Scrumpy’s companionship makes all the difference in Michael Pollock’s clean life Michael Pollock thought he was a happy man. He had kicked a debilitating, 35-year drug and alcohol ...


 

 

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book review The Dutch House

Danny Conroy’s father is a self-made man who parlayed an eye for rentable property into a fortune. Unfortunately, his discriminating eye failed him when he purchased a home for his wife ...

 
Book: The Little Paris Bookshop

“The Little Paris Bookshop” begins with a mystery: Monsieur Perdu (“lost” in French) shoves aside a bookcase and opens the door to a room he hasn’t used in 21 years. Stepping ...

 
Book: Beautiful Ruins

This is a delightful, laugh-out-loud, maybe cry-a-little novel that sweeps through time and around the globe — from World War II to the present day, from Beaverton to Hollywood to the Italian ...

Book: Button Holed

The protagonists of cozy mysteries usually have interesting professions or hobbies they pursue while solving crimes on the side. Hannah Swenson bakes cookies while helping the police in Joanne ...

 
Book: The Camera Never Lies

Australian author David Rawlings gives readers an intriguing premise in “The Camera Never Lies”: What if photographs revealed the whole truth, emotional as well as physical, rather ...

 
Book: The Revisioners

Ava has moved in with her paternal grandmother in the opening paragraphs of “The Revisioners,” Margaret Wilkerson Sexton’s novel about women’s relationships and one family’s ...

Book: The Country Guesthouse

Hannah Russell has a miserable time at a work retreat: Her phone and computer are locked away, and her coworkers envision the long weekend as a time to drink and play, rather than bond and improve ...

 
Book: Word to the Wise

Librarian Lindsey Norris enjoys a great life as director of the Briar Creek library as Jenn McKinlay’s “Word to the Wise” begins. She has a great dog and an even better fiance, ...

 
Book: Out of the Past

Carmona Leigh is a plain young woman with a modest trust fund. Her neighbor, Alan Field, is a striking young man with a love of money, but no cash of his own. As “Out of the Past” ...

 
Book: Due for Discard

In “Due for Discard,” author Sharon St. George gives us a likeable mystery that will make readers think twice about social problems — and solutions, such as a restaurant that ...

Features

 
Stopping By: Crafted by her hometown

Remy Drabkin has been active in the community most of her life. A McMinnville city councilor, Drabkin volunteered at the International Pinot Noir Celebration as a girl — her mother, Joan Drabkin, ...

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 ...

 
Stopping By: New house has net-zero impact

Solar panels, extra-thick walls and a roof covered by soil and sedums will help keep John Mead and Jenny Berg’s new home cozy year-round. The net-zero home will produce as much energy as it uses ...

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 ...

 
Stopping by: A man and his dog

Scrumpy’s companionship makes all the difference in Michael Pollock’s clean life Michael Pollock thought he was a happy man. He had kicked a debilitating, 35-year drug and alcohol ...

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, ...

Carlson: To ignore or not to ignore

I admit I did have a premonition that jumping might become a problem with my darling Basset, Beau Dacious. John and I had driven to Sacramento to meet him and hopefully impress his breeder that we would ...

 
Stopping by: She calls the shots

Local photographer’s work will be part of updated antique mall in Lafayette Debbie Lockwood has the right background for art photography. Her father, a minister, “always had a camera wherever ...

 
Stopping by: In good company

Honored for civic work, Harold Washington says he can’t take all the credit   Harold Washington prefers to be known by the company he keeps. “My dad said if you want to be a good person, ...

Carlson: Bones of contention

Either people who write for dog magazines are into lists, or I tend to gravitate toward articles that include lists, since the organizational work is pretty much done for me. Happy Tails Nancy ...

Carlson: Zoom adds zip to pandemic-era training

Since I got my first basset hound puppy back in the 90’s I have had only one ambition for my dogs — to get them certified as therapy dogs. Back in those days I was working as a school counselor ...

Carlson: Is mischievousness in your dog

It is with a sigh of relief I report my basset hound puppy, Beau Dacious, now 18-months-old, but still very young at heart, has slowed down somewhat — quite a bit actually — with his destructive ...

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, ...

 
Stopping by: She lives a philosophy of giving

Soup kitchen chef wants everyone to have access to nutritious meals Robin Miguel hitchhiked across the country looking for the meaning of life, and found it: helping others, especially by feeding ...

 
Putting their minds to it

Program helps job seekers let go of self-defeating beliefs and behaviors By STARLA POINTER Of the News-Register Some job seekers have already overcome major problems — gotten off drugs, ...

 
Stopping by: Making a difference for horses

Carlton woman has a passion for helping Oregon mustangs   Horses have been at the center of Alexis Wilkinson’s life since she was a baby. As a child, before she’d mastered reading herself, ...

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 ...

 
Stopping By: Writers shaped by McMinnville

McMinnville is a character in new books by two people who grew up in Yamhill County — New York Times reporter and longtime journalist Jim Tankersley, and attorney Mark Cushing, whose practice specializes ...

 
Stopping By: Past, present intersect at historic Carlton address

Young girls’ fingerprints are still visible on the bricks that form the interior walls of Troon Winery tasting room in Carlton. The prints are a clue to the history of this building, and ...

Gallery continues outdoor theater

After three successful, live outdoor performances, Gallery Theater plans two more: “Tea for Three,” a play about first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford, on Thursday, ...


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