by Eric Alan

September 12, 2021

I didn’t ask for directions as I drove to town, nor did I seek a metaphor in the roadway. I only sought missing bank statements, and peaches from the farm stand.


However, I quickly discovered the urgency of ignoring new arrows on the freshly repaved road. Their dangerous insistence that cars turn right from the center lane was amusing, but alarming. Someone didn’t pay attention to their vital job.


by Eric Alan

August 14, 2021

Summer heat is an evolving animal. In Oregon, we used to celebrate July 4th by declaring our independence from the drizzle that annually lasted until then. Now, we entrench our fire perimeters, pack our “go bags,” and warily scan the horizon for sudden smoke. It is inarguably different. The vast swaths of drying, dying fir trees affirm our perceptions of burning change.


The rivers persist, however. They… READ MORE


by Tania Carriere

July 25, 2021

Am I having a midlife crisis?

I always thought those were reserved for unfulfilled, uninspired people, who sit themselves down in a moment of reckoning and wonder "what went wrong?" and "what has it all been for?"

But that’s not me. I feel content, accomplished having recently reached one of my big goals, but now what was once enticing is now just "meh."

No one talked to me about what… READ MORE