Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Remembering Bert Loper

This is the accompanying artwork to A Letter from the Trail (my letter to Bert Loper). I sketched the drawing / carving in my notebook while we were at the site of his boat; later that night I drew it on … Continue reading

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The Colorado Artery

This is an essay written to accompany my first cultural map of the semester [Cultural Map: Colorado Artery]. Healing a Heart in the West I was born with a ventricular septal defect: a hole between the bottom two chambers of … Continue reading

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Hearing the Trees

We spent this morning at the Arboretum at Flagstaff with a local writer.  She spoke to us for a short while about writing methodology and non-fiction authorship.  We then had about 90 minutes to explore the campus, find a place … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Travel

We have an assignment tonight, to write a reflective piece on an excerpt given to us.  We have two to choose from: Terry Tempest Williams’ Why I Write or Wallace Stegner’s The Sense of Place (1992).  Both are definitely worth the read. … Continue reading

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The Value of Springs

In class today we talked about seeps and springs, y’know, like those sources of water that sometimes seem to magically appear from the ground?  Well, the activity was to list stakeholders of springs in the Southwest. Our list: NPS_USFS_USGS_BLM_BoR Hopi_Navajo_Pai … Continue reading

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Prompt Six: Eidetic Memory

This stick – this log.  A piece of driftwood, far from its home at sea.  Its brother could be floating past a Somalian pirate ship, its sister could be lashed to a raft off the Hawaiian coast. It’s shaped like … Continue reading

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Prompt Five: Before and After

Before Jamaica, I was driven. Before Jamaica, I was active and alive. I was aware, but not conscious. I was conscious, but not relevant. I was relevant, but not concerned. Jamaica, with Brian and Patrick, the Rasta and the doctor, … Continue reading

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Prompt Four: Boundaries

Boundaries are everywhere. Even when we’re free, we have limits.  The trees that grow so well are limited by the soil, water, and wind.  The rocks that stand just so are eroded, compacted, chipped by both natural and artificial hands … Continue reading

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Prompt Three: Contrast

The walls erupt from a sloping ground.  The trees stop, and impenetrable rock begins.  The roots are shallow, but there is enough soil, moisture, friction for these plants to grow. Until there isn’t. Water sloped – slopes – the landscape … Continue reading

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Prompt Two: The Values

I value peace. Societal equity, natural bliss, sustainable utilization of resources. Any resources: human or inorganic, natural or artificial, ephemeral or consistent. I value the ties that bind us. Relationships, interactions, friendships. Friendships of just a daily smile-and-wave, and partnerships … Continue reading