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Roots and Branches: Everyone needs a Circle of Love

Circles have aroused powerful feelings in mankind throughout time. They are the simplest of form whose imagery evokes continuous connection of past to present, present to future, across generations. Circles are found in all cultures often used to illustrate the meaning of infinity, their structure having neither beginning nor end. Like a well-worn wedding band, they are symbolic of lasting relationships, never perfect in shape, silken to the touch, beget by years of turning and stroking when worry, fear, or pain separates one from the joy of life.

Cascade Observations: Looking back, looking ahead

I was driving a 14-year old boy around the valley the other day, taking a brief afternoon tour.

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The Porch for Aug. 29

KUMARI UPDATE: Peter Marbach, a Hood River photographer and friend of Kumari, Nepal, takes his message of help to the flagship store of the L.L. Bean, in Freetown, Maine on Aug. 28.

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Roots and Branches: Memories around the mochi stump

Family has been the predominant theme these last two months on the Willow Flat front.

Cascade Observations: Looking for a Calling

These days, “calling” someone usually means pulling out a cell phone from a pocket or purse, rapidly typing a message in abbreviated “text” format using nothing more than two thumbs, or talking “face to face” or better said “screen to screen” via Face Time.

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The Porch for Aug. 8

WELL SAID: “Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.” — Jonathan Swift

Roots and Branches: A close and colorful clan

We are in the frenetic moments of last minute preparations for the Yasui family reunion, a gathering I first learned about 45 years ago when Flip and I tied the knot.

Community invited to Lila May’s party Friday

The July 31 prom-birthday party for Lila May Schow, who is about to turn 5, will be in the Butler Bank Building, 301 Oak St., starting at 6 p.m.

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United Way of Gorge hands out 2014 money, with youngsters’ help

United Way of the Columbia Gorge (UWCG) allocated funding to 35 local non-profit programs in Klickitat, Hood River, Wasco and Skamania counties at the annual agency social July 23 at Best Western Plus Hood River Inn.

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Dress dedicated to brother

Faith Ocheskey, 13, models the dress she made using her brother Stanley’s Hood River Valley High School cap and gown at Wednesday’s 4-H Style Review at the Hood River County Fair.

Stories shared at museum of art, artists, and creative process

“We at The Hood River Art Club would like to thank each of you involved in celebrating our 66th Anniversary Exhibit and Reception at the History Museum of Hood River County,” writes club member Gail Kleish.

Lila May’s party on Friday receives lots more help

The July 31 prom-birthday party for Lila May Schow, who is about to turn 5, is getting bigger.

Cascade Observations: Some other roadside attractions

What do a flat tire, a cloth diaper, a nuclear cooling tower, a gargantuan jug of maple syrup, and a poet’s grave have in common? The answer is “road trip.” On a recent family adventure via a silver Nissan, old memories of trips long past were recalled, and new memories were made.

Parkdale News: ‘It Takes a Community’ project makes progress

When one of its own needed help with a safe place to live, the Upper Valley community responded with donations, fundraisers and offers of help.

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BBBS friends learn windsurfing basics

On a pleasantly warm and breezy day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge held its annual Windsurfing Clinic at The Hook.