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Big Oaks Stables Revisted

by Lois Barton on March 20th, 2009 - 18:52:16
Becky and Tika of Big Oaks Stables

On Valentine's Day, February 14, 2009, Rachel, Sasha and I went to Big Oak Stables near Mollala, Oregon, to join their celebration of five years successful operation. (You may visit my first story about Big Oaks Stables at West By Northwest.org) The day was overcast and chilly, and most of the observance was in and around the barn with no place to get out of the wind and be really warm. But there was a big pot of chili plus hot drinks and other goodies available to help counteract the chill. Also two big appropriately decorated sheet cakes and a large tray of mixed raw vegies for snacks were laid out to enjoy. A crowd of probably a hundred folks gathered in the arena shortly after noon ...

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Cedars, and Patches

by Lois Barton on March 20th, 2009 - 18:49:26

Two sweet, short offerings to our loyal readers for St. Valentines Day: We have a big cedar stump in our dooryard from a tree that went down in a storm several years ago. It is 6 feet high and more than two feet across at the top. A baby cedar which is now several feet higher than the stump has sprung up from the root on the north side ... Yesterday the sun shining there enticed Patches to climb up to sun himself. Sasha joined him for a bit, but became aware of the big patch of snowdrops at her feet where many honey bees eagerly sucked up nectar from the flowers. She was uneasy so close to so many bees and reluctant to get down even closer.

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And Now for Something Completely Different: Meet Nellie Pelley!

by Nellie Faye Pelley on March 20th, 2009 - 18:47:17

Introducing a new voice on the web: I was slumped in a tall chair of my favorite bar, feeling a glow from the rum sour when the image on the TV hit me in the solar plexus. The perky plagiarist celebrity historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin was bloviating on NBC nightly news about Obama’s Inauguration earlier that day. And when I finally got home and poured a lemon vodka to complement the nachos from 7-11, I was a little tipsy so I turned on Charlie Rose…and there she was again, doing a song and dance with a panel of pundits. Exasperating...

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What Is a Beaver to Do in Utah?

by Lois Barton on March 20th, 2009 - 18:45:35

On an August trip to southeast Utah I learned of a program in process there to re-establish beaver in southern Utah’s three national forests: the Fish Lake, Dixie and Manti-la Sal. An article in the Grand Canyon Trust’s magazine, Colorado Plateau Advocate, lists nine ways dam-building beavers change everything... Fifty years ago our free-ranging, elementary school age sons discovered the presence of beaver in the south Spencer Butte area of Lane County, Oregon. More "recently," only about fourteen years ago, a friend who lives down Spencer Creek from us reported that beaver had cut down their pear tree to their chagrin...

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The Dinosaur Story: An Allosaurus

by Lois Barton on March 20th, 2009 - 18:41:06

A recent vacation in southeast Utah provided me with an experience I will savor for years. Twice in our exploring there we saw and marveled at dinosaur tracks in the rock... One example was at 9,000 feet altitude in the La Sal mountains. We looked up the Allosaurus dinosaur, said to have made those tracks, on the computer. There it was described as "a 30-foot-long two-legged cross between a crocodile and a mountain lion" and at the top of the food chain; a creature 30 feet long weighing two and a half tons...

 

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