Below is Part 18 of 23 monthly installments for Visitant. ◄◄ Read the prologue / introduction: Meet Agnes Person ◄ Read the previous installment | Succulents Eyestalks Four Eyes in accordion folds peer at Agnes and her hair, wavy with wind-blown Stars and Stripes for Independence Day, the Fourth of July. Agnes is back on the mat […]Read more "Agnes Person | Eyestalks"
Daniel Uncapher is an MFA candidate at Notre Dame whose work has appeared in Neon Literary Magazine, the Baltimore Review, the Wilderness House Literary Review, Posit, Flash Frontier, and others. Self-Improvement I’ve been looking for ways to improve myself. It’s not my own idea, although I did come up with independently; there’s a whole industry […]Read more "Self-Improvement"
How in the world are these two categories related? Well, it’s coincidental mostly. It happens that in the last two months I got pregnant and had a miscarriage, and have experienced the struggles of being a vegan in a meat-oriented world through my best friend. She decided to become vegan a few months ago, after […]Read more "At the Intersection of Veganism and Miscarriage"
While driving to dinner with my sister and her friend, we started talking about our summer fitness goals. My ever-busy sister said she’d be happy just to make it to yoga and go kickboxing with her boyfriend on the weekends. Her friend said she wanted to drop down to 145 lbs. “Me too,” I said. “I’m […]Read more "Skinny-fat"
There’s a giant black cottonwood behind the house looming over our yard and the neighbor’s yard. It’s several times taller than the house and at least twice my arms span in circumference. I don’t dare measure precisely because it is covered in English ivy and I may have developed an allergy to that. The neighbors […]Read more "Blue Oyster Culture"
This week was hell. I have a midterm review Tuesday evening, work obligations, one of the most difficult courses I’ll ever take, and a family. I sulked into Structures class Thursday evening, porting my incomplete and poorly built model. The look on the professor’s face made me feel worse. I could tell what he was […]Read more "Coming To Terms With Mediocrity"
“What should we have for dinner tomorrow?” The question crops up every night when we’re sitting down to the answer we hammered out the night before. After all, in 24 hours, we’ll have to repeat this all over again. The getting home late in a state more tired, cranky, and motivationless than we’d like. I […]Read more "In Defense of Food and Compromise"
I am not a survivalist. I don’t foresee a future when commercial food will not be available and food foraging will be a critical skill. The world is not going to end before the sun swells into a red giant, which won’t happen for another 5 billion years (and then there will be no Earth […]Read more "Why I Forage"
It’s officially spring and spring means green things. John Kallas’s Edible Wild Plants has been very helpful in identifying a few tasty greens available at this time in the Pacific NW. The one I eat most often is chickweed, because it’s the most plentiful. I’ve even got a rich patch of chickweed about a block […]Read more "The Salad Days"
My boyfriend got me a machete for Christmas, but I couldn’t use it. I injured my arm in a bike accident in October, separating my shoulder and screwing up my rotator cuff. I was still having issues with pain and limited movement in December. “I hope this isn’t more of a gift for me than […]Read more "Coconuts for You"