Neil Young’s new book

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Remember that close-to-the-end scene in White Christmas when General Waverly is being feted at his heretofore empty ski lodge by guys reuniting from his old World War II outfit? “You’re a disgrace to the outfit,” he growls. “You’re soft! You’re … Continued

Of Turkey Bowls

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In the black-and-white photo, I’m standing on our back patio as a 10-year-old, a wet, baggy sweatshirt hanging on me like rain-forest moss. The sweatshirt’s arms are so long — half-way between my waist and knees — that I look … Continued

Wanna help sell books?

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Occasionally someone will say: “How can I help sell your books?” I used to feel self-conscious asking people to do so, but then a woman told me, “No, I really want to help. I just don’t where to begin.” OK, … Continued

The R-G’s take on me

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By Mark Baker The Register-Guard (Reprinted with permission) It’s a wonderful life. And a busy one, too — if you’re Bob Welch. And if you are a regular reader of The Register-Guard, then you’re probably familiar with this newspaper’s nationally … Continued

“Cascade Summer” is store’s staff pick

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Thrilled that one of my favorite book stores in the world, Paulina Springs in Sisters, has endorsed my new book about hiking Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail. Here’s what Bunny Thompson wrote about the book: Cascade Summer My Adventure on Oregon’s … Continued

Trying to write it right

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On August 10 at 7:35 a.m. I hit the “download” button of a program called “MyBook” and 77 files for my due-out-in-October book, Cascade Summer: My Adventure on Oregon’s Pacific Crest Trail, took flight to a printer in North Dakota. … Continued

Earning my Wonderful Life wings

Pacific Continental Bank in my home town of Eugene has an interesting requirement for all new employees going through their orientation: they must watch It’s a Wonderful Life from start to finish. “The message in that film is the message … Continued