Parting Gift

Editor’s note: On Sept. 11, 2010, long-time Mountain Gazette poetry editor Karen Chamberlain passed away. Her husband, photographer Bob Chamberlain, found the following two pieces on her computer in a folder titled, “Unfinished Poems.” A book of Karen’s poetry will be published by People’s Press in the spring. Obituary Scissoring out of the newspaper The … Continue reading Parting Gift

The joy of sliding: Why our feet make skiing feel so sexy

It’s long been a cliché among skiers that a good day on the slopes, especially a good powder day, is as good as sex. Maybe skiers who think so are simply better at skiing than they are at sex. Or perhaps the sport is flush with shameless pervs. (It is frickin’ freezing out there and … Continue reading The joy of sliding: Why our feet make skiing feel so sexy

The Merde in France: Dog Dung Decline

One hazard of travel in France is underfoot in villages, towns and cities: la merde, literally “the merde,” dog dung, infamously an aspect of life in the country. So much is this so that in English, the word merde, from the French and meaning dung, usually connotes an unlucky event in France. That’s both wrong … Continue reading The Merde in France: Dog Dung Decline

The Grief Counselor: A Search Concludes in the Gila

For Christmas, I got him this little wooden cross that dangles from his dog collar, only half-jokingly to signify his calling.  I threaten to get him a little black robe with a white collar, but he — with his classic border collie coat — already wears those. I, once his equal partner in search and … Continue reading The Grief Counselor: A Search Concludes in the Gila

Letters – #176

Envelope: By Autumn Stinar. We’re in the market for decorative envelopes to help beautify our Letters pages. If you’ve got an artistic envelope bent, pull out your weapons-of-choice, decorate an envelope with our snail mail address on it, mail the resultant envelope to us, and, if we print it, we’ll give you a year’s subscription … Continue reading Letters – #176

Life on the Mountain Music Road

Playing chicken Split Lip Rayfield, a “thrash-grass trio,” quickly learned that taking a live bantam hen from their farm in Kansas to mountain-town gigs ranging from Vail and Steamboat Springs to Jackson Hole and Utah resorts wasn’t such a good idea after all. They originally thought the chicken might drum up T-shirt and CD sales … Continue reading Life on the Mountain Music Road