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We are Human: Sinking

This is the part of a weekly column by Ashley Johnson surrounding the struggles she has faced in her own life and the concept of being human. Warning: some entries, including this one,  will contain strong content regarding abuse, addiction, self-harm and eating disorders.  *** We all made it through another week. Success! I literally […]

Base Camp: Sky High Lakes

This is part of Reid Barbier’s weekly “Base Camp” column on the best local hiking and outdoor adventure spots.  The Sky High Lakes in the Marble Mountain Wilderness is a beautiful, remarkably untouched corner of the area that every avid hiker and backpacker should check out at some point. When I decided to spend a […]

We are Human: Quicksand

This is the part of a weekly column by Ashley Johnson surrounding the struggles she has faced in her own life and the concept of being human. Warning: some entries will contain strong content regarding abuse, addiction, self-harm and eating disorders.  ***  In light of Cinco de Mayo just passing, and many circumstances going on […]

How To: Adjust to Spring

Ashland, Ore. – The warm weather is finally coming to Southern Oregon, and while we’re rejoicing, some of us may also be having a hard time. Finals, unexpected bouts of rain, and the anticipation of being free for the summer (or even forever…!) can have students feeling like they’re fighting a losing battle. Here are […]

Base Camp: Equipment Check

This is the next installment of Reid Barbier’s weekly column on hiking and outdoor adventures in Southern Oregon.  You inch your way along the edge of the ice flow, deadly-blue abyss to your right and cliff face of white to your left. Suddenly, the ice cracks, cascades away beneath you, pulling you down with it. […]

Base Camp: Lost Creek Lake

This is part of Reid Barbier’s weekly “Base Camp” column on the best hiking and outdoor adventure spots in Southern Oregon.  At some point this spring, with the sun high overhead and a warm breeze behind you, you might decide to hit the open road out of Ashland and look for a new hike to […]

We are Human: Moments

This is the part of a weekly column by Ashley Johnson surrounding the struggles she has faced in her own life and the concept of being human. Warning: some entries will contain strong content regarding abuse, addiction, self-harm and eating disorders.  *** My heart is pitter-pattering with vivacious beats. Only this time, unlike the description […]

The Wellsprings: Human Emotion

  This is the part of a weekly column by Ashley Johnson surrounding the struggles she has faced in her own life and the concept of being human. Warning: some entries will contain strong content regarding abuse, addiction, self-harm and eating disorders.  *** That feeling begins to well up inside me. The one that I […]

We are Human

This is the first piece in a weekly column by Ashley Johnson surrounding the struggles she has faced in her own life and the concept of being human. Warning: some entries will contain strong content regarding abuse, addiction, self-harm and eating disorders.  *** We are all human! There is certainly no way around that fact.  […]

Base Camp: Cooking on the Trail

This is part of Reid Barbier’s weekly “Base Camp” column on the best hiking and outdoor adventure spots in Southern Oregon.  One of the greatest experiences in all of hiking is when you cook your first meal out on the trail. You’ve been hiking all day, you’re tired and hungry, and the night is rapidly […]