What my children remember about me as they were growing up absolutely enthralls me. It is a never-ending treasure trove of what I was like – and still am! First, let me say that I considered them “partners in crime.” I will always think that I somehow managed to clone myself twice. We moved an insane number of times, and I tried to be the “constant.” It never occurred to me to be other than myself even if I had to explain myself. I expected them to learn from it.
The move to Brightwood, Oregon was pivotal. My daughter was in 4th grade, my son was in preschool. There – in a sweet log cabin with a creek in front and the river behind, the three of us grew from the heart out, while husband commuted. My tendencies to take up “causes” and be proactive bloomed to full flower.
I joined Green Peace, The Atomic Decommissioning Alliance and assorted human rights groups. When the Japanese ambassador came to Portland, I took part Continue reading
As parents watch their young children argue and fight with one another, they have a nagging worry that they might grow up and not like their siblings. Thankfully, in many of our families, the children learn to get along and grow up to love one another. The Bible lets us peer into one family in which this was not the case. Rather, there was deception and bitterness in the home. The father’s name was Jacob and his story is recorded in the book of Genesis. He fathered a large family through four different women, all of whom lived in his home at the same time! [Talk about a dysfunctional family!] Of the four women, he loved Rachel the most. She had trouble getting pregnant, so his first ten boys and one daughter were born by the other three. Finally, Rachel gave birth to his eleventh son and named him Joseph. Continue reading
Last month I shared my excitement and renewed civic commitment after being called for jury duty and selected for a month-long term as a Clackamas County Grand Juror. Here are some insights I’ve gained through what has become one of the most profound experiences of my life.
I can’t reveal most of what happened. Our very first instruction was that everything that occurred in the Grand Jury room was to be kept secret, not only for the duration of our term as Grand Jurors, but also for the rest of our lives. Continue reading
EMAR has chosen to endorse Mayor Ted Tosterud for re-election this November. In addition, they are making a sizable contribution to his campaign. EMAR joined a very long list of people who feel Mayor Tosterud is the right man for the job of leading the City of Fairview and East County.
Governor Barbara Roberts, Senator Laurie Monnes Anderson, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Commissioner Lori Stegmann, Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese, Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, Mt Hood Community College Board Member Diane McKeel, Former Mayor of Troutdale Doug Daoust, Mayor of Wood Village Tim Clark, Mayor of Tigard John Cook, Mayor of Wilsonville Tim Knapp, Mayor of Lake Oswego Kent Studebaker, Mayor of Hillsboro Steve Callaway, Mayor of Milwaukie Mark Gamba, Mayor of Sandy Bill King, Mayor of Tualatin Lou Ogden, Mayor of Cornelius Jeffery Dalin, Mayor of King City Ken Gibson, Mayor of Durham Gery Schirado, Wood Village City Councilor Patricia Smith, Fairview City Councilor Mike Weatherby, Fairview City Councilor Cathi Forsythe, Fairview City Councilor Natalie Voruz, and a host of local residents of Fairview. Continue reading
Even before enactment, anticipation of passage spurred investments, jobs and growth
Not long ago, a dentist called seeking advice about investing in new equipment for her practice. Business had been strong, but she envisioned enhancing the customer experience and growing her practice even further. The experience will set her apart from many other dentists, allowing her to retain existing clients and attract new ones. New state of the art dental technology would allow her to jump-start the process. Continue reading
Greens are angry that Interior modified a rule they wanted to use to attack energy and ranching
How we long for the good old days! That’s the tone of some environmental industry leaders who are screaming bloody murder (literally, not figuratively) about Department of the Interior actions under President Trump. The Department’s re-interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is a case in point.
One Washington Post writer carped that “cruelty without consequence” is at “the heart of the Trump era.” The new rule, she wrote, is “harmful to the weak … but also to the strong, who in the exercise of cruelty become less humane, less human.” Continue reading
Dallas Oregon School Sued For Protection Of Privacy
When Dallas School District decided to allow a biological female pretending to be a male, to undress in the boys’ locker room, Parents’ Rights in Education drew the line. Along with Parents for Privacy, we sued the Dallas School District for the rights of individual students to privacy in respective locker/bath facilities while on the school campus. Continue reading
Recent actions show reform is in the wind, but much remains to be done, especially on climate
Dr. Brian Wansink recently resigned from his position as Columbia University professor, eating behavior researcher and director of the Cornell “food lab.” A faculty investigation found that he had misreported research data, failed to preserve data and results properly, and employed dubious statistical techniques. Continue reading
We are locked in an intense civil war over the values that will govern our life as a nation.
I recently read a column by media consultant Peter Leyden and political commentator Ruy Texeira, perceptively entitled The Great Lesson of California in America’s New Civil War. The whole thing is worth the read, because it’s a wake-up call to conservatives to realize how fierce, determined, and implacable our cultural adversaries are. Continue reading
The November election, with ballots arriving in late October, involves a number of candidates and issues that could have far reaching positive consequences for our state. But if voters opt for the status quo, as they frequently do, Oregon will sink further into the abyss of corruption and incompetence. We have massive problems that are not being addressed, because the ruling Democrat Party has run out of ideas and out of other people’s money. They are governing in classic Chicago fashion with endless payoffs to pals; and with a divisive ideology that pits one group against another.
Would the Republicans do any better? That is certainly a fair question to ask. As a former Chicagoan who witnessed such a transition, I can attest to the benefits of a little fresh air. Suddenly all the corruption was gone, perhaps because the Republicans needed time to come up with their own version. But the community did very well during their reign, not very badly. Continue reading