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Culture of peace

And then it became personal

“I want to get in the car, now!” Irene said with a worried look on her face. Knowing something was wrong, we did just that. I had noticed a man and a woman wal...

Hello! Can I Help You?

In 1933, my great-grandmother, grandmother, uncle, two great aunts and my mom, who was 3, packed up everything they owned in a truck and a couple of cars and jo...

A small breath

Throughout my life, I have been asked, "What are you? " and "Where are you from? " I used to answer with sass, saying things like, "I am a human from California...

We are all Indigenous to Mother Earth

Born in a small hospital in the northeastern California county of Modoc, I was destined to be an orphan for a short period of time. My parents were Wauseka Brow...

Say hello and I will smile

"Despite all the challenges, I remain hopeful as I think about rebuilding an even stronger, more inclusive, more resilient Oregon. " - Governor Kate Brown. I im...

It's time to enable the futures we want

There is no question that our community, this country and our world are going through very difficult and challenging experiences. Some people see this as the ti...

Information can help cure our 2020 hangover

We still have more than a little hangover from 2020, but at the start of the year are able to catch a glimmer emerging from a series of - well, let's call them ...

Seeing with 2020 vision

When a person has 20/20 vision, it means he or she has clear vision, everything is seen in focus with clear definition. Metaphorically, the year of 2020 brings ...

'Progression'

On Dec. 31 I end my 12-year tenure as Mayor of Ashland. To say it has been wonderful, exciting, eye-opening, frightening and distinctly "Ashlandia" would be, we...

An offer of radical inclusion

"Suffering can be fortunate, because without it there is no possibility for maturation. " - Roshi Joan Halifax. It's been a rough ride. We've been hit with incr...

Our lives after Nov. 3

Hallelujah! November 3 is behind us. As ugly as the transition to a new federal administration might become, it cannot match the rancor of the 2020 campaign sea...

Resilience in a time of crisis

On Friday the 13th of March, the youth of the Rogue Valley arrived at school to learn they would not be returning Monday. For many it meant an extra week of spr...

Fires, pandemic teach that we are one

The fires at home and the global pandemic teach us the same thing in the same ways. Driving to Central Point from Ashland, I saw some of the ashes of the fire i...

Systemic change starts with us

The first World Peace Flame in North America was installed in the lobby of the Civil Rights Museum, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2002. The Wo...

Compelled to Say Their Names

On June 28, 1844, laws prohibiting Black people from residing in Oregon were passed, and official permission was given to whip those who disobeyed the mandate. ...

Amazing grace -- We are changing the world

We are going through a collective awakening amid a pandemic and protests against racism. Uncertainty is the new way of life with upheavals in an unprecedented m...

Get off the internet and buy local

How has your view of community changed with the disruption of COVID-19? Twenty years ago, I chose to leave the hectic, acquisitive metropolitan life to find com...

My view of community in Ashland has changed

David Wick had a question: How has your view of community changed with the disruption of COVID-19? How has your life changed, and how do you see our moving forw...