Stories By Steve
Tales of Lost & Forgotten
The Articles I Most Enjoyed Writing
(note: if you are
looking for my stories on health see the end of
Whiteley, Oregon's Nature Girl Genius
Opal Whiteley Has Been Compared to
St. Francis of Assisi & Indian Princess Pocahontas
But, Some Say Opal was a Liar and a Madwoman
Discover ... "The Last Literary Mystery of the 20th Century
NEW! The Fairyland Diaries - Over 150 Newly Uncovered Diary Entries!
In 1915 Opal was the most popular teenager in
Oregon. She was a magnetic teacher blending science and faith in
lectures to thousands of kids
Everyone thought she would be a
great teacher or scientist. Instead, she became Oregon's most Controversial Author.
See dozens of historical photos of her life
The Ping Yang School Bombings 1895-1901
This is a
true story of the bombing of a school called Ping Yang, near
It was destroyed from an explosive
mix of social, religious and racial prejudices
a picture of the man reportedly behind the three
Forgotten Japanese Colony at Shotgun Creek
1915 - 1925
Read the forgotten story of the
Japanese Colony of Mabel, Oregon (near Marcola). The 1920 US
Census has almost 30 Japanese living where the BLM's Shotgun
Creek Recreation Area is today. There also is a 1925 article
that mentions an entire Japanese Colony and a 1916 list of
men drafted for World War I.
This photo shows one of the
world's largest railroad trestles, Much of the lumber they
cut and milled was sent back to Japan by the Dollar
from India in Western Oregon
Here are several very rare photos and the
story of Punjab Sikhs from India working in a Crawfordsville
Oregon lumber mill. Sikhs and Hindus also worked in other
local mills. This photo is from about 1909. Also, read the
story of a young Sikh who in was a student at Berkeley and worked
in a lumber mill to earn money for his tuition and PhD. His
immigration case later set a US legal precedent.
How Cerro Gordo Mountain Got Its Name
The Battle of Cerro Gordo, April
18, 1847 in Our Forgotten War with Mexico
Read the fascinating story of how Cerro Gordo, Oregon
got its name. There are at least seven other places around
the US named for the Battle of Cerro Gordo.
This was the
deciding in the Mexican-American War of 1847. But, by the
1970s almost no one in Oregon remembered this often
forgotten war. Our American Civil War just 12 years later
has overshadowed the memory of our war with Mexico. By this war we gained the states of California and
most of the Southwest. A fact that still strains our relationship
The Real Magi
You may have
sent and received dozens of Christmas cards with their images.
Yet, how much do you really know about the Three Wise Men?
This page is unique in telling the Magi's
story through their own culture.
The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy calls
Zarathustra "the world's first philosopher." They find echoes of his words in Judaism, Christianity,
Islam and Buddhism. It has a strong emphasis on protecting the
Health Stories By Steve
NOTE: These Articles Backed By My Medical Records & Scientific Research
A few years ago I started stumbling - a lot - and I needed a cane to walk
This exercise is great training for balance - and it's a lot of FUN! You can do it indoors or outdoors
Dancing with Dog Toys! Fun Balance Training www.dancingwithdogtoys.com
Quit Smoking AND Lose Weight!
If you or someone you loves smokes cigarettes, PLEASE show them
this web page.
I have stumbled upon a fairly easy way to do what seems
impossible - quit smoking and lose weight.
You can see before and after photos of me from 240 lbs down to 215. It's my own research (and body).
A Noose On Test For Children & Seniors ?
Noose Finally Off Test For Kids And Seniors After 37 Years! - YouTube
Believe it or not, a noose was on a cognitive test for kids and seniors almost 40 years!
Why was a noose on the Boston Naming Test since 1983? Why not taken off years ago?
This video is mainly for professionals and students in cognitive sciences and testing
Dancing With Dog Toys In 2015 On Pain Pills
Watch my 2015 video back when I was on opioid pain pills & weighed 175
Now, in 2020 I have been off pain pills for over 4 years and I weigh 25 lbs more
Like millions of other people I am a chronic pain
patient. I was prescribed opioid pain pills for
over 15 years with no problems. Now, I have been off pain pills over 4
years and gained 25 pounds! I am weaker and no
longer able to work. These videos are the proof. Pain pills were miracle drugs for me. It's sad watching the videos from 2015, when I was on opioid pain
pills, and 2019, after being off medications for three years. I'm a
lot slower. But, Dancing with Dog Toys still helps me deal with my pain and my balance.
The War on Opioids has also been a war on chronic
pain and cancer patients. Thousands of patients in pain have killed
themselves either intentionally or by accidentally overdosing on illegal
street Heroin or Fentanyl which they turn to for pain relief after being cut
off from their doctor's prescriptions. This war is destroying trust between doctors and their patients.
next few years we will be reading of new research that changes what we
now want to believe about chronic pain and opioids. Pain medicines save
Mother Nature is always making more chronic pain patients everyday with
accidents, diseases and cancer. You, or someone you love, may be the
next patient. Shouldn't we have access to real pain relief? Think about it ... and don't forget to dance!
Meet Steve Williamson
See Steve's "Academic Experiences" - Short, Funny, Inspiring YouTube Video
Steve's Academic Experiences - YouTube
Steve was born in 1951 and grew up near Greenwood, Louisiana.
He loved to read as a youth, often disappearing for hours into
the woods with his dog and books. He worked railroad
construction while at Louisiana State University. In 1975 he
moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon. Working as a "gandydancer"
made him appreciate the hard labor that the Asian railroad
workers contributed. His sense of justice inspired him to
research their stories.
In 1994, Steve founded the Opal Whiteley
Memorial in Cottage Grove. Opal Whiteley was a best-selling nature
writer in 1921 and grew up near Cottage Grove. He was later asked by the University of
Oregon to assist in publishing Opal Whiteley's best-selling diary
online. He collected dozens of historical photographs of the
people and places Whiteley wrote about. The UO graciously provided
support for his work as research assistant through a courtesy
appointment. For over a decade he has shown his historic photos
and news articles at the annual Oregon Asian Celebration, held each year
in February. He is the Chair of the Oregon Asian Celebration's Heritage Committee.
Steve has worked for over 20 years with
people who have autism and other psychiatric disabilities.
He has also been
been an advocate for the Association For Retarded Citizens
(ARC), and the Oregon Mental Health Association. Steve has
also given trainings in abuse reporting and client rights. He
had to quit work because of chronic pain. BUT, at least he can still
dance with dog toys! See his short video Steve's Academic Experiences - YouTube