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July 15th, 2019

Did you know you could zip from the city life of Portland to the Wild West of Pendleton in just an hour? The legendary Northeastern Oregon city is the prime destination for a weekend-size slice of the good life — and thanks to reasonably priced daily air service from Portland International Airport to Eastern Oregon Reg

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July 13th, 2019

Today I got an email from someone who didn't want me to quote them directly regarding their view of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), the Indian religious organization headed up by a guru that I was a member of for...

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July 12th, 2019

Please sign this petition I just started to support the Salem Human Rights Commission in its stand against the City of Salem leasing a building from the Salem Alliance Church to temporarily house the public library. Click on this link...

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Please sign this petition I just started to support the Salem Human Rights Commission in its stand against the City of Salem leasing a building from the Salem Alliance Church to temporarily house the public library. Click on this link...

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July 11th, 2019

We've come a long way toward accepting LGBTQ people here in the United States. But there's a lot that still remains to be done, largely because of archaic Christian religious attitudes based on pre-scientific notions thousands of years old, now...

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July 9th, 2019

Leave a comment on this post about anything you want to talk about. Remember that I'm moderating comments, so it could take a while for your comment to be published. Almost every comment submitted to an Open Thread will be...

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Over on one of my other blogs, Salem Political Snark, I've been writing about an ill-considered plan by city officials here in Salem, Oregon to pay the Salem Alliance Church to use a building the church owns as a temporary...

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Mercy M'fon Shammah loves to hike, backpack, snowshoe, paddle and enjoy Oregon’s outdoors the same as any other adventurer. But she takes her enthusiasm to another level: She’s working to make the outdoors more accessible for all. The post

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July 8th, 2019

Oregon’s car-free cachet starts with Portland’s comprehensive transportation network and extends to bikeable and walkable communities around the state, from sandy excursions on the Coast to rugged adventures in the sunny high desert. If you’re flying into the Pacific Northwest for the first time or if you’re a lo

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Anyone who’s traveled along Interstate 84 to the Columbia River Gorge knows that there’s just one problem: The view, one of the most beautiful in the state, whizzes by at 65 miles per hour. Starting Aug. 3, 2019, a brand-new section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail will be open to visitors to soak u

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Ahh — long nights of stargazing, snack foods and wanderlust explorations. Camping is a rite of passage in Oregon, no matter if it’s your first time or 50th. Even for the most seasoned outdoors enthusiast, there are a few camping insider tips that can help you channel your inner Smokey Bear so your next camping trip i

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It's great when I start out my morning by reading a comment that makes me smile with delight -- because it is honest, true, well written, and makes fun of religious blind belief. In this case, the blind belief of...

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July 7th, 2019

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July 6th, 2019

It's difficult to follow the twists and turns in the Bollywood'ish drama involving Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas in India. About a billion dollars is at stake here, much of it in the form of...

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July 4th, 2019

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July 3rd, 2019

About six weeks ago my wife and I were told by our vet that our nine year old Shepherd mix (ZuZu) was in the late stages of her chronic liver disease and likely only had a few days or at...

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For nearly 10,000 years, humans have hunted, fished and lived along the Columbia River. The Chinookan people who bravely plied the lower river are often considered the first Columbia River Bar pilots. The post

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July 2nd, 2019

I bought a book written by Sam Harris' wife, Annaka Harris, because the title appealed to me (Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of Mind), and I wanted to see if she'd disagree with her husband -- a...

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July 1st, 2019

If you wake up with the warm sun on your face, to the rhythmic gurgling of a nearby river, as you watch a Townsend’s Warbler chasing a Mountain Chickadee from Juniper to Ponderosa to Sage, there’s a good chance you’re waking up in Tumalo State Park. Central Oregon has no shortage of amazing places that…

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Diamond Lake is one of those places that Oregonians have been enjoying for generations because, for the most part, the experience has remained largely unchanged. The first time visiting the lake, many people are surprised to learn that Diamond Lake is not shaped like a diamond at all. The post

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The communities of Cottage Grove and Dorena Lake have one important characteristic in common. They both seem to have the incredible ability to adapt, reinvent, transform and just keep going. This unique trait is deeply ingrained in the fabric of Oregon and when you start looking for it, you start to see it everywhere. Ju

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Not a lot of people have extensive knowledge about the town of La Pine. It probably doesn’t make a lot of bucket lists. And that’s the perfect reason to spend some time here. La Pine is a bit undiscovered, a bit of an up and comer. That’s all part of its charm. Stretching four miles along… The post

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Some 150 miles south of Portland and 40 miles southeast of Eugene on Highway 58 is Oakridge, a small community in the midst of a rebirth. In its early days, Oakridge was a rough-and-tumble railroad boomtown in the heart of timber country. For many years the Southern Pacific Railroad hauled a steady stream of timber and l

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The small unincorporated community of Rainbow is just as colorful as its name would have you believe. Surrounded by deep green forests and magical blue waters, this area, which also includes the unincorporated communities of McKenzie Bridge and Blue River, has always been a paradise for those looking to enjoy the outdoo

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June 30th, 2019

As a change of pace from our usual Church of the Churchless programming, I wanted to share what I did yesterday: attend the opening day of the Salem World Beat Festival, as I do every year. It's difficult to draw...

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Someone sent me a link to an Indian Express story, "Mystery deepens over Pune land deal as Chandrakant Patil defends his actions." It mentions Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), a religious organization in India that quite a few visitors to...

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As always, today I hugely enjoyed the World Beat Festival at Riverfront Park. Good news is, there's another day to enjoy it -- Sunday. Here's photos and videos of my festival experience.

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