Whoa, Pure Jeevan's Back?!

2016 update: Aha, you noticed?! Welcome. Yes, we wanted to bring the site back online again, mainly because it's so packed with articles and information. It will be a work in progress for some time, as we changed web platforms and all sorts of tech stuff. So, a lot of links are hard-coded to old Wordpress-style links... just awful. But, in time we'll get all of it back in shape. For now, enjoy clicking around and reading!

We're still busy researching cities in order to find our future home town!? Our original list of potentials is now more of less narrowed down to a few select areas. That's not to say that we're not still open to further suggestions. (See here for our desires in a new home town.)? At the moment, of the cities/regions remaining on our "active" list, the Ashland, Oregon area is looking fairly attractive. So, we thought we'd take a moment to ask a few questions about Ashland. But first, here's why...

Originally, we felt highly drawn to Corvallis, Oregon. It seemed like the absolute perfect place for us -- a phenomenal homeschooling / unschooling community (which is what first caught our attention), a progressive / artsy atmosphere, affordable land, and super-clean air. Great, right ! ?But then we looked at the amount of sunshine the city received ... hmmm, no improvement whatsoever over Pittsburgh (in fact, Corvallis is, unfortunately, equally as gloomy -- at 44% of the days having sun).

Ashland seemed generally similar to us in terms of atmosphere, only it is situated further south and a bit more inland (further east). This geographical difference actually translates into around 40 more days of sunshine per year (198 days/year in Ashland as compared with 159/year in Corvallis). Not the best, but perhaps livable for us. However, we still have a few concerns, so we're looking for any opinions on the following topics:

  • We're particularly interested in finding out about temperatures in Ashland, and what the seasons are like in there (especially the winter). How gloomy is it in winter there?
  • Ashland ranked a little low in terms of air quality. Anyone know why? Are there any industrial places nearby polluting the air? Are there forest fires in that area a lot? (Some of the Northern CA cities we were considering ranked a bit low on air quality, and we eventually traced the problem to wildfires.)
  • What is the "teen scene" like there? What do teens in Ashland do for fun?
  • What else can you tell us about Ashland? Anything else we should know about that area?
Well, that's all for now. We'll likely post similar posts in the near future relating to other cities we're still looking into. ?Thanks to everyone for your help! You can comment here, or email Wendi at WendiDee [at] PureJeevan.com, or Jim at Rawdiant [at] gmail.com.

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