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OREGON NIGHT LIGHT NECKLACE FOR CAUTIOUS SEA CAPTAINS, AND YOU

OREGON NIGHT LIGHT

One picture doesn’t do the Oregon Night Light Necklace justice

But here it is according to a State Park sign.

Click the pics for full size. It’s a cool light house map on a big screen.

Now imagine yourself on a wooden sailboat exploring another poorly mapped coast line.

Another chance to crash on the rocks.

Every boat on the water shares one goal: DON’T SINK!

The Oregon night light house necklace reaches out to them all. [Read More…]

OREGON HISTORY, EXCITING AND DEADLY FROM THE BEGINNING

Don’t mistake real Oregon History for polite/academic Oregon History

The history of Oregon, a U.S. state, may be considered in five eras: geologic history, inhabitation by native peoples, early exploration by Europeans (primarily fur traders), settlement by pioneers, and modern development.

This is the sort of Oregon history you get from Wiki. It’s nice and compartmentalized.

You could write history for everything by this formula, and many historians follow the rules.

Or, you can go boots on the ground and find history more meaningful to you, to the region, and for those planning trips to the Beaver State.

With that in mind, take Oregon History based on its current borders and move backward.

For the curious, history happens where you find it. If you survive the encounter, you’re part of history.

Start with the most common history question: [Read More…]

KEN KESEY, SOMETIMES A GREAT OREGON IN KERNVILLE

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Kernville house for Ken Kesey’s Sometimes A Great Notion

In some parts of America I balk at driving the back roads. I drive on, but carefully.

Those roads show more about a shared history if you look hard enough.

The Siletz Highway, OR 229 headed east off of 101 north of Depoe Bay, is one of those roads.

They drive fast on 229 and I was looking hard.

Rolling up on someone’s business uninvited is a surprise no one wants.

But Oregon back roads feel different than places like Louisiana. [Read More…]

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SETTLE OLD SCORES OUTSIDE, WIN THE BIGGER WAR INSIDE

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HUSBANDING 101? MILLENNIAL SAYS NOT SO FAST

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BABY BOOMER LIFE QUIZ FOR NOSY MILLENNIALS

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INVENTIONS FROM ANCIENT CHINA TO AMERICA

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DURABLE PORTLAND CAST IRON FINDS

    Portland cast iron over your head in an earthquake? It’s still art. I see the stuff and think health hazard. Cast iron is heavy enough on the ground, let alone falling any distance. That’s one of the cautions about historic preservation: save yourself first.

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MONICA DRAKE: PORTLAND AUTHOR, DETECTIVE, DELIGHT

    Tell me a better Oregon name than Monica Drake, then show me a better story collection.   Oregon Ducks and Monica Drake? Perfect combination. Oregon State Beavers and Monica Nutria? Not so much. In her short story collection, The Folly Of Loving Life, Monica Drake gives TRUTH to this writers’ advice: Only write […]

ALEXANDER, A GREAT TECHNIQUE

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Boomerpdx Remembers Historian Thomas Vaughan

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DONALD TRUMP: A NEW YORKERS’ NEW YORKER

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WHO CRIES MOST? NON-VOTER

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BOOMER MOTHER’S DAY MEMORY GUIDE

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