Category Archives: Lifestyle

And now for something completely different … Yamhill County History

Some rare information about a family which also provides a window into Oregon rural history. The family of Aaron Cohen lived and worked in Willamina for several years. Aaron Cohen was a treasured member of the Willamina community and the … Continue reading

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It never rains, but it pours

“It never rains, but it pours.” One of my favorite sayings. Used to apply it when we all lived in Zurich. We’d go for weeks at a time with no social life, no visitors, no good weather for family outings. … Continue reading

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Vacations are good

After a quick, staycation plus a couple of days at the coast, we’re back at the wheelhouse here. What a fun time it has been! While the roller coasters have been exciting, the stock market and the political scene have … Continue reading

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O.M.G. Federal govt has been shut down! Those darn Repub…Oh, wait

Yes, we’re all still standing. Some 1/4 of the population of the U.S. is being blanketed by a huge snowstorm and much cold. SNOWMAGEDDON!!! Excited newscasters gave the impression that the storm would concentrate on Washington DC. Hence, the government … Continue reading

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Listening to Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Mr. Hvorostovsky, born in Siberia, is beloved by opera fans around the world. Have you ever heard a voice like this? And the songs – they perfectly capture Russia in all of its brutality and tenderness. Enjoy. Note the Russian Army Chorus … Continue reading

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Weathering storms

You know what they say about weather, especially here in the PNW, but actually in most of the world, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes.” True, and winter is one of the best seasons for that sentiment. … Continue reading

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Get your free TV here!

I used to be a morning person. One of those annoying, chirpy, “Good MORNING!” types of people. Even marrying a night person, who sneered at morning people as being not as intelligent, artistic and creative as night-types like him, did … Continue reading

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Forget resolutions! Set goals!

Here’s my take on New Year’s Resolutions. They are a look back. What did it do wrong last year? What have I been doing wrong my whole life? Well, no more! This year I will _____, or will not _____fill … Continue reading

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Bye-bye 2015! and Happy New Year 2016 to all!

Miscellaneous notes for tonight/ tomorrow. A note from WordPress on viewership has been fun to read. One big post here, in terms of viewership, was the “About” page. Maybe I’ll fill it out a bit more. It seems people want … Continue reading

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What do you do when …

What do you do when disaster strikes? Not directly, but from afar. Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, Islamic Terrorist attacks? Here’s IFO’s response to a question from her spiritual advisor: My first response to a horrible event is to try to get … Continue reading

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