Elaine Rohse

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

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, ...

Rohse: Homesick for huckleberry season

Every year in late August, I get homesick for huckleberry picking trips. Eastern Oregonians anticipated those trips as much as they did Christmas. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine ...

Rohse: When inanimate objects conspire

I am absolutely certain many of my inanimate objects have minds of their own — objects such as eyeglasses, car keys, computer, the hot water tap in my shower, even a favorite recipe. Rohse Colored ...

Rohse: The importance of getting on the right track

Long ago, when hunters, trappers and gatherers comprised much of our population, tracking skills were vital to assure adequate food. Today, those skills, along with tinsmithing and carriage and harness ...

Rohse: In Eastern Oregon, danger came with the territory

No one in my hometown of Monument had white-coat syndrome. The reason being: we didn’t go to doctors except when it was vitally important. And the reason for that was Monument had no doctors. Rohse ...

Rohse: In search of the elusive utopian community

For centuries mankind has attempted to establish a utopia, defined as an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities. Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), a scholar ...

Rohse: Bald eagle has proven a worthy national symbol

The bald eagle is the American symbol and also appears on the official U.S. seal. But historians have asked that at one time, instead of the eagle, the turkey was being considered for this honor. Rohse ...

Rohse: Savoring the feat of graduating

Recent activities pertaining to high school graduations that necessitated elimination of customary festivities reminded me of my graduation ceremony at our high school many years ago. My senior ...

Rohse: Concept of quarantine isn’t new to Northwest

In the late 1800s in the northwestern corner of Oregon, residents were worried. They had good reason. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books ...

Rohse: Ours is a world of walls

I’m wondering if the Trump barrier, when finished, will measure up to any of the world’s now famous walls. Although I have not yet seen any part of the Trump Wall, I do not have a very high ...

Rohse: Superstitious? You may be in luck

It all began about 3500 B.C.: the attempt to outwit evil and bad luck by dreaming up a way of getting around it and replacing it with good luck. These efforts were known as superstitions. Rohse Colored ...

Rohse: In early days, a good doc was hard to find

Roads and bridges were not the only scarcities in early Yamhill County. There also was a shortage of doctors and hospitals. The earliest doctors arrived with the explorers and independent fur traders. ...

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