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Writing is Hard: How to Get Started

Confession time: I have started this column over more times than I’m proud to admit. I have tossed this idea back and forth so many times that I’m surprised it’s not too bruised to even take shape anymore. This column has helped me become who I am today: a master of procrastination. This is a […]

We are Human: The Whole Truth

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.  *** My first thought when I saw that my column was […]

Base Camp: Why Hike?

This is part of Reid Barbier’s weekly “Base Camp” column on the best local hiking and outdoor adventure spots.  Over the last term or so, I have highlighted some hikes in the area that I have enjoyed, as well as offering some general hiking and outdoor tips and skills that I have picked up over […]

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 […]

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 […]