Cascade Observations: Trees speak to us

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi has invited me to visit his country, the United Arab Emirates, come April 2016. Well, he’s sort of invited me, a little part of me — a six-inch handmade paper circle, formed inside a two-quart empty container of Nancy’s Nonfat Plain Yogurt, and made from construction paper scraps and a handful of dried prunes.

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A blue Motiv bike and a boy named Josue

Do you remember the feeling of cruising the neighborhood on your first bike, having the freedom to ride from soccer practice to the local creek and making it home just before nightfall?

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Heart of Hospice ramps up gift for the Leonards

The Heart of Hospice Foundation performed one of its “Heart to Heart” activities on behalf of Ada-Jane Leonard, a patient in need of a wheelchair ramp at her and husband Dick’s home.

The Porch

WELL SAID: “A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.” — John Lubbock

Urban vs. rural: Judge and Juror

What’s in YOUR Bag?

I want to open with the disclaimer that this is going to be a good one. I haven’t even written it yet, but I’ve just got this feeling. So, promise me you’ll keep reading until you just can’t stand it anymore. Okay?

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The Daily Bread: Of angels and bread pudding

On Sept. 3, 2010, my mother, Ethel Pochocki, suffered a stroke and passed away three months later. Since then, I have tried to honor that day annually by doing something special.

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The Porch for Oct. 17

WELL SAID: “I saw old Autumn in the misty morn/Stand shadowless like silence, listening/To silence. — Thomas Hood

Cascade Observations: Shares of grief and joy

When I was a small child, it was all the rage to wear “Days of the Week” underwear, with each pair printed with the corresponding day of the week. I yearned for my own special set, but my mom was not convinced by my pleading, and purchased plain white panties: no frills, no lace, no days of the week.

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CROP Hunger Walk organizers give thanks

CROP Walk committee members write, “A warm thank you to communities of the Mid Columbia for supporting the recent Columbia Gorge CROP Hunger Walk. We thank the 81 walkers representing ten area churches, as well as those who walked as individuals.

Locals participate in global rhino-elephant march

Hood River participated as the only Oregon event in last weekend’s Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. Some cities also rallied for tigers and lions as citizens spread awareness to the rapid decline of iconic species, mostly due to increased poaching in wildlife trafficking.

Gratitude goes out for acts of help and hospitality

“In appreciation for Providence Hood River Hospital, I want to express my gratitude for the kindest and best care one could imagine while a patient recently,” writes Marcy Nordwall.

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Harvest Quilt fundraiser on now

The Harvest Quilt is a yearly community fundraiser for a local non-profit. This year, Hood River Adopt A Dog is honored to be the recipient of the quilt and is raising money by selling raffle tickets. The quilt is being shown around town and tickets are being sold at ETC — Every Thread Counts — and at Gorge Dog and Hood River Adopt A Dog, 3910 Heron Drive, in Odell. Tickets are 1 for $2, 3 for $5, or 7 for $10.

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A wish and a zip: Hawks Ridge residents enjoy adventure aloft

Three residents of Hawks Ridge Assisted Living in Hood River wanted to go on a zip line, so after some research by staff, they headed to Skamania Zip Tours, located at the Skamania Resort Lodge, on Sept. 8 .

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Roots and Branches: Reviving ‘Nisei picnic’: What’s old can be new again

Saturday evening kindled fond memories of a Japanese tradition we let slip away decades ago.

Parkhurst Place supports fire fighters

Residents and staff of Parkhurst Place Assisted Living have put together care packages for firefighters “battling the front line fires near John Day, Ore.,” reports Community Relations Manager Terri Hansen.