As most of you probably know by now, we lost almost a dozen sheep this weekend in an apparent cougar attack on our property. A neighbor and I found them Saturday morning, and you can read all the gruesome details in a column I wrote for the Woodburn Independent this week. Rather than rehashing all … Continue reading Killer cat needs to be dealt with — one way or another
A cool new review of my novel, "Reoriented," has been published by a literary magazine called InD'Tale. I don't know much about them, but the reviewer sure seemed to like my book, for which I'm extremely grateful. Here's an excerpt: If you believe in love, you will read this book. Whether a reader has strong … Continue reading ‘If there is one story that should go viral … it is this one’
As a news reporter, my instincts have been finely tuned for maximum efficiency and effectiveness, much like the strings of a Stradivarius or the soundboard of a Steinway grand piano. This unique skill serves me well in my profession, of course, but in my private life, it is often a hindrance more than a help. … Continue reading The little things that just don’t make any sense
On June 10, Emilio Hoffman, a 14-year-old student at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Ore., was transformed, from a good-hearted kid with his life ahead of him to a statistic. He was an athlete, a soccer coach, a people pleaser, a brother, a son. He had a girlfriend, and he loved to make people laugh. … Continue reading The lunacy of a nation: Reflections on gun violence in the U.S.
Growing up, I was a generation removed from the military. My dad’s dad fought for the Army in the Korean War; my maternal grandfather (who died before I was born) also served in the Army, as a doctor, during World War II. Donald Francke was an Army sergeant, serving four years during the Korean conflict … Continue reading Memorial Day: It’s about giving honor where it’s due
I learned last week that the standard for what can qualify as a "source" in the newspaper these days has fallen even farther than I thought, when Google Alerts notified me that one of my own posts over at God of Evolution was quoted online by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. False humility aside, it was pretty … Continue reading Guess newspapers will quote anybody these days…
The Missouri Press Association announced the dozens of winners of its Better Newspaper Contest. And though I'm sorry to say that my former employer, the Branson Tri-Lakes News, didn't fare all that well, one of the titles it did win was for a story I wrote last year. It's about the storm I have no … Continue reading Hey — I won an award!
Two years ago, a catastrophic tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., killing 162 people and injuring more than 1,000. At the time, my wife and I were living a couple hours away in Branson, Mo., and I was able to spend some time volunteering in the relief effort. The horrific devastation that storm wrought is something … Continue reading Remembering the Joplin tornado
15th Fox Film Festival Official Trailer from Fox Film Festival on Vimeo. In the next Newberg Graphic, I'll have a report on this weekend's Fox Film Festival, a two-night event of first-time screenings and awards being handed out to the best George Fox University student movies from the past year. Just from what I've seen … Continue reading 15th annual Fox Film Festival this weekend
On Friday, The Newberg Graphic received an emailed statement from Shelli Owen, a local resident and also the mother of Mary Owen, the 23-year-old hiker who spent a grueling six days on Mount Hood before being rescued. The Graphic declined to publish Shelli Owen’s statement due to length, but I don’t have any space considerations … Continue reading Message from hiker Mary Owen’s mom