Festive Events Out West November 25th, 2018 by Jennifer Brown

Celebrate the magic of the holiday season throughout Ruralite territory ALASKA Saturday, December 1, through Wednesday, January 8 Christmas in Ice, North Pole Christmas in Ice is a winter park next to Santa Claus House, 101 St. Nicholas Drive. The park features Christmas-themed ice art competition pieces, ice slides and a maze. The family-friendly New […]

Toys for Tots November 25th, 2018 by Juan D. Alfonso

How one Marine’s dream became a foundation for hope On a damp and chilly Christmas Eve in 2007, two Marines in dress-blue uniforms parked their government vehicle outside a dilapidated duplex in Portland, Oregon. Inside, a woman and her teenage daughter were watching from a window, anxiously awaiting the Marines’ arrival. Telling her other six […]

Stocking Stuffers for Anyone Who Camps November 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Stocking stuffers are often an afterthought. But they don’t have to be. This year, break the cycle of sweets, books, knickknacks—and all the usual stocking stuffers—and get something outdoor enthusiasts on your list will enjoy more. The key is to focus on what most of them do: camping. It is one of the top-five outdoor […]

Keeping Memories Alive November 25th, 2018 by David LaBelle

In seconds they are lost forever—our homes, our dreams, our irreplaceable heirlooms and precious photographs—memories devoured by roaring winds, racing flames or trespassing waves of water. Fifty years ago, churning floodwaters swept away our family home, taking my mother’s life and everything my parents had labored so many years to build. All documents, records, letters, […]

Festive Holiday Treats November 25th, 2018 by Jennifer Brown

Savory and sweet party foods will wow your guests and set a festive mood Candy Cane Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels One bag of pretzels, soft or hard, any size 12 ounces solid dark chocolate, such as Ghirardelli’s dark melting wafers 1 tablespoon coconut oil 4 to 5 candy canes or 5 to 7 ounces peppermint candies, crushed […]

Teacher, Teach Thyself October 25th, 2018 by David LaBelle

There is a Bible verse—a rhetorical question—that asks, “You, then, who teaches others, do you not teach yourself?” In a rare moment recently, I decided to leave my camera and cellphone in my hotel room and take a walk on the beach with a friend I see once every two years. I had just finished […]

Half of Americans Get Outdoors October 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

The United States is a nation of outdoor lovers. As proof, consider that more than 146 million Americans participated in outdoor activities in 2017, according to the Outdoor Industry Association’s annual survey report released in July. That represents 49 percent of the total U.S. population, age 6 and older. According to the report, the top […]

Healing Vets With Rod and Reel October 25th, 2018 by Brandon Pomrenke

Annual fishing event in the Florida Keys brings together disabled veterans and volunteers for three days of camaraderie and adventure “Whoa, flying fish!” “Man, this is going to be great!” Noticeably absent from the cheerful calls heard over the whir of fishing boat engines are discussions of post-traumatic stress disorder, combat and wounds that still […]

Southern-Touch Thanksgiving October 25th, 2018 by Jennifer Brown

These dishes marry rich Southern flavors for a twist on traditional holiday food Pumpkin Pie Parfaits 12 ounces fresh or canned pumpkin purée 2 24-ounce cans heavy cream coconut milk, unmixed 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon allspice ½ teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon maple syrup 2 […]

Keeping a Family Tradition October 25th, 2018 by Scott Laird

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas trees at a throwback farm in Oregon’s Nehalem River Valley The Christmas season means different things to different people. Holiday traditions such as hanging a wreath on the front door or decorating the house with colorful lights is part of the holiday charm. A cherished tradition for […]