BRAVING THE WILDERNESS by Leslie Sittner Day 1:“I can’t go down there. I just can’t.” I’m sitting slumped in the passenger seat of Jim’s powder blue Ford Escort wagon shaking my head pitifully from side to side. Jim is my high school sweetheart, now my second-husband-to-be. He gently covers my hand with his, “Why [...]
ELEPHANT MAN: Notes on Science, Salvation, and the End of the Worldby Ross West ELEPHANT MANNotes on Science, Salvation, and the End of the WorldWhat if global warming wasn’t the terrifying and intractable problem we all know it to be? What if someone figured out how to make it all go away? [...]
ENGRAVEDby Toti O'Brien Today the elephant print fell from the mantelpiece. I am just letting you know. Not my fault. Someone pulled a curtain that I had slipped behind it in order to keep it open. Well, my fault. I should have considered how fragile are things—how uncertain, precarious their balance. [...]
PLAYINIG AUGMENTED REALITY GAMES ON THE EVEN OF A MASS-EXTINCTION by Storey Clayton It is nearly twilight and I am stalking a unicorn. The day before the summer solstice in 2019, Niantic released its third augmented reality game to cellular telephones across the United States and United Kingdom. Building on the same engine [...]
HOLDING BOTH by Patty Somlo The first few weeks I lived in Portland, Oregon, I took long daily walks. This was not unusual, since I had been an obsessive walker for decades. But what distinguished these initial Portland treks from ones I’d been taking only a month before in my then-hometown of San [...]
The human body contains an incomprehensible number of atoms ...
It’s when I reflect on my early worldview that I know I will never introduce my children to any religion before they reach their age of reason.
As I ascended to the crest of the hill, the sun broke the edge of the horizon ...
The first time I saw a coral reef for myself, I emerged from the water as an evangelist.
Unlike famous Blair alumnus Sylvester Stallone, I did not get into any fist fights at Blair ...