Essays

Heartache, compounded
Heartache, compounded
After her son’s death, a writer searches for a path forward through personal and climate grief.
Safe at home in Los Angeles
Safe at home in Los Angeles
Even under restrictions, the city shines for all to see.
During the pandemic, how do you ethically get outdoors?
During the pandemic, how do you ethically get outdoors?
Sheltering responsibly doesn’t mean you have to stay inside.
It is solved by walking
It is solved by walking
The path to fixing our broken communities is forged by footsteps.
Even if Bigfoot isn’t real, we still need him
Even if Bigfoot isn’t real, we still need him
I just spent two years chasing a myth. Why?
Humanity is a liability the natural world can no longer afford
Humanity is a liability the natural world can no longer afford
What a lifetime of observing nature has taught me.
My friend, Doug the fir
My friend, Doug the fir
Conversations in Arizona with a giant coniferous tree.
Mountain biking is my act of resistance
Mountain biking is my act of resistance
In predominantly white Colorado, I bike to beat my fear.
My great American family
My great American family
And why we have a right to be here.
Adoption didn’t solve the ‘Indian Problem’
Adoption didn’t solve the ‘Indian Problem’
An author recounts how 1960s policies ripped apart families and communities, including her own.
It’s time to start eating roadkill
It’s time to start eating roadkill
Salvaging meat in Alaska is commonplace. Can it catch on in the Lower 48?
The howl and death of Yellowstone wolf 926F
The howl and death of Yellowstone wolf 926F
A researcher’s mission to document the wild records the song of a famous Yellowstone canine.
Alone on the Green River
Alone on the Green River
Writer Craig Childs goes boating in Utah and ponders the costs and payoff of solitude.
Life lessons learned on a dogsled
Life lessons learned on a dogsled
Hold tight and don’t let go.
Fear and love in Oregon’s forests
Fear and love in Oregon’s forests
How far will you go for the person you love?
What’s special about a good-for-nothing sunflower?
What’s special about a good-for-nothing sunflower?
In an age of extinction, a sunny, endangered flower serves as a beacon of arid lands.
Reconciling wildness and the American dream
Reconciling wildness and the American dream
A writer finds a home in the wild landscapes of the West.
A fishing rod stronger than war’s dark legacy
A fishing rod stronger than war’s dark legacy
After his father’s suicide, a son seeks solace in the streams.
The impermanence of wonder and whales
The impermanence of wonder and whales
A writer comes to grips with the plight of the Puget Sound orca.
The lone punk rocker of Paonia
The lone punk rocker of Paonia
A musician finds a home among a small town’s orchards and fields.
Can hunting keep us human?
Can hunting keep us human?
In the New Machine Age, hunting helps us accept mortality as truth.
Relittering: Take your trash and show it in the sun
Relittering: Take your trash and show it in the sun
Philosophy teaches us little more than how to confuse our settled opinions.
The arresting quiet of a crane migration in Washington
The arresting quiet of a crane migration in Washington
Sandhill cranes, cattle and the surprising benefits of their coexistence in the West.
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