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Coda

Coda

When it happened, I suddenly recalled the expression split in two. It was six in the morning and I had been laboring for twelve hours. The sun was almost up. We...

Feminine Nihilistic Gospel Song

Feminine Nihilistic Gospel Song

  For the first six months of the pandemic, I embraced a monastic lifestyle. I walked daily through a five-acre nature preserve a few blocks from my house in Spokane,...

Riding the Music Wave with Joe Holt

Riding the Music Wave with Joe Holt

A few years back I had a weekly radio show called North Star Nugs, on which I played jam bands, jazz, and improvisational music. In preparing this playlist for River...

Landscape Anxiety

Landscape Anxiety

John Gardner says there are two plots: man goes on a journey and a stranger comes to town. In Ellensburg, I’m doing both. I took the job because I needed...

Riding the Music Wave with Brandon Hobson

Riding the Music Wave with Brandon Hobson

Because serious art is where complex and difficult questions are made human and uncomfortable in a time when most people don't like to feel uncomfortable, I can only say that...

Kin

Kin

J. Gee (1913-1975) In my family, there was a woman who knew how to fly. She had been pushed by a man, or perhaps the man’s wife, or perhaps the...

Common Sense

Common Sense

Before I left NYC to live in western South Dakota I did not know how much I did not know—that prairie grass undulates and shines like ocean waves in the...

Fractals

Fractals

0. Every year on my birthday, my mom tells my birth story. In the middle of labor, she left her body and floated up to the ceiling then looked down...

Riding the Music Wave with Chelsea Hicks

Riding the Music Wave with Chelsea Hicks

Music is really important to me, but finding music that I like can be difficult. It’s not about genre. It’s about a sense of uniqueness or distinctiveness in the song...

From Sugarcane to Diabetes

From Sugarcane to Diabetes

At thirty-two an urgent care doctor called and told me that my fasting blood sugar of 397 mg/dL was dangerously high. Fasting blood sugar for me should have been 85-120...

From Whale Lore

From Whale Lore

In the harbor, moon jellies pushed their smocks through the tide as the steady barking of sea lions tickled the gulls into frenzied screams. On the Bay today at the...

My Unreliable Source is a Bird

My Unreliable Source is a Bird

My mother walked. Every day. Five miles. Sometimes ten. Rain never stopped her. Nor 110-degree temps. There’s Martha, people said, from as far away as three hundred feet. Her gait...

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