Category: nature

108 Days of American Sentence – Day 10

soft sound of water trickle soothed our breaking hearts

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My First-Time Show in Flagstaff at the May Artwalk

It's happening - my work will be on exhibit as part of a group show called Mama Terra with the Matter(s) Collective on May 6 at b.e Yoga in downtown Flagstaff. How the Matter(s) Collective came about ArtBox participants were split into two groups and tasked to create pop-up gallery events to take place in May. It ...

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Stepping Into My Artist Self

For the last several months, I have been a participant in the Flagstaff Art Council's ArtBox Institute. It's been a deeply transformative time as I have been dedicating myself to thriving as an artist. I will say this - being an artist does not have to mean making an oath to loneliness or poverty. I have ...

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The Invitation to Feel More

From the grief of this year rose gratitude. A deep gratitude for my life, for human connection (however brief), for the bond with light and plants and trees and air, with animals, for the hard work and devotion it takes to get out there into the woods, to push myself up rocks and dirt, to ...

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Having a Place

I came across this essay while pulling a manuscript together. It was written in the spring of 2009. I've left Flagstaff and come back twice since then. I love this place - and since I ride my bicycle almost everywhere I go, my relationship to Flagstaff has changed from when I drove everywhere. I've slowed ...

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Hallelujah

Flying, swooping, listening to Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah sung by Jeff Buckley while riding in the forest. The sunlight shining through the trees was stunning. Through the camera lens, the light took on an almost solid quality. Light as entity. Just as I was coming to this place I was here in the song: . . ...

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A Deal With God

I looked up while riding Schulz Creek Road and saw the peaks. I've been living out here for almost eight years and I am still in awe of the beauty of this place. To either side of me was single track which I normally ride — I chose the road so I could still get ...

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Ban the Bag! My Letter to Flagstaff City Council

Below is a list of cities in the United States that have plastic bag ban ordinances. The cities in blue have links to to their ordinances. The years listed after the cities are when the plastic bag bans went into effect, not when the ordinances were drawn up.

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Red Rocks and Scottish Crags

I am so used to riding in the desert - but what would it be like to bike in a damp place. Flagstaff can be cold, but it is rarely damp. I rode in Sedona today, and it was a little cold with some wind. I thought of this video when I came across a ...

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riding the changes

While going through my things, I found this poem. I wrote it in 2005 while living in New York City. I made a couple of edits. It's a play off of a poem by John Ashbury.