Monthly Archives: December 2011

Manifest Destiny (Or, Return to the Wild)

There’s a verse from Genesis that has been on my mind for the past four days. “And God said unto them:  be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it:  and have dominion over the fish of the … Continue reading

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I Held an Anaconda at Work Today

When the Europeans started to sniff around the Florida peninsula, they had a heck of a time trying to map that wet, unruly, reptile-infested, and otherwise gorgeous but inhospitable wilderness that started around The Magic Kingdom and sprawled all the … Continue reading

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First Day in the Field. Notes and Musings.

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When I was first getting sober and couldn’t keep a thought in my head and the whole world looked like some kind of Scrabble board, a friend of mine gave me a copy of Anne Lamott’s Traveling Mercies. I read it … Continue reading

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Crossing the Bridge/Tense Shift

It’s 10:23 a.m., Saturday, December 17th. Yesterday, the headlines declared that the war in Iraq is over, and as I stood in the airport waiting for Michael to get off the plane, there were four servicemen who arrived in the … Continue reading

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Osceola and the End of the Story

One of my favorite stories so far that I’ve learned while reading Michael Grundwald’s exceptional compendium of South Florida, The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise–required reading for my new job–is about the Creek-born but Seminole-bred Osceola. … Continue reading

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Thoughts: The Ear in my Genitals/Nights on the Bridge

In a video I show my creative writing students, the famous American poet Robert Bly, when explaining to people about how to listen to poetry, says that you listen first for the music, you don’t try to understand the meaning. … Continue reading

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Notes About How I Got Here/Goodbye Wilmington, Hello Everglades

On Oct.13th, 2011, I was in my first major car wreck–I was t-boned by a Chevy Surburban on my side in my cute black Kia Soul, which I had nicknamed Vader. The force of the impact spun me around, and … Continue reading

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