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The river in flood

WATCH ☞ The river swells. Fills the banks with muddy water. Sediment. Logs. All things gathered together. A small flooding of life thrown together.

COVID-19 Infographics

Daily Confirmed COVID-19 Deaths Rolling 3-Day Average

Case fatality rate of COVID-19 vs. Median Age

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people

Flowering Mountain

Along the ridge above town,
running-breathing-touching alive,
I pause beside a flowering Bitterroot.
The first; now waking to spring.
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Earth Day Fifty :: Put Earth First

Put Earth First

'Put Earth First' is a 18.5” by 25” letterpress broadside on Sakamoto kozo, hand-rubbed, copyright by Steven R Holloway, and designed & produced by toMake™ Press & Editions. It is also available as a downloadable PDF.

Thoughts on Earth Day 50 :: Remembering 1970 & OIKOS

In the winter and spring of 1970 I was in school in Ohio; Oberlin College . . . just a few miles from Kent State, the draft lottery numbers freshly served, and Earth Day #1 about to happen. I knew already, given my number, inclination and disposition, that I was soon to leave for Canada. Then there was Kent State and that made my decision clear. These days I wish that I’d stayed put on Kootenay Lake in my tipi but I returned by invitation of President Jimmy Carter a decade later. My girlfriend at the time was in residence at Kent State and I went to visit her on that terrible weekend shooting.
But first Earth Day 1970. I was one of the original organizers on campus that spring and we brought in the Zen Beat west coast poet Gary Snyder for a reading . . . I had the privilege of making his introduction and becoming a friend, and later making a visit to his Sierra home kitkitdizzi (bear grass). Fifty years on and the addiction to fossil fuel and extraction in all forms remains in full destruction of the planet . . . climate change / global heating. Things have not gone so well for our one earth I am sorry to say. I would like to believe that I have made a difference on behalf of the “household of the earth” but I am not so sure anymore. That same summer I carved a block print from a birch log that has remained a lifelong guiding concept: OIKOS.

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OIKOS: Household of the Earth, Earth Economics, the Economics of the Household

Easter Sunday Run

Easter Sunday I delight in a sunrise run in the cold and snow covered hills; 12 miles. Climbing 2000 feet up Pengelly Ridge to the top of Mount Sentinel then back down the steep and snow covered Smoke Jumpers Trail to the familiar river trail along the Clark Fork. Practice.


Passing Through

That was exciting. Just passing through the valley today accompanied on 40 knot winds and dropping temperatures.


Thoughts on Earth Day 50 :: Coming Together

The Missouri River begins high along the continental divide in southwestern Montana but first receives its name at Three Forks where the Gallatin, Madison and Jefferson Rivers converge. Coming Together. I’d like to think that with the approach of Earth Day #50, the tipping points of Climate Collapse and the Coronavirus . . . that we as humans can “come together” to care for and love one another, to care for and love all the peoples.

Three Forks of the Missouri River Coming Together
Coming Together :: Available as a digital downloadThree-Forks-Poster
Coming Together I and II :: Available as a Limited Edition Suite of Two Original Maps.
Coming Together I and II

March in Missoula

Missoula Montana March 2020: temperature, wind, pressure, precipitation, cloud cover & humidity.
A high (one day anyway) of 65˚F and low of 14˚F, with below 20˚F for a week in mid-March. Most days we vacillated between 25˚F and 50˚F. We experienced several days of high winds (over 30 knots), sometimes in conjunction with cold weather. Bitter for running along the river in the canyon. There was little perception, less than an inch and mostly in small snowy bursts. There is still snow on the higher elevation but even the hillsides are now bare.


Tinkering in the Shop

Finally completed a couple projects I’ve been working on for the shop for some time (years).

Letterpress drying holder from a slinky
Ball bearing transport and storage for heavy stones