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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...

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...

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.