Ahh, spring! Always a season of bloom. And this year, for me, a season of lessons, too. Take last Saturday: when I went out on a group hike in one of the largest concentrations of blooming trilliums in North America; when by lunchtime I found myself so annoyed by my fellow hikers’ superfluous applications of DEET … More Girl with a Trout in a Milk Jug (and Other Lessons from the Great Big Loveliness)
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?
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
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.