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Caught in the reflection
Caught in the reflection

Memory can be a slippery business.

It was a point driven home when I sat down to write my memoir of the years covering the Oregon Coast. Reading through my journals from those days, I was surprised to discover that at times the memory and the...

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Some pretty slick driving
Some pretty slick driving

By the time you read this, it will no doubt be a warmer world. But just now, the Central Coast is frozen. Snow here is not the rarity it once was, but it is still rare enough to cause all sorts of havoc. Highway 20 is closed, blocked solid by fallen...

An Eve-volving celebration
An Eve-volving celebration
TODAY columnist Lori Tobias shares her history of watching the ball drop
A dogged supporter
A dogged supporter
TODAY columnist Lori Tobias on the opening of a new pack
Givers in need
Givers in need
cliff notes: the coast, condensed
commentary • by Lori Tobias
Care, in all its forms
Care, in all its forms

Two weeks ago, I was sitting on a bed in Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, waiting my turn for an outpatient surgical procedure. Tears were streaming down my face and I felt I owed the staff an explanation. I was not in pain. I was not...

Holding the line
Holding the line

On a July evening in 1989, I waited in the lobby of a swank New Haven restaurant for my husband, Chan, and the rest of the line crew to show up for dinner. Before long, the manager gathered a few of his staff nearby and told them some guests would be...

The center of town
The center of town

In his 12 years volunteering with Manzanita’s Hoffman Center for the Arts, David Dillon has helped host plenty of events. He’s seen some big names, too. Names like Cheryl Strayed, Ursula Le Guin and Phillip Margolin. But there was one...

Big city: small world
Big city: small world
TODAY columnist Lori Tobias hits the literary scene in New York City
Getting stuck with the bill
Getting stuck with the bill
TODAY columnist Lori Tobias on what the toppling of the Duckbill says about respect
Back to the Big Apple
Back to the Big Apple

“Start spreading the news.


I’m leaving today.


I want to be a part of it


New York, New York ….”