Category: Stories

Mills and Dams by Delilah Hohenstein Hey, Let’s build a mill, to turn a saw toothed wheel. It cuts through wood as if it’s made of steel. They’ll use it all to build a mine shaft wall and to fuel that steam driven Dinah down the hall. You can’t clear cut all the forests and […]

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Stone Mother by Jenny McFarlane Stone Mother with untiring eyes feels the Sun rise behind her, warming her neck. A ray of Light touches the water, but its fingers do not stir the basin. The Earth is quiet and sleepy, reluctant to wake. Stone Mother watches, but does not say a word. Pelican skims and […]

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By Tina Hogue It was hot that day, even in the hallways inside, and in the corner of a pen, a dusty bear-skinned dog named ‘Willie’ had his belly on the concrete trying to keep cool. “He loves water,” the guy at the desk said, “he’ll just lay in it.” “Maybe he’s part Lab?” we […]

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By Angela Spires “Ducks! Ducks! Wanna feed the ducks!” my daughter Aspen shouted as we walked by the river waiting on the Artown vendors. I rolled her pants legs up and let her dip her feet in the water. I squatted behind her, held one hand, as she dipped the other into a carton of […]

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By Hilary Hobbs “I will be rocks , I will be water” The crooning lyrics, sung by local bluegrass band Hick’ry Switch, rise up into the evening sky. “Lift your head up to your wind.” I do. I sway in time to the guitar and voice as the create a new harmony, blending with the […]

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By Gayle Brandeis A few days after my dad’s death last year, my sister and I drove down the mountain from my home in Incline Village to spend the day in Reno before her red eye flight back home to Toronto. Our eyes were red already–the tears kept coming and going–but it was a supremely […]

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It swirled to the left around this rock, and to the right around that one. The water making soft water donuts and crescent moons beyond the rocks. I sat in a little donut of my own. Inflatable, classic blue and white, the same inner tube everyone else had. I pulled my cowboy hat over my […]

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By Eric Hobson Fishing, bait lure or fly Cutthroat rainbow or Brown Playing in the river Kayaking tubing or swim Walking on the bank Tahoe Pyramid Trail or River Walk Bridges crossings old and new From Fanny to Pyramid Lake Wildlife supported so diverse Beaver Deer and more Tributaries and diversions Natural and man made […]

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By Angela Spires Since I didn’t believe in Fitbits, I walked at a brisk pace with my PokemonGo App tracking my ‘steps.’ My friend Tee, having just finished an hour of dancing, joined me. She shook her head at my game, that would interest her grandchildren, but we unwound differently. Warm night air blew past […]

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By Tina Hogue When I saw the Truckee for the first time I thought, “So this is a real river.” It looked relatively shallow from the passenger window, as I leaned back in my seat. The rivers where I’m from are mostly stagnant ponds filled with mosquito larvae. Last year, the rains flooded the Guadalupe […]

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