Gadgets Galore April 8th, 2019 by Chelsea Glanz

Smart and Secure Is Just the Start Watch packages get delivered from work, monitor your pets, keep an eye on the baby crib at night and play back time-lapse videos in crystal-clear resolution from your smartphone with the rechargeable, wireless Wyze Cam 1080p HD. The camera’s magnetic base includes an adhesive plate that makes it […]

Explore Mediterranean Fare March 25th, 2019 by Jennifer Brown

Spaghetti Sauce 2 pounds 85 percent ground beef 1 small onion, finely chopped 3 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 1 tablespoon oregano 1 tablespoon basil ¼ cup brown sugar 15-ounce can tomato sauce 2 large cans crushed tomatoes 15-ounce can tomato paste Brown ground beef and onion together. Drain. […]

Little Free Libraries March 25th, 2019 by

Sprinkled around the world are little houses of joy for book lovers, hiding treasures waiting to be discovered—and the treasures are free. Just open the door and select a book. The houses—known as Little Free Libraries—are the initiative of a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book […]

The Shape of Things March 25th, 2019 by David LaBelle

Ever travel to a zoo with an architect? While you are busy looking at the living creatures—birds, animals, fish and reptiles—they are admiring the design of the enclosure. I remember a visit to an aquarium at the Oregon coast. The volunteer went on and on about the magnificent enclosure and the architect. People have different […]

A Love of Rocks March 25th, 2019 by Curtis Condon

There is at least a pebble of rockhound in all of us. Who hasn’t picked up an agate, a piece of quartz, or some other colorful or oddly shaped rock as a keepsake? Most of us are happenstance rockhounds. We pick up rocks we discover along trails or streams while doing something else, such as […]

All Aboard the Tooth Taxi March 25th, 2019 by Drew Myron

Mobile clinic provides free dental care to uninsured children Amber Fowler remembers the teenage girl who wouldn’t smile and would hide her mouth behind her hands when she spoke. “Being a teen is hard, and if you’re not confident it’s even worse,” says Amber, executive director of the Dental Foundation of Oregon. “When she got […]

Dresses for African Girls February 25th, 2019 by Juan D. Alfonso

Readers help turn retirement into a charitable cause After more than 40 years of working in the food and pharmacy industries, Ron and Bobbi Thomson retired in 2013. Eager to find something they could pour their time and energy into, the Redmond, Oregon, natives decided to take an annual trip dedicated to a worthy cause. […]

No Doctor in the House February 25th, 2019 by Drew Myron

Rural communities struggle with shortage of medical providers As the head of the only medical clinic for 50 miles, Physician Assistant Sharon DeHart tends to the needs of more than 250 patients who live across a wide landscape of farms, ranches and a smattering of small towns in north-central Oregon. At 69, Sharon is roaring […]

Photographing Friends February 25th, 2019 by David LaBelle

The last time I saw Rick, he was in his chilled, dark bedroom. He couldn’t take heat or light after his second brain tumor operation, when his thyroid gland was removed. I crawled in his king-sized bed fully clothed and pulled the covers up to my neck. I lay beside him and we talked in […]

It’s Time for Brunch February 25th, 2019 by Jennifer Brown

Apple and Cheddar Tart 1 cup sharp cheese, grated 1 cup whole milk ½ cup heavy cream 1 egg, plus one egg yolk 1 refrigerated pie shell 3 medium apples Pinch of salt Heat oven to 350 F. Place pie crust in a 9-inch tart pan. Place some pie weights or dried beans on top […]