Recent Blog Posts:
HERE'S What Tom Says About THAT
I was thrilled last month when I received an invitation from my friends at Paulina Springs Books to join them as a guest “author-bookseller” for a few hours this coming Saturday, November 30. I’ll be at the Sisters store beginning around 11:00am.
Paulina Springs has consistently supported local authors, including me, and has invited me to appear at their stores (to great turnouts!) in both the Redmond and Sisters stores when each of my books were published.
“Indies First” is a brand-new program that I hope will be a huge success and continue on the Saturday after Thanksgiving long into the future. It’s the brainchild of one of my favorite authors, Sherman Alexie, and the co-owner of Queen Anne Book Company in Seattle. As Sherman so aptly describes Indies First:
Of course, I’ll be happy to sign copies of Gather at the Table and Inheriting the Trade, but my goal is to sell everything on Paulina Springs’ shelves! And because I asked them to, Paulina Springs has stocked some of my favorite books that I’ve read in the past year, including:
I encourage all my readers and friends to visit your local bookstore this weekend and buy some books. And for those in Central Oregon, I hope to see you in Sisters at Paulina Springs!
This Friday’s game isn’t just about winning a football game. Oh, no… I can’t recall a desire to beat Oregon State more intensely than I feel this season.
A little background:
This is the 119th anniversary of the “Civil War,” the somewhat unfortunate name bestowed upon the 7th most played college football rivalry in the United States (don’t ask me what the other 6 are – you can Google it yourself): The Oregon Ducks versus the Oregon State Beavers.
We take this rivalry pretty seriously here in Oregon; though for the most part it is a friendly rivalry. As a graduate of the University of Oregon, I wear a lot of green and yellow and write “Go Ducks” and “Win the Day” on my Facebook page regularly. I can’t tell you the name of a single player for the Beavs.
We Ducks fans held high hopes for our team this year. We felt we had a legitimate shot at playing in the national championship game; that our quarterback, Marcus Mariota, was a legitimate contender for the Heisman Trophy.
Then we lost to Stanford and our Title hopes were dashed, as was Mariota’s Heisman chance.
Then we lost to Arizona and our Pac-12 Championship hopes were dashed.
What remains is one final regular season game: The Civil War.
For me, this game, this year, is about more than salvaging our season. It’s about more than beating the Beavers.
This game is personal!
It’s between me and the City of Corvallis and the heartless meter reader who gave me a ticket in September!
I call upon the Duck Side of the Force as I seek vengeance through football!
Just read the letter I wrote to the Municipal Court for Corvallis below. Surely, if you have a heart and a brain and a modicum of compassion (which I do not anticipate from any of my Beaver friends), you will understand and support my position:
Did the fact that I have University of Oregon license plate holders and a Ducks logo trailer hitch protector and decals on my vehicle influence the meter reader? I do not know; though I have my strong suspicions!
So this year’s Civil War game is personal for me. I want an extra TEN DOLLAR’S WORTH of victory!
BEAT THOSE HALLOWEEN-CLAD RODENTS!
WIN! THE! DAY!
(Please note: I will return to my more-compassionate, less-competitive, thoughtful and loving self after Friday’s game)