Originally posted on UM FLAT:
Michael Pollan, famous for The Omnivore’s Dilemma among many other books, wrote Food Rules to provide a primer for people who want to eat in a way that is more sustainable – personally, environmentally, socially, and even economically. But believe it or not, the United States government had beat him…
Originally posted on UM FLAT:
Seen through one lens, sure, I can understand how, to many urban dwellers, hunting and eating game sounds downright redneckey. Seen through another lens, I could also make a case that my siblings and I were raised on protein that was all-natural; local; organic, sustainable; free-range; vegetarian-diet; low-input; biodynamic; soy-, hormone-, cage-, and antibiotic-free—not to … More City Deer Make me Wish I had a Freezer Full of Venison
These are questions I explore in a guest post I wrote for the blog of So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art. So to Speak is publishing “Shoshone,” a chapter from my manuscript, Falling in Yellowstone, this spring. Here’s an excerpt of my post: In these early and classic examples of wilderness experienced solitaire, … More Nature Writing: What is it? Whose is it?
Originally posted on walksonstilts:
Well, the bad news is my camera is totally soaked, and it appears not to be functioning. Better stuff it back deep in the folds of my now drenched backpack. My sister-in-law, Marie, has a joke from a blogger she likes, and if she were here she would use it now.…
In the woods near the Potomac, where I walk to stay solid, the trees are bare. Strong verticals rise along a chiseled jaw of stone. Between Piedmont Plateau and coastal plain, this is the fall line: tough rocks, and old. 550 million years? Still sticking around. At dusk, pink light shines off the river and … More Postcard from the Bare Woods
You know what’s distracting? A hurricane. With closures in the federal government, many private employers, and most metro systems in D.C. due to Hurricane Sandy, I worked from home yesterday and today. The task? A monster grant proposal that’s kept me up at night for the last two weeks. It’s due Friday. I can honestly … More You Know What’s Distracting? A Hurricane.
Surrounded by stone above the Potomac. I ask what I’ll never stop asking: What is it about sitting still near moving water? Is it the green smell of water near? The tickle-textures of wind on glassy surfaces? The smooth push of motion, stirred by boulders deep? Or is it remembering the river I saw yesterday, … More Postcard from the Billy Goat Trail
Today’s the day that a piece of my manuscript about my time in Yellowstone appears in High Country News. The full essay appears online here: http://www.hcn.org/issues/44.16/storm-on-lava-creek-a-season-in-yellowstone.
The postcard = 1 picture + 50-100 words, depending on the size of your handwriting My friend Beth at Walksonstilts and I have spent many a writing conversation musing about the power of the postcard. Writing a good postcard is no easy feat. Receiving a good postcard is one of life’s best simple pleasures. And … More Postcard from Assateague Island
In my first month in Missoula in 2010, I wrote an essay about being new to a place. Now, a few weeks after leaving Missoula and a few days before becoming a newcomer to a completely different place, that essay is appearing in the magazine and on the website of High Country News. I’m delighted to … More An Essay in High Country News