Postcard: Tenmile Range powder

Summer is never long enough at 10,000 feet, but that’s why we have skiing. My brother and I took advantage of a rare calm day in the Tenmile Range above Breckenridge last week, and lo and behold, three-day-old powder greeted us just below the cornice. Leeward slopes are good slopes to know in November. Photo by … Continue reading Postcard: Tenmile Range powder

Land in the Sky: Sound of a Summer’s Day

A map came up on my Facebook news feed: “A coast-to-coast picture of America’s cacophony of sounds”. It was drawn up by the National Park Service to chart the summer soundscape of the nation. I gazed upon this map for four minutes and thirty-three seconds. Then I re-posted it. With a click of the mouse, body … Continue reading Land in the Sky: Sound of a Summer’s Day

Postcard: Leadville, Colorado

This photo is almost 10 years old. In the spring of 2006, I drove over to Ski Cooper, on Tennessee Pass just north of Leadville, to meet some men with whom my grandfather, Robert “Snuffy” O’Neil, served in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. They hadn’t seen him for 60 years, and because he died right before I was born, … Continue reading Postcard: Leadville, Colorado

Review: Mary Sojourner, 29

The West’s misfits and outcasts put up a fight in the new novel 29 by Mary Sojourner (Torrey House Press, 2014). By Ana Maria Spagna In Mary Sojourner’s shimmering new novel, 29, Nell bails on corporate life and finds herself drawn to the Mojave—to Twentynine Palms specifically—as a place to take stock, to regroup, to start … Continue reading Review: Mary Sojourner, 29

Land in the Sky: Journey Down the Art Trail

The Hudson Valley Art Trail begins or ends at my front door. Some days it feels like living inside a Thomas Cole picture. Other days it’s like an action painting done by an artist suffering from salmonella. Today, though, it was a Frederic Church kind of day because I had an appointment at his house—called … Continue reading Land in the Sky: Journey Down the Art Trail