Elaine Rohse

"Rohse Colored Glasses:" Reflections on history and home life.

Rohse: Possible catastrophes warrant consideration

The minute I saw the title of the book I knew I wanted to read it: “What Remains to Be Discovered?” by John Maddox. I wasn’t disappointed — though a bit alarmed. Straightaway, ...

Rohse: Zip-lining is the thrill of a lifetime

If you are an adrenaline junkie, I have the perfect prescription for you: the Cloudscraper Zip Line. My son and I can attest to its effectiveness. It is the highest zip-line in America — more than ...

Rohse: Fashion history full of curious fads

In his book “Costume 1066-1966,” John Peacock offers detailed sketches depicting the changing fashions during those 900 years. He writes about some of them with a sense of humor: “The ...

Rohse: Canning got the seal of disapproval

I enjoyed most of the chores that I had to do on the ranch. I liked bringing in the cows every evening. I liked going to get the horses, especially if I remembered to bring along a halter so I could ride ...

Rohse: Gathering berries, 'vacation' memories

There’s a strange word in our dictionaries: “huckleberrying” which means, of course, the gathering of huckleberries. But when we pick cherries we do not call it “cherrying.” ...

Rohse: A tale of two McMinnvilles

They do not exchange Christmas cards. They have no relationship. And yet, in a sense, our McMinnville and Tennessee’s McMinnville are sisters. McMinnville, Oregon, was named by its founder, William ...

Rohse: Wine-related social graces sadly lacking

I suspect that my kids would like me to take some homeschooling, and that they hope to be my teachers. I suspect that the course that they want me to take will be to improve my social graces with regard ...

Rohse: State’s place names preserve its history

Nowadays in Oregon, it would be hard to find any creek, street, alley, community, mountain, cemetery, canyon, peak, lake or river that doesn’t have a name, as well as a place sign. We like to name ...

Rohse: Housedresses fade into fashion history

Along with ghillies, snoods and poodle skirts, housedresses have all but disappeared from the women’s clothing scene. Before the era of women’s pants, the housedress was the homemakers’ ...

Rohse: Famous Champoeg was later forgotten

History did not play fairly in its dealings with Champoeg. Champoeg in the 1800s was an important settlement on the Willamette River, south of Newberg, on the north end of French Prairie. Most of the ...

Rohse: Do you have a 'Philosophy of Life"?

Always, I have been interested in philosophy and wanted to learn more about it. My four years at Monument High did not add any learning in that regard. At college, I hoped to at least take Philosophy ...

Rohse: Many diseases left blessedly in the past

Do you know how lucky you are to live in this century, in Yamhill County, in the state of Oregon, in the United States of America? Imagine living in the Middle Ages during the time of the Black Death ...

Rohse: Important to the planet, warts and all

I know that porcupines can’t throw their quills. I know that a bald eagle is not really bald. I know the difference between the track of an elk and a deer. But, despite being a native Oregonian, ...

Rohse: Humans feel the need for speed

Speed could, perhaps, be called our Public Enemy No. 1. All of us battle that enemy. We’re driving down the highway, already late for a meeting, already exceeding the speed limit, but we press down ...

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