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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Ask the Editor: Writing for publication

Q: Is it better to write something, then seek out appropriate publications, or seek out publications and then try to write what they’re looking for?  Or both? — Sean P. Farley, Escondido, California A: When it comes to poetry, essays, stories, and any sort of creative writing, I always say: Write what you want to write, …

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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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Meet the Monterey Cypress: Ashland Tree of the Year 2004

During a break in the rain today we snuck outside and captured a few photos of Ashland’s Tree of the Year from 2004, the Monterey Cypress: This tree has been around since the early 1900s and it appears close to outgrowing its yard. Here is a closer view of the trunk: You can see the …

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