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  • Conversations I’ll be avoiding in 2009 | Coyote Crossing
    the FAKE that s a big one for me let s let ourselves be ourselves yanno shannon January 8 2009 at 3 39 pm Is it ok if we have two settings nina January 8 2009 at 3 42 pm Yes but you know this neurotic blogger chick would never tell you you were worthless or the wrong kind of writer In fact it s more likely she d embarrass you with excess praise Chris Clarke January 8 2009 at 3 46 pm Here s to excess Larry Hogue January 8 2009 at 4 28 pm Good list But I have a Junior High student well he will be next year who you d probably enjoy talking to that is if you could get a word in Hey I like that sidelong glances sidebar thingy How s that work and thanks for including DesertBlog and that CBD alert on Desert Cahuilla Chris Clarke January 8 2009 at 4 40 pm Well Larry that wouldn t be unnecessary conversation then would it The Sidelong Glances thing is essentially the same thing as the blogrolls the LinkList module for Expression Engine set up with a bookmarklet link I find a good page and click and type in a descriptive title and click and it s done sherwood January 8 2009 at 11 04 pm IDIOT THAT SHE IS RONNIECAT WOULD PROBABLY DISAGREE WITH YOU ABOUT THE CAPS THING BUT SHE S PROBABLY A FRICKIN BOOMER LIKE YOU ARE AND YOU CAN T CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE YOU SIMPERING WHIMPERING TREE HUGGING PINKO MULTIFARIOUS WORM Could you please print this out and sign it for me It s part of a school project There I think I hit all of them jason January 9 2009 at 5 54 am Excuse me Chris but why aren t you writing about the paint peeling off my patio fence I m shocked someone like you one of those uppity blogger types wouldn t use your fame and high traffic to address the greatest challenge the world has ever faced What if all the paint peels off What then I m so disappointed No wait let me restate that I M SO DISAPPOINTED That s what s wrong with your whole generation You people just don t care about what s important to me Amanda Marcotte January 9 2009 at 7 10 am Isn t the middle school thing contrary to your hostility towards generation stereotyping arvind January 9 2009 at 7 12 am Goddammit Now I have to shift away from my one and only setting That would be so multi dimensional Chris Clarke January 9 2009 at 10 21 am Isn Warren January 9 2009 at 10 31 am Gosh I like your new year s resolutions a lot more than my own nighthowl January 9 2009 at 12 59 pm Whew now that the heavy lifting is done nothing but blue skies and smooth sailing RobG January 9 2009 at 6 00 pm There I

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  • Wee Thump Sunset | Coyote Crossing
    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

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  • The Raven | Coyote Crossing
    one side as I make her breakfast My life is still asunder and The Raven does not fix that The Raven will not fix that A message comes she must sleep She will see me in a few days Life alone and yet not alone and I have no shred of clue where I will be in two months We speak of hypothetical futures and claim impatience with uncertainty Even the present is uncertain The Raven makes me happy nonetheless The sun was low in the west today a heavy rain descending between us A trick of the light the storm a mirror As I talked to her the whole eastern slope of the Ivanpah Range was bathed in improbable green light sun rays reflected and refracted around the mountains We hung up and I watched the light fade through blue to indigo and then to black Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged The Raven on September 16 2008 by Chris Clarke In the light of day by Chris Clarke In the light of day even the desert asphalt sparkles like diamonds Obsidian heart bleeds joyous carnelian my eyes turn turquoise Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Poetry The Raven Writing on July 30 2008 by Chris Clarke 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

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  • 2008 | Coyote Crossing
    scar to remind me Rock on sir dale December 23 2008 at 8 34 pm Oh I hear you Chris Some days I wake up to the wreckage of my former life and it s all so flimsy I have no idea how I ever made it fly Or ever convincinced anyone that could fly Yeats may be right there may be more enterprise in going naked but one thing s sure it s a damn sight colder too dale December 23 2008 at 8 35 pm sorry about the typos I was having to type under your blogrooll sherwood December 23 2008 at 11 09 pm Bev and Chris maybe we re going through this sort of thing precisely because we ve been blessed to get this old and we re not too old for this but old enough for this to happen pretty much inevitably I can t know what your losses mean for you at the marrow or at three in the morning any more than you can know what my son s loss means to me but I can say this I feel horrid at 3am real time or metaphorical And it doesn t go away It s been long enough since my boy s death that I can pretty much see that recovery if it s thought of as a going back to a previous level of outlook and mindset is a pretty much meaningless term Adjustment is better but still doesn t quite get at it Our worlds are different now as everyone s ultimately gets to be We ain t gonna recover but we d damn well better persevere I m reminded of an old geek joke Q How many Microsoft engineers does it take to replace a lightbulb A None They just define darkness to be industry standard We gets new industry standards all the time don t we Larry Hogue December 24 2008 at 8 38 am The problem is distinguishing between the honest bleak and the bleakness driven by inward illness in me and in others I have trouble distinguishing between the big and the small When I can t distinguish between sadness over my mother s death and getting depressed about a virus hitting our website or not having enough stationery to send out member renewal letters I know something s wrong internally Usually that leads me to retreat into a shell and not communicate in any way Which makes me think it s amazing how much communication and expression you ve managed here through it all Lilian Nattel December 24 2008 at 1 11 pm Some things in life leave a hole in the heart Sometimes we can sing through them sometimes weep and sometimes it s all we can do to keep breathing through them knowing that our own life is not endless Amanda Marcotte December 24 2008 at 2 23 pm Know that we re thinking of you and hoping 2009 works out better There s

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  • Not to scale | Coyote Crossing
    though that a visitor s center would use something like that without permissions licensing Sounds like the artist was gracious but a lot of them may not have been and that could have been some hot water I wouldn t have thought they d be interested in taking that chance Rana Ravens December 1 2008 at 1 39 pm laughs What a wonderfully surreal experience Lauren December 1 2008 at 7 54 pm It s almost like the time I inadvertently used the WWF panda in a verra popular blog design and totally got called out Except less serendpitous Lauren December 1 2008 at 7 55 pm Or serendipitous even John Powers December 1 2008 at 9 25 pm They were so busted But at least it was in the pursuit of sharing knowledge The whole thing the photoshopped picture and your discovering it is too cool RobG December 2 2008 at 9 27 am I would have demanded that they at least identify the hairy mammal The one on the left I mean Sven DiMilo December 2 2008 at 11 53 am Ha Wow nighthowl December 2 2008 at 3 19 pm I m with Spyder This hummin bean just read a story about the universe putting needed things in the way of another hummin bean who won t pay attention Just sayin Blessings Chris Chris Clarke December 2 2008 at 3 29 pm Yeah well I m not gonna chain myself to a sub minimum wage 6 day a week job in shitty unsafe and unhealthy conditions that would keep me from doing the things I want to do with my life just because someone reads one damn entry on my website and decides they know better what I need to do with my life than I do myself Just sayin buck December 2 2008 at 3 34 pm I would have demanded that they at least identify the hairy mammal Aw come on Rob That would be the well known Canis antiquus sierrae Kim December 2 2008 at 7 35 pm Hehe I can imagine the folks at Mitchell Caverns putting this up and not thinking twice about it They were some of the nicest park staff members we ve met Actually Eric was interested in a certain spider that exists in the caves and is apparently blind The employee there took our name and address and later mailed a packet of info to us said info was probably breaking copyright laws but was appreciated I m sure they are tickled to read about the desert in your blog and thought they were being cute Heck I think they were being pretty cute I would have loved to have seen it myself MAL December 2 2008 at 8 57 pm The garbage can is doing a pretty sorry sloth impersonation nighthowl December 3 2008 at 6 36 am Didn t mean to poke a nerve Just relating a story I read once To me it had less

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  • End of November | Coyote Crossing
    full tilt in its exercise wheel relaxed but taut The other night it was coyotes singing an uncharacteristically prolonged chorus 45 minutes as opposed to the usual three I didn t know they ever sang that long and then a passing train silenced them at 3 15 am They did not sing last night but I lay awake anyway wondering at the pull this valley has had on me I hiked with a friend in Wee Thump yesterday and our conversation played again and again in my mind her gasp at the pink and backlit clouds as we drove down Big Tiger Wash and back into the Ivanpah Valley No matter how distracted I have been these last months by my own internal turmoil coming into the valley that way at sunset has filled my chest I lose myself in the yucca and the slanted light This is my last week in this little house and I pack my few belongings here a little at a time I will spend December in Los Angeles with The Raven and after that it all depends I will have to make a living somehow Easier to find a job in Tucson from Los Angeles than from here Easier to pitch stories to magazines from well just about anywhere It takes me five minutes to upload five hundred words from here and sometimes it takes two or three tries It s a strange thing I spent my first months here enmired in leaving aslog in my past s tar pits The last few weeks my eyes have been pointed forward though I still track asphaltum on the kitchen floor At some point in the last five months I went from shadow into dim sunlight but I ll be damned if I can point out when Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Biography Ivanpah Valley on November 23 2008 by Chris Clarke Post navigation Obama and Extinction Gray 3 thoughts on End of November buck November 24 2008 at 6 39 am perhaps watching paint dry is the profoundest act humanly possible beth November 24 2008 at 3 27 pm It may not be something you can see or feel but you sound a whole lot better than you did a year ago I m grateful for that Jessica November 29 2008 at 4 18 am A thought provoking text I will come back to read it and read it again as you describe the combined stillness and motion of being alive Thank you 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

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  • Biography | Coyote Crossing | Page 2
    unanswered One came to me last night in sleep massive and melancholy and lit on a smooth and pocked Joshua branch Liveoak leaves under my bare feet today humus so deep beneath them that I sank into the earth Two ravens tumbled in flight above me and brought the dream full back Raven lit alone on the Joshua tree and preened I thought grasped tailfeathers in talons brought them to his beak He wore an odd intensity an odd intent and pulled out the feather with a pained crow howl Raven feather floated prettily to the desert s floor Another feather grasped hand to mouth and plucked Another cry of pain another blue black blade made lazy downward arcs He stared holes in me gauging my reaction The next one had blood on the quill It dropped like a stone He panted hard eyes wide One could make light and pretty trivialities from feathers such as these fake platitudes to hang on terra cotta walls Another loss another step toward flightlessness by hellish increment and they shine such a stunning blue there on the bright hard soil next to the blackbrush Black leathery crow s feet and searing iterative pain and loss and I gasped remembering it loud enough that birds took flight Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged Biography Crow s Foot Desert on March 12 2008 by Chris Clarke He also slew Memnon son of the first morning light by Chris Clarke We come into this world at the nadir of our strength vulnerable to falls neglect death dealt by warm breezes We can neither assess nor comprehend our surroundings We discern threat from refuge no more expertly than a clam a philodendron seeking comfortable temperatures without knowing why We lack memories of our surviving past harms to reassure us We lack memory It is the beginning of it all that natal ur trauma It is the moment in each person s life when things first start to turn undeniably bad and yet none of us remember it There are people admittedly who claim to recall their own emergence from the previous world They are generally selling something A rude eviction into a cold and glaring world awash in blood and shit and strangulating pain the very fact of your arrival instilling agony in the person who loves you most and every single one of us has forgotten it I have come to believe that that amnesia is the only reason we survive Memory is fire and if you bank its coals tight you can tame it for a while derive solace and instruction from a careful reading of the ash but mind the sparks You cannot catch them They evade your hand land on your shirt and set it to burning Memory is both shield and sword Nine times in ten it makes pain worse a thousand unhealed wounds opening up at the merest touch of the blade

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  • Update on Coyote Crossing | Coyote Crossing
    to share here that don t fit at KCET or Pharyngula But for now the paid gigs take precedence Come on over to either place and say hello Share this Email Like this Like Loading This entry was posted in Blog Entries Work Writing and tagged bloggery Blogging Writing on September 8 2012 by Chris Clarke Post navigation Deadman Creek Mono County California 1994 Best writing prompt ever 4 thoughts on Update on Coyote Crossing Brooke September 8 2012 at 5 08 pm Good to know someone is hiring writers with some sense hey did you see me at the DNC Chris Clarke September 8 2012 at 5 17 pm I did not But that s because I didn t watch much of it hotshoe September 9 2012 at 11 59 am Joshua Tree book Yes I m glad you re working on that and will be happy to trade quietude at Coyote Crossing for productive writing editing of your book P S Good job on your first couple posts at pharyngula Joy September 9 2012 at 2 53 pm Yay for paid gigs Glad to hear of progress on the book as well 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

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