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The President Just Stole Your Land… and Gave it Back to Utah

Patagonia sent me, a devout patron, not one but two emails this week in defense of our federal public lands.  And today’s was just blatant misinformation if not an outright scathing lie.  Either way, it seems that Patagonia Inc. has officially tossed their 50 SPF hat into the fiery ring of environmental escamotage.

India Summer

An Honorable Mention in the 2017 Spring Shock Trigger Warning Writing Contest     The mud caking Marcia’s boots was making them heavier by the minute. It had become an effort to lift her feet as she walked beside the white-plank fence that ringed the Dammasch Farms corral. There was nowhere to step that wasn’t muddy and wet. Even that untrampled strip that rose just under the fence rails had sunk like a fallen cake. The cows had bowed and eaten the last soft grasses there, so edging sidewise with […]

Death in Yellowstone

In late summer of 1971, a group of me and some of my friends from Chemeketa Community College took a hastily-planned road trip to Yellowstone National Park. Except for Cullen, our trail leader, who I’d just met by way of my boyfriend Dan, these were people I was thrown together with as our tumultuous experiences of high school in the late sixties came to an end. None were destined to become lasting friends and, under normal circumstances, their memory would have been distinctly blurred around the edges by now. When […]

Thunder Egg

A woman’s scream broke through the sound of a neighborhood of televisions murmuring through open windows. James and I sat up in Jack’s and Connie’s recliners, shared a glance, and then jumped over to the sliding glass door. It was a Saturday night, and before going to bed Connie had reminded us to keep it quiet if we stayed up late. We’d been clicking around the five channels available back in 1964, and absolutely nothing was on. As the echoes of the scream we’d heard reverberated into silence, we looked […]

Rough Trade

Get one thing straight. I never had any use for homosexuals. I didn’t hate them, like my father did. Not that I’d ever known any. I had heard television preachers say that homosexuals were maladjusted and needed our prayers. Since there wasn’t anything in my experience to suggest I do otherwise, and since the position seemed more tolerant than Pop’s, I adopted it, cautiously. Then, in 1981, right as the AIDS crisis was emerging, I did meet a homosexual. Liberace was the only for-sure homosexual I knew of. Whenever he […]

Book Review: A Perfect America by Peter Meredith

I know what you’re thinking…Another day, another dystopia. It seems as if every author, especially of a conservative or libertarian persuasion, has a cautionary tale to offer. I have by now read too many to count, and most of them leave me unsatisfied. A good dystopia has a lot to accomplish, probably more than any other genre. It needs to show how the society it describes came to be (if it can’t plausibly happen, it will not be effective). It has to be vivid, to show the reader what life […]