Removing Barriers Is Good Insurance

If you have read our previous blogs you know that Sharon and I have been very involved in issues related to universal design and aging-in-place.  Our journey began in the summer of 2012 when we took the three-day National Association of Home Builders Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist course in Denver, Colorado.  »»Read Full Post

The Holidays Have Arrived

Christmas is less than one week away! When did that happen? And how did it sneak up on us so quickly? Regardless how it happened, the holidays are almost here. Fortunately, most of the work is done. You set up and decorated the tree, decked the halls, planned the holiday »»Read Full Post

BOOK IT! Friday: Road Warriors That Cash

Welcome back to BOOK IT! Friday, where Fish Hack picks some NFL winners so you steelhead bums can put some cash in your pockets without returning that garage full of empties. Had a bad weekend last week, but Fish Hack's coming off the canvas with three road winners, something heard »»Read Full Post

'Cookbook Book' digests genre's past 300 years

Among the year’s must-have holiday gifts, books always get their due. And for enthusiastic cooks, great cookbooks are bound to top their wish lists, right? I guess it all depends. Christmases past have brought me such utilitarian classics as “Betty Crocker’s Big Red Cookbook,” trendy celebrity-chef take-offs like Jamie Oliver’s »»Read Full Post

A Dark Night of Healing and Hope

We are nearing winter solstice (December 21st) a day that will be the shortest in this cycle around the sun, a day with more darkness than light. When I think of this celestial event it reminds me of the expression, “a dark night of the soul” and how our human »»Read Full Post

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire . . .

If there is one thing that everyone loves about the holidays, it’s the delicious foods.  Fudge, cookies, egg nog, turkey!  The holidays just aren’t’ the same without a little indulgence.  And while your pets may beg for some Christmas goodies, you have to be careful.  Some people food is deadly »»Read Full Post

The Promise of Hope – and Health - Fulfilled

What I know of Christmas today is certainly different than what I knew as a child. Like most kids, then and now, I was really caught up in the magic of the holiday: the Christmas tree, decorations, presents, special treats, and being out of school for two whole weeks. It »»Read Full Post

The Stockdale Paradox

The Stockdale Paradox by Will Wilkinson I first learned about The Stockdale Paradox from Jim Collins book, Good to Great. Here’s the short formula: You must retain faith that you will prevail in the end, regardless of the difficulties. AND at the same time… You must confront the most brutal »»Read Full Post

William Stafford: His Writing, His Life

Lucky Rogue Valley poetry lovers, award-winning Ashland poets Patty and Vince Wixon present "William Stafford: His Writing, His Life" on Wednesday, December 17, from 12:00- 1:30 p.m., at the Medford Branch Library, 205 South Central Avenue. The event is part of the statewide program Oregon Reads. The Wixons are fabulous »»Read Full Post

Bear Creek Plaza next up on the market

While the new Medford Center ownership was checking its math and tallying up refurbishing costs, Bear Creek Plaza shopping center quietly went on the block a few months ago. Bear Creek Ventures of Malibu, Calif., which acquired the shopping center on the southeast corner of Biddle Road and East McAndrews »»Read Full Post