Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse: The ingenuity of the animal kingdom

Mankind can feel proud of having accomplished so much, but one wonders if the blue ribbon should instead go to animals for their incredible achievements. An acorn barnacle, for example, has no knife, ...

Rohse: Romans prized cleanliness, opulence

The fall of the great Roman Empire has by some historians been attributed to the overindulgences of the populace — its fondness for the good life and opulence. Rich Romans could afford massages, ...

Rohse: Opening eyes to a winged world

My son and his wife are birders. I was not familiar with the term “birder” until they introduced it to me. I looked it up in my dictionary to see if my kids had made it up. My dictionary advises, ...

Rohse: The daze of our lives

In the past when someone didn’t know what day of the week it was, they were regarded as addled. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books and writing ...

Rohse Need a few more gift ideas, Santa?

What a fine arrangement our calendar has for us. Just a few weeks ago we celebrated Thanksgiving with a myriad of good things to eat and things for which to be thankful. Now comes Christmas with gifts ...

Rohse: Shedding light on a modern problem

Humans are not kind to our Earth. We subject it to plastics, litter, air and noise pollution, and now another enemy: light pollution. This human-produced illumination comes from street lights, commercial ...

Rohse: Giant sea scorpions are extinct, and other reasons to be grateful this year

I enjoyed gathering thanks for my 2020 list. Although some of them are rather strange, they are justly deserved. My first choice is for my extremely good fortune to have as a neighbor one who can thwart ...

Rohse: Consider a culinary career

I suspect that some readers will have little interest in this column when they discover it has to do with recipes and chefs and the culinary profession. But hang in there. You may be surprised. You may, ...

Rohse: Our many odd turns of phrase

My Webster’s dictionary is said to include more than 450,000 entries. When you start putting these words together, it’s no wonder that some strange combinations result. One of these is, “Keep ...

Rohse: It's time to manage those minutes

I’m often out of sorts because I don’t have enough time. True, I am allotted exactly the same number of hours and minutes as you, but I would just like more time in each day. Although I am ...

Rohse: Brands: Forging a ranch's identity

Cattle ranchers cannot protect livestock from theft or loss as easily as they protect their greenbacks, credit cards and licenses tucked snuggly in billfolds and hip pockets. But they are fortunate that ...

Rohse: Want to feel connection? Join the club

These days, along with virus germs being wafted around, there is a lot of loneliness. How welcome will be the return of those former convivial gatherings and enjoyable camaraderie. If you are feeling ...

Rohse: Proud to be a rare ‘galloneer’

The gallon or so of blood in our body is an amazing thing. Oh, the stories our blood tells our doctors. Oh, the incredible component parts it contains. Oh, its generosity in granting transfusions. Oh, ...

Rohse: Handwashing was once a hard sell

How pleased Dr. Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis would be to note that handwashing is being stressed today as one measure to help control coronavirus. He was among the first to focus on the importance of handwashing, ...

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