Voyageurs

Thunderstorms, even severe thunderstorms, are common on the northern plains, especially in early summer.  Warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico sweeps up the plains to collide with the yet wintry and drier air of the north.   Most often these storm cells collide and dissipate without much fanfare. But sometimes, and ever so rarely,…

Fortson

My many thanks to the editors at Wild Roof Journal for including my essay Fortson in their May issue. The essay is about an after-school visit of the mill ruins near our home. We seem to visit this spot at least a few times a week but that day was especially memorable. Enjoy the many…

Swan

We debate what kind. Trumpeter or Tundra? Juvenile? Why alone here with the mergansers and mallards?  We notice the shape of the beak. The nudge of orange. The grey rolling down the narrow neck and onto her back. Like dirty snow.  Or clouded sky. The wonderous wings unfurl and spread every now and again. I…