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Though physical travel is limited these days, many of us are traveling far and wide, emotionally. In today’s installment of That Thing With Feathers: Hope and Literature in a Time of Pandemic, Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk writes from the Ute Mountain Ute Trib...

May 8, 2020

Around the world, countries and families cope with the pandemic, its impacts and the decisions about how to keep safe from a fast-moving virus. From his home in Amsterdam, Erik Raschke sees this history-making event as a father of young sons and dual citizen and asks w...

May 6, 2020

Karin Anderson returns to the series with an unflinching look at unheralded heroes and a steadying hope amid this often incomprehensible time.

The Stars Move Still

by Karin Anderson

Got no wisdom, got no real comfort here so don’t read on for any of that. This is my first...

May 4, 2020

In Recapture & Other Stories by Erica Soon Olsen, you’ll find a larger-than-life-size replica of the Grand Canyon, a southeastern Utah bookmobile, and silences preserved in glass jars—each story a bright facet of the once and future West. Who else but Erica to bring us...

May 1, 2020

At his home on the doorstep of Colorado National Monument, Charlie Quimby watches a nest-builder at work as he contemplates his quiet quarantine with his spouse—writing, cooking, walking, waiting. Wildlife is always nearby in his beautiful corner of the West, but the f...

April 29, 2020

Has your perception of time changed due to stay-at-home orders and pandemic-filled thoughts? In today’s That Thing with Feathers, THP author Rebecca Lawton tracks time based not on work meetings or social engagements, but on when she can expect to hear from her daughte...

April 27, 2020

As communities grapple with how to function in a time of pandemic, so many decisions feel fraught and weighted. How do we move forward? What will the world look like once we emerge, and what must we do to shape it for the better? THP author Chip Ward considers all of t...

April 24, 2020

What animals are helping you through the pandemic? Family pets and backyard birds are helping lots of folks manage the stressors of this time, but for writer, professor, and naturalist Eli J. Knapp, the planet’s creatures are providing more than companionship. Author o...

April 22, 2020

Kathryn Wilder writes from a remote corner of southwest Colorado where her home abuts public land, including a wild horse management area. In her forthcoming book, Desert Chrome: Water, A Woman & Wild Horses, Wilder explores both the controversies of managing America’s...

April 20, 2020

In 2014, Torrey House published The Story of My Heart by Richard Jefferies, as rediscovered by Brooke and Terry Tempest Williams. In it, nineteenth-century nature writer Jefferies’ essays are interspersed with Brooke’s, creating a conversation between the two that reac...

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