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There are days when I feel like I am in a hell of my own making – à la C.S. Lewis. I have every reason to be gloriously happy – dream job, dream husband, living in Montana, plentiful adventures, abundant community – and yet I feel … Continue reading Welcome to the Jungle
Arkansas carves a daily ache Greeted by a fat skink scuffling below a sweetgum A tick burrows into my foot and Constellations bloom across my skin All this unarranged communal intimacy All my friends feel like lovers Even Trombicula autumnalis Maybe it … Continue reading Daily Ache
I was carrying a silver platter of pulled pork the day Mary Oliver died. I dropped my car keys in the snow and balanced the meat as I bent toward the tufted powder. Meat for the writers on Phillips Street. Eight pounds the young man … Continue reading Eating the Forest
6:00 a.m. Wake to simultaneous smartphone alarms – one twinkle, one stardust. This is marriage. Coffee and egg. Wheat Montana toast. High Country News and big wonders. What will Missoula Valley look like in 100 years? Why did Connie disappear? Did ____ find a … Continue reading Friday Field Report from the Wilderness Institute November 9, 2018
Let me feel the faith of hermit crabs waiting for the tide’s return. Let me be renewed by a fisherman walking to the surf near sunrise. Each day. Each morning. To the voice chirping, “You are not enough,” I sing in kind, … Continue reading Perdido Key, July 2018
For the mornings you sat outside and watched the sunrise For infusing my childhood with the scents of the ancient: Communion wine, candle wax, polish, and myrrh For taking me to the pool in the evenings … Continue reading For all the things