Agnes Person | Eyestalks

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 […]

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Self-Improvement

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 […]

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Skinny-fat

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 […]

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Blue Oyster Culture

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 […]

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Coming To Terms With Mediocrity

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 […]

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Why I Forage

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 […]

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The Salad Days

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 […]

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Coconuts for You

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 […]

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