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How things look through an Oregonian's eyes

Looking at photos I took of the new Peter Courtney Minto-Brown Bridge got me kind of philosophical -- about what the bridge means for Salem and our relationship with nature. Here's my musings.

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Browsing through the terrific bookstore in Sisters, Oregon -- Paulina Springs Books -- I knew that I'd buy Chuck Klosterman's newest literary offering as soon as I saw the upside-down title on the front cover. But What If We're Wrong?...

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There's a lot of reasons to detest what President Trump is doing to our country. What's most concerning, though, isn't any specific outrage -- destroying health care, denying global warming, tearing apart the social safety net -- but his general...

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Here's what my camera captured at last Sunday's Willamette Humane Society WillaMutt Strut event at Riverfront Park. The family dog, ZuZu, and I completed the 5k walk, though not in anything approaching record time. But if I could subtract all...

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On Tyranny by historian Timothy Snyder is a small 126-page book that I read in about ninety minutes. But it's impact on me was huge. Yes, good things come in small packages. And in this case, only cost $5.26 (from...

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Recently we had Exos Aerial Imaging take some drone photos/videos of our rural south Salem property. I've shared the images in an Adobe Spark page. We realize that one day a city house likely is in our future. But if...

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I just finished watching the Oregon softball team come from behind in the final inning to beat Kentucky and advance to the Women's College World Series. It was an amazing game. Since I was recording it, and the Ducks were...

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I was a Kickstarter supporter of the Pictar camera grip for the iPhone, which isn't really an accurate name for the gadget, since in addition to being a grip it also offers an easy way to control the basic iPhone...

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My wife are I are at an awkward age (which keeps getting awkwarder). I talked about this three years ago in "Too old for ten acres and a big house -- too young for retirement living." I guess you could...

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Last year I wrote my first blog post about the Gray Man, "Lessons for living from a fictional assassin, the 'Gray Man.'" Now I've read two more books in the six-part series about Court Gentry, so it's time to update...

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Check out the Adobe Spark page where I share photos and a video of today's Salem March for Science on the capitol mall -- plus some commentary on the event. My wife and I hugely enjoyed the inspiring speakers, signs,...

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Last Wednesday I managed to drag my retired body and mind to an astoundingly early 9 a.m. meeting of the Streetscape Committee at the Urban Development office in downtown Salem. Carole Smith, an early and ongoing proponent of streetscaping downtown...

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Downtown Salem would be much more attractive to out-of-town visitors and locals alike if Commercial and Liberty streets lost some lanes. (Other streets too, but my focus here is on Commercial and Liberty.) Fortunately, there's a decent chance this could...

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Thanks mucho to Los Angeles-area comedian Grant Lyon who got me off my lethargic ass and into a Salem gem that I've been meaning to check out, but hadn't until last Saturday night, the Capitol City Theatre (tagline: serious about...

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I have no idea how it happened. Best I can figure, our dog ZuZu somehow hooked up with a pet psychic who was able to channel her obviously outrageous thoughts about us into a letter that was sent to the...

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Ah, I feel young again. The title of this blog post reminds me of writing a fourth-grade paper on "My summer vacation." Except, I'm now 68. And I used Adobe Spark to share photos and a video of our visit...

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Last night my wife and I saw comedian Lewis Black do his thing at Salem's Elsinore Theatre. His profanity-laced, darkly-intense, rant-filled brand of humor was strangely healing for us and the other mostly-liberal audience members. I'm a big fan of...

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Understand: except for one experience, my wife and I loved our recent visit to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. But that One Experience was so irritating, I jumped at the chance to complain about it when an emailed visitor...

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With every passing day, Donald Trump's astounding incompetency to serve as President becomes more obvious. His lies, blunders, and disrespect for the office he won with the aid of Russian meddling in the 2016 election make it perfectly clear that...

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The roofing company guys took a look at our leaking roof while my wife, Laurel, was away. Then I took the dog for a walk. When I came home, Laurel had returned. She asked, "How did the roof inspection turn...

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Over on my Salem Political Snark blog I've posted an in-depth critique of how City officials handled a large grant to T.J. Sullivan (an ex-city councilor and current Chamber of Commerce vice-president): "Disturbing facts revealed about $749,000 Park Front urban...

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We're one week into four years of a Trump presidency. If the trend line of Crazy continues, it will be so far off the charts I'm worried our United States will disintegrate into a tangled mass of splintered humanity, with...

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Following up on a recent post, "Big bold exciting idea: Streetscape downtown Salem!", I've made a web page with Adobe Spark that showcases the streetscape plan developed by Carole Smith, Eric Kittleson, Susan Kay Huston, and Alan Costic about five...

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I didn't really expect there would be an iPhone app that would tell me if my new set of winter tires/wheels were out of balance. But I searched anyway. And there was! WheelCheck. It was produced by some German guys....

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Imagine, dream, envision... how much more vibrant Salem's Historic District would be if the downtown area was a People Magnet. Drawn in by wide sidewalks, two lane streets, water features, abundant greenery, safe bike lanes, outdoor dining, and an overall...

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My wife and I saw "La La Land" on Christmas Eve. Great movie. I'm a sucker for films about people chasing their impossible dreams, facing down their fears and insecurities, being kicked in the butt by life then turning around...

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As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. So in this blog post I'll be sharing photos of how my wife and I have been dealing with, and enjoying, a seemingly minor storm that dropped two inches...

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Ever ready to accept free tickets, I jumped at the offer by Enlightened Theatics' Carlos Barata to see their current Plaid Tidings production gratis in exchange for a blog post review. In case you're wondering whether what I'll say here...

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For about three years I've been riding my Streetstrider outdoor elliptical bike at Minto Brown park several times a week. I've gotten countless (more or less) smiles, thumbs-up, and positive comments: "Cool!" "Looks like fun!" "I want one!" Well, that...

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Listen up, you youngsters who read blog posts like this (if you exist): an old man is going to tell some tales of what it was like in the Old Days when books -- yes, books, of the paper variety...

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