Getting Skunked… and Being Humbled by it

This past weekend while fishing the Cascade Lakes in Oregon, I went into the area blind, and it was a learning experience.

Open Our Eyes: When Gun Violence Leads to Disability

What’s the true measure of a man’s actions? Erin Kelly offers a new perspective on the bravery of Chris Mintz, the hero of the mass shooting in Oregon.

The People Vs. Shell: The Patron Saints of Hope and Last Chances

Climate change, arctic drilling, and direct action protest. James Blakely is an avid outdoorsman who wants you to care about the environment too.

Fur, Feathers and Fins: The Urgency of Predator Management to Save Salmon

When it comes to saving salmon, predator management ruffles feathers and fur.

Cardale Jones Becomes The Man . . . And A Man

Tonight, third-string QB, Cardale Jones, leads The Ohio State University against Oregon for the National Championship. Adam Crawford explains why the rough-around-the-edges Jones exemplifies the purpose of college sports.

Casual Spectator: Tonight’s College Football National Championship

Casual Spectator previews tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship game: what you need to know.

Beneath the Turf

Hunting White Truffles in the Pacific Northwest

Is Death With Dignity The Same As Suicide?

A therapist and family caregiver ponders the implications of being able to choose the manner of our life, and death.

Oregon Marriage Equality Opponents File ‘Right To Discriminate’ Initiative

The proposed Protect Religious Freedom Initiative would create a “right to discriminate” for any business that normally works with weddings.

On Making Amends and Finding Gratitude

There are many paths to gratitude. Matt Clapper’s led him through a series of amends, and he is the better for it.

Off the Grid and Into the Woods

Kile Ozier takes a two week trek into the wilderness, and learns how a tiny shift in the rudder of the mind can steer a new course.

Oregon’s ‘Pay it Forward, Pay it Back’ Legislation

Oregon legislature passes bill to “provide tuition to students while they attend community college and public university.”

14-Year-Old Student Chris Martin Punished for Wearing Makeup to School

The problem here wasn’t with the makeup, but with who was wearing it.

Vermont House Passes ‘Aid-In-Dying’ Bill

The passage of this bill is considered “the most historic event” of Vermont’s 2013 legislative session.

A Father Walks to End Bullying (VIDEO)

It will take 2 years, but Joe Bell plans to walk across the US as a tribute to his son.