Magazine
Of Clouds and Dreams September 25th, 2018 by David LaBelle

I spent many wonder-filled afternoons lying on my back in spring pastures or early summer hayfields watching cotton clouds lumber across blue skies. It was a magical, entertaining, curiosity-filled time, my dreams floating upward, attaching to slow-moving shapes before disappearing...


The Plastic Herd September 25th, 2018 by Mike Teegarden

Rescued horses find new life, thanks to artistic owner Christine DiCurti keeps an unusual stable of livestock at her Ester, Alaska, home. Among them are a zebra, an appaloosa and a clown fish horse—named Nemo, of course. These are not...


A Formula to Grow Your Photo-Storytelling Skills August 25th, 2018 by David LaBelle

Each year, I give dozens of assignments designed to help students grow their narrative storytelling skills. I have found one exercise that best challenges and strengthens the skills of beginner documentary photographers: documenting a local barbershop. Like finding a physical...


Famous Farmhouse Lost in Flames August 25th, 2018 by Jennifer Brown

It’s become a common warm-weather sight in the Northwest: acre upon acre ravaged by fire. The summer of 2018 has been no exception. The Substation Fire started on private land southeast of The Dalles, Oregon, on Tuesday, July 17. By...


Allemande, Do-Si-Do, Swing August 25th, 2018 by Mike Teegarden

Dancing lifts the spirits while twirling to live music With a few gentle strokes of a rosined bow, fiddle strings come to life, and another contra dance begins in Eugene, Oregon. Dancers move under the direction of caller Woody Lane,...


Venturing Outside the Lines August 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Remember when you learned to color in school? You were taught to stay within the lines. Yet there was always that kid who couldn’t resist the temptation to color outside the lines. For some of us, that tendency is inherent...


Happenings Out West July 25th, 2018 by Pam Blair

Planning a final hurrah before summer ends? Check out the following events as you hit the road throughout Ruralite territory ALASKA Friday, August 3, through Saturday, August 11 Tanana Valley State Fair, Fairbanks The Tanana Valley State Fair is the...


How to Outdoor-Proof Your Smartphone July 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Let’s face it. Your smartphone is a tenderfoot outdoors. Dangers abound, ready at any moment to turn it into a handful of worthless e-scrap. To protect your phone, consider these five tips to safeguard it from moisture, dirt, sand, sunlight...


The People’s Creamery July 25th, 2018 by Ethan E. Rocke

With its storied history and long legacy of producing premium dairy products, the Tillamook County Creamery Association is one of Oregon’s most beloved institutions. Shannon Lourenzo loves cows. For the farmer-owner and board chairman of the Tillamook County Creamery Association,...


Photographing Funerals July 25th, 2018 by David LaBelle

I watched from a distance as Johnny approached the casket. He had shown little emotion to this point, greeting people, shaking hands, talking about his beloved mother. Then came the moment: The floodgates opened and he could hold back his...