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by Eric Alan

May 13, 2022

More than two centuries after Lewis and Clark first explored the Pacific Northwest, I discover that I’m accidentally traveling their route in reverse. I’m driving east along the serpentine beauty of the Lochsa River through Nez Perce tribal lands, which have lately been layered with new names, such as Idaho and Montana. I pass historical markers that speak as if history began with Lewis and Clark’s arrival in 1805. The… READ MORE

 
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by Eric Alan

April 08, 2022

I rarely condone—let alone celebrate—people carving their marks into trees. My kinship with trees is such that when I see carved initials, slogans, or more obscene defacement, I feel the cut of the blade myself. I take the injury personally. It’s emblematic of the deeper damage we’re doing to the earth, and thus to ourselves and each other. I despair at the disrespect.

 

Yet there are exceptions to this. In… READ MORE

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by Tania Carriere

March 25, 2022

I waved goodbye to my friends and headed off, in search of the villa. After only 5 minutes of navigating the medieval streets of Orvieto (Italy), things weren't going well. I stopped, took a deep breath, stared at my map, then turned both it and myself to face a new direction. Just when I thought I was back on track, my right turn snaked left and then left again, leaving me far from where I should be. I grew increasingly… READ MORE

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