Category Archives: Field Experiences

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We spent the last two days in Apache Junction, just on the border with the Tonto National Forest, which houses the Superstition Wilderness and the Superstition Mountains.  It was a relaxing 36 hours; a lot of time in the car, … Continue reading

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Image & Reality

Today we went to the Canyon for the last time as a group.  We watched the sun rise from Shoshone Point, and talked about how our perceptions of the Grand Canyon region and the Colorado Plateau have changed since our … Continue reading

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Life and Glass

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On Friday we visited Ramson Lomatewama, a well-renowned Hopi poet, community leader, and artist.  He and his family live on Hopi, northeast of Flagstaff, landlocked by the Navajo Nation.  It is desert there, in continuous drought.  Ramson and his family … Continue reading

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Prompt 4: Thank goodness

Thank goodness my period came today. My sisters and friends had been talking all week about what I had told them had happened the other weekend with Charlie.  The dinner, the movie, the walk.  The sex. Stir-fry at our favorite … Continue reading

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Prompt 3: No matter how hard I tried . . .

No matter how hard I tried, Lillian despised me.  Frank told me, Stacy told me, Alison even told me!  Who is she to barge into my personal life.  Sure, she’s Frank’s girl, his current fling . . . but don’t … Continue reading

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Prompt 2: I remember the smell

I remember the smell of the cow manure wafting past our car windows as I or my mother or my father or my sister drove home from the airport or summer camp or the train station or school. I remember … Continue reading

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Prompt 1: As I was walking today

As I was walking today, I spotted a creature on the horizon.  It was small, and dark.  it cast no shadow from where I stood, from what I saw, but with the sun to my back and the light to … Continue reading

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From the North

Thursday, Day 2 of our short backpacking adventure into the Kanab Creek Wilderness, north of the Grand Canyon National Park.  We are sitting around the kitchen area; the sun is long gone and the kitchen supplies are stored for the … 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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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