This year is flying past. It has been a cold wet year here in Oregon. This is what Steve Solomon, author of “Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades,” would call a cabbage year. If you are growing a garden to actually feed your family you’d better be growing cabbage. Many people till their garden area around May 15 and put in all their starts in a single weekend.
Corn seed rots pretty quickly in cold wet soils, so planting too early or when the ground is still cold will result in very low rates of germination and stunted growth. Yesterday, I saw the first signs of life from my corn area, little two-inch shoots coming up. I soak my seed in warm water to hasten germination. I have found it makes a real difference. Continue reading
A Gun Digest reader asks, “I’m taking my first concealed weapons class with a small frame 9mm pistol. Can you recommend a specific holster to get started?”
This is a great question. I can point you in a general direction, but holster selection is like success in the dating game: highly subjective and dependent on many factors. So don’t be surprised if you end up shopping around some.
Let’s start with our focus on four things: (1) leather, (2) belt mount, (3) high ride, and (4) thumb snap. Several excellent manufacturers (Bianchi, Galco, De Santis) offer models with all four of these features. Continue reading
As we celebrate our nation’s Independence this month, I would like to share a story of God’s divine protection over our first president, George Washington (before his presidency). This story, which was told often by Washington himself, happens during the French and Indian War, which some historians argue was more significant than the Revolutionary War in starting Americans on the path of independence.
A young Virginia man, George Washington served as an officer for the British Army in the French and Indian War. During this particular battle on July 9, 1755, at the Monongahela River (near the city of Pittsburg now), Washington and his men were completely outnumbered and outmaneuvered by the French and Indian warriors. Within two hours, 1,000 British soldiers were killed or wounded, while only 30 French and Indian warriors were injured. Continue reading
This summer volunteers are gathering signatures and getting involved to stop taxpayer-funded abortions in Oregon. Faith communities are leading the charge, with over 400 churches of all sizes across Oregon holding petition drives. From Medford to Portland, Brookings to Baker City, passionate volunteers are working hard to meet the goal of 117,000+ signatures needed to qualify the measure for the November, 2018 ballot.
Corvallis-based Oregon Life United is heading up the drive. Initiative Petition 1 — known as the ‘Stop Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ — would prohibit state funds from being used for abortions, except when medically necessary or if required by federal law.
Initiative Will Reverse Abortions Mandated by HB 3391 Continue reading
Al Gore’s bombast and hypocrisy, an energy debacle “no one saw coming,” lessons for USA
The Wall Street Journal called it the energy shortage “no one saw coming.” Actually, a lot of people did see it coming. But intent on pursuing their “dangerous manmade climate change” and “renewable energy will save the planet” agendas, the political classes ignored them. So the stage was set.
As an Australia-wide heat wave sent temperatures soaring above 105 degrees F (40.6 C) in early 2017, air conditioning demand skyrocketed. But Adelaide, South Australia is heavily dependent on wind turbines for electricity generation – and there was no wind. Continue reading
Recently I have been a “guest” at two of the local hospitals. For those of you who have had similar experiences the one thing you look forward to during your stay is meal time. Traditionally, hospital food could best be described as institutional and tasteless, without regard to presentation or convenience of delivery. However, there is one hospital that has split from the herd, Adventist Medical Center.
To my surprise and delight, they had items that were on their order menu that I would expect in a fine dining restaurant. I thought this was too good to be true. So, I picked up the phone and ordered my meal. It was delivered on time and hot…except for the carrot cake.
For this story, I interviewed Irene Franklin, who is a real fireball and a get-things-done type of person. Franklin is Director of Nutritional Services and a Registered Dietitian. Continue reading
If you’ve ever gone to a summer camp in North America, the odds are good that you have been duped into participating in a snipe hunt, or shamelessly duped others into participating in one.
A snipe hunt is a hunt for an elusive and imaginary creature called, well, a snipe. The unsuspecting victim is led to an outdoor spot, and given an empty sack or pillowcase, and told to make creaturely noises to attract the prey into his clutches. His fellow campers melt into the darkness, after promising to chase the creatures right to him.
Then the campers return to camp and sit around the campfire eating s’mores and laughing themselves silly, waiting to see how long it will take for their hapless victim to discover that he’s a dupe. Continue reading
On a gorgeous spread of farmland plateau above the Columbia River outside Hood River stands the Double Mountain Horse Ranch. It’s hard to imagine a better place for those seeking the adventure and renewal that comes from riding a beautiful trail on horseback.
“Horses captured me from an early age,” says owner Margo Goodman.
When the opportunity arose seven years ago, Goodman made the decision to cash in her retirement account of $80,000 and purchase the ranch. “It has been a wonderful journey,” she says. “The Lord has had His hand in my life, guiding me and keeping me healthy through horsemanship.” Continue reading
Nature photographer Nancy J. Smith has received her sixth national award from the Calendar Marketing Association (CMA). The Association sponsors the industry’s premier awards program honoring the highest quality in calendar design and production. Smith’s 2017 ‘The Majestic Pacific Northwest’ calendar was submitted in a category with the widest pool of competitors: Wall Class Retail Division, Best Scenic Photography category. Criteria used by the CMA panel of judges to select its winners include: calendar originality, information quality, complete execution of the subject or theme and quality of photography.
“I think what makes my calendar unique is the ‘close-up corner’ on each page, where I provide a showcase for the flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. There, I provide in-depth background and detail on a particular wildflower or species of wildlife I’ve found in the region. A big part of each photographic adventure is my anticipation of what I’m going to see – it’s always different. I challenge myself to give audiences the sense of what I’m seeing and feeling. I’m thrilled by CMA’s recognition but my biggest reward is bringing joy and inspiration to others through my work.” Continue reading
It was bound to happen. It’s that time of year. Our lawns that Craig has worked so diligently on – sloping masterpieces of green sward – are, all of a sudden, pock marked with pyramids of finely dug dark brown earth.
Now, there are a couple of ways to look at this: Number one – “Wow, this is great dirt! Get the pots for the deck and fill them up!” Number two – “Connie, call the mole guy – NOW!” Well, I threw the mole guy’s card away four years ago – after the “incident.”
It was late fall. The leaves had fallen and the air was crisp. I was relaxing in the living room; dark was setting in; and so was I. Craig came in from outside. Continue reading