Items by Ana Maria Spagna

How wildlife sightings create community
How wildlife sightings create community
What we share and what we keep quiet in small mountain towns.
What to do if you had just one day left to live
What to do if you had just one day left to live
Two writers contemplate their last moments.
Together we pause
Together we pause
Sometimes we need to stop — to think about the ways we wreak havoc in the world.
The tricky allure of unpeopled places
The tricky allure of unpeopled places
Longing for solitude on the land, and feeling uneasy.
The tree in the river
The tree in the river
A writer ponders a remnant of past disaster.
A displaced California tribe reclaims sacred land
A displaced California tribe reclaims sacred land
The Mountain Maidu return to their valley, but the work of reclamation never ends.
Summer swimming in a Washington lake
Summer swimming in a Washington lake
A writer takes the plunge in frigid water.
The story of Gimpy
The story of Gimpy
An injured black bear draws sympathy from the community.
Love wins
Love wins
After 22 years, a couple gets the first same-sex marriage in their rural Washington county.
The right tributary
The right tributary
A writer gets roped into fish surveys for endangered bull trout.
A fire lookout in a wilderness speaks of our past
A fire lookout in a wilderness speaks of our past
The Green Mountain Fire Lookout in Washington's Glacier Peak Wilderness is worth preserving, partly in memory of the workers who built it.
The sign maker
The sign maker
The wooden signs Phil Garfoot made still offer directions to his friends, even after his death.
Grace behind glass
Grace behind glass
An fish ladder on the Columbia River provides a view of unexpected wonders.
Drive that Hummer
Drive that Hummer
If you could find a Hummer that got perfect gas mileage and didn’t pollute, would you be willing to get behind the wheel?
Living on Glacial Time
Living on Glacial Time
Climate change is altering the lands we call home in ways we'd never imagined.
The dictionary reader
The dictionary reader
What kind of person spends the whole summer stuck inside a cabin reading the dictionary?
Natural comfort
Natural comfort
It seems romantic to die alone in the wild, until you begin to lose the people you love
Real work
Real work
The joys – and hardships – of outdoor physical work take a toll.
Staying put
These days, Ana Maria Spagna travels only in her imagination, as she and her partner, Laurie, stay home and care for their elderly, dying and much-loved cat, Daisy.
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