Rusty Gas Can by Shawn Nystrand

Dust and Blue Smoke

Kennit Martin charged into the playground like a tumbleweed on a mission. “Hey Jeff!” he yelled, still thirty feet away from me. “Steenrud’s bought a whole gallon of gasoline!” He gulped air. “I was at the post office when the creeper came! He said he’s already put the wheels on!” I…

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Climate Choices. Credit: Seth Wynes/Kimberly Nicholas, Environmental Research Letters, 2017

Preventative Maintenance

As I belly-crawled through the conduit, I saw my boss Matthews’ smiling face in my mind’s eye and regretted not fighting harder to get out of this assignment. “Why me?” I’d asked. “Why not you?” she’d countered. Surely a smaller, thinner, person would have been better suited for this job—that…

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