The ‘Not-So-Hot’ History of Valentine’s Day and How to Combat ‘Not-So-Hot’ Love

Photo courtesy of Javier Leddy Photography Much like love itself, Valentine’s day’s origin remains a mystery full of lust, conflict, and ancient history. While Christian entities believe that Valentine’s day commemorates the death of Saint Valentine, many believe that this…

Is Fan Fiction Lowering Our Standards for Romance?

Photo ©Depositphotos Trigger Warning: This article discusses sensitive topics such as emotional and physical abuse, incest, and stalking As a child, I was obsessed with Marvel Comics and Star Wars. When I received my first iPod Touch, I joined every…

Don All Your Gay Apparel! A Review of “Happiest Season”

Photo ©TriStar Pictures I like to pride myself in saying that many movies don’t make me cry when really a lot of movies make me cry. Seriously. A few weeks ago, I almost teared up watching “Ratatouille”. And “Happiest Season”,…

The Shutdown from a Hospitality Worker’s Perspective

Photo by Claire Grant Ashland is a hospitality town. With the Oregon Shakespeare festival bringing thousands of tourists in and out of this small town every year, we have developed an astounding infrastructure to support the tourism that keeps Ashland’s…