Adventure at Drought's End

Ten minutes after the thick sun drew my father's V of sweat through my shirt, hot rain showered the brown grass of my prairie city, and hailstones shredded locust trees to the north and to the south.

Soon, blue sky emerged over steaming streets and newly-washed air. At twilight we rode into the fog and smelled the awakening grasses.

"Watch out for rabbits," came the warning.

The smell behind the warehouse: chocolate, diesel.

In the nightswamp we rode down narrow, dark trails, and fed newborn mosquitos their first blood.

On the quiet, wet streets where the veterans made babies, I smelled wet summer within half a second: erotic floral funk into earthworms.


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Selected Writings

External Links:

Glimpsing Minnesota - A blog I wrote chronicling the summer of 2007, when I used a grant from the state of Minnesota to travel to undisturbed natural areas to make etchings. See my etchings in the Landscapes department.

Northwest to Alaska - A blog chronicling the journey of the Stoltz family (me, my wife, and two cats in a U-Haul) from Minneapolis to Juneau, with photographs. I wrote it all in one entry, so that you can easily read it chronologically.


Life in the City

Gift of the New Moon

Adventure at Drought's End

Dinosaur Leaves

Four Day Rain