big place, with about 2,200 students in a building that sprawls over more than four city blocks. “It doesn’t feel that big,” though, to Maria Martinez, the ...

 
Gallery Theater presents 'The Gin Game'

“The Gin Game,” a humorous drama about the potential relationship between a pair of nursing home residents, will open Friday, April 14, at Gallery Theater.  The show will play at 7:30 ...

 
On Saturday, a-hunting we will go

The Easter Bunny and its helpers — including many area firefighters, Lions, Chamber of Commerce members and 4-H and FFA members — are busy getting colorful eggs ready for Easter events that ...

 
Pianist to perform solo works at Linfield

Pianist Albert Kim will perform a program of diverse solo works at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium on the Linfield College campus. Admission is free. Kim is an assistant ...

 
Linfield lu'au features food, entertainment

Tickets are available for Linfield College’s annual lu’au, which will be held Saturday, April 29. The event, with the theme “Huliamahi (Come Together as One),” will feature traditional ...

 
Happy Tails: Dogs are masters of manipulation

If you enjoy the topics I cover in Happy Tails, and I sincerely hope you do, you often have my husband, John, to thank for them. He is an ardent follower of the news, and during his late night excursions ...

Rohse: Sturdy kitchen table made house a home

At our ranch in Eastern Oregon, a four-legged member of our household contributed greatly to the togetherness of our family. It was our sturdy old kitchen table, where we gathered for about everything ...


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