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Much like the locations it features, Rachel Thurston’s soon-to-be-released travel guide is brimming with beauty, culture, and history. Featuring rich, bold images from Brooks Institute’s Chuck Place, The Beautiful Santa Ynez Valley falls somewhere between coffee-table book and well-organized brochure.
FIRE ON THE FRINGE: Few positives can be wrung out of the prolonged incendiary scenario and the lurking dread of the Zaca Fire, apart from the realization that it’s all perfectly in sync with nature’s clearing process. But, as we slink and cower beneath the sci-fi skies of orange hue and snowy ash, certain clarifying ideas hit home. There comes with the picture a sense of solidarity and awareness of the greater forces of the landscape that surrounds our urban coastal outpost.
Things have changed a lot at Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) since performances began there back in 1935. For instance, when it started out, the OSF included boxing matches along with the plays in attempts to broaden its appeal.
It is one thing to bless a house by moving one’s hands through the air, making the sign of the cross to protect it from disaster. It is another thing to make the sign of the cross visible and permanent, forged in iron and displayed on the rooftop for all to see.