to West By Northwest online magazine, a progressive, bimonthly journal of rural and
city life, ecology, arts and letters from a Northwest prospective. As the parched
Pacific Northwest awaits the coming season of the long rains, we celebrate themes
of rivers and waterfalls, honoring all of our the ancestors and the First People
here and their descendants, the Big Election and look at important local measures
in the following articles. One of the many influences of Latin culture on the NW
is the growing commemoration of Los
Dias de Los Muertos.
Trust The People by Dr. Johanthan Feldman at Letters to
Opinions about the Gore/Nader
question by Ryan Ramon, Carl Pope of the Sierra Club, and
Mary DeDanan. Also, Ryan Ramon's Recommendations for Oregon voters.
for the "Lesser of Two Evils" Election Malaise:
Is There An Other Way? By Gus diZerega
This Election Brought to You by America,
Inc., an Opinion by Gabriel Frayne Jr. is our cup of tea.
With links to Ralph Nader's website.
Voices for the World
A report on Plan Columbia by Joan McIntyre
WorldTeach volunteers in Chiapas, Mexico help a new industry -- Eco-tourism!
Voices of the Nation
We are pleased and proud to present selected columns by one of our favorite contemporary
social critics, Norman Solomon. Like a good strong cup of coffee, two is better than
one! A Season of News Coverage: No
Cure For Political Blues and Broadcasters Celebrate Big Gains from Violence and Greed.
Northwest author Elizabeth Engstrom gives us a different kind
of romantic ghost story in Reggie where forgiveness is the key. But who is to be forgiven?
Also see A Duck's Life in Spencer Creek Journal.
Voices of the Northwest
Like a summary of our time, truth is better than fiction: Stan Thompson's saga of
bittersweet life and technology, Part 2, My Life in the Twentieth Century , "Education".
Mary DeDanan regrets she has not been able to file her anticipated article on the
origins of ancient holy days. She is in a race with the rains to finish her yurt
housebuilding project. OK, Ms. DeDanan, I guess it's a case of first things first
-- See Ms. DeDanan's article Living
The Labyrinth, Part One -- still our most visited page!
We are happy Kimball Lewis, Mr. Animal Welfare Himself, joins us as a regular columnist.
Whether concerned about taxes and /or strays, visit Facts and Fiction: How Your Animal Shelter Works
by Mr. Lewis. When Mr. Lewis heard we were featuring a photo essay on horse camping,
he included, Horse Neglect and
Abuse in America: Fact and Fiction.
The region's "poster child" of the rural preservation movement has new
developments! See The Continuing Story
of the Battle for Fire Road by Norm Maxwell. In this "David
and Goliath" saga, David needs HELP! What price justice?
Alma Cunningham on Part-time Professors - Visit "Open Letter to the Chancellor of Higher Education".
Thoughts for Thanksgiving -- Barbara Kelley, Director of Save Our ecoSystem, asks
us all to reconsider Leonard Peltier's case in "Open Letter to the President". (Many consider
Peltier to be the "Nelson Mendela" of the USA.)
Arts and Crafts
Conversations With Artists features Northern Californian muralist Carol Huboi
Werry in Mural Painting as Way of Life, Part One and Part Two.
Los Dias De Los Muertos Art in the Northwest.
Preserving Traditional Arts - Eugene Weavers Guild Loving the Loom . And 'Best of Oregon'
Show weaver Joan Swift's elegant
a Canadian painter draws elegant and strong social comments.
Remembering the Ancestors
Lorna Manderschied tells a funny Childhood
Story of Grandpa Lloyd and Grandma's Sewing Basket.
Rivers in Autumn: Smith,of
the Third Oregon, Dies by
Mary Carolyn Davies, 1918. Photo
courtesy the Oregon Historical Society and links to the Willamette Riverkeepers.
Two Avon Poems
by webpoet Doug Tanoury with photo of McKenzie River by Guy Weese.
Advice for the Clueless by a very gabby Ph.D.
Dr. Addy Gabby (an ichythologist) is very busy transplanting salmon eggs
in the efforts to save the salmon. She will join us as soon as possible. She apologizes
to her readers for not updating her column - the plans of transmitting material from
her laptop to us while she was stationed on a mountain top recording the behavior
of flying fish went south with her hard drive. She promises an update
within a couple of weeks. You may write her at Addyg@westbynorthwest.org
D.C. Choppy enjoys activist Portia Foster's autobiography In Pursuit of Justice:
Around the World and the Human Heart - "In Pursuit of Portia".
Peter Montague's Doing the Least
Harm is an insightful discussion of the Northwest's own
Mary O'Brien and her new environmental book about Alternatives to Risk Assessments
Ryan Ramon revisits Gaviotas, A Village
to Reinvent the World.
Visit Powell's Books Interview with author Ian
Fraizer, On the Rez.
Also Powell's Dave Weich talks with fantasy author Philip Pullman and looks at The Amber Spyglass.
Voices of Spencer Creek Valley
Lois Barton, local historian and poet, writes on family-style apple pie making in
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte. Yumm!
Sharing A Recipe for Prayer and
Pumpkin Pudding by spiritual teacher and cook Paurnamasi
Waki. Autumn Rivers photo, Guy Weese.
M.G. Hudson's A Duck's Life in Spencer Creek Journal. A story of life and death for most ages.
Life on the Forty-fifth Parallel -- Ryan Ramon speaks with Red Cross
disaster volunteer Lisa Quiring about When
Mother's Love Is Tougher Than a Storm.
Fall Creek Walk by our own Webmaster.
Third generation of endurance riding make strong family and animal-human bonds. See Sarah in the Saddle.
Mary Siegfried's offers more haiku photography of the Bay Area to our readers
in French Fall Poppies and more. Visit the store.
Guy Weese's photography , That Photo Guy shows his stuff! (His mysterious "Light Floating"
is the photo illustration for Elizabeth Engstrom's ghost story," Reggie".)
- Michael's Mountain Magic -a gem of a photo essay on Cascade Mts. waterfalls, the
source of the rivers.
Valerie Larkin's Summer Remembered "Cascade
Camping Con Caballista or High ho, Silver" -- Mountain
Horse Camping photo essay.
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