Author Archives: Rod Weston

Wild Swans by Jung Chang A fascinating book that follows three generations of Chinese women beginning in the early 20th century. The book starts with the Japanese occupation, proceeds through the civil war between the communists and the Kuomintang then carries us throughout the Mao atrocities. The ability of the Chinese people to endure hardship astonishes me – there… Read More »

Evergreen College Wokeness

This is an article published at by Erich Vieth. I am duplicating it here because you never know when something will disappear from the internet. I didn’t want to be spending so much time writing about Wokeness, but it has become clear to me that this is an ideology that reverses many of the… Read More »

Columbia Gorge Hotel

Never stayed there – a bit out of my price range – but have enjoyed dinner a few times and once enjoyed an amazing brunch. I would recommend checking on the brunch thought – it was many years ago and I’m not seeing much information about it on the web.

Books for bibliophiles

From various sources including the King County Library, MentalFloss and BookWitty. Most if not all the copy is copied directly from them. The books with the ‘thumbs up’ image are my personal favorites. This post will continue to be updated, so check back regularly. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Liesel Meminger is a nine-year-old… Read More »

Handguns Save Lives

Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2 million times every year — or about 5,479 times a day. This means that each year, firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives. Of the 2 million times citizens… Read More »

Recommended Websites

Here are a few of my favorite websites concerning reading and books. Good Reads provides a place to discuss the books you’ve read and are reading and to get recommendations from other people. I use this site a lot. Be aware that Amazon owns the site; all books link to Amazon’s site. Personally, I prefer… Read More »

Okra 2018

I’m doing some container gardening this year and am going to start playing with okra. I love okra. But it’s difficult to grow in the Northwest. It originated in Africa and likes lots of heat and humidity – so not a good fit for the Great Pacific Northwet. But, as an experiment I’m going to… Read More »

Just call me Tiger: My week aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz

Just call me Tiger: My week aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz February 02, 2018 By Dr. Cam Jayson My grandson Zach is a nuclear machinist’s mate on the United States nuclear powered aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Nimitz. In October of 2017, while he was on the Nimitz and returning from an Arabian Gulf deployment, he emailed me… Read More »