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“I’ve often wondered, did anything happen to you at that camp?” his mother asked. “You came back…different.”
Four young people are flying to Tokyo. Each is on a personal quest. Chris is looking for love. Sally is searching for an identity (preferably someone else's.) Jason is seeking a God in whom he doesn't believe. Delia is out to reform the world.
Something horrific happened seventy years ago in the Hargraves House, and in her dying moments, Emily Hargraves realizes that she will be leaving "a terrible legacy."

Foxglove Moments

How to tell which plants are safe from deer

We have this understanding, the deer and I. When I first bring plants home from...Read More...

Memories out of Season

Coming into the Heartland

                                  I came to Lower Columbia...Read More...

A Writer's Journal

Reading Lonesome Dove

  As the lightning came closer thunder came with it--the sound seemed to roll over them like giant...Read More...

A Northman's Reveries

W.S. Merwin (1927-2019)

    Send me out into another life                lord because this...Read More...

WordFest News

WordFest on summer break

WordFest on summer break In August, WordFest takes a summer break--more time for you to read a good book, or write one! WordFest's 2019 fall season begins Tuesday, September 10,...Read More

Latest Book Review

1000 Books to Read Before You Die

A bucket list for book lovers I like to think of myself as well-read, and I admit to some smugness as I began leafing through this volume in the bookstore, curious to see...Read More...

Book Chat Update

July 2019 - A chat with JD Chandler

July 2019 - A chat with JD Chandler Book Chat host Alan Rose discusses Portland's "hidden history" with Portland historian JD Chandler.