Helping animals one brushstroke at a time…

We’ve long admired the work of Ashland artist Dana Feagin, whose Inspired Pet Portraits are not only lovely, whimsical, and adorable but amazingly generous: Dana donates 10 percent of the proceeds from her sales to local animal charities and rescue groups. We were thrilled when Dana was inspired to create a portrait of our general manager, …

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Q&A on publishing with Seattle Wrote

Norelle Done of the Seattle Wrote blog has posted the first post in a series all about publishing. Her wonderful blog is oriented toward the Pacific Northwest and Seattle, but her posts — from author interviews to book reviews to how-to articles — are great for readers and writers all over. Part 1 of our …

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Typewriters are in fashion

The Typosphere — an excellent website for those who love typewriters — recently noted how typewriters are finding their way into fashion — as in wearable fashion. How about fingernails painted as typewriter keys: Typewriter-inspired clothing: I wonder if you can use White Out to remove stains. I know, bad joke. Finally, here is a …

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Tips for authors: Giving good readings

You’ve written your book, gotten it published, and now you’re ready to show up at the bookstore, library, museum, cafe, or whichever venue will be your first one along the  book tour. Reading to an audience is something you learn how to do well over time, through experience and mistakes, as the poet Kelli Russell Agodon …

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A sense of history through cemeteries

When we recently took off for the Oregon coast, among the guidebooks we carried with us was, of course, Mad as the Mist and Snow: Exploring Oregon Through Its Cemeteries. As author Johan Mathiesen points out in the book, cemeteries are so much more than they seem. They are parks and museums. They offer history …

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