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Fundraiser launched at Razoo for publishing our children’s picture book

This will be the year of a major publishing event in our family.  October 24, 2015 is the official publication date of a children’s picture book with truly unique, vibrant illustrations by the artist, Mia Hocking.  Mia is a very … Continue reading

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Empty Nest Alert: Imminent

The significance of what I’m sharing in this post is that our empty nest is imminent.  Last month started with Championships.  November 1st was the 2014 NWAPA Marching Band Championships in Hillsboro, Oregon, at which my wife and I were … Continue reading

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Looking For Canute

When you click on this link, you will find the illustration and text that are the first appearance of Canute, a Viking boy, in a new children’s picture book being published next year by Lee Cuesta Enterprises and Associates:    … Continue reading

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Perfect Late Summer Day on Scappoose Bay

Before I saw her, I heard her rustling in the tall grass on the bank above me.  I looked up, and then I saw her.  Her rump, back, neck, head, with ears standing tall and alert: a doe.  She stopped … Continue reading

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Walk in their shoes

I realize now that unwittingly I’ve been conducting an in-depth, long-term experiment over the past ten years.  You see, I have a second job, in addition to my writing, speaking, blogging, kayaking, grandchildren, reading, cooking and advocating for Asian elephants.  … Continue reading

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The Politics of Pachyderms (Part 1)

I first reported about the Oregon Zoo on this blog in January (‘Two “Lily”s at the Oregon Zoo’).  Since then, circumstances have deteriorated. Last month (May), the Oregon Zoo Director, Kim Smith, along with the zoo’s Chief Veterinarian, Mitch Finnegan, … Continue reading

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Earth Day, Dr. Seuss, and handicapped parking

For some in our society, today – April 22 – is a religious holiday.  They dedicate this day to the worship of Mother Earth.  Therefore, without further comment, I will simply reprint here a Letter to the Editor that I … Continue reading

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Northwest Magazine

Throughout the 1970’s, the magazine called Northwest was a renowned and respected Sunday magazine in The Oregonian.  And I had the honor of having my work published there on three occasions. Northwest’s short yet prestigious history is recalled in this … Continue reading

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Lessons in Elephant Communication

Tonight I regret that I finished reading The Elephant Whisperer this morning, because now the book is done, and the adventures are over.  Written by Lawrence Anthony, he makes it clear that the communication he had with the elephants was … Continue reading

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Two “Lily”s at the Oregon Zoo

“I remember when Packy was born in 1962; I was six years old then.  Although I moved away from Portland for many years, I followed the progress of Chendra and her relocation from Malaysia.  And now I have seen Lily … Continue reading

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