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On getting lost

By John Yunker,

So it’s now well established the Google Maps is better than Apple Maps.

But even Google Maps is far from perfect.

Awhile back, I was jogging up a steep hill in Ashland and was apparently moving so slowly that a young woman, also on foot and looking somewhat lost, was able to hail me over and strike up a conversation.

She asked, “Is this the way to the Goodwill store?”

It wasn’t. We were on the outskirts of the forest — other than a few homes hidden within the trees, there was nothing else around.

So I directed her about a mile in the opposite direction. And I didn’t think about it until I looked at Google Maps. And I noticed the Goodwill store she was looking for…

However, if you happen to travel to this location, you’ll end up right about here…

Clearly, there is no Goodwill around here, though it’s certainly a great place to take a walk.

Normally, I would guess that most people give up on Google Maps right about the time their cars leave pavement — but on the other hand, we’re well trained to believe what Google Maps tell us. I’ve had my own Google Maps issues. Last year, Midge and I were headed to the Eugene Public Library for an event. But thanks to my over-reliance on Google Maps, we ended up at City Hall instead.

Lesson #1 —  Double-check your directions before leaving home.

Lesson #2 — Learn to enjoy getting lost; sometimes it’s a lot of fun.



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Art & Animals

By Midge Raymond,

One of the reasons we founded Ashland Creek Press is to use art (for us, that would be literature) as a way to draw awareness to issues surrounding animals. As one example, The Dragon Keeper is an amazing story (suspense, a love triangle, family drama, and everything else you could ask for in a novel) that’s also a subtly embedded history of the Komodo dragon. Mindy Mejia‘s research is so expertly woven into this novel you hardly realize how much you’re learning about this incredible species, endangered soon after it was discovered. And our new fiction anthology, Among Animals (forthcoming in February) takes a look at all the ways in which animals are a part of our lives.

As someone who can’t draw a straight line, I’ve always admired visual artists — especially those who use their art to do good for animals and the planet. No one does it better than Ashland’s Dana Feagin.

I just visited the Ashland Art Center to see Dana’s current exhibit, New Animals of Sanctuary One.


Like all of Dana’s animal paintings, these rescued animals are presented in all their adorable glory.


What I love about Dana’s work is how she captures these lovely animals at the best time of their lives — after they’ve found peace at Sanctuary One, a nonprofit care farm in Jacksonville, Oregon.


Best of all: These portraits are all for sale, and 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to Sanctuary One.


If you’re not in the Ashland area, visit Dana’s website to see all of her animal portraits, many of which are of rescued animals and shelter animals (she also does commissions!). And Dana donates a portion of all sales to local animal shelters.

She’s even done a portrait of our General Manager, Theo, a former rescue kitty. We especially love seeing his face on greeting cards, though when it comes to Theo, the cards are probably only appropriate for Halloween…


Bee Crossing in Ashland

By John Yunker,

If you’re ever in Ashland, Oregon, head over to the Railroad District and check out the bee crossing. It’s on Fourth Street, on the side of the historic Haskins Garage building (you can’t miss the antique Texaco gas pump on the sidewalk).

bee crossing ashland oregon

Here’s a short clip of the bees crossing…

Call for Submissions – Doug Fir Fiction Award

By Midge Raymond,

Ashland Creek Press is delighted to be a sponsor of the 2013-14 Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award!

Please see below for complete guidelines, and you can also click here for details and more info.

The Bear Deluxe Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines.

Entry Fee: $15

Word limit: 5,000

Deadline: September 3, 2013

Grand Prize: $1,000, writer’s residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, national publication, and manuscript review

Finalists: Manuscript review, recognition, publication consideration

Award Judge: Lidia Yuknavitch’s most recent books include Dora: A Headcase, a novel, and The Chronology of Water: A Memoir. She is also the author of three works of short fiction (Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel) and as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence.

Co-sponsor: Sitka Center for Art & Ecology

Associate sponsors: Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books (Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books will provide manuscript review for one story of the author’s choice from award winner and finalists.)

For complete guidelines, visit or email (website is under redesign).

Online payments can be made at (please indicate “Doug Fir submission 2013-14″ in the notes with your payment). Once payment is made, submissions can be emailed to with subject line “2013 Doug Fir Award.”

Ashland’s 4th of July is red, white, blue — and green

By Midge Raymond,

Happy Independence Day from Ashland!

One of the best things about living in Ashland is being surrounded by people who share a great love of the planet — and among the highlights of today’s 4th of July festivities was seeing so many folks dedicated to making the world a better place. Below are just a few highlights…


We had the chance to sign petitions at the Southern Oregon Animal Rights Society (SOARS) booth, which bravely asks passersby to take a close look at the horrors done to animals for food, cosmetics, entertainment, and sport — and to learn how to help animals live better lives. SOARS is a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to ending the abuse and exploitation of animals — check out the SOARS website to learn more.


The Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) was showing off all the gorgeous dogs and cats up for adoption, as well as promoting its Nine Lives campaign — $9 adoptions for cats for 9 days. The shelter currently has an abundance of beautiful cats and kittens who need good homes and are “awaiting their Independence Day”; visit the FOTAS website for more info and how to adopt.


We also enjoyed seeing Ashland Recology’s recycling spirit …


…especially this tangible reminder to bring reusable bags while shopping:


Wishing you all a very happy Independence Day!