Bullhorn Conversation

An early morning snowfall was melting along the roadside around mid-day one Saturday in February when a man with an orange bullhorn started talking through a bullhorn. He said something about a ‘land grab.’ To be honest, I did not pay much attention to his words. Phil, a neighbor and...

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March Recipes

Palm oils have been in the news lately. Palm oils are said to be bad for your health, the environment and are costly to both.  A very popular spread is Nutella and it has palm oil as one of its ingredients.  If you are a big fan but want to...

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Life is About Choices

Maintaining your lifestyle when you retire is on the hearts and minds of most of us.  We want to continue to enjoy life the way we have come to know and love it.  For many people, the retirement years may be a frightening and uncertain spot on the horizon and...

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Are You Tired of Being Stuck?

Does it ever feel like you are living in that movie “Groundhog Day,” where you wake up and have to live the same day over and over?  Do you feel stuck in your body – unable to shift the pain or tension that you feel?  Are you stuck financially –...

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Earl Grey Tea Squares at Branson’s Chocolates

Maybe you’ve heard the story about a gift of black tea and bergamot oranges being sent from China, only to have the tea accidentally absorb the orange’s flavor during shipping. Or the one about how a friend of the Earl Charles Grey blended bergamot oil into the Earl’s tea because...

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WHEN STRETCHING DOESN’T WORK

You feel stiff and sore so you stretch. That should make you feel better right? If you can solve your pain or stiffness with stretching, then congratulations, you have applied the right “tool” to the problem. But what if the pain or stiffness does not go away with stretching? Then...

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Start with a TOUGH Plant

As we head into spring, I think it is important to go over the importance of hardening off a plant and what that entails. Hardening off is a common term we use in the nursery industry, especially from now through May. It basically means acclimating a plant to its outdoor...

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This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Climate Party

The Geos Institute, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Rogue Climate, SOCAN, and Citizens Climate Lobby invite you to come out on Friday night, March 17th, to celebrate all of the great progress that has been made to halt climate change and to take action to keep that momentum up. Did you see...

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Fluid Maintenance

Many cars have been sold with the vehicle manufacturer touting “lifetime” fluids, which means certain fluids never need to be changed during the lifetime of the vehicle. This sales technique was implemented to help relieve the fear and intimidations some consumers were experiencing if thinking of buying a European vehicle....

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AirHop – Vacation Reservation Management

Do you own a vacation rental, cottage, cabin, mother-in-law’s quarters, or second home that you are renting? Are you running at 90% occupancy? Are you either too busy or simply unable to navigate the required steps to fully optimize your reservation booking? Introducing AirHop LLC, a locally-owned company owned by...

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Oil Pulling for Healthy Teeth?

One of the things I love about living here in Ashland is the wellness focus that so many people have.  There is a consistent emphasis by many people here to look to nature or “ancient medicine” to help achieve “balance” or “wellness.”  These approaches are often tradition-based, intuitive, and/or based...

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Odocoileus hemionus columbianus…

Our hollow-toothed townmates the Columbian black-tailed deer have taken a liking to Ashland for a few reasons. As winter progresses, and the snow deepens in the mountains above the watershed, blacktail deer must move down the mountain to forage. They have done this for thousands of years, and you can...

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Ashland Parks & Recreation Commission (APRC)

View all of our WINTER programs at AshlandParksandRec.org. Our easy-to-use digital guide has direct registration links for ALL classes that require registration. If you would like to receive a hardcopy of the next guide, complete our online request form at ashland.or.us/MailMyGuide or call us at 541.488.5340. We would also be...

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WAGES EXEMPT FROM GARNISHMENT

While looking for a mislaid pair of gloves, I poked my head in the closet where the cats keep their toy box, and amid their battery powered mouse, toy bones stolen from Bowser, and some inappropriate photographs, I saw a crumpled sheath of papers that looked like a summons and...

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Electric Bike Basics Revisited

Ashland is a great place to ride a bike. The air is clean, the scenery is fabulous, and we have a respectable amount of bicycling infrastructure in place. If only we didn’t have so many pesky hills to climb, right? Depending on where you live, a ride to the grocery...

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Dear Community Members

Dear Community Members, I’m happy to announce that Southern Oregon Active Health is off to a great start in our new clinic space at the Hidden Springs Wellness Center.  This property is aptly named, as it is a hidden gem of beauty and tranquility in the heart of Ashland.  I...

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Carl E. Misch

Dr. Carl E. Misch (1947 – 2017). Very few of you will recognize this name.  However, in the world of dental implantology, Dr. Misch was likely the most well-known and respected clinician. He began his career in dentistry, graduating from the University of Detroit, magna cum laude, in 1973.  As...

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You CAN save money at the Co-op

We hear from time to time that people feel the Co-op is higher priced than other stores. In the past, we may have earned this perception. But not anymore. We took a long, hard look at ourselves and we talked with other Co-ops across the country. Together, we are pooling...

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5 Mistakes Sellers Make!

According to a 2014 survey by the National Association of Realtors, 83% of people view their home as a good financial investment. Not only is their home the biggest single asset they own, it’s also filled with family memories — the average seller has lived in his house for a...

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Change is coming to Flower Tyme on the Plaza!

My shop, Flower Tyme, has been in its current location (on the plaza between Greenleaf Restaurant and Mix Bakeshop) since 1984!  It has been a wonderful way of life for me, allowing me to do what I love… working with flowers while also merchandising and displaying a myriad of items...

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Presence of Dying – Meditations for the End of Life

Heartfelt skills for working with people with serious illness and nearing death… March 24-26, 2017 IN THE PRESENCE OF DYING-MEDITATIONS FOR THE END OF LIFE offers a profound way to offer the ancient art of healing companionship. Hypnotherapy provides an essential healing practice that opens the doors of possibility to...

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What is an Eyelid Lift?

An eyelid lift is a really vague term that refers to opening up the eyes so they look refreshed and less tired.  But how exactly is that accomplished? It turns out there are many ways of rejuvenating sleepy, tired, baggy eyes and dark circles underneath.  First comes the most important...

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Rollins Family Health – Supporting Body, Mind & Spirit

Rollins Family Health Care decided to include aesthetic skin treatments as one of their services after years of requests from patients. Dr. Jani Rollins was familiar with Miranda Briggs’ extensive experience as an aesthetician and approached her last year with the idea of offering state-of-the-art aesthetic care to patients.  She...

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Ashland Supportive Housing – Serving Ashland Since 1981

Formed in 1981 by a small group of parents looking for a better life for their adult children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Ashland Supportive Housing and Community Outreach (ASH) was founded on the principles of respect, dignity and compassion for all people regardless of their abilities. Now in its...

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DETOX & MTHFR

Up to 50% of the population may have a form of a genetic mutation known as MTHFR that inhibits their ability to detox, with other related issues.  I’m one of those people. Here’s my story: I was always sensitive to medications and alcohol, and had a weak immune system, but...

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Noises Off a Huge Hit with Critics

Here’s what Southern Oregon critics are saying about Noises Off: “…a rollercoaster ride of laughs and hilarity.” – Klamath Falls Herald & News “…a funny, funny show with a strong cast.” – Medford Mail Tribune “If the winter doldrums have you by the throat, forget light therapy and happy pills....

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Leading Visionaries Speak in Ashland – Architects of the New Paradigm

The Architects of the New Paradigm Conference Series (ANP) brings together some of today’s most accomplished visionaries to present a fresh approach to the world’s critical challenges. ANP events take a blinders-off approach to identifying the root causes of the meta-challenges, balanced with innovative and practical solutions. Presenters are chosen...

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Rebalancing the Body: Internal Dampness

When helping my patients adjust their diets for optimal healing, one of the most common modifications involves the over consumption of damp foods. This can be a confusing concept but one of great import to future overall health. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is based on the Taoist concept of Yin...

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Let the Dice Roll

We had the absolute honor of celebrating a friend’s 40th birthday in Las Vegas this past weekend with our husbands.  Six couples ventured out of the gray skies of the Rogue Valley and into the sunny skies of Nevada. One of my favorite things to do in Vegas is to...

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A Good Name Is More Desirable Than Great Riches

In late December, Jackson County found itself with a vacancy for the position of Sheriff. Corey Falls, the Sheriff elected from 2014 had accepted a new position in the Portland area and our county faced an incredible uncertainty. Who would fulfill the remainder of his term, how would that appointment...

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Today’s Dentistry

“According to epidemiological studies, it is estimated that 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth and about 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. As we age, the problem gets worse as 30 percent of adults between 65-74 years old have no natural teeth.” American College...

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Ashland Veterinary Hospital

The staff at Ashland Veterinary Hospital knows how important your pet is to you. Your pets are valued members of your family and you want to keep them happy and healthy.  We are always looking for ways to make it easier for you to take care of the ones you...

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Ashland Loves Branson’s Chocolates

Ashland’s favorite hometown confectioner has been hard at work in her chocolate factory making chocolate delights of all shapes and sizes. With recipes dating back to the late 1800’s, Deena Branson keeps traditions alive and Ashland coming back for more. I met with Deena to learn more about her chocolate...

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Finally Ready for Prime Time

The following excerpts are from a CBS News article about electric bikes: “Want to feel like a kid again? Hop on an electric bike. No one climbs off of an e-bike without feeling happy, enthusiasts say. More and more Americans are trying out this health-conscious and environmentally-friendly way of getting...

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BREACH OF FIDUCIARY DUTY

The cats returned from their winter vacation in Mexico to find that they had been sued by Bowser for the $30,000, plus interest, seized by the bank from Bowser’s accounts in order to satisfy the cats’ loan that Bowser guaranteed.  Bowser’s lawsuit alleges that the cats’ failure to make the...

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