Create your own virtual writing retreat

Lately my writing has taken a backseat to everything else — so I decided that I would take a long weekend to create an unofficial writing retreat. “Unofficial” essentially means that I didn’t need to apply, travel, or formally do anything other than pledge to write — perfect for such a last-minute decision. When I …

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Meet the Spanish Fir: Ashland Tree of the Year 2008

Just a few yards from the Monterey Cypress (Tree of the Year 2004) is a statuesque Spanish Fir (Tree of the Year 2008), shown here: The Spanish Fir is also known as Abies Pinsapo in its native country. The picture doesn’t convey just how tall this tree is. If you’re visiting Ashland, I recommend a …

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