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Making The Powerful Blush (1 of 4)

Making The Powerful Blush (1 of 4)

From the greatest to the least of them, everyone is greedy for unjust gain. They heal the wound of my people lightly saying, “Shalom, shalom!” when there is no Shalom. Were they ashamed of their abomination? Are you kidding? Of course they weren’t ashamed. They didn’t...

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We Are Better Than This!  Or We’re Not!

We Are Better Than This! Or We’re Not!

Yesterday morning I promised to follow up my blogpost about the February 14 trifecta of Valentine’s Day, Oregon’s Birthday and Ash Wednesday. I wasn’t prepared, at the time, to finish my Ash Wednesday reflection for I hadn’t yet been to church to receive the smudge of...

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The Trifecta of Loves

The Trifecta of Loves

Today is February 14, a day of love in popular culture, of little flying Cupids and heart-shaped candy with the taste of “Won’t you be mine?” scrolled upon them. But did you know it’s also a day of brightly frosted cakes in the shape of the State of Oregon and...

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Finding Our Way Home

Finding Our Way Home

(This is the final post in a series on our Electric Vehicle. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 3 here, and Part 4 here.) We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time....

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Chargers and Hornets, Sweet Joseph, Oh My: Wallowa Or Bust!

Chargers and Hornets, Sweet Joseph, Oh My: Wallowa Or Bust!

(This is the fourth post in a series on our Electric Vehicle. Read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.) Well EV enthusiasts, I’ve talked you through chargers and charging apps and all you need for Pitney Bolt Roadtrip 2017. Now, as in our global climate crisis,...

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Range Anxiety: We’ve Got An App for That!

Range Anxiety: We’ve Got An App for That!

(This is the third post in a series on our Electric Vehicle. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) Whoever coined the term Range Anxiety, got it right. The angst we anticipate is a cartoonist’s dream, made of EV driver nightmares. Along with the sticker price it’s the...

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You’ll Get A Charge Out of This

You’ll Get A Charge Out of This

(This is the second post in a series on our Electric Vehicle. Read Part 1 here.) We bought the Chevy Bolt EV in April. We tested it several times 165 miles up the mountain to Bend, visiting our son Joel and his wife Laura. But our journey 400 miles across the state of...

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What Ark Will You Build? Ours Is An Electric Vehicle

What Ark Will You Build? Ours Is An Electric Vehicle

Portland (Oregon) writer David Oates thinks Noah had the right idea when he built the Ark.  He knew whatever survived the Great Flood would repopulate the world…two by two.  Now, millennia later, the world is going through a biological bottleneck, a pinch point as...

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The Water Song

The Water Song

**This is the 4th post in a series on our rainwater system. Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3*** Bless the Lord, O my soul. You stretch out the heavens like a tent, you set the beams of your chambers on the waters… You cover it with the deep as with a garment; the...

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Building Our Own Private Wetland

Building Our Own Private Wetland

**This is the 3rd post in a series on our rainwater system. Read Part 1 and Part 2*** Returning to our conversation about rainwater, we know 45,000 gallons of rain runs off our roof during an average rain year, and 55,000 this year. Let’s say our household uses 5,000...

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