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  • Why reflexive irony is bad for you | Coyote Crossing
    beauty For love to return to the world beauty must first return else we love the world only as a moral duty Clean it up preserve its nature exploit it less If love depends on beauty then beauty comes first a priority that accords with pagan philosophy rather than Christian Beauty before love also accords with the all too human experience of being driven to love by the allure of beauty James Hillman from The Practice of Beauty in Uncontrollable Beauty ed Bill Beckley with David Shapiro James November 22 2011 at 11 39 am Beautiful Chris Search for On the Coyot es Network On Forgetting My Field Guide Birds and Words Published on September 16 2015 by Julia Zarankin My Hit Single Are Warblers Less Important Than Tigers Reconciliation Ecology Published on September 12 2015 by Madhusudan Katti Making Friends With Crows The Corvid Blog Published on August 2 2015 by The Corvid Blog The Heart of Freedom Cecil the Lion Wild Within Published on July 29 2015 by Jennifer Molidor There s Gold in Them Hills Dispersal Range Published on June 28 2015 by Meera Lee Sethi California note 1 Slow Water Movement Published on July 7 2015 by slowwatermovement Joe Eaton calls Fowl A Review Toad In The Hole Published on July 4 2015 by Joe Eaton The other invisible hand View from Elephant Hills Published on 5 June 2015 by T R Shankar Raman The Silurian Valley spared but will it be conserved Miracle or Mirage Published on December 5 2014 by Patrick Donnelly Lone Pine s lone pine Is Dead InyoOwnWay Published on August 13 2014 by Mike Prather A Good Defense Is Not Enough The Not Essential List Published on August 18 2013 by Shaun G Nevada Part 2 Basin and Range Watch Published on July 17 2013 by Basin and Range Watch Recent Posts Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist And this is his sofa is it Let Er Drift Louis Sahagun makes it into the Joshua Tree book Moon s up Recent Comments cithra on Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist katrinkavt on Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist chigau on Some reasons I have been called a radical environmentalist Dale Favier on And this is his sofa is it eamon knight on Social media isn t Get my free email newsletter Enter your email address powered by TinyLetter On Twitter Tweets by canislatrans Feeds RSS Posts RSS Comments My writing at Beacon Napping In the Belly Of The King August 27 2015 The Central Valley s Second Coming May 27 2015 The Desert Is Not Your Blank Canvas April 19 2015 Cynicism and Sentiment In The Desert February 17 2015 Coyote Hunting January 14 2015 What Kind Of Jerk Kills Coyotes For Fun December 10 2014 Permanence December 5 2014 My writing at KCET You Can Help Clean Up Ocean Plastic on Coastal Cleanup Day September 18 2015 It s Up To

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  • Convergent Evolution | Coyote Crossing
    Brothers cartoons Small wonder Coyote is a potent symbol the best example we have aside from ourselves of North America become self aware the most significant challenge to our self proclaimed godhood the continent provides We invest in coyotes our hopes aspirations fears self loathing self aggrandizement They are clever They skulk They learn from our mistakes They are disturbingly honest disturbingly amoral A coyote will linger for days around the corpse of its mate A coyote will eat its own snake bit pup They mate for life or close to it They co o perate on the hunt They learn to avoid the leghold traps the coyote getters the dogs They look both ways before eating roadkill We fear they re smarter We rely on secret weapons thallium that odorless tasteless contaminant of sheep corpses we use to kill coyotes and hawks and skunks and everything else Compound 1080 a poison shot into coyotes mouths from booby traps placed on open range Helicopters Habitat destruction Media horror stories We revile them We envy them We fear them We string their corpses on barbed wire talismans to deter the coyote gods It doesn t work Coyote s relationship with his first human neighbors was more forgiving but hardly less complex The mythic trickster has enjoyed enough press to have become cliché pastel earrings for sale by haute couturiéres in Sedona and Santa Fe smooth coyote shapes howling at earlobe moons vaguely resembling My Pretty Pony and with no more mystery In tribal oral histories the myths are a bit rougher truer to the nature of the beast Coyote starves his friend to death as a practical joke Coyote helps a young girl across a creek then helps himself to her in midstream populating the world Coyote carries his three sisters in his stomach as huckleberries defecating them into a pile when he needs to ask their advice Coyote offers to babysit for four beautiful women then cooks up the babies in a stewpot When the grieving mothers become angry bears and give chase Coyote cooks and eats them as well Watching these coyotes walk curiously closer to Zeke and he to them atop this raveling terrain a different story comes to mind It s less sordid but every bit as challenging to our sense of who we are The Mayans tell of Coyote s rapport with fences Confronted with men s property lines Coyote whispers to them posts and rails bend to let him through When barbed wire was first brought to Guatemala it took Coyote a few weeks to learn the right words to charm this new fence Tufts of torn fur dangling from wire bore mute testimony to culture shock After a time though Coyote and barbed wire got used to one another The wires were clean where he passed through I hear that whispering in the eye contact among the three canines Zeke seems to hear it too He s never seen anything like this before The line between dog and not dog has blurred He is confused excited alert to this newly permeable boundary Zeke and the coyotes have speciated for good though their common ancestor lived as recently as the Pliocene No one knows for sure just what animal the domestic dog was before it decided to follow human families around the globe Wolves have their partisans as do jackals Both possibilities seem feasible both seem irrelevant Whatever the dog was it is no longer Tens of thousands of years of partnership have transformed house wolf and smooth ape What force what accident turned the dog Once it wasn t much more to us than a pair of wild gold eyes fleetingly nervously reflecting the first campfires from off in the brush It s now the family member closest to the hearth Was it a gradual seamless merger ragged knots of mangy dogs getting ever closer to our food and heat Was it involuntary pups stolen from wild dens on repeated occasions their less tractable offspring bred out until Fido was distilled from Lobo Could it have been some of both Did it happen once A thousand times And does it matter Perhaps the real story isn t how dog and human signed their license but why dog left his parents to wed us at all It might have been the promise of an end to the gnawing hunger the beckoning satiety at the hearth It might have been the result of family splintered pups whisked out of the litter by forces they could neither comprehend nor control It might have been frank curiosity Whatever the cause dog split from wild dog Aside from the occasional midnight tryst through the fence dog wolfhound shepherd had only snarling snapping hostile contact with its relatives for tens of thousands of years And what did it gain in return Tying your genetic future to a species with which you cannot interbreed is a risky proposition The boundary between human and dog is one that s damn hard to coyote your way through Still for dog and human it s worked Dogs have paid the price in genetic monstrosity basset borzoi bulldog But evolution s only measure is continuation of species By that standard the dog chose better than any other mammal There will be dogs after the last pigeon dies Zeke has fared well the journey his genes took from that wild missing link though their journey ends with him A veterinarian s steel snips saw to that He is exceptionally well proportioned and graceful Strong hints of his remote ancestors lurk behind his goofy smile Powerful back legs rocket him after gophers ground squirrels and cats to whom he has not been formally introduced He runs fast enough to have caught one of the wary fox squirrels in the pocket park around the corner from our house He let it go uninjured then looked disappointed when it didn t chase him in return He cuts tight slalom

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  • Energy waste as seen by the International Space Station | Coyote Crossing
    terawatts of it into space where we ll never get it back Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Blog Entries on November 22 2011 by Post navigation Though leaving the Sierra Club was wrenching Walking With Zeke price adjustment 10 thoughts on Energy waste as seen by the International Space Station Sherwood Harrington Post author November 23 2011 at 9 04 am and you ve touched only on the visible light energy waste by broadcasting it uselessly to space We are profligate in the radio as well Omni directional radio doesn t have to be so omni for example and I believe that the brightest radio source at some frequencies in our solar system so bright in fact that it would probably be the first thing noticed by an alien version of SETI is defense radar systems Wild Bill Post author November 25 2011 at 5 48 am Losing the Night a phrase coined by Dr Larry Buell has been around since the 1960 s Originally a concept lost on all but a few many now realize the intrinsic value of the night sky For those of us who live in areas where ambient light does not destroy the beauty of a star lit night this is a daily right of passage For others who cannot it is an occasional wonder The fact is that we can reduce our energy use by nearly 40 simply through energy conservation Given this has not happened it should be mandated This would stem the tide of new energy production an allow us to develop a sensible master plan that would guide our energy future for the next 100 years Hard to believe this has not been the top priority in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels Thanks for the stimulating write elisha Polomski Post author November 26 2011 at 3 07 pm Alas its worse than you think and your low tech solution will not solve the problem More than 75 of the energy used by incandescent lights is emitted as non visible light Infrared light If we switched to both fluorescent light bulbs AND made the lighting directional as you suggest that will help ALOT Fluorescent bulbs convert wattage MUCH more efficiently to visible light As much as 80 of the wattage comes out as visible light All the above will save as well Check out this link at Anza Borrego they have tried both of the above techniques Its an international Dark Sky certified site http palomarskies blogspot com 2009 08 borrego springs ca worldss 2nd dark sky html Karen Post author November 29 2011 at 12 40 pm Husband and I are building a retirement home in rural Mono County California and one of the county rules is that outside lights must shine DOWN Not sure of the reason for the rule but it certainly saves energy it doesn t take nearly as big a bulb to just light the walkway near the house

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  • Animals | Coyote Crossing
    fingernails pose a significant and increasing threat to the landscape And unlike the Pakoon and other adjacent lands across the Arizona line in the Parashant NM Gold Butte is essentially unprotected Nevada environmentalists and land managers are working with local elected officials to change that Last year Representative Shelley Berkley introduced HR 7132 a bill that would have given Gold Butte National Conservation Area status like the Red Rock Canyon area on the other side of Las Vegas The NCA would have covered 362 177 acres with 200 000 more acres of BLM and Park Service lands in the area declared wilderness The bill did not pass and must be reintroduced in this theoretically more receptive Congress The Nevada Wilderness Project has an action site where you can find ways to help them protect Gold Butte from writing letters to sharing your hard earned cash The Friends of Gold Butte has a website and a companion blog where you can stay informed and if you re in the area there are events listed in which you can take part And if you re not a local you can still let people know Gold Butte exists It s one of the last best places a forgotten puzzle piece in the Grand Canyon biome and it deserves protection Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Animals Bighorns BLM Grand Canyon National Park National Parks Off Roaders Paleo Parks Politics Public Lands Science Tortoises on March 4 2009 by Chris Clarke Coyote killing tournament in Idaho by Chris Clarke From our friends at Project Coyote this upsetting press release Wildlife advocates are condemning an upcoming coyote killing tournament scheduled for Saturday Feb 21 and sponsored by the Bent Rod Outdoors a Challis business This event has no place in the 21st Century said Brian Ertz a Hailey resident and president of Wildlife Watchers a group that says wildlife viewing rather than killing is preferred by the majority of Idahoans We are urging concerned citizens to contact the Bent Rod Outdoors 208 879 2500 and also the Challis Chamber of Commerce 208 879 2771 to protest this day long coyote slaughter The coyote tournament was publicized through ads in the Challis Messenger on Feb 12 and 18 When contacted a Bent Rod employee stated that there would be prizes including cash for the most coyotes killed the largest and smallest coyotes and other categories Coyote killers would enter the Bent Rod s tournament by paying 25 per person or 50 for a two person team The contest starts Saturday morning and ends that evening at Bent Rod Outdoors The full release is below the fold You have time to make a call I know it No seriously you do Don t make me pull out the pictures OK fine Idaho coyote and raven Photos by Lynne K Stone Challis Chamber of Commerce 208 879 2771 Bent Rod Outdoors 208 879 2500 Also please note the ORV related item in the release Yeah class acts those guys Respecters of wildlife those guys Continue reading Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Animals Coyotes Science on February 18 2009 by Chris Clarke Best field guide ever by Chris Clarke I don t do paid reviews of books nor other products and I think bloggers who do are unethical whether they disclose that the review is paid or not I say this because I m about to rant about how amazingly cool iBird Explorer Plus is to the point where people might start to wonder In fact I didn t even get a review copy I paid full retail I used to fantasize about having a field guide that took advantage of high tech data storage and retrieval wizardry Imagine a hand held interactive and searchable database field guide with range maps identifying information sound and sharp images both drawn and photographed When I used to daydream about such a thing it generally weighed five pounds and was about the size of a standard box of Kleenex I have that field guide now iBird Explorer Plus an application for the Apple iPhone is a database of 891 North American bird species There s a Windows Mobile version Winged Explorer which I haven t seen and a handful of smaller regional versions for the iPhone You fire up the application and after a splash screen displayed while the app loads you find yourself at the browse window You can select any of the 891 species scrolling through the long alphabetical list or you can hit the search button at the bottom and bring up the interactive key If you know that the bird in question is a swallow say or a wren and you re just not sure which one you can enter some of the word in that text field at the top to narrow down your choices You can then select known information from the fields below which include location by state general shape of the bird is it hawk shaped or duck shaped or wren shaped and so forth size habitat coast desert etc whether or not the bird frequents feeders patterns and coloration of the suspect s plumage bill shape and size and family With each selection the app narrows down the list of possibilities Given the size of the database and the number of entries the app processes your selections relatively quickly The individual species accounts are well designed if for obvious reasons of data conservation a bit cursory Each individual page has links to succinct and well organized species information a more extensive treatment of the species on the web range maps a photo to complement the drawing a list of similar species and coolest of all for people like me who tend to bird by ear recordings of each bird s voice These recordings are clear enough and loud enough that you could use them

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  • Biography | Coyote Crossing
    was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Biography Bloggy stuff on January 8 2009 by Chris Clarke Wee Thump Sunset by Chris Clarke Slept on the ground last night in sub freezing temperatures Woke up surrounded by Joshua trees growing out of patches of snow Drove with The Raven along Route 66 Ate lunch dinner at the Bagdad Café Best Birthday Ever Also please join me in wishing Coyote commenter Arvind and his beloved a happy first anniversary Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Biography Bloggy stuff Photography The Raven on January 4 2009 by Chris Clarke 2008 by Chris Clarke It all fell apart this year the affected exoskeleton I d thought of as my life the garden and the art the home the writing There was a moment this summer it all sank in I had been Becky s husband the one who walked with Zeke out of the house painted orange with the agaves out front the one who hiked in the East Bay hills and wrote facile snark and tossed off poetry on his blog and all of it gone All of it and I spent the summer taking that in cowering beneath the creosote wincing at each incoming phone call Nabokov said that transformation from larva to pupa or from pupa to butterfly is not a particularly pleasant process for the subject involved The caterpillar at least has the consolation of eventual flight It is not all bleakness by any means I am loved and I love I have redressed past wrongs made amends long overdue And even in bleakness there is solace the honesty of stony ground and cholla The problem is distinguishing between the honest bleak and the bleakness driven by inward illness in me and in others I have sought out those who would undermine my heart found the ring of truth in their declarations of my worthlessness It is a subtle distinction this year This year I have improved the lives of some I love by leaving them This year I most desired solitude when others absence left me battered by ghosts This year I felt desolate in close company walked away from friends to seek the companionship of moss covered stones I am getting too old for this A month before Zeke died or two I helped him up onto our bed and lay there with him drowsing for an afternoon I dreamed that again the other day and woke disconcerted two years downstream and his absence not at all assuaged by time s flowing I can layer it over with the new but it has healed as much as it will his grave still glaring in me though I have not laid eyes on it for months Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Biography Friends Ivanpah Valley Zeke on December 23 2008 by Chris Clarke Not to scale by Chris Clarke The Raven had come up to spend Thanksgiving in the desert and we did Rather than feasting we whiled away that holiday with a long walk in the rainy creosote watching dark winter storms trail through the Ivanpah Valley Friday was taken up with moving belongings to my storage locker in Barstow Saturday was my last full day in Nipton So of course The Raven and I spent most of the day not in Nipton Instead we headed for the Mitchell Caverns in the Providence Mountains a visit to which I d been promising her since she started spending time with me in the Mojave We stopped en route at my mailbox The Post Office staff person was there greeted us kindly and asked again whether I was interested in her job She d offered it to me some time before and I was tempted but it would have been six days a week and four hours a day and less than ten bucks an hour to start and when I did the math the rosy romantic glow at the thought of becoming Cima s postmaster faded in my mind I told her I d decided against it Her attempt at PR thus made moot she showed us a little of the conditions under which she was expected to work including desk drawers full of rodent nests dating to the Eisenhower administration Or perhaps the Pluvial Up Cedar Canyon Road a ways I decided we d need to fill the Zheep s gas tank before we went on any cave tour and so forgetting that Fenner and its gas pumps existed we went on past the turnoff to the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area and made for Needles We made it back to the park just in time to watch the sold out last tour of the day head up the trail to the cave mouth Our disappointment was tempered by the presence of screaming kids on the tour One more reason to come back quoth The Raven We went uphill to the Visitor Center instead The Providence Mountains State Recreation Area s visitor center is a sweet little underfunded place in an old cabin of stone and wooden beams with your usual assortment of natural items from the area tortoise shells and bighorn skulls and the like One of the items on display is a very old leg bone labeled carefully in the display as from either a Harlans or Shasta ground sloth I was looking at the bone in its glass case The Raven made a noise of choked astonishment Ground sloth leg bone I said not particularly helpfully No she replied look On top of the case In a freestanding plastic photo frame atop the case was an image the park staff had Photoshopped to provide visitors with a sense of the size of your typical ground sloth I got a copy of it There may be some readers here who don t quite grasp the effect on

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  • Blogging | Coyote Crossing
    I m tracking down writer in residence gigs volunteer opportunities with housing involved rental of desert shacks and the like but since I don t know where I m moving to I don t know whether I ll have internet access on any kind of reliable basis This will make running a blog difficult I ve been thinking about how to address this the community here has been so valuable to me and there s a little income from the blog ads that it would be a shame though not fatal to forsake If I can be assured of regular internet access on the order of once a week I can upload a week s worth of short posts and set them to publish one at a time This doesn t allow though for comment moderation and I m not willing to let abusive or spammy or troll comments stand for a week And shutting off comments or moderating them with a week s wait would squelch the good conversations 2 In a month I move out and I have a household to split up and packing and giving away and sorting and address change forms and house search and truck rental and Jeep registration and smog inspections and long serious conversations to accomplish and that s not gonna allow for much blogging time even if I ignore getting any book writing done 3 The personal life blogging has proven to be a bit of a negative issue these days and perhaps fittingly I will not go into details here except to say that the number of times the word div rce has popped up in the search logs for this site is kinda ooky I know I brought that on myself but it is not just myself onto which it has been brought And at some point I hope to have a social life and a social life free of ook is a thing worth having So this paragraph is very likely the last Relationship item that will be appearing here Thanks for understanding 4 I m trying to get work published in non self published dead tree form Some of the work I want to try that with has appeared here This is an impediment to publication in many journals So there will be an increasing number of 404s here as I turn posts off and take them down I apologize for the inconvenience 5 In a month I move out and I am not taking the creek with me I am still mulling over the whole blog name issue as a result 6 Given all of the above and my resolve to get book writing done big changes are in store here with continuing publication of short science essays nature observation poetry and occasional political pieces limited to environmental politics which is what I do best and is thus probably the most effective politics I can indulge in online at the continuing end of the spectrum and reformatting of faultline org into a writer s portfolio and book sales links and updates on the Joshua tree book s progress at the ending the blog end of the spectrum with resolution likely by July In between there s gonna be a lot of crickets here and you may want to avail yourself of the RSS feed so you can avoid fruitless mouse clicks 7 Some of those desert observation naturey pieces will also show up at DesertBlog which you should check out 8 Anyone know of a shack for rent in the Mojave Wi fi would be a plus but not necessary Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Blogging on April 29 2008 by Chris Clarke Is a humane online politics possible by Chris Clarke The Internet and real life are different More specifically political discussions or for that matter discussions about any contestable topic differ greatly in their online and offline dynamics Here s an example Say you re talking with some friends at a café One of your friends overhears a conversation at another table gets offended and starts arguing with the folks at that table So far not an impossible thing in real life I imagine we ve all overheard things in public places that got our blood boiling and perhaps even regretted that we didn t confront the racists in the corner booth or whatever But it doesn t end there The conversation at your table starts to shift course so that now you re talking about the people at that other table whether they re right or wrong and your friend that started the cross tabular conversation is now standing near their table arguing He beckons to you to come over and join him If you re reluctant he comes back to your table and quotes inflammatory material said at the offending table and points your way over there At this point you ll pretty much have decided if you re like me that your friend is an asshole Of course maybe café tables aren t the best metaphor for blogs After all most blogs at least theoretically welcome newcomers while café tables are often inhabited by people who just really want to talk among themselves Maybe the better metaphor is a set of bars with closed circuit televisions and exhortations to go to the place across the street and join the barfight already in progress Or an Episcopalian congregation leading an insurgent raid on the Latter Day Saints Temple I m sure there s something better The point is what would be looked at as an act of aggression in real life is taken as standard operating procedure in the blog world It s not even necessarily seen or intended as a hostile act this rousing of people to go over and join in a conversation somewhere else I know I ve done so with nothing but sterling and benevolent intent in the

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  • Bloggy stuff | Coyote Crossing
    ability to make constructive contributions that they probably already wish they could Creek Running North cob loggers Theriomorph and Kat and Stephanie already have this special power and are welcome to use it if they like No obligation of course Space Kitty s been added to the list of moderators Two or three more helpful people would be nice Interested JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address l 1 a l 2 l 3 l 14 l 15 103 l 16 114 l 17 111 l 18 46 l 19 101 l 20 110 l 21 105 l 22 108 l 23 116 l 24 108 l 25 117 l 26 97 l 27 102 l 28 64 l 29 103 l 30 110 l 31 105 l 32 115 l 33 115 l 34 111 l 35 114 l 36 99 l 37 101 l 38 116 l 39 111 l 40 121 l 41 111 l 42 99 l 43 l 44 o l 45 t l 46 l l 47 i l 48 a l 49 m l 50 l 51 l 52 f l 53 e l 54 r l 55 h l 56 a l 57 0 i i 1 if l i substring 0 1 output unescape l i substring 1 else output unescape l i document getElementById eeEncEmail puyXLmqvLl innerHTML output Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Bloggy stuff on January 29 2009 by Chris Clarke Using Google Earth researchers find unmapped Mozambique wilderness by Chris Clarke From Birdlife Org blockquote cite http www birdlife org news news 2009 01 mount mabu html scientists who recently discovered a hidden forest in Mozambique show the uncharted can still be under our noses BirdLife were part of a team of scientists who used Google Earth to identify a remote patch of pristine forest An expedition to the site discovered new species of butterfly and snake along with seven Globally Threatened birds Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Bloggy stuff Endangered Species on January 29 2009 by Chris Clarke About that sacred right to private property by Chris Clarke Gosh the moonbat icon here used with neither credit nor permission looks awfully familiar Looks as though the linchpin of conservative thought Private Property Rights only applies to their own Shocking Updated Well I ll give them this they took it down politely when I asked Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Bloggy stuff Politics on January 20 2009 by Chris Clarke US National Park Meme by Chris Clarke I call the Mojave National Preserve The Park as often as not but I m painfully aware that it isn t one The difference between Preserve and Park status Hunting is allowed in National Preserves Letting hunters shoot things in the Preserve was a compromise reached in the 1994 California Desert Protection Act that pacified a key constituency opposed to Park status for what had been the East Mojave Scenic Area Did you know that you can shoot all the coyotes you want in the preserve any time of year if you have a valid license That s not specific to the Preserve it s California law Still There are pumas in the Preserve including at least one who skulks around Cima Dome but given their relative numbers coyotes still function as the top predator in the Preserve Yet it s legal to kill them all if you can This hardly strikes me as sensible management and I imagine Preserve staff would likely agree were their hands not tied I can understand shooting one if she s trying to raid your lamb pen it s not a feasible solution long term but I can understand the impulse But what kind of sick person would stalk and shoot coyotes for fun A sane society would keep tabs on people like that the way we do now with convicted sex offenders Where was I Oh yeah There are plenty of full fledged US National Parks where hunting isn t allowed 58 of them in fact A list of them cut n pasted from Wikipedia is below the fold In the spirit of those crazy things you ve done in your life memes I ve bolded those I ve visited Feel free to do the same in comments though just deleting the ones you haven t visited might be easier or on your own blog and let us know you ve done it Don t see one in the list you know you ve visited It s probably a National Preserve or a National Monument or one of the dozen or so other categories of Park Service unit Perhaps even a National Forest Non US residents can participate by telling us about some of the fine parks outside the belly of the beast And yes this list reflects a certain amount of assumption of privilege in that travel costs money and time and if you ve been unable to do the Parks Tour thing feel free to tell us about a local place you like NP National Monument State Park or otherwise Bonus question what s the next National Park you d like to visit Oh and it s not a meme unless you tap people for it so I m pointing at Rana Sherwood Ron Arvind and Dave Continue reading Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Bloggy stuff Mojave National Preserve National Parks Parks Public Lands on January 12 2009 by Chris Clarke Conversations I ll be avoiding in 2009 by Chris Clarke Talking to all different kinds of people is important and I enjoy it most of the time Modern life offers plenty of chances for insularity parochiality echochamberosity and related plaints and it s good to avoid those And the

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  • Books | Coyote Crossing
    competence or virtue played by Walter Matthau is hamstrung by the thugs and buffoons that make up his subordinates Modern audiences unaccustomed to points of view that don t include smirks might find the movie a bit naive Burns a character who appeared in several of Abbey s subsequent novels rides into Duke City a thinly veiled Albuquerque to help a friend who s been arrested for helping illegals That was Trumbo s idea in the novel the crime was draft resistance Burns plan is to get himself arrested find his friend in the lockup then bust both of them out and head for the hills The conflict between Burns and his friend over whether that s at all a good idea is a mirror of the through story Burns is a man a hundred years out of date unfit for the 20th Century urban West It s one of my favorite films and I m looking forward to the day it s released in Region 1 DVD format I just this evening found a YouTube interview with Kirk Douglas discussing Lonely Are The Brave which Douglas still calls one of his best movies It s an interesting interview with one major spoiler and a few behind the scenes anecdotes basically a good teaser for the movie The first installment is below If you want more follow the links to parts two three four five six and seven If you want to avoid the spoiler you can skip part five Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Books Video Writing on December 6 2008 by Chris Clarke The Zeke Book by Chris Clarke Those of you buying gifts this month may he reminded everyone sidelong want to consider the Zeke Book for dog loving recipients Or for animal loving recipients in general Especially for those with older pets I ve heard from a lot of people that the writing there helped them cope with the stresses involved in loving aging pets and with the grief of pet loss But it s not all down by any means Zeke was an engaging and silly and loving guy and I think that comes across in the book If you ve read and enjoyed the book or any of my writing about Zeke over the years please feel free to mention the book on your websites blogs livejournals or twitter feeds or even gasp offline to friends and family And with that said back to the job search Thanks Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Books Friends Zeke on December 3 2008 by Chris Clarke Walking With Zeke now available in stores by Chris Clarke For instance on Amazon Paste those reviews in I still get more money from each direct sale through Lulu than I do if you buy from a retailer but if you say have a store credit you want to use you can now do so by buying the Zeke book If you prefer bricks and mortar you can special order through your favorite 3 d bookstore give them ISBN 978 0 6151 9611 4 or ask them to look for my name and Zeke in Books In Print This entry being promotion of my offline writing doesn t count as a blog post Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Books Zeke on May 25 2008 by Chris Clarke Music by Chris Clarke I have for the last few weeks been in possession of the new The Selected Letters of Wallace Stegner edited by son Page Stegner I have been working through the book since given the vagaries of work and stresses domestic and otherwise I should say that reading it is hardly work it s a delight the epistles of a man who was uncommonly gracious to friend and occasional foe alike Stegner s letters are thoughtful both in their content and its delivery The rhythm the man brought to what in other hands would have been simple workaday correspondence is remarkable His letters sing It has reminded me that I ve often thought that many aspiring writers would do well to pay more attention to cadence One of the best tricks I learned early on was to read my writing aloud Not only will you tend to stumble in speaking the text where a reader would in reading it but the cadence if you listen for it jumps out at you It was while reading Stegner that I first consciously noticed my habit while reading well crafted prose of near singing the words in my head An editor for a few years then I was accustomed to breaking up unwieldy sentences to finding the short stark statements buried within and freeing them panning the bright sharp nuggets from endless expanses of gray placer gravel I was an environmental editor I should have known better given the one true lesson of the science of ecology than to think that was all there was to editing for cadence Context is everything It was the long unbroken river s flow that put those nuggets where they were supposed to be I still break up the long sentences while editing though these days I mainly edit my own text As often as not I will look on either side of the new short sentence for two that can be blended Or three There are writers who can make a long staccato chain ring but I am not strictly speaking one of them I need the smooth passages between the rapids Stegner was a master of cadence that music generated by the smooth friction of adjoining sentences It showed in his polemical writing as well as in his fiction Here s a paragraph from his famed Wilderness Letter sent to David Pesonen at UC Berkeley in 1960 when Pesonen was helping to craft federal wilderness protection

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