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Watt Childress

Watt Childress is obsessed with the idea that words can help save the world. He writes a regular column for the Cannon Beach Citizen and has contributed to The Vancouver Observer, The Daily Astorian, Hipfish, and The Oregonian. He owns Jupiter’s Books in Cannon Beach and raises dairy goats.

Flashback on the road to zero waste

Some good ideas have been around for a long time. "Recycle or die" is one of them.

Heading home with author Ursula K. Le Guin

Imagination is a primal human tool, a lodestone that helps us find our place in creation. Proof abounds in the writing of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Republicans seek refuge in Canada! What's next?

T'was the season when Americans dreamed of moving to Canada. I was chatting about politics in the Cannon Beach, Oregon post office on the eve of this year’s vote. A friend shared a comment from a...