After 900 miles on the PCT, 10 lessons I’ve learned

After 900 miles on the PCT, 10 lessons I’ve learned

As a Pacific Crest Trail section hiker, I don’t deserve — nor would I want — to wash the sweat-soaked socks of the “thru hikers” who go 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada each year. They’re major leaguers; I’m the kid in the Prince Puckler baseball toss at Ems games who misses the entire board with my throw. But having just ­finished another section — 217 miles from just north of the Columbia River to ­Snoqualmie Pass east of...

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To Haiti, with, I thought, love

To Haiti, with, I thought, love

From the April 3, 2016 Register-Guard By Bob Welch It was March Madness season. She Who Was Leaving Me had packed her bags and was ready to go. My job was to shuttle her, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law to Portland International Airport, where they were headed to Haiti on a medical mission. That’s when I remembered I’d forgotten. The card. Midway through the 10-day trip, a surprise “mail call” was traditionally offered, where the 17...

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> Beachside/Yachats 2016

Award-winning authors Bob Welch (nonfiction) and Jane Kirkpatrick (fiction) join print-on-demand specialist Roger Hite for Beachside Writers Workshop’s flagship event of the year. The three-day workshop will inspire, inform and affirm you as a writer, whether you’re just beginning or a seasoned vet. At Beachside, we aren’t about competition or putting people on the spot. We’re about making you comfortable with the idea of being a writer...

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Entertaining angels

Entertaining angels

I’ve been marketing books of mine now for more than 20 years but only recently realized a big mistake I was making: Thinking it was only about books and sales. Instead of, say, salt and light. Or experiences. Or giving instead of getting. Example: I used to fret when I’d show up for an event and only a handful of people would be there. It made me feel like a failure. Like I was wasting my time and, given my poor-me attitude, the time of...

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