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  • The ATV culture includes loose regulations -- and kids' funerals

    The ATV culture includes loose regulations -- and kids' funerals

    Western kids have fun -- and die -- motoring off-road, thanks to loose ATV regulations, a libertarian spirit and fun-loving parents.

  • What should we do with our blink of time?

    What should we do with our blink of time?

    Natural history teaches us how rapidly and irrevocably the world can change -- a fact we should bear in mind as we enter the new, human-dominated era some scientists call the Anthropocene.

  • What is that dead deer thinking about, and why is he hanging there?

    What is that dead deer thinking about, and why is he hanging there?

    A close encounter with a deer head on the wall of an inn leads to musings on death, immortality, ancient Egypt, Lenin and Trigger the Wonder Horse.

  • The end is near -- the end of 2011

    The end is near -- the end of 2011

    People should be less worried about the allegedly dire predictions of the Mayan Calendar, and concentrate on making the next year better, since we’re all on earth for a limited time anyway.

  • Finding reassurance in change: a review of Wild Comfort

    Finding reassurance in change: a review of Wild Comfort

    In her new collection of essays, Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature, Kathleen Dean Moore writes her way to the knowledge that "sorrow is part of the Earth's great cycles."

  • Natural comfort

    Natural comfort

    It seems romantic to die alone in the wild, until you begin to lose the people you love

  • Ashes

    A woman and her son say their final goodbyes to a friend who committed suicide.

  • In search of greener pastures

    Laina Corazon Coit and her brother, Rick Chase, want to create Colorado’s first natural burial ground and wildlife refuge on the eastern prairie

  • The memory of mountains

    The author remembers a long-ago hike up Pikes Pike with her mother, who later died having no memory of that hike, or of her daughter.

  • Mute, riven, blessed

    All over the West, white roadside crosses and spontaneous, humble shrines mark the holy sites where the souls of human beings have left this world

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