North out of Yellowstone, a two-lane road snaked along the hillside and next to a dark blue-green river, white ripples cascading from rocks. Around a bend, traffic slowed to a stop and go. I pressed and released the break with patience born from heart full of bison, caribou, and mineral pools.
Onto a straightaway, we saw a bull elk down river, and knew the traffic jam was for him.… Read More Children of the Earth and Sky
[This story will appear in a collection of shorts for Varanasi Sage, due out July 1, 2019.] I opened the door, welcomed by early morning light peeking around clouds, caressing the world. Unseen doves proclaimed the day’s arrival in trilling coos. Oaks stretched in wild formations. Brown grasses stood defiantly against their drought deaths. The distant… Read More Forest Song
Nostalgia washed over me as I drove into Los Osos at sunset. I pulled into my friend Nikki’s driveway; it was my first visit to her new home. “I can’t believe I haven’t seen you since the Burn,” she said, giving me a hug. “It’s been too long!” I agreed. She hopped with excitement. “Come… Read More A Day in Los Osos
I step outside. The sun peeks around clouds to caress the world and welcome me. Unseen doves proclaim the beauty around us. Dew rests on the earth; oaks stretch in wild formations. Brown leaves blanket the ground and young grasses grow amongst those that had died in summer. Moisture adorns foliage with drops that sparkle… Read More The Forest’s Song
I struggle with writer’s block. It makes me uptight, irritable, cranky; I joke to my friends that on bad days I feel “artistically constipated.” Today I woke up feeling a strong block. Instead of wallowing in front of my computer, however, I unplugged and took a walk. Tall trees marked the entrance of the forest.… Read More The Miracle of Wildflowers