I just saw it on my neighborhood blog. One of my favorite local bakeries has closed. The lease was up and, while the bakery had successfully existed in its location for twenty-five years, the property owner and the bakery owner could not come to terms on a new lease. Sadly, the bakery’s two other locations are nowhere nearby and lack the same ambiance.
The why seems irrelevant at this point because the doors are shut and papered now with no notice given to loyal customers prior to the closure. What matters to me is that a friendly, cozy atmosphere and the memories I associate with that oddly-shaped corner building are now just that: memories.
I used to push the stroller through that neighborhood when my son was a baby, place to sit, simply to enjoy the moment and receive some stimulation from adult conversation around me. When my son was in preschool I took him there occasionally and we would buy a treat of a marionberry scone or a blueberry muffin. Continue reading
On November 25, 2016, Fidel Castro the despotic ruler of Cuba died. He ruthlessly ruled his countrymen for 47 years and died at 90. His brother Raul is now the ruler of Castro by succession, not by a vote of the people. That is because they don’t have elections. Castro enthusiastically embraced communism and all of its diabolical ideology. As a result thousands of people were unjustly put in prison, tortured and killed. Even today over 8,000 are being held as political prisoners because they have opposed the Castro regime.
The country is in shambles and that is putting it mildly. The people suffer but the press in America seems to ignore all of this. The headline in the USA, “Fidel Castro: Among World’s Most Influential Leaders for a Half a Century”. The New York Times headline read “Fidel Castro, Urban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S. Dies at 90″. Continue reading
The old adage “dog is man’s best friend” is definitely an understatement. If you love and are loved by a dog, then you have known love and unselfish loyalty in its purest form. If you are inclined to think what I write is a bit “over the top” you may think again after reading “Bison.”
Bison is a large shaggy dog of advanced years, who is loved and owned by Amanda. I met Bison on a recent trip quick trip to Palm Springs. Amanda’s fiancé is the son of friends we stayed with during our week of sunshine. Amanda, Adam and Bison live in San Diego. The entire family frequents Disneyland, where Bison is almost a legend and wears honorary “mouse ears.” Continue reading
Father Engelmar Unzeitig was one of the many brave yet often overlooked Christians who took bold stands against the Nazis in World War II.
Hubert Unzeitig was born in Greifendorf, Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia) on March 1, 1911. He entered the seminary at the age of 18 and became a priest, assuming the name “Engelmar,” in the Mariannhill Mission Society, whose motto is: “If no one else will go: I will go!” In 1940, he was assigned to serve in Austria.
As the Nazis began their persecution of the Jewish people, Unzeitig defended Jews in his sermons, resulting in his being arrested by the Gestapo in 1941.
The Gestapo arrested Unzeitig on 21 April 1941 for defending Jews in his sermons and sent him to the Dachau concentration camp without a trial on 8 June 1941. While there he studied the Russian language in order to tend to the Eastern European prisoners and administered to all prisoners in general in his role as a pastor. Continue reading
Every year in December we are faced with a new parade of horribles in which mean-spirited and crabby liberals make fresh attempts to impose anti-Christian bigotry on one school, classroom, and teacher after another.
The knock on the Puritans, false as it was, was that they were desperately afraid that someone, somewhere, was having fun. Well, with the Victorian prudes of the anti-Christ movement, it’s a bit different. They are desperately afraid that someone, somewhere, is enjoying religious liberty. Continue reading
Don’t miss a “last chance” to find special gifts, holiday decorations, tasty food, and many more necessities for the holidays. The Last Chance Holiday Bazaar–a favorite event of procrastinating holiday shoppers–arrives at the Hood River County Fairgrounds Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11, from 10am to 4pm each day in the Community Building. The bazaar is presented by Griffith Motors, and organized by the Hood River County Fair Board. Admission and parking are free.
The Last Chance Holiday Bazaar is the perfect event for people seeking unique gifts, delights for the holiday table, handcrafted items, gourmet food, and holiday decorations. The bazaar will offer shoppers a final opportunity before the holidays to find one-of-a-kind gifts, holiday decorating ideas, artwork, scented products, and much more. A wonderful collection of crafters, jewelry makers, bakers, soft good makers, soap makers, photographers, and other creative people will be offering their best at the bazaar—more than 40 booths in all. Continue reading
Socialism is, and always will, be a colossal failure. This is for the simple reason that even the best of men eventually grow tired of getting ripped off. An entire economy based on theft – even legalized theft – cannot possibly work.
We’re always told that the only reason socialism has never worked is that the right people haven’t been in charge. Well, if there were ever a group of men who were the right people to put in charge of an experiment in socialism, it was our Pilgrim forebears.
They were godly, steeped in Scripture, and pure in motive. As Governor Bradford said, these were “good and honest men.” In fact, the entire purpose of their relocation to the New World was for “the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.” (Yes, America was founded as a Christian nation.) Continue reading
Although he was not my first choice for President, I voted for President-Elect Donald Trump because he was far preferable to the Wicked Witch of the East. While it is true that he does not meet all of my high standards for charm, wisdom, humility, and political correctness, I realize that I am probably the only one who does! It is funny how that works.
Of course, Donald’s detractors do not even get that far in evaluating him. Because he is a fabulously wealthy Caucasian businessman from the Republican Party, he is automatically racist, sexist, homophobic, and everything else that Democrats see in opponents but never in themselves. In a word, he and his followers are “deplorable” for opposing their Leftist ideology. That must include me, as I am all of those things (except fabulously wealthy). Such critiques must strike even Democrats as shallow. Continue reading
Having achieved major goals, US should refocus EPA and other environmental agencies
Donald Trump plans to “roll back progress” on climate change, energy and the environment, activists, regulators and their media allies assert. The claim depends on one’s definition of “progress.”
These interest groups define “progress” as ever-expanding laws, regulations, bureaucracies and power, to bring air and water emissions of every description down to zero, to prevent diseases that they attribute to manmade pollutants and forestall “dangerous manmade climate change.” Achieving those goals requires controlling nearly every facet of our economy, industries, lives, livelihoods and living standards. Continue reading
The housing affordability crisis is turning Portland, already one of the whitest cities in America, into one that is even whiter. Census data indicate that, between 2010 and 2014, the number of whites living in the city of Portland grew by 30,500, or 6.8%, but the number of blacks shrank by 4,500, or 11.5%.
Some of those blacks moved to Portland suburbs, but most moved out of the Portland area completely. While the number of whites in the Portland urban area grew by 94,000, the number of blacks shrank by 3,400.
Even before 2010, Portland’s high housing prices were negatively affecting blacks and other low-income groups. Census data show that, between 2000 and 2010, the share of households headed by whites living in single-family detached homes declined by 3.3%, but the share of households headed by blacks living in such homes declined 16.1%. Continue reading