Daydreaming: Three Easy Steps

Has anyone ever told you to get your head out of the clouds? To stop daydreaming and return to the real world? Today, Limelight Deals is telling you the opposite. We want you to daydream. It relieves stress, improves your overall mood, and even motivates you to get your chores »»Read Full Post

It's back, back, back, back to school time

Those trips to Bi-Mart, Target, Freddy's and Rogue Valley Mall are in the rearview mirror, well mostly. My daughter begins her final year of college next month, which creates a checklist all of its own. Back-to-School sales begin within a week of Sirrius XM plays America's annual anthem "School's Out" »»Read Full Post

Is Peace Possible in the Middle East - Part four of four

Is Peace Possible in the Middle East, Part Four of Four –  Yes. In a recent blog interview, former U.S. diplomat Aaron David Miller quoted Larry Summers saying, “…in the history of the world, nobody ever washed a rental car: We care only about what we own.” Miller went on »»Read Full Post

Onion pickles can wait for home-canning lull

Canning often is akin to preparing a time capsule: capturing a fleeting moment of peak ripeness and flavor. For centuries, food preservation has extended the bounteous harvest into the lean months when fresh produce is sparse and therefore precious. So it’s no wonder that summer’s tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans and »»Read Full Post

Here’s How To Leave Despair For Resilience

A 19th century woman loses her husband after only months of marriage. In ill health, her young child is taken away when family members adopt him out. Her second husband is imprisoned in the civil war, then deserts her. Nearly penniless and in precarious health, she has a life threatening »»Read Full Post

Ashland Book and Author Festival Coming Soon

Writers, readers and folks who love them, get ready for a party. The Ashland Book and Author Festival is almost here. On Saturday, September 20, from 10-4 pm at Southern Oregon University's Hannon Library. Nearly 100 authors, book sellers, publishers, and artists from Southern Oregon gather for a day of »»Read Full Post

Biscuits R Us

While at the coast last weekend, I had an epiphany - something I hadn't really given much notice to suddenly became clear: My dogs Zed believes that drive-through windows exist for only one reason: the dispensing of dog biscuits. I noticed this because when I pulled up to a drive-through »»Read Full Post

Doing laundry...

We have been on a cross-country trip and away from our normal laundry set-up for weeks. We're 'traveling light' so finding a place to periodically wash socks and underwear has been a challenge. Let me say this: laundromats, where you go to wash clothes and make them clean are NOT »»Read Full Post

HAIKU MONDAY: On The Big Spill That Is

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is getting the measuring stick out because the upper Rogue River is finally getting a little extra water. The releases from Lost Creek Lake to Hack's home waters of the upper Rogue will inch up day and Tuesday morning, running from 1,500 »»Read Full Post

Why a Broken Heart Feels Like a Punch in the Gut and What to Do About It

Everyone has been there. A relationship ends, whether through divorce, death, distance or calculated decision, and we are in pain. It hurts. We feel as if our heart was being ruthlessly squeezed and our guts twisted and flayed. Or, there is a sense of stabbing pain in the chest or »»Read Full Post