The Lightbulb Just Went Off—in Belize

My husband Michael has been rowing a drift boat down Oregon rivers as a fly-fishing guide for over two decades. He’s memorized every rock, eddy and bend in the waters that he considers his other “homes.” He has taught scores of people how to fly-fish and introduced veterans to the secret holding waters on the McKenzie, Deschutes and Rogue rivers.

Art & Music in Our Town

My wife and I moved to Bend in 2001. Our goal was to start a family in a small town, away from the problems—crime, home prices, traffic—of big-city living. We smiled at the amount of new families who flocked to Drake Park for events, enjoyed out first home on half an acre, and marveled at the fact we could get…

Hops in the Kitchen

Stout Chocolate Brownies

The Benefits of Honey

Honey is great for your skin! Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging.

Confessions of a Non-skier in a Ski Town . . .

I live in a mountain town called Bend. In the winter, snow blankets our streets and turns our Cascade Mountains into majestic photo opportunities. People flock to our town to enjoy the slopes of Mount Bachelor or the wilderness backcountry terrain. At night, conversations center on the day’s escapades or the promise of tomorrow’s adventures.

Holiday Wish Lists for Local Nonprofits

The holidays are just around the corner. While many of us have been counting down the days with glee, others wish they could just ignore the whole thing. We have neighbors and friends here in Bend who are living with chronic disease, food insecurity, homelessness, loneliness, and sometimes just really difficult holiday memories. Reaching out to others with any kind…

Traveling With Pets

Many of us have furry friends who are considered members of the family. Canine companions and feline buddies alike fill our lives with joy and laughter in the home, the great outdoors and even on trips. While it may seem daunting at first, traveling with one’s dog or cat can be accomplished with a little foresight and preparation.

More Than Just Books

I have always been a fan of libraries. The public library was where the junior high version of myself went to read dark, macabre stories about murder and torrid love affairs, at a time when most of my peers were reading Judy Blume novels.

Little Free 

Any given day, people walk to catch a bit of exercise before work, stroll down to the nearest watering hole for a glass of wine, or simply to enjoy the views. Luckily, in a handful of Central Oregon neighborhoods, there’s a new reason to take to the streets. Little Free Libraries have begun popping up, each offering locals a chance…


One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…