"Clovis is a lyrical tale set in the New West where the interests of oil companies clash with the need to preserve and record the artifacts left by long gone inhabitants of the land. In this novel, Hanna and her archeological compatriots are hired by CanAm Oil Company to assess the impact of an oil line on historical native sites. The complex relationships between her and her co-workers fascinate. The lush descriptions of the natural beauty she encounters are seductive. This is truly a wonderful look into the unique personality of people who choose to make a living doing field work.
Poetry In Baking: Emily Dickinson's Black Cake ("The Food Guys," December 20 & 24, 2015 and December 24, 2017)
Emily Dickinson's Black Cake
Greg Patent writes:
The poet Emily Dickinson prided herself on her skill as a cook, and she was extremely proud of her black cake. This is a scaled-down version of her recipe, which was quadruple this one, and baked in a milk pail.
"So much of my life is the consequence of fleeting chance and strange brews of circumstance, of pamphlets landing at my feet or of lingering in university hallways to overhear words I shouldn’t have. What’s so maddening and exhilarating about it all is that I can never tell the eclipses from the avalanches until I’m either parked on the side of the highway or buried under the snow." -- Luke Larkin
Since my recent move to Missoula from the sunny state of Florida, I had experienced many unfamiliar weather conditions. Montana residents might be well accustomed to snow, black ice, negative temperatures, and the season known as winter, but these were still novelties to me.