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.

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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

 
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by Eric Alan

July 10, 2021

Sight is a miracle among miracles. Of all the miraculous aspects of being alive, little amazes me more than the ability to see. Somehow our eyes have come to exist, inseparable from body and mind in translating light into sharpness, coherency, and meaning.

 

As humans we rely on sight for the majority of our perceptions of beauty, whether in the astonishing brilliance of raw nature, in a loving gaze, or in… READ MORE

 
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