Along the Garden Path: Growing and caring for Amaryllis

Along the Garden Path: Growing and caring for Amaryllis

The amaryllis is a one of a kind flowering bulb. Many years ago our family always had numerous amaryllis bulbs in bloom at this time of year.They are ...

December 9th, 2015 |  


Back Around the House II: Don’t spoil Christmas

Back Around the House II: Don’t spoil Christmas

Christmas is coming! Parents are paling, but the kids are blooming.Our almost 3-year-old grandson was here this week. He grabbed our seasonal big coff...

December 9th, 2015 |  


On Neff Road: First winter snow

On Neff Road: First winter snow

We prayed for it. It filled our winter dreams. Sure we wanted Santa to come bringing gifts. Excitedly, we could not wait to put up the tree. But more ...

December 9th, 2015 |  



Virtue & Mischief: Under the microscope

Virtue & Mischief: Under the microscope

Yesterday a visitor came to my office. She is a counterpart at a law school on the east coast, one vastly different from the one where I work. She was...

December 8th, 2015 |  


A home, two Ohio families, and Pearl Harbor

A home, two Ohio families, and Pearl Harbor

I miss a man I never met. Howard Keniston. He had two sons. He lost two sons. On the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941 — a day that shall indeed &...

December 7th, 2015 |  


Preacher’s Point: Fearing for the future?

Preacher’s Point: Fearing for the future?

Two weeks ago I wrote in this column about the events in Paris and their possible meaning to Bible prophecy. Christ tells us of signs that He would se...

December 6th, 2015 |  


Thank you for the visits

Editor:Before I became Commissioner, I decided I would go out once a month and try and meet people over coffee and breakfast to let them know what I t...

December 5th, 2015 |  


The Focus: Let the celebration begin!

The Focus: Let the celebration begin!

My wife and I have some friends who adopted a little boy and little girl (brother and sister). This is something they had been praying for and working...

December 5th, 2015 |  


Sweet and Sassy: Don’t rock the boat

Sweet and Sassy: Don’t rock the boat

I found the following on Facebook and thought I would share it with our readers. It’s called “Everything I need to know about life, I lear...

December 5th, 2015 |  


Neff Road: When the old became new

Neff Road: When the old became new

Brrrrrr….. The temperatures usually do not get into the teens here in Oregon; however, this year they seem to be getting mighty close. I cannot ...

December 4th, 2015 |