May 23, 2015 Column

Spokesman Book Shelf Column, Flash Fiction

by Julie Bowers, Redmond Community Librarian

I hope you will never say, “I don’t have time to read.” If you do ever make such an inflammatory statement within earshot of readers be prepared for a trouncing. Try to maneuver the conversation to another topic before anyone can observe that you have plenty of time to watch Hoarders or cat videos.

Still, time is a finite commodity. There may be times when you are unable to read a long novel or biography, but no time crunch is so extreme as to require the abandonment of reading.

Extreme busy-ness is often accompanied by high levels of stress. Among the many benefits of reading, relaxation is one of the most striking. Research from Mindlab International at the University of Sussex found that of all the methods of relaxation tested, reading was the most effective. After only six minutes of reading, subjects physiologically showed lower levels of tension than those who took a walk, had a cup of tea, listened to music, or played video games. As the Telegraph reported at the time, Dr. David Lewis, who conducted the test, said, "Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation.”

Here are some books that will keep you reading with the smallest possible investment of time.

Some of our favorite internet sensations share their distinctive short-form observations on the state of humanity in book form. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh features dysfunctional vignettes from the author’s life, made moving and hilarious by purposefully amateurish drawings. Matthew Inman, better known as The Oatmeal, has three titles in the library’s graphic novel collection. The newest, Why Grizzly Bears Should Wear Underpants, is also available as a downloadable ebook. Even some internet cats have books in the library collection, including Grumpy Cat, the LOLcats, and Maru.

Sudden Fiction and Sudden Fiction (Continued) edited by Robert Shapard and James Thomas contain wonderful stories, each less than 2000 words, or about six minutes of reading. Stories in Sudden Flash Youth edited by Christine Perkins-Hazuka, Tom Hazuka, and Mark Budman are less than 1000 words.

Still too long? Check out Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. According to editor Robert Swartwood hint fiction, by definition,” suggests a longer, more complex story.” They are thought-provoking, sometimes funny, but often viscerally upsetting. Though each takes only a few seconds to read, you may find it difficult to stop. Another collaboration of similarly succinct stories, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by HitREcord is just fun.

Don’t even have time for that? Six word memoirs are three second reads. Smith Magazine collected six word memoirs in book form, under the apt title Not Quite What I Was Planning. The book is available at your library. A follow up book, It All Changed in an Instant, is available to checkout or to download as an ebook. Just visit your library’s Digital Download page.
It’s a short step from reading these memoirs and stories to writing them. The Redmond Public Library has a bulletin board in the teen area where customers can post their originals. Or tweet your creations #DPL6words.

Here’s my six-word memoir: I always read, no matter what.

Julie Bowers
Redmond Community Librarian
Deschutes Public Library


May 20, 2015 Edition

Hot off the Press

Get your local Redmond news from the Spokesman! Available at a variety of places including the Buggy Stop, Pappy's Pizzeria, Christie's Kitchen, Logan's Market, and the Country Nook. 


May 17, 2015 Preview

Straw Propeller spins into Gourmet Market

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Redmond gourmet food manufacturer Straw Propeller has continued to grow by leaps and bounds into its fourth year. See the Spokesman Front.

Redmond Athletes compete in the district track meet

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Ridgeview’s 4x400 relay narrowly missed a trip to the state track meet, but several other Redmond athletes will compete in the state  track meet this week in Eugene. See Spokesman Sports.

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Brent Yeakey will be among the Redmond area athletes competing in the state track meet this week.

May 17, 2015 Obituaries

James Lee Reynolds, of RedmondMay 3, 1943 - May 12, 2015Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485www.autumnfunerals.netServices: A Memorial Mass will take place Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM at St. Thomas Catholic Church, located at 1720 NW 19th St., Redmond, OR .Contributions may be made to: St. Vincent De Paul 1612 SW Veterans Way Redmond, OR 97756(541) 923-5264.

Terry R. Bennett, of RedmondNov. 7, 1954 - May 11, 2015Arrangements: Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home is honored to serve the family.541-382-2471 Please visit the online registry for the family at www.niswonger-reynolds.comServices: At his request, no service will be held.Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701.

Dick Crawford Weaver, Sr., of TerrebonneApril 25, 1931 - May 11, 2015Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485www.autumnfunerals.net


May 13, 2015 Edition

Get your news here!

This week's Redmond Spokesman newspaper is at newsstands now. Get it at a variety of place including the Buggy Stop, Fred Meyer, Bi-Mary, Shari's, U.S. Market, and Logan's Market. 


May 13, 2015 Preview

Local news, every Wednesday!

The Redmond Spokesman Newspaper comes out every Wednesday, get your copy at a variety of places including La Burrito, Union 76, Country Nook, Starbucks (Nolan Town Center), and Pioneer Chevron. 

Local infrastructure maintenance plans for this summer

Take a look at the City's plan for infrastructure maintenance around Redmond this summer. Projects including waterline replacement, road resurfacing, and park improvements.  

High Desert Horse Expo

Brenna Storey completes a run during the Oregon Reining Horse Association's Central Oregon Slide and Derby at the Deschutes Fair and Expo Center, May 9. The event had a variety of different levels of competition, including youth, rookie, non-Pro Derby, and freestyle. More than $25,000 in prizes was awarded at the event. The Event lasted from May 6 to 10.

May 13, 2015 Obituaries

John Clarence Arnett, of Redmond
Aug. 2, 1927 - May 6, 2015
Arrangements: Please sign our guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com  541-548-3219  
Services: A Public Viewing/Visitation took place, Monday, May 11, 2014 at 2:00-5:00 PM at Redmond Memorial Chapel, 717 SW 6th St., Redmond, OR. A Funeral Service was held Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Mountain View Christian Fellowship, 1475 SW 35th St., Redmond, OR, immediately followed by a luncheon. Graveside Services took place at 1:30 PM at Redmond Memorial Cemetery.

Veronica Marie Murphy, of Bend/ Redmond
Oct. 18, 1927 - May 1, 2015
Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel 541-382-5592 www.deschutesmemorialchapel.com
Services: A Rosary was offered on Friday, May 8 at 10:30 am followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 am at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Redmond, Oregon.  Grave side to follow at 2 pm at Deschutes Memorial Gardens, Bend, Oregon.  
Contributions may be made to: Partners In Care 2075 NE Wyatt Court Bend, OR  97701; Brightside Animal Shelter 1355NE Hemlock Redmond, Oregon 97756

Frederick Allen Winther, of Redmond
April 18, 1940 - May 1, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family. Please sign our guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com  541-548-3219
Services: No public service at Fred's request. There will be a private family gathering at a later date. 
Contributions may be made to: Clackamas County Peace Officer's Benevolent Foundation, PO Box 678, Clackamas, OR 97015; Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, Utah.

Richard Lee Bradshaw, of Redmond
June 23, 1927 - May 2, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A Graveside Service with full military honors took place Monday, May 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM at Willamette National Cemetery, located at 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland, OR.
Contributions may be made to: Brightside Animal Center 1355 NE Hemlock Ave. Redmond, OR  97756 brightsideanimals.org

Wanda J. Gerber, of Crooked River Ranch
Jan. 22, 1943 - May 1, 2015
Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family. 541-382-0903 www.bairdmortuaries.com
Services:  A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11:00AM, at Dayspring Christian Center, located at 7801 NW 7th Street in Terrebonne.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond, 732 SW 23rd St., Redmond, OR 97756, www.hospiceofredmond.org, 541-548-7483

Earl Bernard Davis, of Crooked Rive Ranch
Nov. 24, 1933 - April 29, 2015
Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the family.  Please sign our online guest book at www.redmondmemorial.com 541-548-3219.
Services: A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at the Ranch Chapel located at Crooked River Ranch, Oregon.

Georgie Juanita Turner, of Redmond
Mar. 30, 1945 - May 2, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: A private gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date.

Sidney Jo Thomas, of Redmond
Dec. 6, 1934 - May 1, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND www.autumnfunerals.net 541-504-9485
Services: No services will be held. 

Norma Jean Weaver, of Terrebonne
Mar. 4, 1935 - May 2, 2015
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- Redmond (541-504-9485) www.autumnfunerals.net
Services: No Services will be held.

Keith Bernard Snyder, of Prineville
Nov. 4, 1934 - May 5, 2015
Arrangements: Juniper Ridge Funeral Home, 541-362-5606
Services: Services will be held at a later date.