Greetings from the trenches

We're six weeks into knowing about my friend with cancer, (see previous entry) and about five weeks into his 6-8 weeks prognosis. There isn't much to say about it. Most of the time, because I am not living with this friend nor am I that intimate with his family, life is normal -- transcendent and [...]

Oaks Bottom: Amusement Park or Wildlife Refuge?

It's both, really. Or at least, both use the name Oaks Bottom. (It's also a Lompoc pub not far from here.) I'm not sure how many of the amusement park patrons partake in the wildlife refuge -- I know that when I come down here I'm usually much more interested in the nature scene than I [...]

Magic at Sauvie Island

So in an impeccable act of anti-climax, our eagerly awaited expedition to Sauvie Island with the Oregon Mycological Society was cancelled at the last minute, owing to another expedition taking place the day before. In fact, when we called the Office of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to secure our REMOVAL OF VEGETATION [...]