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California From Afar

It’s odd looking south on California. It’s been almost a year since we moved to Oregon. I feel like an Oregonian (especially after what happened in my previous post). Yet I frequently find myself in a bit of a twilight … Continue reading

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Deer God

It took almost a year, but I finally found something distressing about Oregon. As I noted in On Becoming An Oregonian, our home town is a cross between Lake Tahoe and Carmel. Somewhere between rural and suburban. Lots of trees … Continue reading

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An Earth Day Conundrum

It’s been a long time – more than 50 years – since actor Walter Brooke said that famous word to Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate: plastics. Then, it was a growth industry. Now, it’s a pariah. If you read the … Continue reading

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Dear Bob

Last October, as I noted recently, I lost a dear friend of more than twenty years, Bob Burkhart, to cardiac disease. Unlike the tragic deaths of other friends, it was unexpected. Except, in a way, it wasn’t. Dear Bob, I … Continue reading

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The Downside of Happiness

Photo courtesy NOLA Doughnuts As my most recent post explained, we have fallen in love with Oregon. However … to be as transparent as possible, there is a downside. We fell in love with our house in large part because … Continue reading

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On Becoming An Oregonian

As we’ve sent out our holiday letters, some friends have been surprised that we’ve left California for Oregon. One said, “I was under the impression that once someone got to California, they never left” – as if being born there, … Continue reading

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A Christmas Memory

(with apologies to Truman Capote, who I think would have understood) Every year around this time, one of our friends cheerfully asks us to recount our favorite Christmas memory. Every year around this time, we have to remind her that … Continue reading

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