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Lois Barton

Lois Barton is an 82 year old mother of eight children. She has lived on the same rural acreage just south of Eugene, Oregon for more than 48 years. All their children learned to milk, to keep the woodboxes filled, to do their share of household and garden chores. Her first book, Spencer Butte Pioneers, was published in 1982 when her youngest started to school. Since then she wrote five other books: Daughter of the Soil, now out of print; One Woman’s West; A Quaker Promise Kept; and Through My Window, autobiographical sketches, sequel to Daughter Of the Soil.. Through the years Lois has been a 4H leader, president of the neighborhood association, a precinct committe woman, election board clerk, editor of the Lane County Historian, and a life long Quaker. She spent a month in Southeast Asia in 1974 as a member of a church peace mission, after working for ten years as director of the Eugene Chapter of the World Without War Council.


ARTICLES BY THIS AUTHOR:


Book Reviews

Nov 13, 2007
Prisons and Peacemaking: An Interview with Helen Park
Alternatives to Violence Made Practical

Sep 18, 2004
Reading Off the Charts: Constantine’s Sword
Suddenly, it is Fall. Wet leaves and cool mornings. I didn’t have to water the garden but instead began reading a book Karen loaned me…

Mar 24, 2004
Big Spirit, Small Press Looks at our Spiritual Journey in the World
Or What Jumping Jehoshaphat Understood

Nov 8, 2003
Reading Off the Charts: Big Spirit, Small Press, “My Grandmother Went to Jail”
Written and illustrated by Miriam Medicine Prayer

Feb 15, 2003
Big Book, Small Press: A Review of “Lettuce In Winter,” Poems by Richard Bear

Jan 25, 2003
Big Spirit, Small Press: Islam from a Quaker Perspective
Anthony Manousos’ Powerful Pamphlet Is Bigger than the Format

Nov 26, 2002
Big Spirit, Small Press with co-reviewer Kate Kimball
Four beautiful and very different works are published by Pendle Hill and Creative Arts Book Company

Oct 23, 2002
Big Books–Small Press
Looking at Wildwood, A Forest for the Future and The Left Hand Of Eden: Meditations On Nature And Human Nature

Assorted Writings

Nov 15, 2007
Three Tales for the Wintertide: Of Dragons and Dreams
Three fables to nourish the spirit when the daylight shortens and the nights grow long…

Oct 30, 2006
The National Animal Identification System
Animal Farm–USDA/Corporate Style: Mandatory ID for All?

Mar 2, 2006
Two Spring Shorts from the Spencer Butte Writers Group
A growing unity with nature is not an accident.

May 7, 2004
Row, Row, Row Your Boat Gently in the Now
Jill and the sport she has come to love

Nov 13, 2002
I Am Ready

Sep 30, 2002
Skin That Doesn’t Stretch
What If We Grew Like Trees?

Spencer Creek Storybook

Jun 25, 2008
Spencer Creek Storybook: Remembering Mother’s Day at the Longhouse, and Not Up, Up and Away
Sometimes things turn out better than you think and others times they don’t.

Apr 18, 2008
Spencer Creek Storybook: A Rainbow Quilt, and Maple Syrup?
Rainbows and spring frosts brings Margie’s quilts to mind.

The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte

Mar 20, 2008
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Inventing a Word for Trauma: Adrien Niyongabo and the Trauma Healing and Reconcilliation Service with Helen Park
When one’s ethinic identity can mean the difference between life and death, one fellow said, “I know his father and mother. He is a Hutu as we are…”

Jan 22, 2008
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Musings on a Trans-gender Friend
What is gender when it is chosen?

Dec 15, 2007
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: A Tuba Christmas and The King’s Carolers
A personal look at two precious holiday traditions in Lane County.

Aug 25, 2007
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: A Visit to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
A trip to Southeastern Oregon is a dramatic shift of perception: the landscape, the winds and rains, the mountains and rivers, and most of all the birds, are different.

Jun 10, 2007
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Frank and the Rivers
The Willamette and McKenzie rivers have been important features in this community clear back to Native American times.

May 4, 2007
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: My Friend Peg and the Peaceful Good Fight
Or What Makes a Political Activist

Mar 8, 2007
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: These Stones Are Speaking
A garden club has fenced and landscaped a small cemetery where the grave markers are just stones.

Jan 26, 2007
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Lucy McIver, Peace Pole Artist
It is notable that every language HAS a word for peace.

Nov 24, 2006
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Telephones, Then and Now

Oct 15, 2006
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Remembering Bovine Tuberculosis
“…there is no obvious way to diagnose or treat wild animals.”

Sep 8, 2006
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: What Is a Quilt?
A 1962 definition reads as follows: n. A bed cover made of two layers of cloth filled with down, etc. and stitched together
in lines or patterns.

Aug 11, 2006
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Quakers in the British Virgin Islands
The Singing Methodists May Have Influenced History of Tortola –Here is How

Jul 15, 2006
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Manta Rays, and Dandelions, A Poem, also introducing Carolann Krohn
Graceful swimmers of the tropical ocean, Manta Rays are in trouble

Jun 10, 2006
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Those Husky Macadamia Nuts
Nuts about Macadamia nuts: ” The nuts are available roasted, chocolate covered with caramel or honey, as condiments for ice cream, cookies, cakes and other pastries, or flavoring for coffee, liqueur or essences.”

May 10, 2006
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Fender’s Blue, a Nine Day Wonder
Two rare species’ life cycles are intertwined.

Mar 29, 2006
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Frannie and the Arrow
Then through the stupor of sleep I became aware of a childish scream.

Feb 24, 2006
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Bhavia’s Cambodia
September 11, 2001 changed the world for many people. For Bhavia it became a call to make a difference.

Feb 4, 2006
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: The Saga of the Smoking Chimney
Edie’s keen ears saved my house.

Jan 5, 2006
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: The Saga of Big Oak Stables
“Who is this beautiful blond? I must meet him.”

Nov 1, 2005
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: A Fishy Story
Or How Observers Help Save the Fishing Industry

Oct 5, 2005
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: A Different Peace
And a different kind of war time romance

Sep 6, 2005
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Hal and the Mountain
West Helena Memories

Aug 14, 2005
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: A Rogue River Adventure
The Wild and Scenic Rogue River is true to its designation: wildlife, flora, geology, whitewater thrills, history, it has it all.

Jul 8, 2005
Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Obituary for a Country Cat
Muff

May 28, 2005
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: The Cortesia Sanctuary
People have written prayers and hung them in the prayer shrine to blow in the wind until they disintegrate.

May 2, 2005
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Honoring the Mothers of the Meeting

Apr 1, 2005
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: The Tree and Me and Lady Slippers
A Simple Song of Spring

Feb 25, 2005
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Llamas, the New Aura of Spring
When we see their “shadows of forgotten ancestors,” the Oregon llama seems strangely at home.

Jan 10, 2005
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Mother-in-Law’s Report
A dark, long, rainy night, a weird visitor, and waiting for a miracle

Jun 12, 2004
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Geese
Wildlife in the city: Geese mate for life, fathers guard the young, and they are fun to watch. So what ‘s a little mess…?

Dec 4, 2004
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Cranberries
Red to purple, bitter ’till sweetened, behold the cranberry or “ibimi” as the North Altantic First Peoples called this versatile berry.

Nov 5, 2004
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Flue Fire
Wildlife in the city: Geese mate for life, fathers guard the young, and they are fun to watch. So what’s a little mess…?

Oct 1, 2004
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: The Last Gift
“To comfort all that mourn… to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness…” Isaiah 61:2-3

Aug 27, 2004
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Butterflies and Community Development
Monarchs: One generation flies south but it takes four generations to come home north.

Aug 7, 2004
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Endurance Riding
“Taking excellent care of your horse is really a big part of the endurance ethic.”

Jul 5, 2004
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Down the River or Adventures in Innertubbing
What a peaceful hour. Cows came down to the river to drink. Kingfishers and water birds went about their usual affairs . . .

Apr 17, 2004
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: The Sweet Smell of Peppermint
Mentha piperita? Other names are American mint, brandy mint, lamb mint, lammint: an ancient plant known to the Greeks and Egyptians for medicine and culinary delights, we still enjoy mint.

Feb 28, 2004
Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Indian Puppies – with Ray Nash and Manena Schwering

Feb 3, 2004
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: A Look at the Demographic Future
This never was first class farming country

Jan 21, 2004
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Winter Storms
What an Opener for a New Year!

Dec 24, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: The Joys of Banana Slugs

Dec 5, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: One Dark and Snowy Night

Oct 31, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: A Little History of the Spencer Butte Neighborhood Association
Daily Democracy and Helping Each Other Through the Years

Sep 27, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Mother and Mary Jane

Jul 30, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Sisterhood – a Poem, and Visiting the Cascade Raptor Center
These neighbors would prefer a rose or a mouse to a cookie, thank you

Jul 3, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Water
We are so set in our ways as octogenarians it would be unthinkable not to grow a garden.

Jun 6, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Rattlesnakes
The former owners warned us that there were rattlers around and mentioned finding one at the garage door drinking from the dog’s dish.

May 15, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Harbinger of Spring
In spite of pesticides, hurricanes and loss of habitat, the wrens return bringing warm weather in their wake

May 5, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: A Coal Mine and Grandfather Fir

Mar 29, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Egrets in the Pacific Northwest
Blue Herons and White Egrets Share Roosting Trees When Necessary

Feb 28, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: The Saga of Frank’s Portable Sawmill
Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Jan 27, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Raccoons and a Poem
For two years the coons picked all the Brooks prunes off my young fruit tree before they were ripe enough to be edible.

Jan 2, 2003
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Peach Tree Umbrellas
Time to get out in the rain and make umbrellas for peach trees!

Oct 23, 2002
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Life at the Heceta Lighthouse
Imagine keeping house perfectly or dangling your son by rope above the cliff…

Aug 27, 2002
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: Lise and Her Horses
Everyday is Labor Day: Working on the Land with Draft Horses

Jul 28, 2002
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte: River Rafting

Lois Barton’s earliest writings for WxNW.org: From the 2000 – 2002 archives:

Visit the Heron Rookery

Sauerkraut and All That

The Midwife – The midnight call awoke an unusual midwife.

The Mystery of Fox Hollow – Fact and fiction meet in this story of the origins of Faith Rock.

Trees, Tame Trees and Squirrel.

Charlotte’s Overdose – Just who is Charlotte and what did she take?