Monday, August 11, 2008


August's Letter from Harrisburg is about stepping back and forth between my two universes.

For people in this area: I plan to be at the Lane County Fair this Wednesday (13th) from 11a.m. to 10pm and on Saturday (16th) from 2-8 pm. To quote the Register-Guard: "The Oregon Authors Table is in the glass-covered courtyard between the fair’s two largest exhibition halls." I would love to have you stop by and say hello.

In his column yesterday, Bob Welch profiled a neighbor of ours, a mapmaker named David Imus. David and his wife live down Substation Drive in a farmhouse with a cute overgrown filigreed-iron gate that seems to hide all kinds of magical stories behind it.

Ben got his driving permit the other day and drove to church yesterday. If we all look a bit frightened and whiplashed, that's why. Even with that, I think he'll be our easiest kid to teach to drive, which is kind of like saying, "easiest labor and delivery."

Quote of the Day:
"I just have this hyperness bubbling up inside of me!"
-Jenny, on why she just can't sit still in church, or quit talking at home, or quit bugging her brothers in the car, etc. etc.


  1. This morning my son was wiggling and obnoxious and his response to me telling him to calm down was, "I can't help it! It's those cookies I ate last night."

    I guess, like illegal substances, chocolate chip cookies circulate in one's system for quite some time.

  2. Great article, as much as I get tired of the children filled world from time to time, just a few hours in an adult only world makes me want to go back to the 'real' one, it's crazier, but more comforting. SuEllen

  3. You did a great job of combining all the possible topics you talked about back in July into a super column!

  4. I loved your article, Dorcas! If I could write like that, I would.

    Also Bob's piece in the Register-Guard. I couldn't find a way to respond to him, but if you could pass my enjoyment along to him, I would appreciate it. I'll look at maps in a different way from now on.