Author Archives: cyntaur

A Letter: Or, Much Overdue About Nothing

Hi All: It’s been some time since I last posted. Yes, still breathing. Just wanted to fill you in on the latest deets: The garden is pitched for bounty. I am nursing balloon flower starts, a hydrangea, and a clematis … Continue reading

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To Squeeze a Peach

A new box of peaches at the Blossom Bluff stand is a thing to behold, because they are packed with care. Blossom Bluff gives peaches dignity. Each peach is set, shoulders down, their little peaks seeming to look toward the … Continue reading

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Postcard: Philadelphia

In the middle of my trip to New York, I stopped in Philly to see my friends Matt and Sally. I’ve never been to Philadelphia, home of the Liberty Bell, which I didn’t see. Matt: “It’s about my height and … Continue reading

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Postcard: New York

We observe that sunrises, which come in gentle surges in the West, like a door slowly opened, explode like a nuclear bomb in the East. New York City forces us to wake up. We are Daniel Gallegos and Zhanara Nauruzbaeva … Continue reading

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Is it Yellowfoots or Yellowfeet?

Chanterelles, I mean. Every time I go for the plural, I stumble. Yellowfoots? Yellowfeet? Yellowfooted chanterelles? I spent Sunday at Salt Point. We stopped in Occidental on the way and ate at Howard’s Station Cafe, where we were served by … Continue reading

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A blocked artist is not an artist.

“A blocked artist is not an artist. Whoever says, ‘I shall store this away, let it swell and finally burst like an orchid or a pimple,’ is not an artist. An artist does not store away, he has no future, … Continue reading

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This week I read stories

Winter’s here. I gave up on weeding when my fingers were fast frozen, and snapped under my feet. But I’d done enough. Enough to toss some worm castings, guano, and mulch, where the cover crop didn’t take. Before it was … Continue reading

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