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A place to gather in Talent

In an effort to help displaced businesses in the Phoenix/Talent area after the catastrophic Almeda fire, SOJ will occasionally shine a spotlight on those who ar...

Poetry is good for you

April is National Poetry Month. I have it on good report that “poetry can heal.” If you witnessed Amanda Gorman’s incredible reading of her poem “The Hill We C...

I can’t live without my 16-quart pot

During the COVID shutdown, I have spent time editing my possessions. After all, I’m 73, and the thought of a terminal move moves me to lighten up. Although per...

Coots don’t get much respect

If you haven’t canoed on Upper Klamath Lake, you are missing a treat. Don’t wait until June and July when mosquitoes rule the marsh, but in early spring the out...

Gerber Potholes Trail was a true test

We had hiked 2.7 miles, but the real test was about to come. No, we weren’t facing a test of stamina by bushwhacking and fighting our way through thick, unyield...

Make salmon, farro for spring cleanse

It’s time for a spring cleaning — and not just for our living spaces. Our internal environments need cleansing, too. Make the switch to more wholesome, lighter ...

Carrots in pastry make veggie Wellington

I love a classic recipe reinterpreted for modern times and diverse diets. Take beef Wellington, for example. I love the concept. I love the presentation. I love...

Bye-bye lawn, hello kitchen garden

“A beautiful kitchen garden at the season’s peak can seem like it’s made of a million things. But underneath the overflowing herbs, vining tomatoes and brig...

Time to cowboy up, buckaroo

“Have you ever run a chainsaw?” boss man Sam asked me. “No,” I answered. “OK, take this chainsaw and…” Or, “have you ever driven a tractor? No? OK, here are...

Utter bliss at Willow Lake, for a while

Our picnic lunch wasn’t all a picnic is cracked up to be. No fried chicken or potato salad. No chocolate cake. I’d failed to plan ahead again. We slapped toget...

Music is a secret weapon during COVID

Our granddaughters, ages 16 and 18, are planning a visit with their grandparents. It will be a masks-up weekend, so we hope the weather holds so we can be outsi...

Fresh tarragon flavors classic chicken

Dill was the darling of my latest column in the newspaper’s weekly food section. In concert with its relatives cilantro and parsley, dill not only headlined a h...

Feathery fronds

From medicine to pickles, Dill has been tickling our tastebuds for at least 5,000 years

Symphony of citrus makes salad sing

Seasonal side dishes are giving way to asparagus and anything else green. It’s hard to give citrus the cold shoulder, though, when grocers are selling nearly al...

A doctor’s shrine to the performing arts

Next time you’re on the Bear Creek Greenway, just south of the bridge between Eighth and Main streets in Medford, point your eyes across Bear Creek and notice t...

Consider joining the kitchen garden revival

“A kitchen garden is the missing piece in the pursuit of a whole and happy life.” — Nicole Johnsey Burke, “Kitchen Garden Revival,” 2020 I’m impresse...