Greg Brown's got love in Central Oregon. Why? Well, to start, there's the sweet irony of the fact that he shares his name with one of Deschutes County's most colorful former sheriffs - convicted embezzler Greg Brown. Oh yeah. That's just a local's bonus, though. Ask any Bendite who's caught a past Brown show, and they'll tell you about how the Iowan's grizzly and cuddly baritone fills the air with pure, glimmering folkie poetry - that's what really makes Greg Brown special. If you're still a doubter, check out some of Brown's many albums, most of which he's published on his own Red House label - or call up your old pal Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion fame. Even if he can't harmonize for beans, GK knows good folk music - and Brown's been all over that show's stage since way back.
The Source Issue 45 (Nov. 10) contained wonderful information about the forms of yoga offered in our vicinity. Most of the information covered pertained to the socially enjoyable forms of yoga enjoyed by the folks who use yoga mats and bendy posturing as they concentrate on improving their blissful breathing techniques. These physical forms of yoga are the beautiful compliments to the mental, mindful and meditative forms of yoga that balance the larger yoga (yogic) equation.
Yoga is basically a non-denominational practice aimed at balancing the physical (body) existence with the meta-physical (mind) reality. The ensuing mind-body balance creates the union required for an increased "understanding" (consciousness) of the "living experience."
In the time-honored American tradition of peaceful civil disobedience, I am proud to be one of eight Central Oregon citizens arrested on December 5 in Congressman Greg Walden's Bend office.
At our January 26 trial we plan to present a compelling defense.
This act of dissent follows years of futile attempts to encourage the Congressman to hold open, unscripted town meetings accessible to a majority of his constituents.
The Congressman has grown so suspicious of impromptu encounters with ordinary citizens that on Saturday he required a Bend Police Department intervention that enabled him to enter the Water Project meeting at the Chamber of Commerce through the back door. (Greg, we are nonviolent people who believe that democracy thrives on open dialogue and transparency; there is no reason to avoid us.)
I had to respond to "What's Wrong with Siri," (News, 1-4) since Apple's Siri isn't the problem.
Three hours before I read, "What's wrong with Siri," I went to a store in town and complimented the cashier that this was the nicest "dollar" store I had ever been in.