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Solitary standing cornstalks in a field in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Martha Ackmann noticed many fields had a handful of stalks that hadn't been cut down, and wondered why.
Martha Ackmann / Courtesy Martha Ackmann

 


You’ve seen them, no doubt.  Those solitary corn stalks standing alone in a field. 

Reclaiming The American Flag

Oct 12, 2018
Bruce Watson in his Montague Center attic.
Paul Franz / The Greenfield Recorder / recorder.com

Shortly after the Fourth of July, I began flying the American flag from my front porch. Ever since, a 3-by-5 foot flag has waved on my street in Montague, Massachusetts. 

In A Year Of Reckoning, The Skies Are Full of Us

Oct 10, 2018
The Milky Way.
Abdul Rahman / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/yunir

“A woman in the shape of a monster / A monster in the shape of a woman / The skies are full of them.”

A beer sampler.
Quinn Dombrowski / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/quinndombrowski

I show my classes a picture of a bottle of Budweiser, and in the way they respond to it -- Budweiser, ugh! -- it strikes me that the landscape of American beer has changed a lot in the 20-odd years since I reached legal drinking age. 

A mountainside hemlock forest.
Nicholas A. Tonelli / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/nicholas_t

A search-and-rescue team carried me down on a stretcher. They hoisted me high up into the trail’s hemlock and spruce so I was surrounded by their needles and resin. 

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