Life in Ashland

Life in Ashland

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sunday Morning Coffee

Friday, March 27, 2015


Thursday, March 26, 2015

5 O'clock Shadow

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ace Pitcher

Ashland High School alumnus and Kansas City Royal starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was in town yesterday to help kick off a fund-raiser for renovation of the school's football field.  Jeremy has pledged $650,000 to the project, which will replace the current grass field with synthetic turf.  He addressed a crowd in the Grizzlies' gymnasium and afterwards signed autographs and posed for photos.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Guitar Man 2

I originally posted an entry about the guitar man pictured here, Chris, back in October.  Then I saw him performing in front of the Peerless Restaurant on 4th St.  A few days ago, here he was near Ashland Hardware, playing and singing from his extensive playlist for the pure enjoyment of doing so.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Getting a Boost

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Watching the Skies

A couple of days ago, a group of activists gathered at the downtown Plaza to voice their concerns regarding geoengineering, pertaining to what they describe as a systematic aerial spraying of toxins into the atmosphere.  The Southern Oregon Blue Skies Project headed the local protest in hopes of making more people aware of their message.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Bruin & His Boxers

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Yellow El Camino

Monday, March 16, 2015


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Colors of Spring

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Vinyl is Back

I encountered these two young guys on Main Street as they were leaving The Music Coop with their latest acquisitions.  33 rpm vinyl records have been making a big comeback, particularly among audiophiles who are able to distinguish the difference in sound quality from other types of recordings. New releases have 33 LP versions and old ones are being reissued - this time made of a higher-quality vinyl than they were back in the day.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pura Vidya

In the comfy confines of the Bloomsbury Coffee House on the balcony above Bloomsbury Books this afternoon, I met a couple on their first visit to Ashland.  Coby and CJ are in southern Oregon to host a class exploring the fusion of yoga and Shamanism called Pura Vidya.  They are currently on a tour of the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada, presenting Pura Vidya as way to true health, with a holistic approach caring for the body, mind and spirit.  Tonight's class is taking place at Soul Shine Yoga & Massage in Medford.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Morning Run

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Growers Market

Yesterday, the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market opened for the new season, which will now run until November. Most of the market's usual lineup of vendors were there selling fresh produce, flowers, baked goods and meat.  Tobias Hatfield, owner of the Full Circle Bison Ranch, was there selling organic, grass-fed buffalo steaks.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blossom Time

While much of the rest of the country is still suffering through winter, Ashland is awash with spring blossoms.  The days have been sunny and the temperatures edging up into the 70's.  Not to dampen the mood, but cooler weather will return and even snow is possible during March and April.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Circlin' Shannon

Circlin' Shannon has been in Ashland for a while now, regaling listeners on the street and in local pubs with authentic Irish songs.  Originally from Winnemucca, Nevada, he accompanies his singing with numerous musical instruments, including guitar, harmonica, and accordion - an immensely talented guy.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sports Saturday

Yesterday was a full calendar for Southern Oregon University sporting events.  The rugby teams (both men's and women's) were in action, as well as the women's softball team.  Also, a team made up of mostly underclassmen played a baseball game vs. Oregon State.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Outside Noble Coffee - Morning

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Noble Coffee

Jared Rennie, owner and master brewer of Noble Coffee Roasting, was busy this morning preparing the day's offering of fine coffees.  Jared and the gang at Noble take coffee-making seriously;  their mission: "…sourcing the highest quality coffees from organic farms and cooperatives, roasting them to their highest potential and educating baristas on how to best prepare their coffee".