Whatever your Thanksgiving looks like this year, I hope it is a good un. … [Read more...] about Happy Thanksgiving
It’s been a rough week in these parts. Colleagues and friends have suffered profound losses. Oregon is in a “two week freeze” in an attempt to blunt a major spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, including here in Deschutes County. The blast radius of the coronavirus has crept uncomfortably close in recent days. We had planned to trek … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving Is A Date On The Calendar
Look, we’ve all heard the saying that you can’t judge a book by its cover — and we all know it’s BS. Doesn’t matter how brilliant your words are if the presentation doesn’t catch they eye and maybe get the pulse rate up a bit. It’s a cinch that Frontier Partisans would not be what it is without the work of Lynn Woodward. She designed this blog … [Read more...] about A Tip O’ The Hat To Lynn Woodward
Hit the double-nickle today. Damn. How did that happen? Since I turned 50, this has been my go-to birthday song. Take it Waymore... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLdUeQ9yFW0 * One of the multitude of things I’m grateful for is robust health. It’s not something to take for granted. As we’ll explore soon in the forthcoming Frontier … [Read more...] about I May Be Used, But I Ain’t Used Up
You have heard me extol the beauty of the McKenzie River Valley, the route between Sisters and the University of Oregon in Eugene, where Ceili will soon enter her senior year. A long stretch of that scenic corridor has been devastated by a catastrophic wildfire that started last night and was whipped and driven by savage winds until it became a … [Read more...] about The West Is Burning
One of the delights of living in this territory is the connections we have formed with interesting people who do interesting and compelling things with their lives. Hank and Laura Minor have returned to Sisters after a sojourn in the Seneca country of New York, and on Tuesday they invited Ceili and I to join them in a training session with their … [Read more...] about Feeding Dex
Somehow, Marilyn and I have managed to live in Oregon for nearly 27 years and have never visited the state’s only National Park. We unassed that foolishness last Saturday as part of the very fine Father’s Day weekend Ceili put together. Ceili had visited Crater Lake National Park last October on a field trip for an elective geology class. I’m … [Read more...] about ‘Every Bird That Flies’
The quest for Year Zero continues. EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) — Two historic statues have been torn down on the University of Oregon campus this weekend — the Pioneer Mother and the Pioneer outside Johnson Hall. That’s my daughter’s university. I’m sure the activists vandals are simply seeking a deeper “conversation” about frontier history. Happy to … [Read more...] about Pioneer Down!
I don’t care for politics and try to avoid getting caught up in the hurly-burly, especially the mindless tribal monkey dance that passes for political discourse these days. As my guitar-slingin’ buddy Mike Biggers says, “The only kind of partisanship we tolerate in these parts is frontier partisanship.” T-shirts will be issued. However... every … [Read more...] about ’That’s What Makes A Life So Rich‘
It’s been an exceptionally shitty 24 hours. John Prine is dead. The Sisters Rodeo is cancelled in what would have been its 80th year. Oregon schools are shut down, so our local seniors won’t have a graduation or a spring sports season, or school plays and concerts and... you know the drill. Probably sucked where you live, too, cuz that’s the way it … [Read more...] about Not Dead Yet, You Bastards!