Here’s a question for Throwback Thursday. It comes from Sue Horstmann, longtime executive director of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association, which is putting on a huge gala to celebrate 50 years of grape growing in the Willamette Valley:   “You have been suggested as an important observer and participant in the creation of the Oregon […]

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Looking back, over the year, I find that I’ve read only 27 books to date. Strangely for me, there were more books. I just didn’t complete them…or even get very far into them. First, let me just say that I’m a dolt. I picked up and attempted to read both The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Pulitzer Prize […]

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Today I want to welcome all the new people who subscribed to this newsletter/blog. I hope you enjoy my semi-regular updates. A great many of you signed up over Thanksgiving weekend when I was signing books out at the Chehalem tasting room. Thanks to all of you for your curiosity and support. I sure was fun […]

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It’s the Thursday before Thanksgiving and like most of us I am thinking about the upcoming holidays. My list has shrunk over the years, but I still enjoy the giving part of the holiday season…and the first place I reliably go to shop is my nearest independent book store. In fact, I’ve already made my […]

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  Many of us are hard- pressed to remember what we were doing 44-plus years ago. I will never forget that month–June 1970–when I visited the strange and, to me, surreal world of New York fashion. It was one of those crazy things. Late October in my Copywriting class at the University of Oregon Journalism School, my prof, […]

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Before there was Melody, Emma Golden’s sidekick in the Emma Golden mystery series, there was a Melody. Let me state that a little more clearly. In Book 1, An Unholy Alliance, Melody was a vague character. She was, for most of the novel, off in the South Pacific with her husband enjoying herself. She was […]

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The Divine Craziness. Of making something, of hitting a vein. Everybody should do this. Give a kid Play-Doh and see what will happen. Once I carefully arranged a bunch of old crayons on a Masonite board and baked them in my mom’s oven, and then I stirred them around. Art. My poor mother. Channeling Jackson Pollock? Like […]

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