• Hanging 11

    “Charlie don’t surf!” But J.D. does. And we’re all the better for it. *** The only thing that gives me more pleasure than checking off my own Bucket List items is when my friends check things off theirs. And because I’ve known the man for nearly 40 years now, and I know him to be… Continue Reading

  • Touching Them All

    In honor of the annual American Legion baseball tournament taking place this weekend at Taylor Field in Corvallis, I offer you my best Mickey Riley story. It’s also my only Mickey Riley story. (Editor’s note: we are not related.) But after this one, there’s really no reason to have two. It was 1986 or 1987… Continue Reading

  • Letting Them Go

    Griffen Riley, Class of 2019, Greensboro College. He’s the second Riley boy to earn a college degree. And our bellies are full of red meat and the world’s finest macaroni and cheese — and maybe even a slice of cheesecake — after celebrating this feat on Tuesday night. I try not to make too much of… Continue Reading

  • Try Life & Tip Your Driver

    Both of my cars are in the shop this morning. No worries — it’s just something you learn to accept when you own two old vehicles, plus I’m thankful I have the means to get them fixed and I’ve yet to mourn the loss of car payments. So I hopped on my bicycle to ride… Continue Reading

  • “What’th a Bwoo Debil?”

    In honor of the annual NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament getting underway, here’s a throwback to the 1999 tournament … That was the year I had Keenan Riley (age 4) and Griffen Riley (age 3) fill out a bracket based entirely on my reading them only the names of the team mascots. [Editor’s Note:… Continue Reading

  • “Torturing Orphans,” by the Abominable Snowman

    I settled onto the barstool at my local favorite coffee shop, tossed my phone onto the bar, and fixed my eyes on the sign that offered me a little slice of holiday heaven with my caffeine: “Snowman Stories Told Here.” So, naturally, I asked my purple-haired, tattooed, and heavily pierced 20-something barista if I could… Continue Reading