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June 22nd, 2018

The older I get -- I'm 69 -- the more I resonate with the Zen story of a man who had a bad day when he was chased by a tiger. Which turned into a much worse day when another...

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June 21st, 2018

The post Gear Up for Adventure at Portland’s Historic Mountain Shop appeared first on Travel Oregon.

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Who can resist an Oregon coastal adventure? It's easy to get enamored with windswept vistas, to be astonished by otherworldly sea stacks, and to be happily satisfied by all the sea-to-fork food. Explore the splendor of Oregon’s South Coast in four fun-filled days. Highlights include jet boats, secluded beaches, fat-ti

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June 18th, 2018

There's religious, spiritual, philosophical, and mystical writings. Then there's The Book of Chuang Tzu. It stands apart, because there's nothing else like it. This Taoist classic is humorous, crazy, confusing, paradoxical, entertaining, wise, weird, and so much else besides. I've...

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Morrison’s has two companies that operate as one: Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Lodge and Morrison’s Rogue Wilderness Adventures. Together, they make for a one-of-a-kind adventure getaway located in the tiny community of Galice, 16 miles downstream of Grants Pass on the banks of the Rogue and far from anything else.

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June 17th, 2018

When Father's Day comes around I don't spend much time reminiscing about memories of my father, since I only spent one hour of face-to-face time with him in my entire life. (These are the only photos I have of my...

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June 15th, 2018

I find many things weird. Most of them reside within my own cranium. After all, that's really the only place weirdness resides -- in a human mind. Like, mine. One of my weirdnesses is that even though I'm an avid...

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The Rogue Valley is prized for its unique terroir — warm days and cool nights, nestled between the Cascade, Siskiyou and Coastal ranges and the Pacific Ocean; the temperature flux enhances the sugar-acid balance and the flavors of the grapes. The post

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Last week, the federal government transferred 123 immigrants from detentions near the U.S.- Mexico Border to the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon, part of an unprecedented contract with the federal Bureau of Prisons to hold 1,600 immigrants nationwide for ICE. Among the detainees being threatened with dep

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June 14th, 2018

Like many Oregon chefs, Andres and Ariana Fernandez of Bend's Ariana restaurant have embraced the hyper-local, sustainable ethos. Menus change seasonally, if not daily. Chefs make everything from scratch and source ingredients from local purveyors. And diners happily clean their plates. The post

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June 13th, 2018

Many religiously-minded people put a lot of stock in feelings. Meaning, those intuitions that appear full-blown in the mind, seemingly from out of nowhere, that just seem So Absolutely True, they demand to be believed. Like, God is love, Jesus...

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Family-owned businesses Hellgate Jetboat Excursions and the exclusive Hellgate River Lodge have been leading trips like this since 1959 — a jet boat ride on the Rogue with the option to stop over at their scenic day lodge. The post

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June 12th, 2018

Just came across this piece by Jesse Bering in Skeptic, "No, Being Religious Will Not Save You From Suicide." Well worth reading. Makes some great points. Here's an excerpt. Among the more obnoxious things I’ve read in the wake of...

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The recent suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have gotten people talking about the problem of taking one's own life. That's good. But I don't feel like we're talking about an important issue that is almost a taboo topic:...

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Recently recently I’ve been making substantial changes in my life and how i’ve become more sensitive to the needs of others. Compassion in action emerges from a field of openness connection and discernment on how we have created relationships with people in our lives. Mistakes I have made a few but I’ve changed and I

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June 11th, 2018

Back in my true-believing religious days, when I embraced an Eastern form of mysticism that espoused several hours of daily eyes-closed meditation, I thought that the ultimate aim of life was to experience higher realms of reality beyond the physical....

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June 9th, 2018

Am I happier since I gave up the fantasy of religion? Probably. It's a big relief to not have a cosmic weight on my back -- the expectation that I need to do this and that, plus that and this,...

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