Category Archives: Essays

Two Rivers

“No talking in the boat! Eyes on the head in front of you.” Behind my coach’s voice, I could hear the noise of cars barreling down the Schuylkill expressway. Both my hands clutched the oar as we passed the first … Continue reading

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Gladeswoman

“If a baby rattler gets inside your house, just sweep it out with a broom,” Alan, the head of Pine Island Interpretation tells me. I am neighbors with the deadly coral snake, who likes to sunbathe under blue skies. If … Continue reading

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Off the Grid

“You can start with biology, or politics, or you can start with family, with loyalty, and even with the mystic-tinged edges of fate, which is where I choose to begin. It’s all going to come together anyway. It has to. … Continue reading

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Swiftwater Safety

The middle fork of Idaho’s Salmon River rushes fast, brown, and smooth, swollen with spring runoff.  In a few weeks, when the guides begin rowing tourists down the river, the water will be lower.  The snow on the surrounding peaks … Continue reading

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