When Murilo Martins was a boy, Christmas meant asking Papa Noel for gifts, partying into the night with his grandparents and swimming in the surf a few blocks from his home. The ocean was always ...

 

 

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Book: The Man who saw everything

Saul Adler is “The Man Who Saw Everything,” a 20-something British history scholar who specializes in studying dictators in the World War II era and its aftermath. He’s about ...

 
Book: Bark of Night

David Rosenfelt offers readers a charming, self-deprecating narrator in “Bark of Night.” Andy Carpenter is a bit of a coward, really, but he’s self-aware enough to realize he’s ...

 
Book: Gypsy Boy, My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies

Mikey Walsh didn’t measure up to his father and other men in the Romany Gypsy culture. They taunted him, beat him and abused him for his sensitive nature, artistic interests and lack of aggression ...

 
Book: The woman in the blue cloak

An American woman, who has been living and working in England for decades, quits her job and takes a vacation in South Africa. Two days after she arrives, she’s found dead from a blow to ...

 
Book: Deep Creek

Pam Houston, author of “Cowboys Are My Weakness” and “Contents May Have Shifted,” presents a fine memoir in “Deep Creek, Finding Hope in the High Country.” The book ...

 
From the Children's Room

A monthly column from the children’s librarians at the McMinnville Public Library. We’re so disappointed in Drew Daywalt’s recent book, “The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick” ...

 
Book: Book of Speculation

Erika Swyler skips back and forth in time in “The Book of Speculation,” juxtaposing present day complications with those of the early 19th century. Her main character is Simon, a librarian ...

 
From the Children's Room

A monthly column from the children’s librarians at the McMinnville Public Library. In mid-December, librarians from across the state will participate in a mock awards discussion in McMinnville, ...

 
Book: Driving with Dead People

The title of Monica Holloway’s honest, humorous and horrifying memoir is a bit misleading. She spends only a small amount of her time “driving with dead people” while working ...

 
Book: The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

A century ago, the candidates who lined up for presidential debates looked more alike than the diverse group that’s running for the 2020 nomination. Candidates were white, all close to the ...

Features

 
Stopping by: Swimming through the holidays

When Murilo Martins was a boy, Christmas meant asking Papa Noel for gifts, partying into the night with his grandparents and swimming in the surf a few blocks from his home. The ocean was always ...

 
Rhythms of life

Rhythm has always played a major role in the life of Susan Means. She’s been a musician, a dancer, a mother, an unconventional student, a psychologist, a professor, a runner, a golfer, a ...

Service honors absent friends

The News-Register staff A Service of Remembrance will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the McMinnville First Baptist Church, 125 S.E. Cowls St. Co-led by members of the Baptist church as well ...

Rohse: The sociabilities of dishwashing

I like my automatic dishwasher better than the old-fashioned manual wash and dry. But of the two, that old-fashioned way is by far more sociable. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: How Abe Tichner hustled the rubes at 1870s county fairs

When Abe Tichner died, on April 29 of 1935, he was one of Portland’s most respected citizens. Offbeat Oregon Finn J.D. John, an instructor at OSU, writes about unusual and little-known ...

 
Decorating for family and friends old and new

For Rori and Ryan Hartzell, Christmas is about getting together with family and old friends. This year, they’ll open their home to many new friends, as well, as they take part in the annual ...

 
Holiday traditions: Snow in Russia, art in America

Artist Natalia Novikoff misses snow — real, Russian snow, the kind that once nearly covered her grandmother’s house or fell on the ice castles and slides her town built for the winter ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: Mayors Lee, Schrunk set tone for city’s modern era

The history of Portland mayors in the 20th century largely comes down to the story of the struggle of progressive reformers against various forms of corruption and vice. Offbeat Oregon Finn ...

Rohse: Ranch of childhood remains only in memory

After I left home and went to college, I was so homesick I feared it might be fatal. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books and writing - and spends ...

 
Stopping by: Birds of a feather

  Artists Lynn Van Horn and Laurie Lewis use their creative talents to make all sorts of things, from upcycled clothing to lampshades and whimsical sculpture. Their most important creation, ...

 
Offbeat Oregon: In 1800s Portland, at least one mayor paid to play

Today’s article continues our round-up of colorful mayors in Oregon’s largest and most powerful city —starting with one of the most famously dubious politicians ever to grace the office: ...

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ to be performed

  The McMinnville Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presents Handel’s 1741 oratorio “Messiah” at 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, in McMinnville and 3 ...

Linfield choirs mark holidays

  The Linfield Concert Choir, Wildcat Men’s Glee Club and Cascara Voce will perform a winter concert, “Here We Come a-Wassailing,” on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The free program ...

Rohse: Many thanks for many things

Where shall I start? So many things for which to give thanks — and space and time are limited. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse is fascinated by words, books and writing ...

Carlson: Life with dogs brings joy and loss

If you love dogs, and you live with dogs, you need to accept loss. Dogs don’t live as long as we do. If you have a toy breed dog, you may get more years to enjoy your companion. Those of you who ...

 
Stopping by: Cycling 101

Teacher takes time to pedal the coast In June, Levi Grabner was finishing his master’s degree studies and student teaching. He already had a job lined up for fall: in a science classroom ...

 
Spellbound: Gallery Theater presents musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’

A“tale as old as time,” as “true as it can be” will play out on the Gallery Theater stage during the holidays, as actors, dancers, singers and inanimate objects tell the ...

 
To protect and to serve breakfast

As soon as Yamhill-Carlton Elementary School opened its front doors last Tuesday, students rushed in and lined up for breakfast. Eighty to 85 children usually eat the morning meal at the 360-student ...

Mac High student chosen for state office

McMinnville High School student Adan Rizo-Espinoza has been elected to a one-year term on the executive board of the Oregon Association of Student Councils. He was chosen during the OASC’s ...

Rohse: One turkey’s short but glorious life

You might recall that in the past I have told you about Terethbert, but with Thanksgiving now approaching, it is apropos to remember him again. Rohse Colored Glasses McMinnville's Elaine Rohse ...


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Worth Mathewson -- Elaine Rohse
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