Lets do lunch

shoo fly pie

By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent               Some of you, who have never heard the name of this pie, are going to be amused to say the least.  The correct title is Shoo Fly Pie, but I have no clue as to why it would be named that.  What I can say is that…

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  Transportation All of the Western states face impediments to commerce, jobs and economic vitality that are closely tied to distance and the efficient transportation of goods, services and people. Certainly, the Mid-western states have rural landscapes which mimic Oregon’s but their proximity to other shipping lanes and larger metropolitan areas mitigates the size of…

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Fickle February By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Renee and I ate lunch on the patio last Monday, a day warm enough for shirtsleeves. Later we walked in and out of bright light as the sun periodically ducked behind ominous clouds. Once home, we cut rings for the planet Uranus on dry concrete (her project…

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Creepy Crawlies with Christy 022317 By Christy Pitto For The Independent   This week Crawlies goes to the birds, which is an easy thing to do in the Upper Rogue because we have a lot of birds. What is a “lot”? Well, a friend once asked me to put together a photo sheet of “all…


STANDING GUARD The Old Legionaire   In the final segment of our series on Post Traumatic Stress we will discuss the treatment options available to help those who have, or think they may have PTS.

Remember Linus, that little guy who appeared in the Snoopy cartoon, walking around sucking his thumb and holding a blanket over his shoulder?  Now this little guy is currently the logo for a national nonprofit organization that knits, crochets and quilts blankets for seriously ill and traumatized children from age birth to 18 years.  …


Senator Linthicum newsletter

In 1946, Henry Hazlitt wrote a wonderful book, Economics in One Lesson < http://bit.ly/OneEcon >. This small, easy to read book is still widely available and ought to be read and contemplated by all. The reason is simple. Hazlitt uses easy to understand stories to gently eviscerate the public policy mistakes that the know-it-alls and…

Let’s do lunch

pizza with garbanzo crust

By Ralph McKechnie Of the Independent I have always liked pizza.


Color, whimsy and strong lines help Claire Harkins celebrate color.


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Creepy Crawlies with Christy 021617 By Christy Pitto For The Independent   Lady bug, lady bug, fly away home…wait, that’s not a lady bug, is it? In fact, it is. There are about 480 different types of Lady bugs (lady beetles, lady birds) in the US and most of them have those telltale lady bug…

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Acts of Kindness By Lynn Leissler For the Independent Kindness goes a long way in my book, an attitude I try to demonstrate and to foster in my grandchildren. It’s a virtue springing from love with the capacity to change the world.