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Culture of peace

Diversity helps OHRA better serve community

At Options for Helping Residents of Ashland, we understand that people who experience homelessness or live at or below the poverty line can feel the sting of b...

Building community through cultural literacy

The Ashland Culture of Peace Commission’s Cultural Literacy Series has provided eight personal lived experiences responding to Irene Kai’s first article ending ...

From the land of the Chosŏn*

I was born shortly after the Korean War ended, and for reasons unknown my brother and I became orphans — I was 4 and a half. Six months later I was adopted int...

Lessons my mother taught me

Being a fourth-generation Japanese American has been and continues to be an interesting journey. I grew up in Hawaii, where the vast majority of my friends wer...

Seeing the trees and being grateful

I remember my family and I driving to California to see family. It was 2018, and we were passing through the ravages of the Klamathon and Carr fires. As we dro...

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...