Elaine Rohse

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

Rohse: Unwanted plants invading fields, streams, gardens

They’re dangerous. They’re stealthy. They’re insidious. And you may not even be aware of them. But they’re sneaking up on us and invading our premises. These miscreants are invasive ...

Rohse: Surviving the glitch

I love to travel, but I have learned that glitches can happen on any trip — and some can be quite disconcerting. I will mention some that I’ve experienced in hopes that you may prevent them ...

Rohse: Two more sites of great natural beauty

Nature’s creations are incredible. We’ve peered into the Grand Canyon in disbelief. In awe, we’ve walked the frozen waterfalls in Turkey. We’ve gaped at Crater Lake’s intense ...

Rohse: Keep your eyes peeled for dragons

Are dragons real? Apparently not, but who knows? They have been told of for centuries, so perhaps they are. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books and ...

Rohse: Turkish bath? Been there, done that

Several years ago, when we booked a tour of Turkey, a Turkish bath was not on my list of things to do or to see. I wanted to walk the frozen waterfalls. I wanted to see the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia ...

Rohse: Scanning the seas from a widow’s walk

Many Yamhill County residents — and even some who live along the Oregon coast — do not know what a widow’s walk is. On the East Coast, that would probably not be the case. Some residents ...

Rohse: Jazz up your year with special days

My calendar needs to be jazzed up. August particularly needs attention — it is totally lacking in national observances. I am by no means thinking of changing the national holidays, and I love Christmas ...

Rohse: What happened to the unsung oxen?

History suggests that we Americans never thanked oxen for all they have done for our country. Those patient, plodding animals pulled wagons thousands of miles along the Oregon Trail — but what happened ...

Rohse: Opponents put the squeeze on corsets

One era of conflict in centuries past could well have been known as the War of the Corset. Certainly, many combatants were involved: religious groups, feminists, doctors, corset makers, wearers of corsets ...

Rohse: Re-imagining what’s been lost

McMinnville is an admirable place to live. I do not want to live anywhere else. But there are some things I feel our city lacks, or has lost. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse ...

Rohse: In terms of words, 'up' is where it's at

My favorite word is “up” — and you may think that is a strange word to choose. But take a moment. If you but consider what your favorite word would be, you might begin to realize what ...

Rohse: Exercise for its own sake less rewarding

On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I take my prescribed exercise class in strength and balance. Although I enjoy the class, as I do my squats and stretches, I’m wistfully thinking of this expended ...

Rohse: Tinsmithing once a highly valued trade

Occupations of Yamhill County residents have changed considerably in the last century. According to the McMinnville 1880 census, our city then had six blacksmiths, one milliner, one wheelwright, two money ...

Rohse: Thriving ice trade now frozen in time

East of the mountains in juniper and sagebrush country, where nippy nights are now leaving a skim of ice on watering troughs, ranchers may be preparing for their second harvest of the year — the ...

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