Items by Stephen Lyons

Why I ride the bus
The writer describes the wonderful, fascinating, unique people one can encounter if one gets out of the automobile and shares the bus with others.
Save the Earth! (Drop dead)
The writer argues playfully that the only way to get out of the environmental mess we've created is to join his campaign and "Die for Your Planet."
An ugly message marches down an Idaho street
Watching as members of the Aryan Nations parade down a Coeur d'Alene street, the writer worries that, in northern Idaho, the distance between Nazi and native is not a comfortable one.
Inspired by Cesar Chavez
Farm worker advocate Maria Gonzales Mabbutt credits United Farm Workers' founder Cesar Chavez with inspiring her to help her people in Southern Idaho's Canyon County.
Out of the fields: South Idaho's Hispanics create acommunity
In Caldwell, Idaho, and other towns in southern Idaho, a growing Hispanic community is breaking old migrant-worker stereotypes and showing new economic and educational strength.
Why I'm a poor writer
A freelance writer laments his poverty and the lack of respect Western writers get in those New York magazines.
Enough nature writing already!
A former nature writer says that there needs to be moratorium on all new "nature writers'" books.
It's a good day to be indigenous
Speculations that 9,300-year-old human remains found near Kennewick, Wash., have "European features" lead to tongue-in-cheek ruminations over writer's new status as descendant of "indigenous" people.
God to Helen: 'Do I know you?'
In a tongue-in-cheek essay, the writer talks to God and passes on the divine opinion concerning Idaho Rep. Helen Chenoweth.
Idaho stubbornly remains what America used to be
The strange dysfunctional state of Idaho - with its neo-Nazis and child abuse and stubborn isolation from the rest of America - leads the writer to leave the state after 15 years.
Heart of Home: People, Wildlife, Place
"Heart of Home: People, Wildlife, Place" by Ted Kerasote is reviewed by Stephen Lyons.
How the writer learned that he is not very spiritual
A stroll through Sedona, Ariz., the West's New Age center, shows that enlightenment is there for the finding - if you have enough money.
What is a Navajo taco?
Curiosity leads a writer to research the origins of Taco Time's "Navajo Taco."
Letter to Edward Abbey from Earth: A Review
A letter to the late Ed Abbey ruefully notes how the writer's grim predictions about overpopulation and over-abuse of the canyon country are coming true.
My God! Healthy trees!
Extension foresters in Idaho help the sisters of St. Gertrude's Monastery manage their forests in a way that balances economics with ecology and spirituality.
Don't worry: Have a Kokopelli day
The catalog-consumerism of trendy "Native American" items exploits both Indians and the non-Indians who want to dress and decorate for the part.
Grow up, dig in, and take root
Talk of the West's "dream towns" should focus less on moving to one than on staying and creating a home where we already live.
Learning the trick of quiet
The writer muses about loving and protecting the landscape of one's own backyard.
Low-tech ants give a high-tech Idaho lab fits
Harvester ants are stymieing nuclear waste disposal at INEL by digging tunnels and moving radioactive dirt.
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