The Arf Saga: Dorothy learns a gourmet technique

Not-so-tall tales of life on the last frontiers It was late October, and I had been dating Arf for more than a month when he asked if I would like to come home with him for the weekend. He said we could go to the dance — Augie and the Frog Stompers were playing — and it promised to be …

Reynolds Prairie: Sacred site, sacred memories

Imagine being inside a popcorn popper, and then I will tell you a story. There is a place in the Black Hills of South Dakota, not that far from the Wyoming border, called Reynolds Prairie. Most of the Black Hills is covered with Ponderosa pine, but when you are traveling between Deerfield Lake and the village of Rochford, you break …

The three best ways to die in Alaska

COYOTE’S CORNER: Not-so-tall tales from the nation’s last frontiers. There are three sanctioned — traditional — ways of death in  Alaska, and freezing ain’t one of them. Nobody should be dumb enough to let themselves freeze to death in a land that has raised the science of keeping warm to a high level. The three ways are: Falling dead off …