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July 31st, 2014

Our thought should not merely be an answer to what someone else has just said. Or what someone else might have said. Our interior world must be more than an echo of the words of someone else. There is no point in being a moon to somebody else’s sun, still less is there any justification […]

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July 30th, 2014

Refreshing breezes, a newly air conditioned exhibit hall and even nine new hand-washing stations helped to take the sizzle Wednesday out of the first day of the four-day run of the 101st Bento…

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It all happened in about five seconds. All of a sudden, Corvallis’ Cressey Merrill, who will turn 6 this Sunday, had two gigantic new friends.

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A week after The Oregonian wrote about ride-sharing company Uber sneaking into Vancouver with hopes of breaking Portland's powerful taxi lobby, Oregon Public Broadcasting has tackled the issue on Tuesday's "Think Out Loud" call-in program.

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The city Bureau of Development Services, which will issue the permits, said earlier it expected to be ready to issue the first permits by the end of August.

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“I can’t find it now. There was a post about you and your brother and he wanted you to go be happily in love. I wanted to read it to my brother before your blog is gone. You have a special relationship with your brother that I admire. Can you please send me the link? […]

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While poking around New York City’s Museum of Natural History one summer, my husband and I realized lunch time was upon us and we were mighty hungry. From our third-floor location, we were dir…

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After posting photos of the street festival (parts one and two, and the bed races) from the Santiam SummerFest, held on Saturday in downtown Stayton, we are wrapping things up with the big car show held at Pioneer Park. This will be a two-parter, because why not. There are a …

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Weatherford Hall is one of Oregon State University’s most recognizable buildings — an elegant residential structure built in 1928 in the heart of campus. Its distinctive arch brings to mind th…

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At 80 years, Johnston and wife Erma were Oregon's longest-married couple

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Soup kitchen program cuts loose from churches for own nonprofit status

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There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.—Ecc. 3:1 It’s been seven years, friends. Seven years of pounding out these heart-words here, hoping these humble stories strung together will bring hope, truth. I love this space so much. I love sharing it with you. I love “me

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July 29th, 2014

“Can you please be more specific about the baggage you’re sorting? If you’re throwing out bad habits and people, I am wondering what you mean by that. I am transitioning from an unhealthy romantic relationship, and could use some advice about how to move on.” Sheesh. Well, I need to be absolutely clear – I […

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It’s no secret ... Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion’s not a running quarterback.

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Under the proposal, Airbnb would assemble a roster of its hosts willing to take on people displaced in a disaster.

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From a new grid look in your Media Library to a streamlined Post Editor, the latest updates to your WordPress.com site will make creating and publishing even easier.

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From a new grid look in your Media Library to a streamlined Post Editor, the latest updates to your WordPress.com site will make creating and publishing even easier.

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More Santiam SummerFest photos today (see also: street festival part 1 and part 2)! It’s time for the bed races, wherein people raced beds, put on their pajamas, and then raced some more. I even shot some video, so that’s extra exciting, if you like watching somewhat smudged video (not …

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In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great sites with recent additions to the Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit a few sites using

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In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great sites with recent additions to the Theme Showcase. Today, let’s visit a few sites using

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A cookie from Taylor Street Ovens is iconic enough to make our list on its own. The cookies there are just plain good. The bakery’s most popular product, they are distributed through Market of…

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This is Still Creek. It is not the most appropria

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Don and Jane Thaw have lived through two world wars and found their own paradise in their 73 years together

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The K-9 officer that the Corvallis Police Department called Xar has 80 criminal apprehensions to his name, and has won numerous awards for his police skills.

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July 28th, 2014

Getting to the state tournament has been the goal of Corvallis Gerding Builders.

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CASCADIA — After 22 days apart, Lori Davis and Patrick Milligan of Scio were reunited Sunday with Madison, their female bull mastiff, thanks to several good Samaritans and volunteers with Linn…

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This weekend I was at the NW Book Festival on Saturday, then the coast on Sunday with Sondra who came down from Alaska for some girl time and mutual spiritual works. I’ve definitely been feeling the strain lately, the strain of transitioning to a new perspective, new belief structures and the life remodel in general.

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LOCATION: Corvallis

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Every few minutes along Western Boulevard in Corvallis these days, trucks move in and out of the construction site of a large private student housing project.

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Here’s the second half of the photos from the street festival portion of the Santiam SummerFest, held on Saturday (see also: part 1. As you can see above, Stayton’s Mayor Scott Vigil did his best to dunk Police Chief Rich Sebens (left, in tank) and another officer, but he failed. …

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The McDonald Forest north of town is a living combination of recreational wonderland and learning center.

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The Benton County Jail was built in 1976, replacing a facility that dated from 1929. It had room for 27 inmates and was intended as a stopgap measure, designed to last only until the state bui…

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I took this photo yesterday. On the opposite side

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The parking lot was full. Everywhere people were setting up tents, and more than a hundred people were bustling through the livestock areas assembling cages.

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Because when Mom winds up in the hospital and Julie shows up, as from the grave, singing Led Zeppelin in the backyard, what else is there to do but sit in a cardboard box and laugh out loud? Some days are just a total curve-ball. Not to God, of course. He’s the Pitcher. And so when […]

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July 27th, 2014

I went for a drive yesterday with some other cars from the local Viper club. We headed east from Portland out the Columbia River Gorge and then up and over Mount Hood. Around 250 miles in total.

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When Mike Riley emerges with his football team from the tunnel at Reser Stadium on the afternoon of Aug. 30, he will begin his 14th season leading the program.

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When Mike Riley emerges with his football team from the tunnel at Reser Stadium on the afternoon of Aug. 30, he will begin his 14th season leading the program.

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Good Monday to you, dear reader. Welcome to the Rogue River and the final installment of our Oregon road trip! I’m happily typing to Jack White – the obsession continues. Thank goodness the hubster likes his music as much as I do. Mill Creek Falls Barr Creek Falls This was once lava! A living stump, […]

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Have you ever seen the movie, Throw Momma From the Train? Well, if you haven’t, add it to the queue, and pronto! It’s a gem of an 80s fil-um. Anyhow, there’s this scene where Billy Crystal is working on a line from a novel he’s writing. “The night was…moist? wet? humid?” He cannot f

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BROWNSVILLE — Marilyn Grimes wasn’t happy about a proposal by the city of Brownsville to require everyone in town to sign up for garbage service.

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BROWNSVILLE — Marilyn Grimes wasn’t happy about a proposal by the city of Brownsville to require everyone in town to sign up for garbage service.

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Yesterday was the annual Santiam SummerFest, held in downtown Stayton, and holy fudge pops I am tired. So I’ve decided to spread things out and will post things in parts, a bit more spaced out than I usually do. I think I might be coming down with something or other, …

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July 26th, 2014

Danny Grigsby was looking for a new athletic outlet.

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Danny Grigsby was looking for a new athletic outlet.

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Aaron Ojeda is back home.

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Aaron Ojeda is back home.

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Have you ever had a seemingly simple recipe that you just couldn't quite recreate? For me, this has been the thin, rich, buttery and creamy cheese sauce known as queso blanco at restaurants in some areas -- not so much out in the PNW, but frequently in the Midwest. Many attempts came close. But not

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Last weekend I attended the first national meeting of the new Dodge Viper owners association near Detroit, Michigan. It was an absolute blast and I thought I’d share some of the photos I took of the awesome event! I’ll start with the tour of the factory where they assemble the cars. Chrysler was super awesome [&

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I took this photo of construction at the elementary school about two weeks ago, but forgot to post it. I bet it looks pretty similar to this now, so let’s pretend I took it yesterday. Don’t forget to go to the Santiam SummerFest today! If you see me (short, round, …

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