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A partially silhouetted figure riding a horse at sunset

Tools of the Trade

By Ruby Peru When, at ages twelve and thirteen, Maureen and I were deposited for safekeeping on an Arizona horse ranch for the duration of the summer of 1980, it was very much as if we had both dropped from outer space, but from completely different spaceships. The ultimate tomboy,…

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Dark Matter

by Emily Strauss —a mysterious invisible substance called dark matter: astronomers have been forced to confront the possibility that most of the universe is invisible, and that all the glittering chains of galaxies are no more substantial, no more reliable guides to physical reality, than greasepaint on the face of…

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Fremont Cottonwoods

by Emily Strauss Fremont Cottonwoods (Populus fremontii) In a high wind their branches crack together like the bones of a skeleton marching by day near the river deep within the red stone maze the leaves shaking like nervous hands fluttering at the window, sick with worry that the men will…

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