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Martin Luther was the greatest man of the second millennium.

Many great and influential men moved about the world stage between 1000 AD and 2000 AD – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Bismarck, and Winston Churchill to name just a few – but Luther towers above them all.

As a lowly monk, he stood alone against the mightiest political power of the day, the emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, and against the mightiest religious power of the day, the pope of the Roman Catholic Church. This wasn’t David against Goliath, this was David against an army of Goliaths. Luther took them on, and he won. Continue reading

A Traditional Jack-O-Lantern Face
• Choose a pumpkin that is ripe, with no bruises or nicks. Don’t carry a pumpkin by its stem, because it may break. (Larger pumpkins are easier to carve than small ones.)
• For easy cleanup, place your pumpkin on several layers of newspaper before carving.
• Using a marker draw a hexagon on the top of the pumpkin. Add a small tab on the side so you always know how the top fits on the pumpkin. (Knives are sharp, so it is important that children are supervised when carving their pumpkins.) Continue reading

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

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