Backlit snows on distant peaks;

The rest of the world is shadow

The wind is strangely absent

And it’s clear that it is going to rain.

Two thousand feet up and fifteen miles away

is an alpine meadow.

The fireweed …

Utopian Visions

I’m in the process of writing a short-ish story about the future. Specifically, I’m looking to imagine what a low-energy, low-consumption future would look like in the best possible case. As I’m organizing my thoughts, I’m curious what my millions


Here in Alaska, we are allowed to go dipnetting for salmon. Dipnetting is nothing more than putting a net into the water and waiting for a fish to swim in. While the odds of catching a fish might not seem …