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Mid-June 2023

Posted on June 16, 2023

Mid-June finds me completing another academic year, running in a trail series on Thursday nights, and planning some summer fun. Plus, Jonah is on the front page of the local news. Running the Output Room, where we print posters, is always an adventure. This year we had one printer break, and the newer ones had to step it up to keep things running, as did the student employees. All in all, it was a good week. A group from Portland, the Northwest Dirt Churners, makes the two-hour drive south to put on trail races at Mt. Pisgah each Thursday in June. I signed up for the series and have enjoyed every race so far. They range in distance from three miles to eight miles…

Permits and Poets

Posted on April 4, 2023

Today: logged into recreation.gov to get the permit for our annual backpacking trip this summer. They became available this morning at 7:00 am where they release 60% of them now and then start releasing the remainders on a 7 day rolling average. Permits are good, I think. It puts some friction into the process of getting into the backcountry and limits overuse. Tonight I participated / listened to a Substack Zoom call by poet and writer, Sherman Alexie. I have always enjoyed his work and it was a treat to be in a room with a few of his friends and fans to listen to him read and talk about his work. We are heading in during the heat of the summer, but hopefully…

Posted on May 23, 2018

Two Gifts In this universe we are given two gifts: the ability to love and the ability to ask questions. Which are, at the same time, the fires that warm us and the fires that scorch us. ~ Mary Oliver, “The Bright Eyes of Eleanora: Poe’s Dream of Recapturing the Impossible,” from Upstream