Killer cat needs to be dealt with — one way or another

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

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‘If there is one story that should go viral … it is this one’

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’

The little things that just don’t make any sense

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

The lunacy of a nation: Reflections on gun violence in the U.S.

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.

Memorial Day: It’s about giving honor where it’s due

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