Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse: Walker a faithful companion

Last week, a friend asked what I was writing about this week. I told her I was writing about walkers — but not the kind of walkers that use two legs to walk — rather, it was about those devices ...

Rohse: The gift of growing up in the Great Depression

Editor’s note: This column was originally published in 2005. Our parents gave us many things: food, shelter, love, shoes, a dollhouse, roller skates, a love of reading. But their biggest gift to ...

Rohse: Oregon still offers bounty, generosity

In a recent column, I recounted Oregon’s negative aspects. I mentioned that I would try to make amends by stressing positive things about our state in an upcoming column. Today, I detail some of ...

Rohse: Beyond coins and paper bills

Around the world some weird kinds of currency have cropped up. They vary from giant wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in Italy to a strange “currency” popular among drug dealers and their ...

Rohse: Road trips, and a room with a view

Homer and I both loved to travel and our first goal after we were married was to visit each of the 48 states, with Hawaii and Alaska to follow. But we also wanted to save money and buy a house. We did, ...

Rohse: Pleasures of camping made hassles bear-able

As summer is a comin’, I’m reminded of how in yesteryear we would have by now been planning camping trips. Ours was not a luxurious type of camping, but rather a low-brow kind. Our tent required ...

Rohse: From Newby to Puddy Gulch, history marks local streets, roads

As you stroll McMinnville’s streets, such as Cowls, Hembree, or Goucher, and note those names on the street signs, do you ever say thanks or feel grateful to these namesakes? Some of whom came to ...

Rohse:Remembering small towns, gifts to the world

A small village — a little town — is one of the greatest gifts ever given mankind: Little communities that have no McDonald’s, a service station with only one pump and one restaurant ...

Elaine Rhose: Exotic pets can be fun, but buyer beware

If you are considering getting a pet you probably are aware of the many exotic pets now on the market. But tempted though you may be by some of these offerings, before you say, “I’ll take ...

Rohse The gift of rain and glory of the rainforest

For most Oregon residents, our considerable quantities of rain is something we can’t do much about. We accept it and live with it, if not always amicably, because we well know that all it ever does ...

Rohse: Slow but fascinating, sloths have survival all figured out

Our world is filled with countless wondrous things — and some weird, strange and unusual things, as well. The sloth is one of the latter. You, as residents of Oregon, won’t see any locally. ...

Rohse: There’s fun to be had at any age

I’d like to clear up a misapprehension many people seemingly have with regard to the elderly. They think elderly people don’t have fun. I don’t know whether that’s because they ...

Rohse: Considering the whys and wherefores

Young children occasionally go through the “why” stage. A distraught mother may be questioned “why” countless times every day as to why things are why they are. “Why does ...

Rohse: Ways to make up for a lost year

We are often reminded that we have lost an entire year because of the coronavirus. Now, how do we go about getting back that lost year? We missed family gatherings, socializing with friends at weekly ...