Tag Archive | Willamette Valley

Book Review of Ask Nana Jean About Making a Difference:Reflections on Life

The title says it all. This book is a book of reflections by Jean Moule, emerita faculty member at Oregon State University. It’s a wonderful book, not meant to be read all in one sitting, but rather in small bites when you want to treat yourself to something wonderful like a chocolate truffle or two. […]

10 Lesser-Known MG/YA First-in-Series FREE Books

Do you follow all the lists about which middle grade/YA books you, your kids, or your students should be reading? Are you tired of seeing the same well-known books on all the lists? Have you tried finding lists with lesser-known books? Here is a list of ten middle grade/YA books in a series with the […]

What About All the Flyers in the Mail Telling Me to Vote No on 92? (Just Label It, Part 2)

(If you’re coming to the table late and aren’t sure what a GMO actually is, you’ll want to read Just Label It, Part 1 first) So you’ve read my first post and gather that I’m a Vote Yes on 92 person. But what about all of those print and tv ads you are seeing, insisting […]

Salem Public Library Author Event!

I will continue my series on the Heirloom Expo after this announcement for Authorama. I will be taking part in this tomorrow, Saturday, September 20, 2014. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2014 FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Ann Scheppke, Librarian 503-588-6124 ascheppke@cityofsalem.net Salem Public Library Presents Authorama Salem Public Library presents Authorama, the Library’s third annual […]

June Haiku and Other Stuff

Roses shout at the passers-by; announcing that summer has arrived And now for the “other stuff.” First, in honor of summer’s imminent arrival here in the cool and cloudy Pacific Northwest: Yahoo!!!! Okay, enough of that. I need to get outside soon and lay some soaker hoses in the garden before everything grows too much.. […]

Author S. Smith Press Release

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   LOCAL AUTHOR COMPLETES TEXAS BOOK TOUR Ultimate Food Police Imagined in Speculative YA Series SALEM, Ore. May 10, 2014—Would you still garden if it were illegal? That is the question confronted in Smith’s futuristic series, Seed Savers. Seed Savers envisions a day when corporate agriculture and the government have merged […]

The Eden at the End of the Oregon Trail

Like a fish in water not appreciating it until he’s gasping for air out of it, so, I think, it takes those of us born and raised in the Willamette Valley some time to realize that we live in one of the best places on earth. I think I realized this in my thirties, but […]