Is YA fiction too dark?

We read with interest this Wall St. Journal article on young adult (YA) fiction about how (distressingly, for many parents) today’s YA fiction seems to be getting darker and darker. According to the selection in many bookstores, today’s avidly reading teens can find themselves “immersed in ugliness.” The part of the article that stands out …

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Ashland’s First Tree of the Year

A few weeks ago I profiled a Monterey Cypress from another part of Ashland. But I neglected to highlight this Monterey Cypress, which was actually the very first “Ashland Tree of the Year.” If you’re headed into Ashland from the north, traveling along Main Street, you’ll see this tree on your right on the front …

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Presenting Patti Marxsen’s “Archaeologies”

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Patti M. Marxsen’s essay “Archaeologies” as an Ashland Creek Press Short.   In this haunting essay,  Marxsen explores the discoveries and losses of a family shattered by divorce. “Archeologists know,” Marxsen writes, “that something precious is always at risk of being lost forever.”  In this essay, Marxsen is …

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