I dedicate this piece to Otto, Malcolm, Aubrielle, Emiliano, and Glenn, “Pandemic” babies born to friends and family.
In 30 years of living in Oregon, I had never visited Mary’s Peak until last Monday. “The native Kalapuya called the Peak tcha Timanwi, or ‘place of spiritual power.’” Southwest of Philomath, it is the highest peak in the Oregon Coast Range. Atop the mountain, there are stunning views of the ocean, Coast Range, Cascades, and valley floor. The outing gave rise to some random reflections with no . . .