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Front coverSasquatch! 1960s and 1970s In-Depth Research of a Northwest Legend – Bigfoot by the late Ken Coon; Prepared and Published by Joe R. Blakely and Pat Edwards (2019) – 181 pages

Joe and Pat have been entrusted with an unpublished manuscript written by the late Ken Coon who spent over 13 years researching Sasquatch/Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest and other areas of the U.S. where sightings were reported in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Even though Mr. Coon never saw Bigfoot, he was convinced that Bigfoot was real. He interviewed many people who had seen Bigfoot; he examined hundreds of footprint casts; and had personally seen actual footprints he believed had been left by the monster. He collected hair and feces samples. Mr. Coon worked with most of the well-known Bigfoot researchers in the United States from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s—the decades when many Bigfoot sightings were made.

With his family’s blessing, we are finally giving Mr. Coon the respect that he richly deserves by publishing his work in the just-released book, Sasquatch!

Both Joe and Pat feel privileged to be able to honor the years of work—the dedication and honest belief—that Ken put into his manuscript. Whether, upon turning the last page, you accept his hypotheses as facts or even possibilities, or if you prefer to dismiss them as flawed, we are convinced that you, too, will respect the man and his work.


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The Life and Letters of Captain John O’Brien by Pat Edwards (July 2018) Second in series titled “Early Lane County, Oregon Families with Lorane Connections”

In 1873 and 1874, after serving 4 years as a Union soldier in the Civil War, Captain John O’Brien homesteaded 160 acres of land south of Lorane, Oregon in what is now the Letz Creek Road area.

After leaving the military at the end of the Civil War, he took up the cause of the men who worked in the trades—especially the printing trade—and he became deeply involved in setting up trade unions to make sure that the workers who mainly used their hands and training in helping to build America were treated fairly and provided a living wage for their families.

His story is rich in texture. A printer by trade, he was a man who lived his life as a leader, but proved also to be a gracious and gentle man.

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The Baileys of Bailey Hill by Pat Edwards (2017) First in a series titled “Early Lane County, Oregon Families with Lorane Connections,” 75 pages

In researching the Bailey family of Bailey Hill, I became enamored with the strength of character and thread of family bonding that ran through their midst. When I began my project, it was with the intention of profiling 4-6 families in one book, but once I got into my detailed research, I knew that there was much more to the family than I expected.

The history of the Bailey family of Bailey Hill has proven to be rich and interesting. Arriving in the late 1840s and through the 1850s, they were early pioneers to Benton and Lane Counties in Oregon and, although their major connection was not with the Lorane area, they had a strong presence in the Siuslaw Valley and other parts of Lane County, Oregon as well.

Bailey Hill, the area where several family members settled that eventually took on their name, lies southwest of what was then Eugene City. In the 1850s, it was described as being 5 or 6 miles from Eugene City. Today, there really is a Bailey Hill, and Bailey Hill Road runs north and south, over the top of the hill, where it later connects with Lorane Highway to the south and West 11th to the north.

There used to be a Bailey Hill School District #7 and the Bailey Hill Elementary School building still stands today on the corner of Bailey Hill Road and Four Oaks Grange Road, but it is no longer used as a school. The land it sits on was donated by Bailey family members and is still owned by the Eugene School District #4. It’s very possible that the adjoining property where Churchill High School is located was part of their property, too, although it came much later.

Several of the Bailey family members came through Oregon on their way to the gold fields of California. The gold that one brother found in turn helped to finance the family’s movement across the plains from Missouri.

According to Harry Bailey’s obituary, published on November 6, 1929, when his grandfather, John Bailey, Jr., arrived in Lane County, “the Skinner cabin was the only building here.”

Several brothers volunteered to serve in the Rogue River Indian Wars that took place in Jackson, Josephine and Douglas Counties to our south from 1855-1856. In the aftermath of the war, in skirmishes with the tribes, two of the brothers lost their lives and one was wounded in separate incidents.

The family also had a strong presence besides just a strength of character. A unique family characteristic they shared tended to call attention to them whenever they were in a group, especially. John and Sally’s adult children were extraordinarily tall for their generation. The shortest of the siblings was Elizabeth, standing at 6’ in height. The sons ranged from 6’2” to 6’7.5”.

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SawdusBook covert and Cider; A History of Lorane, Oregon and the Siuslaw Valley  (1987) By Patricia Ann Edwards, Nancy Seales O’Hearn and Marna Hing – 156 pages

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Front cover websiteFrom Sawdust and Cider to Wine (2006) By Patricia Ann Edwards – 274 pages

Originally published in 1987 as Sawdust and Cider; A History of Lorane, Oregon and the Siuslaw Valley, this book is a major revision. Published in September 2006, From Sawdust and Cider to Wine has grown from 165 to 269 pages. It contains over 230 black and white photographs, 100 family histories and 6 maps from the community of Lorane, Oregon, located southwest of Eugene in Lane County, Oregon.

“But, if I’m not from the Lorane, Oregon area, why would I want to read your book?”

You don’t have to have any connection to Lorane or, for that matter, Oregon, to find this book of interest. For the “Baby-Boomer” generation, it will evoke memories of the days before television, computers and cell phones, when communication came across the airwaves of the family’s wonderful Zenith radio or via the crank telephone’s party lines. It will bring forth memories of vacations taken in the family car when “getting there” was half the fun! You’ll remember how you and your friends picked daisies and watched propellered airplanes fly overhead as you lie on the lawn during long slow days of summer vacation, dreaming of adventures that you would encounter when you “grew up.” It will bring back the realization that the “good old days” were not always easy or untroubled, but they were far less complex.

For many, it will bring back the stories told to us by our parents and grandparents of the World Wars, the Depression, the “horse and buggy days” and the pioneering spirit that formed our great nation.

Yes, this book is based on the little community at the south end of Lane County, Oregon – a former timber community now internationally known for its production of fine wines. But it also chronicles the fairly recent history of the pioneers who braved the elements and the unknown and traveled the Oregon Trail and the Applegate Trail to carve out – hopefully – better lives for themselves and their families.

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Front coverOREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 “The Folk History” by Pat Edwards (Jo-Brew, collaborator)  (2014) – 558 pages

In 1913, the first shovelful of dirt was turned by Oregon Governor Oswald West on the Siskiyou Pass to mark the beginning of the construction of the long-dreamed-of Pacific Highway through Oregon. At the time, the whole State of Oregon had only 25 miles of paved road. Even after construction of the highway had begun, it was mainly dirt and gravel for quite some time. Federal money did not pour into the project until 1921. Up to that time, it was up to the individual counties along the route to come up with the funding to build the roads through each of their areas. By its completion in 1926, however, it was adopted as U.S. Highway 99 and was declared the longest improved highway in the country by 1928.

Actually, the history of the highway began long before 1913. This book will cover how the route for the Pacific Highway was determined through its use by Native tribes and later by trappers, miners and settlers who used portions of the California and Applegate Trails in their journeys, and eventually by the stage lines and the railroad. It will also show how each of the settlements along its route were formed and grew into prospering cities, small rural communities and some that are now ghost towns.

Join us on our journey through these communities as we wend our way north from the California border where the Pacific Highway first started from that shovelful of dirt. You’ll learn about some of the interesting, but lesser-known, aspects of their histories and the people who were instrumental in making them what they are today.

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OREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 “The Stories” by Jo-Brew (Pat Edwards, editor & collaborator)  (2013) – 360 pages

Long before Interstate 5 was built, Pacific Highway, later designated U.S. Highway 99, became our “Main Street” not only through the State of Oregon, but from Mexico to Canada. Unlike I-5, U.S. Highway 99 went through towns and small communities along its path, bringing them the means to connect with the rest of the state and nation. Jo-Brew takes us on a trip, south to north, beginning at the California-Oregon border, as the highway continues its climb through the Siskiyou Mountains. We then go down through the connected valleys where economies were built on orchards, forests, farm lands, recreation and businesses built to support the growing reliance on the automobile and commercial truck traffic that used it daily to deliver people and products to their destinations. OREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 “The Stories” takes us along this route today, but it is filled with the stories of those who grew up, worked, played and raised their families in the communities along its path. Over 150 individuals shared their stories, some in the form of old letters and diaries, but most in first-person accounts through interviews, letters, email and even phone calls all done personally by Jo-Brew. Nearing completion is her companion book, “The Folk History” which she is allowing me to co-author. It will contain more stories and insights into these same communities along the route of U.S. Highway 99 that connect with their earlier histories. For those who love old pictures, you will be treated to many more than we were able to include in “The Stories,” too. So, climb on-board Jo’s little red Rambler and let’s take a ride up Oregon’s “Gut,” or, if you’re too young to remember driving “the Gut” in your own hometown, let’s take a drive on “Main Street Oregon.” Pat Edwards

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OREGON’S MAIN STREET Coloring Book by Pat Edwards (2016) – 36 pages

This is the first book in the OREGON’S MAIN STREET Coloring Book series. Pat Edwards, co-author of the OREGON’S MAIN STREET: U.S. Highway 99 “The Folk History” has embarked on a series of adult and children’s coloring books to compliment this historic piece of Oregon’s past.

The books are meant to elicit the memories that so many of us have of life along its route in the first part of the 20th century.

Join us in our journey on the Pacific Highway/U.S. Highway 99 through Oregon!

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Groundwaters 2018: An Anthology by the Groundwaters‘ staff (2018) – (8.5″ x 11″ size; 134 pages) – 70+ contributors

Groundwaters showcases the writing and artistic talent of people throughout Lane County, Oregon and beyond. We feature writings and artwork of amateurs and professionals alike.

This book is the fourth in a series of annual issues. Formerly produced quarterly for over 10 years (from 2004 through 2014), the issues are now being combined into one book to be published each October.

The volunteer staff of Groundwaters, consisting of Pat Edwards and Jennifer Chambers is pleased to bring you this fourth annual issue.

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Groundwaters 2017: An Anthology by the Groundwaters‘ staff (2017) – (8.5″ x 11″ size; 134 pages) – 62 contributors

Groundwaters showcases the writing and artistic talent of people throughout Lane County, Oregon and beyond. We feature writings and artwork of amateurs and professionals alike.

This book is the third in a series of annual issues. Formerly produced quarterly for over 10 years (from 2004 through 2014), the issues are now being combined into one book to be published each October.

The volunteer staff of Groundwaters, consisting of Pat Edwards and Jennifer Chambers is pleased to bring you third annual issue.

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Groundwaters 2016: An Anthology by the Groundwaters‘ staff (2016) – (8.5″ x 11″ size; 121 pages) – 62 contributors

This book is the second in a series of annual issues. Formerly produced quarterly for over 10 years (from 2004 through 2014), the issues are now being combined into one book to be published each October.

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Groundwaters 2015: An Anthology by the Groundwaters‘ staff (2015) – (7″ x 10″ size; 222 pages)

This book is the first in a series of annual issues. Formerly produced quarterly for over 10 years (from 2004 through 2014), the issues are now being combined into one book to be published each October.

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Ripples front coverGroundwaters Poetry: Ripples on the Water by the Groundwaters’ staff (2013) – 210 pages

Groundwaters magazine, begun in 2004, is a 32-page grassroots, community-oriented, nonprofit literary journal published quarterly by Groundwaters Publishing, LLC. The magazine showcases the literary and artistic talent of people of all ages throughout western Lane County, Oregon and beyond.

Groundwaters originated in Veneta, Oregon and is currently based in Lorane, Oregon where its production office is located. It features local history, poetry, short stories, essays, personal and business profiles, photography and artwork as well as long-running columns and an 18-and-under section called “Bubbling Up” which provides a forum for local youth.

This book is a collection of favorite poems by some of Groundwaters’ family of contributors.

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cover frontGroundwaters Poetry: The Early Years by the Groundwaters’ staff (2012) – 112 pages

Groundwaters magazine is a non-profit literary journal which showcases the writing and artistic talent of people throughout Lane County, Oregon and beyond. It features writings and artwork of amateurs and professionals alike. The quarterly issues are distributed free of charge in libraries, organizations and businesses throughout Lane County, Oregon and by paid subscription throughout the rest of the United States.

This anthology is a compilation of poetry originally published in Groundwaters magazine from 2004-2009.

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Murder on Oregon’s Coast Highway – 1961 by Joe R. Blakely (2017) – 140 pages

Charley Norman, a reporter for Portland’s Oregonian newspaper, is determined to expose the major prostitution operation that’s operating in the city. Now the crooks and pimps are calling with death threats.

His editor calls him into his office. “Charley, they want to kill you, too. Do you hear me?”

“We can’t let them scare us into silence,” Charley said. “It’s people like them who raped and killed my mother. They shot my father. I won’t stop writing about them. My father never did and I won’t either. I want these thugs behind bars or dead. Bruce, we got them on the run, looking over their shoulder. They’re scared…”

So begins the frightening story of Charley’s quest as he leads a chase down the length of Oregon’s Coast Highway in order to bring the crime boss to justice.


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Bigfoot and the Ancient Forest by Joe R. Blakely (2017) – 36 pages

When Jacob, a biology student at the University of Oregon, finds Annabel in an ancient forest, sparks begin to fly. His story involves finding the love of his life, time travel, and something unexpected—Bigfoot.

I dedicate this book to Rosebud, my loyal black Labrador Retriever. In 1990, while traveling to plant trees in the Coast Range Mountains, Rosebud and I saw Bigfoot near Alsea Falls.


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Deady Hall: A Ghostly Encounter – a Novella by Joe R. Blakely (2017) – 29 pages

On his graveyard shift as a University of Oregon Security guard, Joe finds an ancient relic, a piece of bone labeled Condon, in a Deady Hall classroom. His job was to return stolen property. After stuffing the relic into his pocket, he falls into a deep sleep. When he wakes up it is October 16, 1876 the first day of classes at the University of Oregon. A ghostly story unfolds. Joe never quite believes the dream himself until later in life he finds irrefutable proof that it really happened.


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The Drain Black Sox of Oregon vs The Alpine Cowboys of Texas by Joe R. Blakely (2016) – 101 pages

In the 1950s small town semi-pro baseball ignited in popularity and blazed across our country like no other sport in history. Two teams epitomized this exciting era: The Drain Black Sox of Oregon and Alpine Cowboys of Texas. When these two teams collided for the national semi-pro championship in 1958 in Wichita, Kansas, it produced one of the most rip-roaring games ever played in semi-pro history.

Outfielder, Dan Luby said, “it was magic.”


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Front pageRebellion, Murder and a Pulitzer Prize by Joe R. Blakely (2015) – 218 pages

Llewellyn Banks, the so-called dictator, tried to take over the Medford and Jackson County (Oregon) government in 1933. The chaos he created climaxed when he murdered the popular Medford Constable, George Prescott. This sensational trial was moved from Medford to Eugene, Oregon. It pitted the most respected lawyers in the state against each other. As the trial unfolds, so does the story of the Jackson County Rebellion.

“Oregon historian Joe Blakely has turned up yet another important chapter in the state’s past – the 1933 Medford insurrection that nearly replaced Jackson County’s government with a Hitler-style dictatorship. For the first time, Blakely reprints excerpts of the ringleader’s Eugene trial, a transcript that puts Perry Mason’s exploits to shame. ”  (William L. Sullivan, author of “Hiking Oregon’s History“)

KVAL-TV interview with Tom Adams

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Front cover for promoBuilding Oregon’s Coast Highway 1936-1966: Straightening Curves and Uncorking Bottlenecks by Joe R. Blakely (2014) – 174 pages

After the building of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in 1936 Oregon’s Coast Highway underwent epic changes. Samuel Reed’s dream of gouging out a road on the face of Neahkahnie Mountain took over 30 years to complete. The impressive cliffhanging highway, lies inside scenic Oswald West State Park. Highway improvements during the war came to a standstill, along with coast businesses. Still, the earlier vision of an Oregon Coast Highway becoming a military highway actually happened and Oregon braced for an invasion. After the war the highway commission pushed to make the highway tourist friendly. As the highway was improved segments of the old Roosevelt highway were left in its wake, and provide rare
glimpses into Oregon’s past. Then came a massive road relocation project in Curry County. The relocated highway sliced through the incredible scenery of Samuel H. Boardman State Park and produced Oregon’s tallest Bridge. Lastly, the biggest bottleneck to Highway 101, was the long delayed building of the Astoria Megler-Bridge.

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Tangent by Michael Foster (2016) – 160 pages

TANGENT tells the story of two damaged people, both lonely and searching for much more than just an empty existence. Andrew is brilliant and successful yet unable to form relationships due to a debilitating handicap. Susan is a social outcast because she grew up on the fringes of the adult entertainment industry. A tangent point is where two paths touch. Will an unplanned, serendipitous encounter, the result of countless random events, bring Susan and Andrew together?

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To Have a Graveyard as a Friend by Michael Pace (2016) – 158 pages

People have been talking to their dead friends and relatives since the dawn of time. It gives them comfort and allows them to reflect… if but for a moment… peaceful memories. It is a time for their soul to connect with the soul of their beloved.

Perhaps the departed person “talks” back, perhaps not. Who are we to say, until it is us sitting at that spot.

Years later as a licensed funeral director, I would remember that day. I was forced along my way to deconstruct my life and to reconstruct it. I had tough lessons to learn along the way.

Spending many hours every week amongst the dead had very little impact on me, a cold callous young man who knew it all. Then one day my boss challenged me to find meaning in my job, and perhaps find a purpose for my life. He suggested I look deeper into the lives of the people I was burying.

Could the very dead help even me?

If I “listened” to them through the files we kept, would they “talk” to me? Could I learn of their successes and failures? More importantly, would I apply what I learned?

Read our adventures. See what you think.

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Front coverThe Rainbow Chasers by Muriel Linder (2015) – 166 pages  (Sequel to The White Man’s Brother)

She was seventeen summers old, with straight blue-black hair that hung to her waist, and eyes that were pools of blackness, and had known sadness beyond her years…

In the backroom of the trading post, on the morning of their departure, Shining Eyes held the baby, Virginia, close and stared unseeing at the maze of smudged charcoal maps on the plank floor. She was alone and the room was silent except for the burping of the blue speckled coffee pot on the back of the cookstove. This would be the third time she had said goodbye to the baby, but this time was different. The Oregon Territory was a long way into the sunset and she doubted that she would ever return to the trading post or to her people…

So begins the continuation of the story begun in Muriel Linder’s first book, The White Man’s Brother.

Follow Shining Eyes and her husband Fire Top as they begin their quest for a new life as Rebecca and Bob Tanner in the Oregon Territory…

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White Mans BrotherThe White Man’s Brother by Muriel Linder (2014) – 254 pages

“Along the edge of the clearing, an array of spectators, mostly old men and children, hissed and hollered in good-natured ridicule as the young braves knocked one another off balance on the slick ice. The old men huddled under blankets, while the children and village dogs – large spotted beasts – raced about jostling the onlookers.

“Fire Top toyed with the medicine bundle hanging from his neck as he lay feigning exhaustion.

“‘Would you rather play ball with the women?’ Moon Wolf taunted as he stood over his brother.

“In a single movement, Fire Top sprang to his feet. His honey gold skin, speckled with freckles, contrasted and accented the dark sorrel tones of Moon Wolf’s skin. Pushing the red curls away from his eyes, Fire Top met kick for kick…”

So begins the mesmerizing story of Fire Top, the red-haired white brave who came to live with Tall Bear and Quiet Woman in their Cheyenne village after his birth parents were killed by members of another tribe.

Muriel Linder brings her characters to life and Fire Top’s story will allow the reader to share in life as it was lived among the Cheyenne tribe in the mid-1800s. Follow the stories of Fire Top’s love for Moon Wolf and Shining Eyes; his hatred for Big Calf; and his friendship and relationships with the white frontiersmen with whom the tribe lived in peace.

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Front coverMy Time in Paradise by Michael J. “Hoss” Barker (2014) – 378 pages

Hoss Barker may be a self-proclaimed redneck who spent his younger adult years working in the rough and tumble logging industry in the backwoods of Oregon, but he is also a poet in the truest sense of the word. Hoss’ poetry is scattered throughout this book and when he dons his poet’s hat, the words flow from his heart and soul. His poetry speaks of his deep love and respect for Mother Nature’s creations, whether they be the rivers, trees and mountains or the many and varied types of wildlife that he enjoyed while spending six years at the Paradise Lodge in the wild and scenic section of the Rogue River — Zane Grey Country!

Hoss took the job at Paradise so that he could write his poetry while communing with Mother Nature and all of her wonders. While there, he published three books of poetry and prose. “My Time in Paradise” is Hoss’ story of those six years spent in the wilderness that he loved. There was little time during the tourist season when he could write, so most of it was done in the solitude of borrowed cabins during the long, wet and wild winters on the Rogue.

One of the main parts of his job at the lodge during tourist season was overseeing the work of the temporary crew members that “The Boss” brought upriver to work each spring and summer. With much humor and a bit more exasperation, Hoss tells of the difficulties and adventures that were presented to him as he wrangled his “herd of Meatheads.” He struggled to learn to be a little more tolerant, but it was not easy for a former Marine and logger who was used to giving an honest day’s hard work for his pay… who had a work ethic that would not tolerate laziness or carelessness. There was no such thing as “political correctness” in the woods where lives — your own and others’ — were on the line. Either you did the job well or you “hiked er.” In the process, however, after dozens of “sensitivity lectures” from The Boss and The Boss Lady, he began to realize that maybe, in truth, he was the biggest Meathead of them all.

I’ve Got to Go Back

I’ve got to go back to the tall timber soon, 
Back where the big firs saw at the sky. 
Back where I rise to the cries of a loon, 
Back where the osprey and eagles still fly. 
The city and its woes scare me to death, 
The squalor and stench burns in my eyes. 
My heart is pounding, I can’t catch my breath, 
To tell you the truth I’m sick of their lies.

by Michael J. “Hoss” Barker

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Front coverThe Ballads of Lewis and Clark by Michael J. “Hoss” Barker (Originally published 2004; revised 2013) – 156 pages

Two hundred years ago, a group of hardy frontiersmen set out from St. Louis, Missouri, and headed west under orders from President Thomas Jefferson to find the Northwest Passage and open up the newly-acquired Louisiana Purchase Territory. The adventure is still celebrated with all the zeal as it was in the days of yore.

Come along on the trip with Oregon wilderness poet and retired logger, Michael J. “Hoss” Barker, and partake of the festivities from the comfort of your own easy chair.

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Ryan F. Mayer by Delila Mayer (2013) – 52 pages

From my mother’s heart, I would like to share with you the life and passing of our dear son, Ryan Mayer, who died April 1, 2010, after battling brain cancer for three years. Ryan was born May 26, 1969, and died at age 40, leaving a young wife, three children under seven years of age, his Mom and Dad and four siblings with their families. His great love for us and for our Lord, as well as his courage, made our sad path – our Via Dolorosa – our way of the cross – bearable. Our hearts were totally broken. I still cannot say, “Thanks be to God,” for this particular, excruciating painful trial, but I can say, “He, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, has been faithful and loving to me every step of the way and I live because He lives within me. Jesus Christ is so good to us and His way throughout all of this continues to be revealed.”

This book is dedicated to our Blessed Mother Mary, who came to get Ryan at the moment of his death and carried him to Jesus to be with Him forever.

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Grandma’s Road to Inspiration by Jessie Schlaser (2013) – 68 pages

Inspirational Poetry and Essays by Jessie Schlaser

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Fly Like an Eagle by Jessie Schlaser (2016) – 68 pages

A personal sharing of Christian insights and the interpretation of personal visions.


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Revolutionaries & Visionaries Coloring Book by Jennifer B. Chambers (2016) – 26 pages

Revolutionaries & Visionaries is a coloring book of important women from Oregon’s past and present. It blends vintage images with coloring book pages.

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Brambleberry Farm

Brambleberry Farm by Jennifer B. Chambers (2013) – 222 pages

Brambleberry Farm is a place where friends become family through a shared love of sustainable living and good food. It follows Jo, a chef at the organic restaurant on site, who also has synesthesia, a disease where she experiences two sensations at the same time. Her partners at the Farm are the intense Mark; “mother-to-them-all,” Hayley Marie; jewelry-maker, Grace, and the brewer who lives down the street, Tim.

The book also includes many delicious recipes described at the organic restaurant.

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The Self-Advocacy Toolbox by Jennifer Chambers (2014) – 58 pages

A workbook for promoting self-advocacy as a means to being happier and living a more fulfilled life.


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Groundwaters-produced School Outreach Projects at Local Schools (Funded by the Oregon Country Fair’s Bill Wooten Endowment Fund)

HeroesHeroes (Mrs. Chen’s Class 2013-14) with Grandma Sherry Hunter (2015) – 60 pages

This little book is the compilation of a group of stories written by a fourth grade class at Veneta Elementary School. They are the fruit of a writing assignment given to them by their teacher Mrs. Chen, who uses story-writing as one of her many tools to reach into the creativity and imagination of her students.

The authors of this book are friends of mine. They are all heroes in their own right. They face the struggles and challenges of being young students in a huge busy world that often seems out of control even by adults, and they face those challenges with courage, tenacity and optimism. They are learning, growing, and becoming the fine citizens of tomorrow!

These students were inspired by the true life story of the Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai. Malala suffered great persecution and near death from a gunshot wound to her head at the hand of her persecutors, the Taliban. She was attacked for her stand and fight for the right of all children to have an education. For her courage she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, and was the youngest person to ever win it. She is loved and admired all over the world. Her passion, strength and her courage became theirs. They realized that they do have a voice, and that what they have to communicate to their world is of great value. A young school girl fighting for education in Swat Valley, Pakistan, ignited a spark that blazes all over the planet. The students in Mrs. Chen’s fourth grade class caught the fire! They recognize the courageous Malala to be a super hero.

If you are one of the heroes in this book you are special indeed. You have contributed greatly to the soul of this child, and by so doing have contributed to the lives of all of us.

If you are picking up this book for a quick easy read, or to pass a few idle minutes, get ready for a surprise and a blessing. This extraordinary book is a little bucket of joy! Prepare to have your own heart warmed as you catch the heart and soul of these students. They remind us of what family, friends and community are really all about. They give us a promise and a hope.

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Our Important Book - Pebworth 2Our Important Book: Stories & Drawings by Mrs. Pebworth’s 2nd Grade Class 2014 at Veneta Elementary School – 56 pages

Our Important Book is a student-authored book based on a work of the same title by Margaret Wise Brown. It includes poems written by the children about themselves as well as self-portraits.

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Our Important Book - MessmanOur Important Book: Stories & Drawings by Mrs. Greene’s 2nd Grade Class 2014 at Veneta Elementary School – 54 pages

Our Important Book is a student-authored book based on a work of the same title by Margaret Wise Brown. It includes poems written by the children about themselves as well as self-portraits.
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Our Important Book - MessmanOur Important Book: Stories & Drawings by Mrs. Messman’s 2nd Grade Class 2014 Veneta Elementary School – 56 pages

Our Important Book is a student-authored book based on a work of the same title by Margaret Wise Brown. It includes poems written by the children about themselves as well as self-portraits.
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Our Important BookOur Important Book: Stories & Drawings by Mrs. Greene’s 2nd grade class at Veneta Elementary School – 56 pages
This is a compilation of stories and drawings by Mrs. Greene’s 2nd grade class at Veneta Elementary School in Lane County, Oregon. The project was based on the juvenile non-fiction book, “The Important Book,” by Margaret Wise Brown.

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MemoriesMemories by Mrs. Pebworth’s 1st and 2nd grade class at Veneta Elementary School – 106 pages

This is a compilation of stories and drawings by Mrs. Pebworth’s 1st and 2nd grade class at Veneta Elementary School in Lane County, Oregon. The project was based on the juvenile non-fiction book, “Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge,” by Mem Fox.

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30 Minutes30 Minutes To Creativity by Veneta Elementary Writing Class 2013-2014 – 96 pages

Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry from the writers in Veneta Elementary School’s Creative Writing Class 2013-2014

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Family Memoirs and Treasures

CoverNorth to Alaska!168 pages

We had an incredible vacation… one that we’ll all be talking about for a long time. I’m not sure what to answer when people ask me what I thought the highlight was. The scenery was unbelievable. I loved the wildlife, of course. We saw bear, moose, mountain goats, Dall sheep, red fox, caribou, snowshoe hares, whales, Dall porpoises (which I thought were small Orcas for awhile), Stellar sea lions and bald eagles. The Hubbard Glacier was a special treat, too. The beautiful blue and white ice fields breaking off into the sea; our traversing the ice fields in the ship to get up close to it; hearing the thunder roar when it calved 10-story tall chunks of ice; and watching the spray fly into the air. The train trip through Dead Horse Gulch to the top of White Pass in the Klondike region of Canada out of Skagway on the train was another highlight. The whale-watching trip was another fun thing. We must have seen at least a dozen humpback whales surfacing among the bubbling fields of herring (which were feeding on crill). About three of them showed us their flukes (tails).

CoverJustin and Kelly Fontaine: June 26, 2010, Maui, Hawaii – 134 pages

Justin Fontaine and Kelly Edwards were married on June 26, 2010 in Maui, Hawaii at the Kea Lani Resort. As a surprise gift to his bride, Justin flew her parents, Jim and Pat Edwards to Hawaii to join them for their special day. This book is a pictorial account of those beautiful days in Hawaii.


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