Deep Archive

Sailing, Stillness and Scents

When you’re on a boat, you don’t have much, but it’s seldom not enough. When a need becomes known, sharing occurs quickly and naturally.

Let Us Gather and Worship Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was meeting a need we had never voiced, but he heard it nevertheless. He must have.

Mystery Around Conductor’s Firing Hurts Everyone

When how much we care outstrips how much we know, we find ways to match the two. Rumors and innuendo fill the gap. Conspiracy theories breed in the darkness of not knowing.

OSU Has Developed a Bluer Blue

Its purity somehow makes it both dark and bright. “It almost hurts to look at it,” observed Blake Day, his undergraduate student and a Willamette High School graduate. “Almost” is the operative word.

We Need an Empathy Button to Build Community

When a Charlottesville protester loses her life, or a friend loses his job, or our President loses his cool — those are the huffing and puffing moments that remind us of life’s peril.

Who’s a Supremacist? Maybe You.

If your feet don’t hurt from marching, look for a bandwagon beneath them.

Will Trump Plead Not Guilty by Reason of Inanity?

Our legal system makes allowance for those who are culpable but not cogent. The insane get special protections. The inane may also.

Curiosity Could Grow With Gap Year Popularity

Spend an hour in the Safeway near campus on a Friday evening and you’ll see that giving students plenty of choices doesn’t necessarily give them the skill to choose between them. In fact, it’s often the reverse.

What Are You Doing After Work?

Work was no longer constant and unending, so the idea of not working became intoxicating. We embraced “after work” but now it threatens to strangle us.

Weeding Up Close

I’ve never been much of a gardener. I respect others who toil in the soil, but I’d rather dig through research books and plant ideas in people’s heads. I know the leverage in language better than a