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On a Saturday morning daily walk in the sunrise twilight, I was surprised how many lights were already on in houses I passed. No doubt there are early risers among the neighbors, some to atten…

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The other day, a friend commented that the suffering of the last few years has diminished his capacity for experiencing spontaneous joy. The dictionary defines “joy” as “a state of happiness o…

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A year ago, at this time I wrote a column with firm roots in the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, the omicron variant of the infection was a new threat and it looked like we were locked in essentially…

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It was a beautiful summer afternoon at the park, when a friend sent a text message asking if I wanted to come join their support of the annual Relay for Life on behalf of local regional cancer…

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One of my fondest childhood memories of Christmas in the 1970s was riding around in the family station wagon, “Bessie,” to look at Christmas lights while I whined to my parents about needing a…

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We woke up to snow this morning, a change in the weather that makes me smile— at least when it happens in December. I’m much less happy about it when it comes in February.

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Several decades ago, I lived in a big pink house in the high country of central Idaho and was alone for Christmas. My daughter had flown from Boise to see her mother in Hawaii, and my fellow r…

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My early childhood was filled with many fond memories. I grew up on a small farm in Post Falls, Idaho, in the late 1950s and 60s. My dad had purchased a one-room church building and arranged f…

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During the early morning hours of Nov. 5, a major windstorm with wind gusts as strong as 77 mph at the Eastern Oregon Airport damaged many buildings and trees with downed power lines that cont…

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