1st Annual Rogue Valley veteRUN: Giving Thanks to OUR Neighbors Who Risked Their LIves

My Dad didn’t want to talk about the WWII experiences he had as a Major in the Army overseas until his death was drawing nigh. PTSD support was not available back then. But, let me tell you, when anyone thanked him for his service or shared comaraderie, something lit up inside him. His memories haunted him and stressed his body with no assistance to decompress or acknowledge the haunting horrors. I have often wished that his aging process would have been easier. My aging process is easier because of Dad and countless others. I am grateful.

Today we are so fortunate to have activities to support our vets. Many services are needed for the individuals who have been of service to protect US, You and Me. They all have stories, some being shared, some stowed away forever, too painful to relive.

Something very special is happening Oct. 14 in Central Point to support OUR vets. Lauren Trantham, who rode 10,000 miles to raise $50,000 in funds for sex trafficking survivors, is assisting to get this milestone established in a memorable way that will become tradition in southern Oregon.

Running and contributing are ways to lend visibility of community appreciation and support to OUR vets. Participation and donating are compassionate actions that make a practical difference in OUR vets’ lives.

Supporting the 1st Annual Rogue Valley veteRUN is an honoring of our neighbors who were willing to give their lives for our freedom. It is a beautiful contribution to make their lives visible and acknowledged, supported and cared about. Contributing sends a most welcomed heartfelt message. Help them in their healing process. Thank you. All the information you need is below.

These are the areas that proceeds will benefit:
The Medford Vietnam Wall
Team Overland
WhiteHeart Guardian Project
Project 22

WHERE: Jackson County Expo Gate 5, RV Park entrance, Central Point, Oregon
WHEN: October 14th, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

Participation Details:
Race Registration prior to October 6th, 2017 = $25.00
Day-Of Registration = $35.00
Race Day Check-in: 07:15

Check Payments:
Rogue Chapter #1260 NCOA
P.O. Box 5597, Central Point, OR. 97502
Contact Email: Veteran89@msn.com
TAX ID: 93-0874428

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Ashland Chamber Continues to Age Awesomely! Annual Event Extravaganza!

Just ask any member of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce if it is an amazing organization and you will hear a resounding verse of it’s empowering presence in our community. Not only does the Chamber create a glue for the feeling of a true community that has pride in its services and events for all citizens, but it is downright fun to attend weekly meetings.

The Annual Dinner was flawlessly and gracefully executed in a style and flare that welcomed everyone to network. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal and celebrated award winning community members who contribute tirelessly to the well being of our town.

One of the accomplishments I so enjoy about the Ashland Chamber is that the staff creates an atmosphere that feels like a giant neighborhood comprised of good neighbors. That feels healing at a time when there is so much chaos in the world. And time after time, Ashland’s Chamber sprinkles success in whatever it touches. I’d say the Ashland Chamber is one that is aging awesomely! Thank you, staff and members.

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“Put Some South in Yo Mouth” Creativity for Atmospheric Fire Smoke Marathon Doldrums

Okra Succotash

“Put some SOUTH in yo mouth!” I could hear Mom’s voice from the inner planes of my fire-smoke dulled mind. I was in need and craving something fun and different for my Saturday evening stuck inside.

Okra succotash and fried eggplant hit the stove with southern flare filling my air. Chicken dish and baked cinnamon/honey apples (thank you Terry Trantham for the best apples ever) were the sidekicks next to that south for my mouth! And just to make it a special upper, I sprinkled some sugar (I can hear you gasping) guilt free over one piece of my eggplant round. Mom used to let us do that as kids.

Boy, that salty and sweet WAS the main treat! It was so delightful I danced in the kitchen afterwards (probably energy from the fried and sugar combination – haha).

Much better psychologically for me to have fried and sugar in the marathon monotony of this smoke than my normal regime. Gotta make hay while the sun shines….or make your own sunshine when it is smoke dulled. Working hard in 6 weeks of fire smoke marathon to keep my Aging Awesome! #lovinlifeisgreat@68 #gettingmorecreativetokeepmyselfwell

Southern Fried Eggplant....Oh YEAH!

Terry's Best Apples Baked to Perfection/Cinnamon&Honey

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Sound Heals: Singing Bowls Spoke to Me at a Cellular Level Making Aging More Awesome

Enter a dimly lit glowing room filled with a magnificent gong that resonates as though it is an entire ocean of soothing sound massaging your inner world. In the surrounding room large singing bowls take their places near mats on the floor and raised cots where people lay down in receptivity for a healing experience. Sound inviting? Anyone can become a participant on first and third Fridays with Karen Parnell leading a session that defies linear verbage definition at Orenda Energy Arts in Medford.

Why does this come as a welcoming in the smoke marathon from forest fires, stress from work, taxing experiences for the mind, body, emotions and spirit in life’s challenges? In my experience, it helps to move stuck energies, releasing tension on all levels to bring upliftment, insight, well-being to every inch of who I am.

In the aging process which we all are engaging in, finding tools that are nothing short of medicine in the most natural approaches gives a launching to advance one’s ability to stay fit in thoughts, words, feelings, deeds and inspiration. I love the way I feel after an hour’s embrace of healing sounds that penetrate every cell with melodic attunement that cannot be compared to music in any realm.

Try it. You’ll love it! Karen Parnell has a gift of creating a symphony of healing sounds that will resonate inside you and become a part of a journey that excels in a deeper meaning of who you are.  Aging IS more awesome with experiences that enliven! For more information: https://orendaenergyarts.com/tibetan-singing-bowls/

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Tips for Staying Healthy in the Smoke Marathon

This is a marathon of smoke bombardment. Immune systems are screaming for help. So many people are suffering from symptoms that are nagging and illness producing. With so much being required of our immune systems, it only makes sense to give it some help as much as possible.

TIPS for smoke inhalation from profound SMOKE MARATHON in Oregon. I have smoke allergies so I am working very hard to stay healthy. Here are some tips that are helping me:

Moisture is critical for sinuses and lungs. Breathe deeply in hot steam shower; boil water then let it set with steam and hold head over it to breathe in steam . You can put a towel around your head. Salien solution and Neti pot help clean out antigens. Face dipping does a thorough job of killing antigens, too.

For Face dipping: Fill large bowl with warm water, 2 tbsp. sea salt, 2 tbsp. food grade hydrogen peroxide. Open eyes and mouth and keep them open as you put face into water up to hair line, count to 15, shake head back and forth 3 – 4 times. Lift face out of water, wipe dry and blow nose. Repeat 2 more rounds. Empty bowl. Can repeat this often. It thoroughly Cleans out the sinuses.

Wear a mask – I am sprinkling water in mine for moisture before wearing it. Ionizers help in living situation. Tape windows that are leaking smoke. Ashlanders – go to Zagorska Spa Himalayan salt cave (111 East Main) and sit for 30 min. free of charge while we are being smoked. How generous of Zagorska Spa to offer that to Ashlanders right now – it helps!!!

KEEP HYDRATED…..drink extra water! Homeopathics can help. I am using Kali Iodatum for sinuses and a throat/sinus spray into the mouth that is all natural. Moisture really is critical.

I am also doing extra probiotics. The smoke depletes us so extra effort is needed to counter-balance it. It is important to focus on staying positive and grateful because there is a lot of negativity with the smoke. I am more tired than normal. My system is working extra hard. And since I have to wear a mask, I want it to be fun so I look forward to wearing it. Anyway, it’s always fun to decorate! Plus sprinkling some water inside the mask gives extra moisture in my breathing process that assists in keeping smoke out.

That’s all for now. Good luck. Take care. We truly are in a marathon. Let’s help each other. Kindness is healing in any situation. And pray for rain!

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SMOKE RELIEF….Free of Charge at Zagorska Spa Salt Cave in Ashland

Salt Cave Walls at Zagorska Spa, Ashland

Not only is Michele Zagorski offering Free of Charge 30 min. sittings in the Zagorska Spa Himalayan Salt Cave while we have smoke in our atmosphere, but is announcing on KTVL 10 NEWS Aug. 25 that EVERY Tuesday will offer open door, free-of-charge, 30 min. sittings in the Salt Cave. She is giving back to her community in a big way with her beautiful big heart.

For me personally, being 68, I know it is important to take extra precautions for my health in a crisis like ongoing smoke. The ions emitted from the Himalayan salt renew, refresh, rejuvenate, nourish, soothe and create a feeling of wellness mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

Warm neck wraps as well as heated foot salt blocks are offered to cave sitters. Like a beautiful song that goes through the body, the cave creates harmonic sensations in those who experience the salt cave. Deep, tranquil peace. Clarity for the mind. Upliftment for the heart and emotions. Healing for the body. Michele knows the benefits and sees a need for people to have this resource available.

After my 30 min. stay in the midst of atmospheric smoke I am allergic to, I felt significant pressure relief from heart/chest area and lungs felt much clearer. Sinuses better, too. Mentally and emotionally, I was uplifted. I could breathe so much easier and was not coughing.

Michele Zagorski – you are a true healer to offer this to people. Such compassion! Thank you ever so much! I remain VERY grateful that your gifting is a gem in my process of making sure I continue to feel Awesome in my Aging!

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Amazing Ashland Supporting Awesome Aging for BEES for a Healthy Ecosystem!

Lauren Trantham oversees honey tasting and voting

Grandma Boom tasting/voting/retasting: ya just have to be sure about the right vote :)

BEES! Ashland is Protecting them for a healthy ecosystem. Honey tasting/voting at Elks Lodge yesterday for the best in the valley. And, of course, a sweet woman was in charge of the sweet tasting/voting, Lauren Trantham, always ready to support good causes!

I sampled, voted and resampled! :) Thank you, City of Ashland, for supporting the BEES with your activism. Here’s a clip from Ashland’s BEE CITY website. So grateful Ashland is on top of the right priorities for a healthy environment!

“The City acknowledges the importance of pollinators to healthy ecosystems, as well as to agriculture and the local economy. Considering the dramatic declines in pollinator populations around the globe, Ashland commits to supporting bees and other pollinators on both public and private land. In order to enhance understanding among staff and the public about the vital role that pollinators play, and what each of us can do to sustain them, the City of Ashland agrees to establish and maintain a BEE CITY USA Subcommittee, comprised of one Parks & Recreation Commissioner, one Staff Liaison and at least three citizens.” http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=16750

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Finger Labyrinth Good for All Ages

Labyrinths have always fascinated me. Walking a labyrinth brings a soothing sensation with deep contemplation. It serves to keep one’s mind focused on the present moment, also bringing a stronger conscious mind/body awareness alliance into focus.

Some theories say the centuries old technique harmonizes the hemispheres of the brain and brings mind and body into greater synchronization. Another thought is that by walking a labyrinth there is an unblocking of dynamics in order to reach clarity or find answers. Setting an intention in motion with body participation means there is a wholeness to the process of answer seeking and prayer focusing. The labyrinth brings an issue into the physical plane rather than staying in the mental plane’s thought forms.

In early August, when working with pre-K children, I provided them with a finger labyrinth. They used fingers as well as crayons and markers to follow the trail in the yellow sheet with a black labyrinth. In this case, the intention was to help young children focus their attention and create a sense of calm.

Students at the University of Oregon responded to my instructions to use the finger labyrinth to rest and refresh their minds by indicating it accomplished both of those in the middle of a busy day of studying.

Simple alternatives to being fully present and keeping the mind/body state more alert while relaxed are helpful keys to promoting a healthy and awesome aging process. Using a finger labyrinth in a group or with dyads exercise can prove to be a stimulus for an inspirational conversation.

Mind/body stimulants can be easily accessed within one’s internal home base. Finger labyrinths are but one way to delve inward and feel good.

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Reflections…A Tender Moment from Childhood with Lifelong Impact

It has become common to hear others talking about the negative impact of childhood. We’ve all had THOSE moments. And what we do with all of it fascinates me. The human mind is such an extraordinary landscape to explore.

In my reflections at 68, I chanced upon the photo with Mom holding my hand and that of my younger brother’s at Daytona Beach. It was 1952. I felt safe. It was fun to play with those waves. And the feeling lingered as our annual trek in the stationwagon, eventually, with four of us siblings, to Daytona was woven into my blood and my psyche. Playing in the waves was salvation. It was heaven. It was something I longed for all year while living in Kansas. It was always the highlight of my summer.

I am grateful for the connection with the ocean and for Mom insisting we go there every year. Enjoying seeing how I tapped that experience and kept it as a part of my life. It remains a part of my Awesome Aging journey. #lovinlifeisgreat@68

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REDTAIL INN “Eco-Boutique” Marries Historical Preservation and Environmental Care

The epitome of Awesome Aging rests in the heart of REDTAIL INN, now open to welcome visitors. This Ashland gem is the freshly restored historic home originally built by Jesse Applegate McCall in 1890 as an estate farm house. Today MaryAnn and Geoff Geness live their visionary passion to honor preservation of this historical landmark. With the most precious care to strengthen its presence in a noteworthy rebirthing, they have managed to captivate the spirit of the 1890′s while incorporating advanced leading edge enviornmental protection approaches.

Solar panels are coming soon; electric car charging awaits visitors; organic garden produce will delight guests; energy-saving, tank-less hot water heaters (endless hot showers!) and high efficiency heating/cooling systems and much more inhabit the property. The goal? To dramatically reduce the Inn’s consumption of fossil fuels…a big FIRST in southern Oregon.

A very special team created nothing short of a pioneering attitude that leads the way for what is possible – bringing the past and the best of today’s world together in an ideal marriage. MaryAnn’s delightful, meticulous creativity brought an exquisite taste of decor in every element of this heartfelt welcoming home. Geoff’s skilled eye and hand artistic expressions in building and restoring give that touch of love and respect of something worthy. Renowned restorationist, Steve Asher, provided Chief Executive rehabilitation with the historical presence and modern comfort that can be felt as one enters this treasured Inn. Daniel Perry-Kesling, Innkeeper extraordinaire, brings an enveloping welcome to all who make reservations through his proficient and acclaimed AirHop company.

On July 21, Ashland’s Chamber of Commerce embraced the wonders of RedTail Inn while being hosted there and learning more about the noteworthy accomplishments in giving a renewed life to this historic landmark. The website is a ‘must visit’ for much more information. While RedTail Inn continues to become a prized presence in Ashland, we can all celebrate another landmark that will bring only praise from the community as well as from tourists.

Thank you, Geoff and MaryAnn. We appreciate your steadfast, heartfelt commitment to history, the environment and Ashland.

You will enjoy learning more at the website: https://www.redtailinn.com/

OPEN HOUSE July 24, 5-8 p.m.

Live Music, Wine (from Paschal Winery), and Food (from Chef Saudia Sharkey).

The address is 550 East Main Street, Ashland… between the Fire House and Cucinna Biazzi!

550 East Main Street
Ashland, Oregon 97520
MAIN: (877) 411-5545


July 21 Chamber of Commerce Meeting Hosted by REDTAIL INN


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