Clan Murphy of Ashland, Oregon

Debra, Daniel, Liam, John, Luke, Rachel, Maire, Kevin, and Amara Murphy

We are the members of Clan Murphy of Ashland Oregon: Daniel, Debra, Rachel, John Paul, Kevin, Luke, Maire, and Liam.

What’s this all about?

Several of us are professional writers who’ve had gigs writing reviews and op-ed pieces for print and web publications. This is great work, and we’ve enjoyed ours for the most part, but our experience has increasingly taught us is that, when push came to shove, we don’t really like spending hours and hours of our creative lives writing about stuff we don’t like.

Life is too short for that.

No doubt there are people called to this sort of thing. Fighting the Good Fight and all that. But our bottom line is that hardscrabble blogging isn’t our vocation. Without sounding too woo-woo, we think we can do more good by lighting candles than cussing the infernal darkness. I mean, there’s so much Good Stuff out there to share!


We banded together (canoodled, conspired) to set up a site where we only share the stuff we’re passionate about. The stuff we love. The Good Stuff. The books, movies, music, people, places, things, ideas, that stir us into rhapsodies of enthusiasm.

Mind you, we’re not Pollyannas. Though we want the overall feel of the site to be positive, nourishing, fun, even whimsical, some of our passions fall outside the categories of Sweetness and Light. But we think it’s Good Stuff because it’s so darn well done, or throws light in shadowy places, or leaves you somehow the better for the encounter.

Ground rules.  (And yes we have them.)

The Ghost of Christmas Future scares the dickens out of Ebenezer Scrooge

We invite discussion. But hey, this is our Sandbox, and we’re not inclined to tolerate here what we’ve fled from in other venues: trolls, name-calling, snark, spamming, rudeness, incivility, and Us/Them Culture War nastiness of any stripe. Nope. Ix-nay. This is a space to breathe deep, express gratitude and appreciation and good humor. So new Scrooges allowed, unless you’ve been visited by the Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future!

(Or else, we reserve the right to hit the delete button as the occasion arises.)

Otherwise, we welcome comments and even blog contributions, if you’re so inclined!

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