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 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion 

Brother turned Texan on me

My brother David turned Texan on me. Of my three brothers, I was closest to Dave. He and I were both red headed when young and seemed to be more like our Norwegian mother than like our father. Shortly after he returned from... — Updated 10/20/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Those temple rubbings

While in Thailand, I was lucky enough to pick up 3 that sell rubbings.  One features two Thai women dressed in ancient Thai costumes. The other is a Thai warrior on an elephant. The two rubbings are about 17 inches square. Dennis... — Updated 10/6/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Get tough with idiots

These airline incidents threaten the lives of everyone aboard. The other day a plane two hours out from a flight from Honolulu to Seattle had to turn around and go back because a passenger acted up and interfered with a flight atte... — Updated 9/29/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Looking around at changes

Never been a crop failure in the Palouse, I think, never! The area abounds in deep, rich soil and an abundance of rain at the critical time in the spring. Not this year. Of course, the soil hasn’t changed. But the rains didn’t... — Updated 9/22/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Funny way to store gold

Myanmar (Burma) has its own way of storing gold. The Shwedagon Pagoda is one of the premier Buddhist temples in the world and dates back some 2,500 years. Here in the U.S. we think of things 200-300 years old as really old. Not... — Updated 9/15/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Little things really matter

I’ve seen a mountain of big attractions. But little things do matter, and sometimes they are embedded in your memory. A few years ago, I took on a consulting job in Kodiak, Alaska. The owner wanted to clean up some of her... — Updated 9/8/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Seems like time to leave

Our daughter Kim is in the thick of Louisiana storms again. Five years ago, their home in Denham Springs was flooded, with up to four feet of water in the lower floor. They had experienced 30 inches of rain in a couple day’s... — Updated 9/1/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Change is one thing you can rely on

Life is full of changes, and they hit at an early age. I was born on a farm outside Palouse, and we didn’t have indoor plumbing. Our facility was located about 25 yards from the house and alongside our parking area. It was a... — Updated 8/25/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

That's not the way I see it

It’s time to play the blame game. Who exactly is at fault for the rapid collapse of Afghanistan? There are those who can’t see the similarities between this collapse and the one we saw in South Vietnam. I think it is a carbon... — Updated 8/18/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

There were no losers

The Olympic Games are over. I watched about enough of the competition that I was interested in — mainly track and field, basketball and volleyball. While the games register winners and losers, it is my opinion that there are no... — Updated 8/11/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Accommodations make the trip

I was lucky to travel when the best hotels were still inexpensive. The Okura Hotel in Tokyo was part of the International Hotel chain. Cost for an overnight stay today would be from $400-$600. I paid $18 for a first-class room... — Updated 8/4/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

You can't say thanks too often

Every fire season brings back a sense of apprehension and appreciation. A number of years ago my wife and I signed on with OK Cascade, a Bothell firm that provided support for firefighters. We did this for two seasons and were at... — Updated 7/28/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Maybe music will work

On a flight between Honolulu and Tokyo I became the third member of the International Tap Dancer’s Federation. It was a tongue-in-cheek idea that if we could get all the world’s leaders on the banks of the Yangtze River in... — Updated 7/21/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    News

Passing of a friend

Most people can count very close friends on one hand. That’s why it is so sad that I lost such a friend, Myron Finkbeiner. Myron and his wife, Gwen, and their family had been in and out of our lives for many years. He was a nativ... — Updated 7/14/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Everybody needs a Bob

The most popular person in my wife’s family was her brother, Bob. My wife came from a rather large family, and they all had a lot of kids, taking to heart to go out and replenish the earth. That is all except her brother Bob,... — Updated 6/30/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Snake River defines Idaho

I have spent a lot of good times along the Snake River, from its source to where it empties into the Pacific Ocean. It’s one of the longest rivers in the country and flows from one end of Idaho to the other. Its major source is... — Updated 6/23/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

A tale of two aunts

A person, years ago, asked me if I had a favorite relative. I had two aunts that would qualify, but I couldn’t say which one was my favorite. I would just call a tie and move on. Aunt Lorena was my dad’s youngest sister and... — Updated 6/16/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Expect the unexpected

When traveling in foreign countries, always expect the unexpected. In Bothell, I met a Chinese immigrant from Hong Kong who came to this country but had to leave his wife behind. He was born in Hong Kong and easily fit within the... — Updated 6/9/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Those public conveyances

When traveling, better have some idea of how you are going to get around in foreign countries. In the Orient, no country bests Japan. I have traveled there in taxis, subway, boat and plane. You will find that their operations are... — Updated 6/2/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Digging those Norwegian roots

My grandmother, Marie Rusten, was born in Norway in 1861. I have spent a lifetime trying to get information about her, while some of it was right at my fingertips all the time. I don’t have much that was my grandmother’s, only... — Updated 5/26/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Gwen Hilson knows coulee people and things

While working at the Star, I learned early on just ask Gwen Hilson. She has worked at the Star for a zillion years and under three owners. When writing about people or places you always come up with questions,and it’s easier to... — Updated 5/19/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

A vacation that was a knockout

While our four kids were home, we always tried to take a good family vacation. One year we took a month, and in our Chevy Impala we took off for an intended trip to Houston, Texas, then over to San Diego and up the West Coast. I... — Updated 5/12/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

A buddy in the real sense

Damon Landeros is my great grandson. He’s really more than that; he is one of my best friends. Damon is a frequent visitor to our home and has the run of the place. He has two TV locations, the computer, and of course, the... — Updated 5/5/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Irritate a wrestler at your own risk

While at the Statesman Newspaper in Boise, I was assigned boxing and covered a single pro wrestling event. The promoter of both boxing and wrestling in Boise was Al Berra, who operated a tavern in the downtown area. Al was... — Updated 4/28/2021

 By Roger S. Lucas    Opinion

Wrong on both scores!

When I moved here, I thought with all this water I would get some boating and fishing in. I was wrong on both ideas. First, I bought a boat, a nice little boat, 17 foot long, as I recall. Paid $2,000 for it. I had been told that... — Updated 4/21/2021


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