Red Dirt - an excerpt from PIECES OF THE PLAINS
Red Dirt is a piece that I started a few years ago while teaching an English course named "Writing About Nature." I decided that if my students were going to be asked to write every week, then I should do the same. This chapter from PIECES OF THE PLAINS: MEMORIES AND PREDICTIONS FROM THE HEART OF AMERICA (J&L Lee Publishing, Lincoln, NE; also on smashwords.com, kindle, and nook) was the result. It's been used in a number of places and will end up in my so-called "Oklahoma book" if that manuscript ever gets finished.