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Jonell Francis

Truth on a Band Tour – Happiness Cannot Be Pursued, It Must Ensue...

Our son Nate remained in Provo til Spring to finish out high school as drum major for his high school marching band. Two years ago when he became drum major elect he invited me to go on tour with the group his senior year …this was the trip that mattered most, and now I know why. Within weeks of his election to drum major, Nate learned that Timpview’s revered band director of 22 years, Dr. David Fullmer, would be moving on to coach University bands and that our family may be moving two states away for a new job. It...

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Jonell Francis
Bend Oregon Winter

Bend Oregon Winter

Bend Oregon Winter Yep, it's been a record Bend Oregon winter. According to the National Weather Service in Pendleton, many of the snow records bested this winter date back more than 20 years. If that's not enough to be memorable, I’ve decided the snow speaks a different language here than anywhere else. It squeaks and groans when pressed upon. Wide radial tires. Little booted feet. No matter. And mother nature giggles to herself as she sculpts intricate crystal lace on every vertical surface under heaven. Ever seen an inch long hoar frost? It’s a crazy beautiful thing in the bright...

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Jonell Francis
Oregon Gas Pumping Law

Oregon Gas Pumping Law

Oregon Gas Pumping Law Subtle Introduction Early one morning during our first week in Bend, I stopped for gas at a Sinclair on the North end of town. As I opened my door to get it done, I was startled by the sudden appearance of a raggedy, bearded man at my window asking for my credit card. He wore a crumpled gas station shirt over his street clothes which were also heavily soiled by dust and oil. He reminded me of a crazy hair Robyn Williams without any teeth. I looked around the station for any indication this was normal...

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