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WOW… last night’s sunset in the Gorge was one for the books! It was the one that just kept on giving. What I thought was going to be just a quick 20 minute outing ended up being a life changing 3 hour photo extravaganza! So many strange emotions experienced during that time and a whole renewed deep sense of appreciation and gratitude for this magical place we call “The Gorge”. For the past couple weeks, The Gorge has been in national news for all the wrong reasons- it was burning down! The Eagle Creek Fire was like something we’ve never experienced before around here. Our favorite hiking trails, our waterfalls, our bridges, tunnels, interstate to Portland, the wonderful little community of Cascade Locks, people’s homes, businesses and more- all closed off either up in flames or very close to it! Continue reading

Senators and crony corporatists deep-six proposed EPA reductions in biodiesel mandates

Despite what I thought were persuasive articles over the years (here, here and here, for example), corn ethanol and other biofuel mandates remain embedded in US law. As we have learned, once a government program is created, it becomes virtually impossible to eliminate, revise or even trim fat from it. Continue reading

The Obama era “Climate Science Special Report” demands a “red team” analysis

Several months ago a brief furor erupted when the New York Times leaked the final draft of the upcoming Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), an extremely alarmist rendition of what is supposedly happening with Earth’s climate. Dangerous climate change and weather events, the report says, are due to mankind’s use of fossil fuels to create and maintain modern living standards and to the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that result from that energy use. Continue reading

Gorge Fruit and Craft Fair: An autumn favorite

The hugely popular Gorge Fruit & Craft Fair, arrives Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22, from 10am to 5pm, at the Hood River County Fairgrounds, 3020 Wy’east Rd., near the community of Odell. It’s an autumn favorite! Admission and parking are free.

Celebrating the people and products of the Columbia River Gorge—and only the Columbia Gorge–the Gorge Fruit & Craft Fair features arts and crafts, gourmet food products, fresh Hood River fruit, flowers, baked goods, local wines, jewelry, furniture, plants and flowers, soft goods, and much more — all grown, made or crafted in four Oregon and Washington counties of the central Columbia River Gorge. Continue reading

Beacon Laundry & Cleaners, Washington Blvd, Culver City, California

October 19th, 2017, is “Get to Know Your Customer Day.” And, to quote my very first employer John Gillan, the only purpose of any business is to serve the customer.

I’m sure Mr. Gillan would say that EVERY day should be Customers’ Day. Mr. G owned the Beacon Laundry and Cleaners establishment in Culver City, California. My mother worked in the dry cleaning department, and I used to “hang around” there, every day after school until quitting time. I begged Mr. G to allow me to work “upstairs” where the office was located. He nodded, saying, “Do you know how to type?” Regretfully, I said that I didn’t, but that I could certainly learn. He said, “As soon as you know how to type, I’ll put you to work in the office.” Continue reading

Fall has arrived and my gardening focus has shifted to harvesting and preserving the bounty.
Life is an experiment and this year’s experiments included sun-drying tomatoes in my car. I spread brown paper bags in the windshield with tomato slices on them and they dried nicely. I was amazed at how many tomatoes could fit in a small zip lock bag! Continue reading

I don’t know about you, but fall is my favorite season. I love watching the transformation take place. Weather patterns that transition us from summer to fall, offer us a fresh new look at our environment. Trees turning brilliant shades are a delightful sight for many photographers, Sunday drivers and sightseers. The brisk regional winds that stir us in autumn signal a new season. All this indicates another good sign—we are moving forward with anticipation and with a fresh new outlook. Continue reading

October celebrates popcorn…

and pizza. Enjoy!

October comes from the Latin word octo which means “eight.” In ancient Rome, October was the eighth month of the year. However, when the Gregorian calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII on February 24, 1582, it became the tenth month of the year.

Of course, probably the most well-known holiday of the month is Halloween (October 31st), but October is also National Arts & Humanities Month, Fire Prevention Month, Pizza Month, Popcorn Poppin’ Month, as well as National Dessert Month. Continue reading

In one of my favorite Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot TV productions, “The Adventure of the Clapham Cook,” the little Irish housemaid “Annie” speculates to Poirot that the missing cook has been carried away by “White Slavers.” This is an amusing little scene, intended, no doubt, to inject a bit of humor into the mystery. However, to poor little Annie, this might, indeed, have been a very real peril.

A Belgian, Poirot would have likely known little of Irish history, written and oral. Had he been aware of it, his amusement produced by the Irish housemaid’s speculation that the missing cook was taken by “white slavers” would have made Annie’s anxiety somewhat credible. Continue reading

Tj Saling Caldwell

“Prayer is the deliberate and persevering action of the soul. It is true and enduring, and full of grace. Prayer fastens the soul to God and makes it one with God’s will, through the deep inward working of the Holy Spirit.” Julian of Norwich

Of all the Christian disciplines, prayer is the easiest and yet the hardest. Easiest in that whether you are a young child or a brand-new Christian, you can learn to pray. Hardest in that maintaining a consistent prayer life can be difficult. We beat ourselves up because we’re not praying enough or we don’t know what to pray; then when we do pray and don’t see answers right away or don’t get the answer we want, we lose heart. Continue reading

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