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The Daily Bread: Of angels and bread pudding

On Sept. 3, 2010, my mother, Ethel Pochocki, suffered a stroke and passed away three months later. Since then, I have tried to honor that day annually by doing something special.

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The Porch for Oct. 17

WELL SAID: “I saw old Autumn in the misty morn/Stand shadowless like silence, listening/To silence. — Thomas Hood

Cascade Observations: Shares of grief and joy

When I was a small child, it was all the rage to wear “Days of the Week” underwear, with each pair printed with the corresponding day of the week. I yearned for my own special set, but my mom was not convinced by my pleading, and purchased plain white panties: no frills, no lace, no days of the week.

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CROP Hunger Walk organizers give thanks

CROP Walk committee members write, “A warm thank you to communities of the Mid Columbia for supporting the recent Columbia Gorge CROP Hunger Walk. We thank the 81 walkers representing ten area churches, as well as those who walked as individuals.

Locals participate in global rhino-elephant march

Hood River participated as the only Oregon event in last weekend’s Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. Some cities also rallied for tigers and lions as citizens spread awareness to the rapid decline of iconic species, mostly due to increased poaching in wildlife trafficking.

Gratitude goes out for acts of help and hospitality

“In appreciation for Providence Hood River Hospital, I want to express my gratitude for the kindest and best care one could imagine while a patient recently,” writes Marcy Nordwall.

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Harvest Quilt fundraiser on now

The Harvest Quilt is a yearly community fundraiser for a local non-profit. This year, Hood River Adopt A Dog is honored to be the recipient of the quilt and is raising money by selling raffle tickets. The quilt is being shown around town and tickets are being sold at ETC — Every Thread Counts — and at Gorge Dog and Hood River Adopt A Dog, 3910 Heron Drive, in Odell. Tickets are 1 for $2, 3 for $5, or 7 for $10.

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A wish and a zip: Hawks Ridge residents enjoy adventure aloft

Three residents of Hawks Ridge Assisted Living in Hood River wanted to go on a zip line, so after some research by staff, they headed to Skamania Zip Tours, located at the Skamania Resort Lodge, on Sept. 8 .

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Roots and Branches: Reviving ‘Nisei picnic’: What’s old can be new again

Saturday evening kindled fond memories of a Japanese tradition we let slip away decades ago.

Parkhurst Place supports fire fighters

Residents and staff of Parkhurst Place Assisted Living have put together care packages for firefighters “battling the front line fires near John Day, Ore.,” reports Community Relations Manager Terri Hansen.

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.