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Oceans

Sailboats, Submarines, and the Sea

Sailboats, Submarines, and the Sea

The first thing I did during my tryout for the sailing team was crash straight into the seawall. Everyone at the Naval Academy is required to be part of a sports team. I did track in high school, but there was …

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Animals, Out West, Place

Rehabbing Rain

Rehabbing Rain

In the Shade of the Cottonwood Tree

            I was born and raised in the desert. Like most desert plants and animals, I love rain. I live for rain. I live because of rain. Rain heals me, as it heals and …

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Activism, Energy, Politics

Manish Rattu, 16, a junior at Pittsburg High School, speaks during a student protest against the proposed WesPac oil storage and transfer project in Pittsburg, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.  (Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)

Reformist // Revolutionary – Not a Dichotomy: A Reflection on Organizing Strategies in the WesPac Movement in Pittsburg, CA

Introduction 

I quickly walk over to the building that houses Greg’s insurance agency, as well as other suites – I am running late. The downtown area brings back a flood of memories: running to the marina for cross country …

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Activism, Human Landscape, Print Edition

Poisoned Land, Poisoned Bodies

Poisoned Land, Poisoned Bodies

Angelina stood on the solid, familiar earth and looked up. The cliff extended high into the sky, until the sun broke just over its edge. With trepidation, she lifted one foot off the ground and placed it tenderly onto a …

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Activism, Conservation, Ecosystems, Out West, Print Edition

Ten Sleep

Ten Sleep

For an audio version, here is Jesse reading the piece on his Yonder Lies Podcast.

On a hot day in the summer of 2018, I woke up to red and blue lights saturating the white dolomite walls that loom over the Ten …

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Climate, Culture

No More Eternity in an Hour: Gardening, Time and the Climate Crisis

No More Eternity in an Hour: Gardening, Time and the Climate Crisis


The dandelion’s rival grows tall, an iceberg in the border; its taproot matches the height of its spike of purple flower, each petal a new way to tell time. The group of lupins emerges every year in April – straggly, …

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