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Jordan Marie McCaw

Jordan Marie McCaw

Since graduating from Eastern Nazarene College in the Boston area with a B.A. in Journalism and Writing, Jordan Martinez has been writing and copy editing for a few different publications, including the Rogue Valley Messenger. She loved living on the other side of the country for three brief years, but Southern Oregon is truly where she belongs. She also writes for BayArea.com, Showcase Magazine, and is the Copy Editor for Southern Oregon Magazine and Las Vegas Golf & Leisure Magazine. When she isn't writing articles, she's either working on her next book, reading, drawing, watching “There Will Be Blood,” or pulling shots at GoodBean in Jacksonville. You can check out her artwork at hitrecord.org, where she's been featured and loves using the site as a creative outlet: https://www.hitrecord.org/users/J.M.%20Black/records

Summertime seems to be when we bring out our biggest boasts. Hot dog and pie eating contests. Watermelon seed spitting. And, since 1953, a chance to see whose rooster can crow the loudest. In its 65th year, the Rooster Crow Festival has become a beloved and steady event in Southern

Six feet and two inches from the hole and it’s time to use the putter. The weighted, soft burl wood putter gently guides the golf ball home. Thinking about how one gets into making wooden golf putters, dealing with surviving nuclear explosions probably wouldn’t cross one’s mind. But for Bradley

A mug with a personalized message tends to be the one people take special care of. Hand painted piggy banks seem to never be broken because of the memories held on the surface’s patterns. David Willhite opened Pottery Canvas & Stone in Grants Pass on May 16. Art has been

Beer and yoga seem like the unlikeliest of combinations. Then again, people experience both things to “loosen up,” so why not put them together? As unlikely as it is exciting, Beer Yoga at Walkabout Brewing Company kicked off a month ago—May 5 to be exact—with just a few attendees, yet

If you really think about it, windows are like the frame for living art. Whether it’s a willow tree overhanging an ornate fountain surrounded by a lush bed of flowers or a white picket fence guarding a perfectly mowed lawn, art is thriving outside. Banyan Tree Landscape Construction has been

The ingredients are simple: Combine water, sugar, and a little deep frying. But the possibilities are infinite.   These four local donut eateries have perfected the classics, while also creating new delicious flavors that becomes coffee’s best friend. Magic Donuts: The donuts were already nearly cleared out for the day

As far as trends go, storytelling must rank as one of the more surprising ones of the 21st century, in a time when individuals are spending more time sucked into their computers and phones than actively listening to one another—or, so we are told. Perhaps more traditionally, storytelling was considered

Dozens of programs and shows are made possible by the grants both Jackson and Josephine Counties Cultural Coalitions, both part of the Oregon Cultural Trust network. Without them, the region would be missing many of the arts locals enjoy every year. Earlier this year, Jackson County donated over $30,000 to

A 2016 disaster preparedness survey for the Earth Institute at Columbia University revealed that 65 percent of Americans aren’t prepared for natural disasters, and 41 percent aren’t confident their community has adequate plans in an unlikely event. Essential resources or outdoor skill programs are not as hard to find as

Comic Con without video games would be like watching a movie but skipping the whole second act. A workshop at this year’s Comic Con, titled “How to Choose Your Own Adventure,” will create an immersive experience for those who attend. “The workshop (actually not a workshop per se) will involve