‘WHAT PARTY?’

"Jellyfish" are neither jelly nor fish, but that's okay. It's just a common name. This one is specifically called a Pacific sea nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens), which suggests why my dad warned me as a child not to touch the orange ones. The joke goes like this: What are the two saddest words in the English [...]

PROTECT and SERVE

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN + Oregon Live) — Four Oregon State Police troopers went into a Corvallis coffee shop without wearing a mask, which prompted the OSP superintendent to put at least one of them on administrative leave during the investigation. [The state has mandated masks for everyone inside public places as a way to stem [...]

MASK

All persons in my county must be masked when visiting any indoor public space, beginning 1 July 2020. The county itself requested this. As a friend said to me on the phone: we're a tourist economy and people come here from everywhere. We need some protection. from NPR "Masks And The Outdoor Exerciser: Advice For Runners, [...]

GENTLE RAIN

  My feet are still up instead of walking for a couple more days, Jeanie Tomalek's painting has been lost by the UPS since 19 May, the Russian doll and the CD from Estonia are still somewhere between there and here even though the Atlantic is not so big as the Pacific Ocean, Butterfly Fontanelle [...]

FOR DEAR LIFE

My neighbor always used to blame me whenever she caught a cold or flu—"You gave me this"—and now I know she should have washed her hands before touching her face. I do not think she will be able to blame me for this. "Worser and worser" was the ungrammatical line from my childhood. A new [...]