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Chris Clarke
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Lives in Joshua Tree, CA
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Tonight, in dog class, a big unruly unaltered male kept getting in her face. I don’t know what her life was like before the pound and the rescue, but I have some guesses. One of those guesses: she had to defend herself against unfriendly dogs. She is…
Tonight, in dog class, a big unruly unaltered male kept getting in her face. I don't know what her life was like before the pound and the rescue, but I have some guesses. One of those guesses: she ...
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In retrospect, I must have been under for a very long time, until long after I tired of splitting my fingernails on the underside of the ice. Until I forgot what it was to have lungs that didn’t ache, forgot how it felt not to bleed warmth into the abyss.…
In retrospect, I must have been under for a very long time, until long after I tired of splitting my fingernails on the underside of the ice. Until I forgot what it was to have lungs that didn't ac...
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I dreamed last night that I was working on a new project, a grass-roots environmental mapping, aerial photography, advocacy, and art endeavor. It worked like this: we’d take a drone and abundant battery recharging capability out to a plot of desert that…
I dreamed last night that I was working on a new project, a grass-roots environmental mapping, aerial photography, advocacy, and art endeavor. It worked like this: we'd take a drone and abundant ba...
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Thing one. My colleague Matt and I were sitting in the shade of a black locust on a Southern California Indian reservation week before last, watching some dogs. The dogs were boisterous mutts who’d found a family to watch over them after white people had…
Thing one. My colleague Matt and I were sitting in the shade of a black locust on a Southern California Indian reservation week before last, watching some dogs. The dogs were boisterous mutts who'd...
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You are a gifted writer and I thank you very much for sharing the little things. Ever read Edward Abbey or Jim Harrison? My favorite "western US" writers. 
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Having decided to renew my attention to this blog, I spent a little time tonight looking through some of the hundreds of posts I’ve written here in the last 13 years, each one a little time capsule from a time before my life splintered. I got what I…
Having decided to renew my attention to this blog, I spent a little time tonight looking through some of the hundreds of posts I've written here in the last 13 years, each one a little time capsule...
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At 80th and East 14th, ragged tents line the sidewalk. Last time I was there, they weren’t. Comfortable men talk over coffee at the Alameda Natural Grocery: a friend flipped a 2-bedroom for 750K. New logos have bloomed on the high-rises. A decade since I…
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In the dark and the ancient creosote, something has pulled the dog taut at the far end of her leash. A coyote then, affecting nonchalance. It lingers, then ventures out to the road, backlit, then stops. It is warm, despite the dark. A smell of dust, of…
In the dark and the ancient creosote, something has pulled the dog taut at the far end of her leash. A coyote then, affecting nonchalance. It lingers, then ventures out to the road, backlit, then s...
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In what’s being called the most important discovery in the history of planetology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced today that it has confirmed the existence of a habitable, Earth-like planet in the solar system. The planet,…
In what's being called the most important discovery in the history of planetology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced today that it has confirmed the existence of a habitab...
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I want to go back to this little place I know, on the east side of Route 14 in Mojave, California called Reno’s Coffee Shop. I had homemade turkey soup there once two days after Thanksgiving. The waitress apologized. It would be turkey soup for days, she…
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Imagine we found a country the size of France covered in ancient forest, where trees a century old were mere saplings just getting started, where the oldest sprouted when near-mythical monsters roamed the landscape. Imagine visiting this country, standing…
Imagine we found a country the size of France covered in ancient forest, where trees a century old were mere saplings just getting started, where the oldest sprouted when near-mythical monsters roa...
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  In March of this year, Indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres was assassinated in Honduras. Her family is certain the assassins were sent to end Cáceres’ opposition to a twenty-megawatt hydroelectric project at Agua Zarca, on the Gualcarque River…
In March of this year, Indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres was assassinated in Honduras. Her family is certain the assassins were sent to end Cáceres' opposition to a twenty-megawatt h...
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Nature & environment writer, desert conservation advocate, occasionally notorious blogger.
Introduction
Passionate solitudinous desert lover. See Coyote Crossing at http://coyot.es/crossing for more.
Bragging rights
I was given a fancy certificate for perfect attendance in first grade. I have discovered an homeopathic cure for existential misery, but it requires a broad desert valley full of sun-warmed Artemisia tridentata. When James Watt was US Secretary of the Interior I persuaded him to use organic pest control methods in his garden. At age eight my parents handed me over to a band of Hungarian priests who ran a mysterious "school" where the pedagogy involved sitars, wine and lasers. I have smuggled Buddha statues across state lines to deliver them to fugitive members of the American Indian Movement. I firmly believe Thai sweet chili sauce is the only acceptable condiment for use on Tater Tots.
Education
  • SUNY at Buffalo
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Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
Writer/Editor
Employment
  • KCET
    Editor, 2014 - present
  • KCET
    Freelance writer, 2011 - 2014
  • Desert Biodiversity
    Director, 2011 - 2011
  • Desert Protective Council
    Writer/Editor/Webguy/Photographer, 2011
  • Earth Island Institute, Verde Media, Ecology Center
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Currently
Joshua Tree, CA
Previously
Palm Springs, CA - Buffalo, NY - Pinole, CA - Berkeley, CA - Oakland, CA - Nipton, CA - Arlington, VA - Los Angeles, CA - Richmond, CA - Penn Yan, NY - Ovid, NY