Phyllis Reynolds received her master's degree in English language and literature from the University of Michigan in 1964. She taught English at Pacific Lutheran University and was an English teacher and counselor in the Medford school district for twenty-eight years. She served on the board of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English for ten years and worked with the Oregon Writing Project. Her involvement in school improvement projects included helping to write and administer two consecutive grants under Oregon's original House Bill 2020 legislation. She has lived in Ashland since 1967.
Lithia Park in Ashland is a good example of what Fredrick Law Olmsted called "the genius of place." The park rambles from the edge of the city, along Ashland Creek canyon, to the slopes of Mount Ashland. At 93 acres, it is large for a town of only 21,000, but the park …