Terry Filer knew she was of Native American heritage on her mother’s side. However, it went barely noticed during her childhood in California. She was born in Oklahoma, where her mother had deep ...

 

 

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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 ...

 
Book: Pet Friendly

“Pet Friendly” is an enjoyable, if light, little book. Readers won’t be surprised much by the twists and turns of the story, but they will be charmed by Archie and his human friends — ...

 
Book: Today Will Be Different

I love Maria Semple’s stories: fun, fresh, quirky and thought-provoking, too. In “Today Will Be Different,” Semple revisits territory she created in “Where’d You Go, ...

 
Book: Unbecoming

Grace — or Julie, as she calls herself in France, since the French pronunciation is “easy on the tongue” — is a chameleon who quickly adapts to any setting in order to get what ...

 
Book: Kitchen Confidential

The best thing about Anthony Bourdain’s writing is how clearly readers can hear his voice.  You may not like what he’s saying — I, for one, am appalled by the fondly remembered, ...

 
Book: Cat People

While the extended title strikes me as desperate -- if something really is hilarious and entertaining, you don’t need to tell readers in the title — “Cat People” is an amusing and ...

 
Book: The Trespasser

What a great way to start 2017: reading "The Trespasser," the latest novel by one of my favorite authors, Tana French. She's known for her tension-filled Dublin Murder Squad stories, which feature intricate ...

 
Book: Year of No Sugar

“Year of No Sugar,” by Eve O. Schaub, Sourcebooks, 2014 Vermont writer Eve Schaub’s memoir about avoiding fructose, “Year of No Sugar,” may leave a bad aftertaste in your ...

 
Book: Moloka'i

White settlers moved into the Hawaiian Islands and eventually claimed them, taking the land and many of the traditions away from the native people. But they brought the natives something, too: a variety ...

 
Book: Life Without a Recipe

Novelist Diana Abu-Jaber wrote “Life Without a Recipe,” her memoir about food, her Jordanian father and family in general, as she was learning to balance work and parenthood. As an aspiring ...

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Music maker

Terry Filer knew she was of Native American heritage on her mother’s side. However, it went barely noticed during her childhood in California. She was born in Oklahoma, where her mother had deep ...

 
Library asks amateur detectives 'Whodunit?'

The victim’s body had been solemnly carried away by the time more than 40 amateur sleuths charged up the stairs to the second floor of the McMinnville Public Library. But a taped-off outline showed ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Lonely Newberg orphan grew up to be president

One wintry November day in 1885, a passenger train pulled into the depot in Newberg, and a lone little plain-dressed Quaker boy stepped onto the platform. He was 10 years old, this boy, with a serious, ...

 
Stopping By: Enduring love

When he entered college, freshman Stan de Stwolinski knuckled down to his studies for three weeks. Then he met a girl, and studying moved to second place in his life. They smiled at each other from their ...

 
Newbies, experts invited to gardening workshops

The Yamhill County Master Gardeners’ fifth annual Spring into Gardening event is slated for Saturday, March 11, at the McMinnville Community Center. This year’s theme is “Living Healthy ...

Carlson: Bracing for the bag ban

The winds of change are blowing across our nation, folks, and McMinnville won’t be spared. The good news is the particular change I am thinking of is quite progressive. As I write this, the McMinnville ...

Rohse: Words to grow up by

My mother had many “maxims” that she used in her parental training. Although I often did not understand these, I came to learn that Mother did not regard them as debatable. As I understood ...

Savvy Senior: Helping a driver give up the keys

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What tips can you recommend that can help me deal with my mom’s bad driving? At age 83, her driving abilities have declined, but I know she’s bound and determined to keep ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: California Gold Rush sparked by a failed Oregon farmer

Most residents of Western Oregon complain about the rain — especially this time of year. But arguably nobody has ever had more cause to complain about the soggy Willamette Valley climate than James ...

 
Out at Perrydale: Did gray diggers vanish with the hedgerows?

The acreage on which our house now stands was once a farm, likely established in the late 1800s or very early 1900s. The original house and barn were torn down about 1935, but a wonderful old two-story ...

 
Bodies of evidence

Liz DeVisser’s best friend as a little girl, Laura, had a majestic backyard with a pool and magnificent stonework, huge trees and a waterfall. For DeVisser, it seemed the magical setting of a magical ...

 
Artist works with light, color, reflection

“Almost Perfect,” a mixed-media installation created by Portland artist Laura Hughes, will run Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, March 11, at Linfield College. The show can be seen in ...

 
Stopping By: Creating with fingers and string

Dorothee Kim uses her fingers and strings to create, whether it’s music or textiles. Kim is a professional violinist. She played with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra for 20 years after moving to ...

 
Greens & Beans: Valentine's treats sans chocolate

National chocolate day — er, Valentine's Day — is slinking toward us, and for some, chocolate is no longer an option. Reasons range from personal taste to health issues. What sugary, definitely-bad-for-you ...

 
Yamhill County Historical Society to mark Oregon's birthday

LAFAYETTE — Local residents can celebrate Oregon’s 158th birthday with activities at the Yamhill County Historical Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Donations will be accepted. The ...

 
Rohse: Will it be a red-letter day?

It is sad that our society has virtually stopped writing personal letters. Nowadays, if I get a personal letter in the mail, it’s a red-letter day. Once upon a time, personal letters were the only ...

McMinnville library offers mystery play

Local residents can participate in "Dying for Love," a murder mystery play that will take place Friday, Feb. 10, in the McMinnville Public Library. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. The ...

Trumpet recital features Linfield faculty

Linfield College music faculty members Joan Paddock and Albert Kim will perform Friday, Feb. 10, in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium on campus. The free concert will start at 7 p.m. Guest ...

 
Signs of success

Colt Bowden’s fingerprints are all over McMinnville. So are those of Mitch Horning and Josh Longoria, his partners at MAC Sign Painting. Look for signs on local businesses that feature classic lettering ...

 
Set a date to see 'Calendar Girls'

The ensemble acting in "Calendar Girls," which opened last week at Gallery Theater, is terrific, making for a funny and heartwarming performance. A gentle rapport is evident between the women who ...


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