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January 19th, 2019

Here's photos I took today at this year's Salem Women's March. My wife is the "cover girl." (Or "cover woman," I hasten to add.) The 2019 Women's March was just as inspiring as the 2017 and 2018 marches. Lots of...

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January 18th, 2019

Every religion has its own brand of craziness. None is exempt. Why? Because the very notion of supernaturalism is crazy, since there is zero, repeat zero, demonstrable evidence that gods, angels, souls, heaven, hell, or any other supernatural entity exists....

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Out here on Oregon’s eastern border, where four mighty rivers converge in one valley, a cache of culture and creativity thrives. The post 3 Days of Four Rivers Flavors appeared first on

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Welcome to your next great adventure. Spend three days (or more) in this land of basin and range, history and innovation, culture and quiet. Follow this itinerary for an extraordinary escape. The post

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January 17th, 2019

Lodging properties across Oregon are offering incredible 20% off deals for those who book on the 2019 National Plan for Vacation Day. The post Plan for Vacation with These Special One-Day Deals

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January 16th, 2019

Following up on my previous post about John Dewey's marvelous little book, "A Common Faith," here's some of what Dewey has to say about mystical experiences. I've boldfaced some passages that particularly appeal to me. Dewey's main point, which I...

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January 15th, 2019

General Motors has announced that it won't be making any more plug-in hybrids. It has killed off the Chevy Volt as of March 2019. Our 2018 Chevy Volt My wife and I have owned (well, leased) three Chevy Volts, as...

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January 14th, 2019

Calling someone animalistic isn't an insult. It is a fact. We humans are animals. Just unusual ones, since members of no other animal species can write articles (or blog posts) about the fact that they're animals. Thus our bodies do...

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January 12th, 2019

When is it good to be shaken up? Not physically. Psychologically. It seems that being all shook up typically is viewed as something to be avoided, since it means "greatly disturbed or upset." As in, watching that scary movie left...

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January 11th, 2019

"Maybe 40% of what doctors do is mistaken." That was one of the first of many OMG! zingers medical provocateur Vinay Prasad, MD MPH, flung at us at today's Salem City Club presentation, rather drily titled Evidence Based Medicine: Weighing...

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How do you pack for your trip to Oregon? Here’s a handy guide to packing the essentials for all seasons. The post First-Timer’s Guide to Packing for Oregon appeared first on

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January 10th, 2019

In honor of National Plan for Vacation Day, we invite you to lock in your days off and plan the Oregon trip you've always wanted to take. The post Your Perfect Oregon Trip, Based on You

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Outfitters and guides work year-round on the Oregon Coast, offering the thrill of angling without the hassle of securing your own fishing gear. The post Oregon Coast Fishing Guides at Your S

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January 9th, 2019

Today the Daily Calm guided meditation by Tamara Levitt on my iPhone app was about mandalas. I've transcribed the last portion of what Levitt said, because I found it inspiring. It's so true. Nothing lasts. Everything is impermanent. Our wanting...

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January 8th, 2019

Today I stopped for lunch at Lifesource Natural Foods here in Salem, Oregon -- where a fairly healthy slice of pesto pizza captured my stomach's attention. There was only one table unoccupied in the eating area, so I grabbed it....

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January 7th, 2019

People of Salem and surrounding areas, here's my strong advice for what you should do from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, January 19. Attend the 2019 Salem Women's March on the Capitol Mall. My wife was an organizer...

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January 6th, 2019

Many things amuse me when I peruse comments on this Church of the Churchless blog by religiously-minded people. One class of comments that generates an especially large smile is Brian, you spend all of your time bashing religion, so you're...

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January 5th, 2019

I'm a long-time writer. Yesterday I easily fashioned a JournoPortfolio site to showcase a selection of my blog posts, the three books I've authored, and a few of the videos and photo essays that I've created. Below is a screenshot...

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