Oregon writer, Rain Trueax, and Oregon painter, Diane, co-author Rainy Day Thought, where they write about experiences, ideas, nature, creativity, and culture. The latter might appear at times political, but we will try to avoid partisanship to speak to the broader issues that impact a culture. This is just too important a time not to sometimes speak to problems that impact society. As she and I do, readers will find we often disagree and have for over 50 years-- still able to be close friends. You can do that if you can be agreeable that we share more than not despite the difference.

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Fantasy, the painting by Diane Widler Wenzel, cropped a little to fit the needs of a banner.





Thursday, December 01, 2011

Southern Oregon

We were fortunate to spend Thanksgiving in Southern Oregon with our children and grandchildren. It's a very lovely area with a strong sense of history.  Because for the last month I have been immersing myself in Oregon history (although not this particular region), I really enjoyed being in some of these very old communities and time with the whole family together is always a treat. We did our after Thanksgiving shopping in small, locally owned shops in Jacksonville, a pioneer Oregon town. No parking lot struggles, no chain bargains, but interesting merchandise, like this American made pillow created from a Pendleton blanket and a design not still being made, as well as a relaxing place to have lunch.



9 comments:

Celia said...

Sounds like a wonderful visit. Washington and Oregon are filled with some most interesting and historical places. Some of them, such as Condon, Oregon have restored old railroad hotels so if you aren't staying with family you can rest for the night in comfort. My granddaughters and I are reading several books of diaries of the Oregon trail pioneers. Our little corner of Washington holds the site of the doomed Whitman Mission and was, as you probably know, part of Oregon for a long time.

Rubye Jack said...

Isn't Oregon beautiful? I would love to that pillow!

robin andrea said...

Southern Oregon is quite beautiful. When I first bought land in 1973, it was just outside of Cave Junction. Jacksonville is quite a picturesque place.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Such a very beautiful area, Rain....It is great to see pictures of places I have never been and now, will not ever be able to travel to.
And it sounds like a wonderful family Thanksgibing, too! What could be better?

Ingineer66 said...

Beautiful photos. Looks like a wonderful visit.

Anonymous said...

Rain--Ingineer66 took the words off of my keyboard. I really like the cushion. Almost anything using Pendleton blankets or cloth is bound to be beautiful!
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Diane Widler Wenzel said...

Blogs like this tell so much more and more economically than what can be crammed into a letter. Thanks for sharing this way.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Sounds a beautiful place!
Happy Thanksgiving! (belated...)

Fran aka Redondowriter said...

Idyllic, beautiful--and it wasn't raining.