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Recent Stories by Don Rogers

Don Rogers: The home fires

November 15, 2018 — Mom had in mind a clean, cheaper place called Canoe House, a step or two up from McDonald's harkening back to our life in Hawaii. Early childhood for me, happy young family memories for her. My wife and I were thinking something fancier, and we

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Don Rogers: Answer’s in the mirror

November 1, 2018 — Dud pipe bombs and a deranged bigot with hot semiautomatics in Pittsburgh have twisted the knobs clean off these midterms, already overwrought. The timing of hard words taken to the next awful level this close to Election Day also blew up any lingering sanctimony over

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Don Rogers: Politics mix with family

October 25, 2018 — My earliest memory of politics? Well, I'm not sure. Was it sitting at a table in Honolulu, the child among men and women a little younger than my dad, president of what I proudly called the Young Repelicans? I was as popular as a candidate

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Don Rogers: Explaining the ineffable

October 18, 2018 — Religion and its cousins at root help us cope with this thing, life. Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Yorubaism, Deism, Druidism. Islam, including Sufism though not so much the extreme, Islamism. Humanism, scientism, atheism — yes, atheism, especially the newer militant flavor in all its

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Don Rogers: A fast friend leaves us

October 11, 2018 — I read in the Sierra Sun my friend Marcie Bradley had passed. Her chances were slim, a return of cancer she had defeated before we met, this time in her brain. I hoped, oh I hoped, and prayed like lots of others she'd defy the

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Don Rogers: Low road to high court

October 4, 2018 — #MeToo crested with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh's "she said, he said" hearing, and the Supreme Court confirmation process dipped to its lowest yet. Now the judge's confirmation hinges on the thinnest of thin criteria: Whether an incomplete and unsubstantiated 36-year-old memory of a

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Don Rogers: How to tell you’re there

September 27, 2018 — I took the job here reluctantly in 2016. The Scooper satire that had me refusing the transfer back then was dead on at its core, if not the fact. This can be told now, I think. I was good where I was. Loved the job,

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Don Rogers: The secret to life, and shoes

September 20, 2018 — Does the "I'm not worthy" voice ever go away? Alas, not for me. So my strategies and tactics for myself concern forging ahead anyway. Into the water, into the fire, into new towns, writing and sometimes performing the task that frightens some people more than

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Don Rogers: The Gray Lady goes mad

September 13, 2018 — Who's the author? Is the piece treason or deeper patriotism trying to blunt a train wreck of a presidency? If so, this person hasn't done much to help, harm or reveal anything we didn't already know. Policy still is set on whim, communicated in the

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Don Rogers: The worst curse of age

September 6, 2018 — It dawned on me during a meeting of newspaper leaders from my company a few years ago at Squaw Valley. One of the editors, whip smart and lured to the Colorado mountains after a career at Midwestern metros, was going on, having a bit of

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Don Rogers: Church of Trump?

August 30, 2018 — The evangelical embrace of Donald Trump puzzles me. The birther stunts early and the opportunistic change of heart about abortion late. The sudden piety, the bully's empathy, the petty feuds, the women, all that lying. Good lord. The Republican Party faithful only love the president

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Don Rogers: Key to a better world

August 23, 2018 — The secret to a place, any place, is the people. I had this less than profound insight talking with one among our pantheon of tech demigods over coffee at the South Pine Cafe in Nevada City. I also was thinking about sci fi classic author

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Don Rogers: Embraces touchy with Me Too

August 16, 2018 — Is it just me or have the politics of hugging changed? Seems that Me Too is a rock thrown in the pond, ripples everywhere. Here's extra reason to mind what you say, where you look, most certainly how you touch. But look, humans do touch,

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Don Rogers: Lots of love, little backing

August 9, 2018 — Seldom is there a wider gap between community interest and advertiser support as with Current, our fiction and art magazine quite literally by and for the people. This publication is a mite less exclusive than the last word in fiction, The New Yorker. Or ZYZZYVA,

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Don Rogers: Book brings back a life

August 2, 2018 — I'm past nostalgia when the smoke hangs heavy and the news crackles. These days, like the neighbors, we're holding our breath, wary of the heat, the gasoline grass, the oak stands, the one road out. We moved about two rock throws from an edge of

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Don Rogers: Oh, if the paper should fall

July 26, 2018 — Out in the news deserts, there are consequences. People know less about the neighbors, what's going on, where their money's spent, why community matters. Local business struggles more, government costs rise, connection to place frays. Facebook, Nextdoor and the like do not fill the gap,

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Don Rogers: A writer seeks his wand

July 19, 2018 — Lucy sits with her plate at our tin table on the Olympic House deck, just when the sun no longer would be in her eyes. I take her for a participant, smiling, excited, eager to talk. As we all are. Three of us on one

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Don Rogers: Literary gold open to public

July 5, 2018 — One of the top writing conferences happens next week in our back yard. The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley ranks right there with Breadloaf and Sewanee, best I can tell. Yes, I am biased by geography, knowing the organizers, reading the history, spending eight-nine

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Don Rogers: Three rings that bind

June 28, 2018 — When I was 19 and my father 40-something, we pursued the same woman. She was petite and blonde with a freckled, upturned nose and ready smile, gorgeous, 26 or 27, closer in age to me, though of course I had no chance. Too young, too

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Don Rogers: How to make a life

June 21, 2018 — A long-time colleague from Vail mentions a writer he met while covering the Winter Olympics. She lives around the lake somewhere, Truckee maybe. Freelances for Outside, The New York Times, ESPN, NPR, if I'm remembering right. The elites. Outside! I worshiped Outside in the '80s

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