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The Art of Gardening in the Rain

So, I decided to take a page out of Pippin's playbook, and roust around in the backyard this holiday weekend, rain or shine.

Stick Your Face In It

My dog cracks me up. I’ve spoiled him past the point of dog-hood. Pip is no man’s dog. He is a couch potato, a snuggle bunny, a friend of the coyotes.


"Invictus" is a short Victorian poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). From Latin, it means: unconquerable, undefeated.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance

Ma Mère

They called her Ma Mère. She was French and tiny, fragile - at first - in the flat, dry landscapes of eastern Montana. Where the wind never ever stopped blowing. Where she could look across the muted landscapes of wheat and sky and see nothing, forever. Her life would be set – laid out in front of her, day by day – like the long table in her kitchen: each plate, cup and tine set in perfect order.

The Fox that Rocks

Spinning with Jack Shepard


August Twenty-seventh, Two thousand and three:

Looking back, it was Tami who started it. One look at the convertible, one impetuous desire, and all seven of us were off on an unexpected, madcap adventure.

Friendship Had Its Home

"There is was, there it is, the place where during the best time of our lives friendship had its home and happiness its headquarters." -Wallace Stegner

Exponentiate Your Efforts

Get More Mileage Out of News Stories and Press Releases

“Exponentiate” (verb; to exponentially expand your results; as in, do a tiny little bit more effort for a whole lot larger result; Example: When a butterfly sneezes in China, it causes a hurricane in Miami.)

I just made up a word: exponentiate. Why?

The Business of Having Fun: Publishing a Travel and Recreation Magazine

I’m a Believer
When I launched “Oregon Lakes & Rivers: Travel and Recreation” last year, I firmly believed these four things:
1. People travel. Even in a recession. They just travel (and recreate) closer to home.
2. People get their travel information online.

Local, Loud and Loved

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