Nothing ever really prepares you for the loss of a loved one—especially a parent. No matter the personal tumult—or tenderness—that you shared over the years, when that moment comes, you will react. For me, the feeling is one of mild numbness and, at the same time, relief. I am definitely sad, but I am also […]
A city man is at home anywhere, for all big cities are much alike. But a country man has a place where he belongs, where he always returns, and where, when the time comes, he is willing to die. ~ Cactus Ed In 1983, Cactus Ed [Abbey] sat down for a rare, intimate interview with his […]Conservation, ed abbey, nature
I am thankful for many things in my life, but none more exalted than the fact that several decades ago, a plainspoken Mennonite man and woman brought into this world a beautiful, shining girl child—that I would one day come to call “Rags”. It took several decades after that for our lives to collide, but I […]
Ironic as it is, me writing this blog post via my high speed internet connection, I am increasingly disenchanted with all of the frustrations that come with staying on the bleeding edge of high tech this and digital that. Nothing is ever “good enough” to make due for more than a year. Just when one […]technology
[frame][/frame] Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Curt Cobain, Amy Winehouse. Talented and troubled. Too young to leave, too pained to live. Shooting stars, enduring consequence.
I am from travel trailers and Cadillacs, from Pepsi and grass-fed beef. I am from rooms filled with smoke, scotch and melancholy, from woods filled with lichen and hope. I am from Ponderosa parks, the Aurora Borealis. I am from bawdy jokes and black hair, from McKay, and Beller and Edward. I am from the […]Idaho, introspection, poetry, roots, Scotland
Are you living one Social Security check away from substituting Alpo for corned-beef hash? Then you’d better not push your damn taxes on the billionaires! Is it just me, or does anybody else wonder why the brain surgeons in Congress and the White House won’t give us peons some KY for the shagging we’re getting […]congress, politics