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Voices of Spencer Creek
Spencer Creek Storybook: Remembering Mother's Day at the Longhouse, and Not Up, Up and Away
Lois Barton
When you reach a certain age you begin to realize life is not an achievement, it is an adventure. Not a goal but a journey to celebrate. Lois Barton share two adventures with us: Mother's Day at the U of O Longhouse and a hot air balloon trip. Looking at the basket..."It was woven of suitable looking 'grassy' material and seemed to be deep enough that we�d be shoulder high standing in it. There was no visible gate or door to get in so I wondered how that would be accomplished..." And "A hot fire of burning wood was surrounded in a half-circle by stakes about three feet tall to which, on the fire side, half salmon were attached and roasting." -a feature at WxNW.org
Jun 25, 2008


Voices of Spencer Creek
Joy of Living: Busy Birdie Day
Edie Self
From her armchair, nature observer and writer Edie Self reports on the bird activities on a typical, early spring day near the river here in the Willamette Valley.In honor of Earth Day we bring you a little bit of the joy of living: "I wonder whether the heavy frosts followed by sunny days have already turned those berries alcoholic so early in the year." With a link in the photo to The Seattle Audubon Society's Bird Web site. Enjoy! a feature at WxNW.org
Apr 22, 2008


Voices of Spencer Creek
Spencer Creek Storybook: A Rainbow Quilt, and Maple Syrup?
Lois Barton
The new name for this section will eventually be a new project of WxWN.org. Meanwhile, enjoy the true tales of Lois and her talented family: "In 2004 Margie replaced the thirty-year old Viking machine with a Baby Lock embroidery machine. The upstairs bedroom in that log house has been converted into an ergonomic studio with cutting, ironing, assembly facilities, including a large design wall. Margie is noted for artistic use of color, design and patterns the skill for which is undoubtedly inherited from her quilting grandmother." And..."a red breasted sapsucker was absorbed in drinking the sap from several holes hed drilled through the bark." a two for one feature at WxNW.org
Apr 18, 2008


Voices of Spencer Creek
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Musings on a Trans-gender Friend
Lois Barton
In a new year, Lois shares a new perspective: "My friend, whom I have known for more than thirty years, decided to become a woman after more than fifty years in a man's body. I am in awe of her great-spirited wife, the mother of their three children, who has become a loving and supportive partner in the process... I have no quarrel with that decision philosophically. A part of me questions the validity of seeking to alter what 'God' put together at birth on grounds of human preference, but that is my culturally-based conditioning doing the questioning. I feel called to write about this whole experiment because so much world-wide prejudice is based on cultural taboos and fear." - a feature at WxNW.org
Jan 22, 2008


Voices of Spencer Creek
Norm's Notebook: Bill Bottoms Out
Norm Maxwell
Norm's been following the saga of Bill for several years now. A victim of Measure 11, the mandatory sentencing law that was passed by the people, Bill struggles to re-establish his life after prison for a crime he did not commit. "At least he has his family of two cats for company. I couldn't tell him anything he didn't realize for himself. He needs a job but most people are reluctant to hire a convicted child molester." -a feature at WxN.org
Jan 14, 2008


Voices of Spencer Creek
Joy of Living: The Squirreless Remarks
Edie Self
As an installment of her occasional column, The Joy of Living, Edie Self opens a new chapter on animal behavior. While our beloved, battered world rushes madly on its tragic path, Ms. Self slows down to observe the unusual in the "usual" of daily life. We think you will enjoy this adventure: "... as I went about my morning activities inside, I spotted a squirrel heading for the front porch with a nut."-a feature at WxNW.org
Jan 7, 2008


Voices of Spencer Creek
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: A Tuba Christmas and The King's Carolers
Lois Barton
Lois enjoys two local traditions making the season bright: "Not all holiday observances are linked to commercialism... I attended the sixth annual Tuba Carol Concert in Springfield, Oregon. It was held in a city parking lot where the temperature was 35 degrees. Fifty tubas under a canopy played carols for an hour... One visitor in the room where we found a place to sit was returning home from Crescent City, California, by bicycle and just happened to stop and investigate the brightly lit house on the hill. He had formerly been camping, but the cold, wet weather had moved him to mail his tent and camping supplies back to Portland, and he was finding indoor places to spend his nights. Imagine his delight to be present for that musical treat plus having a welcome night's lodging." a feature at WxNW.org
Dec 15, 2007


Voices of Spencer Creek
Three Tales for the Wintertide: Of Dragons and Dreams
Lois Barton
In our best West By Northwest.org tradition we offer a seasonal treat for the mind and heart from our beloved storyteller, Ms. Lois Barton. Come gather 'round children wherever you roam, and do you remember your heart is your home? When from the depths of dreams come answers to questions, it seems. Come gather 'round people near to the fire and from fables hear your heart's desire: The Insects Revolt, The Girl and the Dragon, The Child and the Elder. a feature at WxNW.org
Nov 15, 2007


Voices of Spencer Creek
Dear Readers

We want to let you know our e-zine, West By Northwest.og, lives on. We have been interrupted by personal and equipment challenges lately but with your interest and encouragement we made the leap, investing in new computers and redesigning the zine's format and focus. Meanwhile we have a backlog of great material we can now post online. Stay with WxNW as we evolve! -the Editor
Nov 3, 2007


Voices of Spencer Creek
Joy of Living: Men Working
Edie Self
We speak wisely in meetings of "in-filling" city spaces as an alternative to sprawl development, forgetting that unofficial parks evolve in the wild spaces. We write of the "outsourcing" of jobs, forgetting the site essence of necessity. We remember the loss of skilled jobs for the workers, forgetting the skill of the urban lumberjack and so many who keep our cities and utilities going here and now. In a Whitmanesque paean just in time for Labor Day, join Ms. Self for " a wonderful sight to behold! Real men, performing a job that requires knowledge, patience and hard, physical labor. Even when they're engaged in an occupation that hurts my heart, it is a pleasure to watch them work." Also her poem, "Shadow Play" a feature at WxNW.org
Sep 1, 2007


Voices of Spencer Creek
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: A Visit to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Lois Barton
We are grateful for our loyal readers from the neighborhood, to Germany and China. When your erstwhile faithful editor couldn't post the waiting Lois Barton updates, you went to her archives and made The Saga of Big Oak Stables WxNW.org's most visited pages in July. Now, we have some "fresh Barton" for your reading pleasure. One of the attractions of following Lois Barton's works is to see what she is doing next. Join her as she travels with a group of Friends to new adventures at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Her fresh eye and open mind always makes her articles the heart and soul of our zine. "One special treat was watching a fledgling Western Grebe riding on his mother's back." a feature at WxNW.org
Aug 25, 2007


Voices of Spencer Creek
Norm's Notebook: Groundhog Helibase
Norm Maxwell
"Every fire camp is a family reunion. You meet brothers and sisters from past fires and swap lies and bad jokes with new people from all over the States and beyond. You settle in for days or weeks of mystery meat sandwiches and sleeping in the dirt... The scenery is spectacular from the air. You can see the Snake River where the Nez Pierce fished and wintered. The river is more than a mile down from our location near Hat Point. We share the rugged territory with mountain goats and elk. Chipmunks invade the helibase CP." a feature at WxNW.org
Aug 24, 2007


Voices of Spencer Creek
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Frank and the Rivers
Lois Barton
Huck and Tom weren't the only boys in America to have adventures on a big river. Try Frank and friends at the confluence of the Willamette and the McKenzie rivers... in winter and summer... in floods and old canoes: "There was a pond in the neighborhood where the youngsters used to swim that had a big cottonwood tree on the bank. That tree leaned over the water at about a 45 degree angle. It was considered brave and exciting to climb up in the tree and jump off into the water. Frank estimated the tree at 45 to 50 feet high and it took real daring to climb clear to the top before jumping. One day when there were a lot of kids in the tree it began to crack and slowly fall over into the water." a feature at WxNW.org
Jun 10, 2007


Voices of Spencer Creek
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: My Friend Peg and the Peaceful Good Fight
Lois Barton
When we look at the state of the world and wonder how we will survive we need look no further than our own back yard: "My friend Peg is a political activist. I observe her dedication and the experiences it leads her into and stand aghast. This woman has for years been involved in daring activities I would never have the courage to undertake. Years ago when I first knew her she was spending weeks in Central America accompanying refugees home from exile. I don't know how many times she went to Fort Benning in Georgia to join the protest aimed at closing the School of the Americas. She even crossed the line there three years ago and spent three months in jail for doing so. She is just completing a fast for peace and justice in the world..." a feature at WxNW.org
May 4, 2007


Voices of Spencer Creek
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: These Stones Are Speaking
Lois Barton
From the sunny slopes of Spencer Butte where the coyotes sing to the bright blue bays of the British Virgin Islands runs the strong thread of historical discovery: Once upon a time early Quakers settled Tortola. They left a mixed legacy of freeing slaves and simple rocks as gravestone markers. Now the search for their history is on. "Samuel and Mary Nottingham donated all of their lands and buildings in the colony to their slaves, who subsequently became known as the freed Nottinghams." a feature at WxNW.org
Mar 8, 2007


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