by Eric Alan

July 08, 2022

Two summers ago, I stood with a friend by the McKenzie River, canning tomatoes and making applesauce, watching the graceful water. We were oblivious to the coming conflagration. Only one week later, fire would destroy his house among hundreds, along with the sheltering forests.

 

Returning this year on a chilly spring day, it felt strange to intentionally build a fire where houses and forests burned. Even… READ MORE

 
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by Eric Alan

June 10, 2022

It’s been ninety-six years since my mother’s birth and two years since her passing, give or take elastic stretches of time. The feeling of time’s passage has bent in ways that elude my measure, during the pandemic. Sometimes the last two years have felt longer than ninety-six.

 

As a family and community, it took us those two stretched years to be able to gather to celebrate her creative, wild, and loving… READ MORE

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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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