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December 14th, 2018

Abundant bird life, serene lakes and a historic downtown make Klamath Falls a relaxing destination to approach leisurely by scenic train ride. The post Car-Free Getaway: Klamath

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Visiting the South Coast’s secluded sweep of laid-back towns feels like you’re in on a secret — even more so when you take the trip car-free. The post Car-Free Getaway: The

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December 13th, 2018

I had my annual physical today, Medicare variety, since I'm 70. I'm fortunate to have a family physician who is caring, compassionate, and willing to talk with me for as long as is necessary when I have a concern or...

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Eugene knows more than a little something about getting around on foot. After all, this is a city that’s nicknamed TrackTown USA. The post Car-free Getaway: Taste the Good Life in

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We all know winter in Bend means endless downhill skiing and snowboarding. But the seasonal fun doesn’t stop at the slopes. Sledding, songs, shopping and more — here are five ways to live it up in Bend this season. The post

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There’s a stunning way to see this craggy stretch of shoreline that doesn’t require setting foot on the gas pedal: a reliable network of public transit. The post Car-Free Getawa

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Is there anything better than good wine, good food and good friends? Create more of those moments in the new year with 'Wine Food: New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking' by Dana Frank and Andrea Slonecker. The post

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World-class marathoner and four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan and chef Elyse Kopecky are back with a new cookbook: “Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes.” The post How to ‘Run F

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December 12th, 2018

On one of my other blogs, Salem Political Snark, I wrote a post this afternoon that already is getting a lot of online attention here in semi-sleepy Salem, Oregon -- the state capital that often is referred to (especially by...

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December 11th, 2018

Preachiness, fundamentalism, dogmatism... not welcome on this blog. If you've got an overwhelming urge to leave a comment praising God, a guru, your spirit guide, or any other religious entity, do it on Atheist and Believer, a blog that welcomes...

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My atheist "prayer" has been answered. Praise No-God! As noted in an earlier post today, I said that I'd bring back comments to this blog if someone would start a different blog where true believers in Sant Mat/RSSB could discuss...

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Ready to raise a glass this season? Oregon’s craft distillers showcase their latest batches of innovation. The post Lift Your Holiday Spirits appeared first on

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I've gotten emails from several regular commenters on this blog who wish that comments on my posts would be allowed again. Here's what I said to one of these people. It’d be great if someone, like you, would start a...

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So, after turning off comments on this blog last night because religious crazies were spewing wildly off-topic comments on my posts to a greater degree than ever before, I wake up this morning to find from my email inbox that...

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December 10th, 2018

I'm done with comments here on the Church of the Churchless. Comment moderation means more work for me. But when I allow unfettered comments, the religious crazies who have chosen to abuse this blog as a forum for them to...

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December 9th, 2018

First off, please resist the temptation to think, This blogger guy has too much time on his hands. That thought denigrates the important subject of this post -- how I feel about the shopping carts at three stores in south...

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December 8th, 2018

Thanks to Jen for sharing this Woody Allen video in a comment. Allen says that artists, and I guess we're all artists of life, have to provide reasons for living in a universe that doesn't possess inherent meaning. Meaning is...

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I've decided to stop moderating (approving) comments, after a brief time doing otherwise. It's a burden on me, and an inconvenience to commenters, to have to do this. What I hope is that people will stay on-topic as much as...

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Leave a comment on this post about anything you want to talk about. Though I haven't been doing too well on this, I'll try to remember to always have an Open Thread showing in the Recent Posts section in the...

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Well, it's been a while since Malvinder and Shivinder Singh, cousins of Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas in India, have been in the news. (Being bad at genealogy, I used to think they were nephews;...

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December 7th, 2018

The past couple of days have been ugly for investors in stock markets around the world, including here in the United States. But I've been pretty much unmoved and unworried by the downturn. Why? Because quite a few years ago...

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December 6th, 2018

All the fun events and exciting conditions to expect at Oregon's ski areas this season. The post Ski Oregon Conditions & Events appeared first on

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December 5th, 2018

I enthusiastically embraced spiritual illusions for 35 years. I believed in God. I believed that God could be found by following the teachings of divine incarnations, God in human form. I believed I'd live on after my death. I believed...

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Getting to and around Bend doesn’t require a car — with a little planning you can get all around town and even up to Mt. Bachelor. The post Car-Free Transportation for Bend and Mt. Bache

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Tamales are a labor of love, one that Portland's Tamale Boy restaurant has been elevating and celebrating since 2008. “For me, the special part is that it’s the most ancient dish we have in our culture,” says owner Jaime Soltero Jr. The post

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December 4th, 2018

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December 3rd, 2018

Here's a positive review of my new comment policy on this blog, where I now moderate (approve) comments before they're published. One day in, I'm enjoying the lack of off-topic crazy comments from dogmatic religious believers. I regularly exchange emails...

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December 2nd, 2018

I just turned comment moderation back on for this blog. That felt good. My experiment is over with allowing people to post comments on their own, saying whatever they like (pretty much; I did have my limits). The breaking point...

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December 1st, 2018

My spiritual evolution has been a lot like my marital arts evolution. I'll explain. For about nine years I practiced traditional Shotokan karate. I got to the brown belt level, and did quite well in tournaments where I sparred against...

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November 30th, 2018

Oregon's magic is real. All of the locations featured in the “Only Slightly Exaggerated” illustrations are places you can actually visit. The post Winter Magic in Oregon appeared first on

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Winter in Oregon is waiting for you — so grab it, love it, and use this checklist to help make it your best winter ever. The post How to Winter Like an Oregonian appeared first on

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November 29th, 2018

Once in a while I get a glimpse of how things really are, or ideally are, spiritually speaking. Now, I put "spiritual" in quotation marks in the title of this post, because the way I use the word, it has...

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