Minding Nature: Fall 2018, Volume 11, Number 3 Sandra Dal Poggetto and I spoke over the phone for this interview, me on the urban Chicago end and Sandra from the wilds of Montana on the other. She is a landscape artist with a different understanding of landscape paintings—her landscapes cross-temporal and spatial scales, creating an…

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Center for Humans and Nature In the bottom of a high plains coulee, it’s wild. No plow reaches this place. Sound is quieted yet strangely amplified. Depending on the coulee’s depth, I am a bit frightened. But often there are deer beds in the soft grasses, perhaps sharp-tailed grouse, and I am hunting them. I…

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Basalt Literary Journal Northern California’s coastal hills and valleys where I grew up are smaller in scale and gentler than the Rocky Mountains where I now live. As a girl, there was much to explore, imagine and discover in the chaparral and mixed oak forests that surrounded my home. The native peoples who had understood…

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Northern Lights The smell of sage was strong as I drew the warm entrails out of the bird and onto the ground. Food for scavengers, I thought. “To hunt the all American bird one should have the all American gun,” he said to provoke me as I rose to my feet. I looked with affection…

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