Don Kahle

Jefferson Monthly Contributor

Don Kahle is a Friday columnist for The Register-Guard as well as a contributor to the Jefferson Monthly.   He's lived in Eugene now long enough that people have stopped asking him when he's going to leave. For ten years he published the Comic News and is now executive director for the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the owner of a small advertising agency called !AH !HA Design. He's a failed introvert and the father of two, as far as he knows. He’s a dog person.

Don resembles the Queen of England in three ways. Corgis are his favorite pets. He honestly can’t believe his good fortune, getting away with as much as he does each and every day. And he’s not uncomfortable referring to himself in the third person. 

Jefferson Almanac
10:35 am
Sat November 1, 2014


Home used to be the ultimate place.

I have a new nearby option for Vietnamese food. I can walk to a corner parking lot and order my pho from Tam’s Place. But it’s not a place, at least not for anyone but Tam. It’s a food truck.

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Jefferson Almanac
11:45 am
Tue September 2, 2014


Happiness is a calculation — a quotient. Happiness equals experience divided by expectation.

The word didn’t come up until the last five minutes of a two-hour conversation. Eugene social psychology researcher Paul Slovic isn’t a fan of the “happiness” movement that has taken over many best-seller lists and self-help shelves. 

For more than a half-century, Slovic has focused his research on the underbelly of humanity, from addictive gambling to genocidal dictatorships. More precisely, he has concerned himself with how people respond to the atrocities, hoping to learn better ways to convey vital information to motivate people to act.

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Media & Society
3:42 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Revealing The “Tense” In The Middle Of “Utensils”

Civilized society no longer needs that extra fork.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 I think we can all agree that salad forks have not fulfilled their promise. It was a noble experiment, if by that you mean something tried by nobility or those feigning nobility.   

Salads have changed over the years. Now we add all sorts of doodads on top of our lettuce. Those longer tines of the regular fork come in handy when eating a modern salad. You need that extra quarter inch for the craisins and bleu cheese chunks. Salads have even sometimes replaced the main course of a meal. The salad fork did not adapt.

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Jefferson Almanac
10:53 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Pets In A College Town

I love living in a college town. Ever since Socrates first got away with it, educators have learned they can ask questions for a living. It must be an intellectual version of keeping up with the Joneses, but before you know it, everyone is asking questions just for the fun of it.

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Jefferson Almanac
10:50 am
Wed August 1, 2012

A Simple Recipe: Sundays At Six

Except for casserole recipes, I don’t often look to the editors of Parade Magazine for inspiration. I thumb through it most Sundays as quickly as I can. I would ignore it altogether, but I can’t bear to waste any part of my newspaper. Come to think of it, that’s probably also why I find casseroles so satisfying. I admire new ways of using little bits of leftovers that otherwise would have gone to waste.

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Jefferson Almanac
10:48 am
Mon August 1, 2011


My friend Bill asked me to come to Klamath Falls to help him out. I asked twice what sort of help he needed. He wouldn’t tell me, except to say, “Bring gloves.”

He admitted when I arrived that he was afraid if he told me, I might change my mind and stay home in Eugene. But that would make sense only to a stubborn 82-year-old Midwesterner, a man determined to hold onto his pride even longer than his health.

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