Take it or Leave it
Fear and adrenalin and park rangers
When Chief Ranger Jerry Epperson hired me to be a seasonal ranger at Arches National Park in Utah so many years ago, I wasn’t sure what my duties were supposed to be. So it seemed like a good idea ...
Jun 16, 2010
Casualties of war
When I was 18 years old, I was stupid in all the ways you’d expect an 18 year old to be stupid. Shallow and silly, irresponsible...in other words, a perfect candidate for America’s armed forces.
The optimistic aspects of outrage and dissent
Not long ago, I was chatting with one of my favorite abstract/performance artists, a hopelessly cheery woman who I adore. But I was shocked almost to tears when she accused me of being too negative.
Jan 06, 2010
The Christmas of 1932
This time of year, I always think of my grandfather. He died many years ago; in fact, more time has passed since his death than the years I was able to spend with him. Yet, scarcely a day passes th...
Dec 23, 2009