Can We Raise Kick-Ass Daughters?

How Can We Raise Strong Daughters? My dad wanted a daughter who didn’t buy into the Cinderella syndrome. No moping by the fire waiting for rescue. Will his method work for your daughters and granddaughters? For my dad, there was no being sweet in the face of mean treatment. He wanted me to speak up. Speak loud. Insist on respect. He started on this project early in my life. He rewrote nursery rhymes. I still have a card he gave me where Miss Muppet stamps her foot and frightens … [Read more...]

Rushing Streams are Dead Streams

  Bringing Life Back to Our Stream We thought our swift and unfettered stream was nice and clean and therefore wonderful. Not true. For a long time, those who owned forest land were encouraged to clean debris from streams. Let the water run free and clean, was the mantra. No longer. Now, we know that old trees that fall across our creeks and streams are a good thing. Each year, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists tromp through our land, (with our blessings) to … [Read more...]

On the Way to the Earth Quake

 Do you know what direction your world turns? Do you know how to stop it from running around you in a blur of color? Here’s how to stop that feeling. After a year of writing about how we can get ready for an earthquake, I created my own personal earthquake a year and a half ago, and now I am recovered. I created a perfect earthquake by ignoring stuff in order to do something I love. Don’t do this at your house! My son and daughter-in-law know me well, and asked me to help as they … [Read more...]

Being Played?

Friday, September 16, 2016, on NPR, reporters covered one candidate's admission that Obama actually was born in the United States. They asked themselves if this announcement was important. They even asked themselves "Are we being played?" This is a question all news reporters should have asked themselves long ago. Dang betcha you all are being played. For months you've allowed yourselves to be attracted to the accident by the side of the road. You caused other accidents, and forgot your … [Read more...]