Room 7 of the old Willamina High School is haunted, at least for Jean Hill. She finds it almost impossible to go there for the weekly meetings of the Coastal Hills Quilters without hearing the words of ...

 

 

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Book: Athiest in the FOXhole

No matter your political leaning, you’ll have to admit that Joe Muto chose the perfect title for his memoir about spending eight years working for a conservative 24-hour news giant: “An Atheist ...

 
Book: The Lying Game

I almost put down “The Lying Game” after reading the first chapter. Not that I didn’t appreciate author Ruth Ware’s good writing, or that I was put off by the setting, a seaside ...

 
Book: What Einstein Told His Cook

I suspect the reason Robert Wolke wrote a sequel to his witty, wonderful “What Einstein Told His Cook” has more to do with the author’s own glee than the need to cover more topics. It’s ...

 
Book: Thursday's Children

“Thursday’s Children” could almost be a cozy mystery, if protagonist Frieda Klein weren’t a hard-boiled psychologist who believes — and states regularly — that she’s ...

 
Book: Smoke and Mirrors

Two children go missing on a late-November afternoon in 1951 in Brighton, England. Annie and Mark were last seen about 5 p.m., their friends say — they know because the Number 12 bus passed by close ...

 
Book: The Daughter of Time

How much of a classic is Josephine Tey’s “The Daughter of Time,” a modern-day (1951) police investigation of a 15th century murder case? It’s such a classic that the next book ...

 
Book: Underground in Berlin

Although she was constantly in mortal danger, Marie Jalowicz removed or covered the yellow star marking her as a Jew and walked freely through the streets of Berlin during World War II. Well, not exactly ...

 
Book: The Wangs vs. The World

Charles Wang (pronounce that with a soft “a,” more like “wong”) emigrated from Taiwan and made his fortune manufacturing and selling cosmetics in the U.S. But his heart has always ...

 
Book: Two Good Dogs

“Two Good Dogs,” by Susan Wilson, 2017, St. Martin’s Press. Chance, a battered pit bull, intuits when humans need comfort and calming. He provides the service for his best human friend, ...

 
Book: Next Year for Sure

I’m not sure I liked what happened in “Next Year for Sure” — it wasn’t how I would do things — but I did like reading Zoey Leigh Peterson’s debut novel. She captures ...

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Quilt complex

Room 7 of the old Willamina High School is haunted, at least for Jean Hill. She finds it almost impossible to go there for the weekly meetings of the Coastal Hills Quilters without hearing the words of ...

 
Festive, and then some

Christmas houses, Christmas books, Christmas trees, Christmas lights and Christmas trains — including one with Tom Hanks serving as conductor — celebrate the season at the home of Wayne and ...

Annual holiday tour will feature homes, celebration

Tickets are available for the 29th annual Wine Country Holiday Home Tour, a fundraiser sponsored by Soroptimist International of McMinnville. The Sunday, Dec. 10, event will benefit Soroptimist causes, ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Airliner was blown out of the sky for insurance fraud

Stapleton Airfield, Denver, Colorado — Nov. 1, 1955. The killer is sitting with his wife and young son at a little airport coffee shop, chewing on his fingernails, trying to act natural. No doubt ...

 
Stopping By: Curator believes in magic of art

After spending holidays in her native England some years, and in Ireland or Morocco other years, young Marit Berning had pretty much decided she didn’t believe in Father Christmas anymore. Then, ...

Art piece: Permanent, yet ever-changing

With a minor in art, Marit Berning oversaw several art installations at Linfield College while still a student. After she graduated, she was hired as curator-in-residence. Her biggest mission was finding ...

Rohse: Favorite gifts are difficult to wrap

My kids are pleading with me for suggestions as to what I want for Christmas. I know I am difficult to shop for, so I try to think of something. I can’t think of a thing. I begin, then, thinking ...

 
Completion of his appointed rounds

Louis Rober needs to drop off a letter at the Willamina post office, a simple enough errand that should take less than a minute. However, no one can slip in and out of the small building off Maple Street ...

 
Review: At Gallery, a Shrek of a good show

Gallery Theater’s “Shrek,” which opened Nov. 24, is, quite simply, a super show. With great visuals, vocals and point-of-view, this romp-in-a-swamp is a must-see for the holidays. ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Gunfight left three neighbors dead and a fourth hanged

In the 1890s, 47-year-old Kelsay Porter lived alone on a remote farm in the foothills of the Wallowas, in a tiny Union County community called Pine Valley. He was a shy, timid bachelor who had moved to ...

 
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Stopping By: 'Treat pets like family'

The first procedure Yamhill County Pet Heroes does when it catches or receives a lost pet is to scan it for a microchip. Such chips are placed under the skin by a veterinarian so the dog or cat can be ...

 
Mathewson: Non-native nutria disagreeable in almost all respects

Louisiana’s Avery Island is a very interesting place. It consists of a large salt dome surrounded by swamp. The mining of salt from the island dates back to the early American Indians. Out At Perrydale Worth ...

Rohse: Drawing inspiration from the stars above

It’s getting harder to see the stars nowadays. Or, is it that we humans are getting too apathetic to look up on a clear night and marvel at that sight? What a sad happening if we humans were to ...

Savvy Senior: Home modifications can help seniors age in place

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR, What tips can you recommend to help make a home safer for aging-in-place? My 76-year-old mother wants to stay living in her own home for as long as possible, but she doesn’t have ...

 
Stopping By: Art and sole

Some artists start with a lump of clay, squeezing or spinning it into shape. Others start with a hunk of marble, chipping away the excess to reveal the figure hidden inside. Some start with stretched canvas, ...

 
‘Shrek’ musical opens at Gallery

“Shrek” will come to life on the Gallery Theater stage Friday through Sunday, Nov. 24 through Dec. 16. Based on the popular animated movie about an ogre and fairy tale characters, “Shrek” ...

Carlson: Keep the holidays merry - and safe - for all

Since it seems that once again, the holidays are approaching at a speed much like that of a locomotive, I thought seasonal hazards would be a timely topic. None of the myriad of dog-related magazines that ...

Rohse: A tribute to large and small blessings

Thanksgiving is near, and that means that there’s more than turkey to think about. It’s the time for giving thanks. Give a thought to your blessings of 20l7 so you’ll have them at the ...

 
Stopping By: Music royalty

CARLTON — Lil’ Queenie band member Linda LeClair is not much bigger than her signature instrument, the baritone saxophone. And she’s the only woman in the soul, blues and rock group. However, ...


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