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Mary Jo Conniff

Heart-throb David Cassidy. Source: Wikipedia

In the Fall of 1970 I fell in love for the first time. As I tuned into one of the most popular television shows in the world! My first love was David Cassidy, star of “The Partridge Family.” The show only lasted four years, but David continued to live on with millions of young women internationally! I still own all of the Partridge Family albums and David’s solo records. You “ain’t heard nothin’” if you haven’t listened to PF’s Christmas and David’s “Cherish” albums! For days when the show didn’t air I had the posters that adorned my bedroom walls……Sigh.
Let’s fast forward to 2001. I was a radio talk show co-host in Phoenix, Arizona, and I’d just booked TV star Vicki Lawrence, 70’s pop artist, and actress who was touring to educate listeners about the American Heart Association. Continue reading

Taylor McQuillin

Fortitude: meaning courage or bravery, is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation.

This tale of FORTITUDE is about a very special, very beautiful young woman. Her name is Taylor McQuillin who has become a shining star in the sport of softball. Continue reading

Napoleon Bonaparte, photo source: Wikipedia

On July 14, 1789 Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops stormed and dismantled the Bastille, a royal fortress and prison that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution.

At the time, Thomas Jefferson proclaimed: that France had “been awakened by our [American] Revolution.” However, for President John Adams the news from France had signaled a warning bell. “The French Revolution,” he wrote, “will, I hope, produce effects in favor of liberty, equity, and humanity as extensive as this whole globe and as lasting as all time.” Yet he could not help foreseeing a tragic outcome, in that a single legislative assembly, as chosen by the French, could only mean “great and lasting calamities.” Continue reading

Victoria Larson, N.D.

Instead of farm-to-table, I want to talk about getting food to your table. Despite the fact that many people eat in their cars, or at their desks, or in restaurants, numerous studies show that gathering together at the table leads to better family relationships, better digestion, and ultimately better health. Making this a goal is sadly somewhat lost in our frazzle-dazzle society where the goal appears to be dollars and not one’s health.

But you can’t eat dollars; and you need to eat to stay alive. All that you ever need is given to you via the eco-system. Photosynthesis leads to plant foods, dairy products, honey, and high protein foods. What we hope is an infinite sun that will provide for us. Foods created in labs are not the best choice. Continue reading

Colubus monkey Violet holds her baby at the Oregon Zoo. ©Oregon Zoo/ photo by Shervin Hess

First colobus monkey born at the Oregon Zoo since 2006 

The Oregon Zoo’s primate family grew by a pound on Tuesday morning as colobus monkeys Violet and Kiku welcomed a new baby. The newborn colobus monkey is thriving and can already be seen peeking a pink face out from the safety of its mom’s fur.

“Colobus monkeys make wonderful parents,” said Colleen Reed, a keeper who cares for the zoo’s primates. “The adults work together to raise the babies. In addition to Violet and Kiku, Makari, our other adult female, is showing a lot of interest in the baby as well.”

See video of the new baby colobus monkey at http://bit.ly/babycolobus Continue reading

Let’s go trail riding!

Come explore the scenic spectacular views!

Double Mountain Horse Ranch of Hood River has been awarded a US forest service permit to operate within 1,000 acre parks near Troutdale from I-84 the exit 18 Sandy River Delta. This new permit allows all levels of horseback riders from beginners to intermediate and advanced to experience outdoor trail rides with water crossings for the next four months. “The forest service has been wonderful assisting us to maintain our business closer to Portland due to the fire closure of the trail heads in the Herman Creek Cascade Locks Area,” states Margo Vankat Goodman, owner of Double Mountain Horse Ranch. Continue reading

Crooked River Railroad by the Olson’s in Vancouver

Baker & Grande Ronde Railroad by the Lee’s in Corbett

This year, 14 Garden Railways in the greater Portland area will be open for visits from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, June 16th. This is a great activity for the whole family at a very affordable price. The garden railways have miniature plants, structures, and people populating the “G” scale railroad worlds that have been created. Many garden railroads feature streams and ponds with bridges and trestles over which the engines pull their passenger and freight cars. Continue reading

By Connie Warnock, NW Connection

Local writer and owner/breeder/exhibitor of Shih Tzu dogs, Connie Warnock, recently collected all her articles and stories about her beloved pups into one charming and hilarious book called, “Dogs; The Best Medicine: The Kitchen Kennel Kronicles.”

Connie’s relationship with Shih Tzu’s began in 1978 with two puppies; a black and white female named Ping Jai Hua “Ping” and a male named MingSong Shu Si Ling (which roughly translated to “squirrel commando”!) Over the years, she made a name for herself in the dog show world earning many Best of Breeds and Best in Shows as a breeder/owner/handler (the triple threat!)

As her “herd” of Shih Tzus grew, she began to write for The Shih Tzu Reporter about her experiences as a breeder and about the everyday experiences of homelife with a multigenerational family of dogs. Her dog articles and stories eventually made it into local town newspapers such as the Sandy Profile, where she was a regular columnist for years. Continue reading

When I was a junior in high school in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, I took Driver’s Ed. I was in no rush to get my driver’s license in Massachusetts where the weather was horrendous during the winter months (and I had been in 2 accidents as a passenger), but this seemed like an easy class to take and it allowed me the time to think about much more important things: Boys, and Cheerleading!

When I moved to Arizona the summer before my senior year, I changed my mind about getting my license. No snow or ice in Arizona – so I was ready to experience the freedom that most teenagers crave! Continue reading

By Marlon Furtado, Board member Apple Of His Eye Charities

Do you sometimes feel as though your faith needs a boost? Hebrews chapter eleven is often called the “Hall of Faith.” It is meant to encourage us, but sometimes I find it discouraging when I compare myself to the people listed. Take Abraham, for instance. Can you imagine if one morning you told your wife that God had instructed you to sell the house and pack the trailer for an unknown destination? Wouldn’t go over well in my home.

Or compare your faith to that of Noah. Try convincing your kids to spend most of their lives helping you build a monstrous ship in preparation for a flood God promised to send in 100 years. (Mind you, it had never even rained up to this time.) And what about Moses? His faith moved him to trade in a life of luxury for one filled with hardship, like giving up a lucrative job for minimum wage. And how about Joshua’s faith? He simply walked around Jericho for a week, gave one shout, and the walls of Jericho crumbled. Continue reading

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