Author Archives: saaribampo

Swimming Upstream

The Torrent Duck (Merganetta armata) inhabits fast-moving, boulder-strewn rivers and streams high in the Andes of South America. To me, these churning, chilling, deafening waterscapes are frightening to behold. A Torrent Duck is the avian equivalent of a white-water kayak, … Continue reading

Posted in Ecuador

Broken glass falls in the forest

Broken glass falls in the forest and from green dreams we wake to song. Dark eyes unseen pierce our night to watch us stumble out of nakedness into day. Slowly, we perceive their glances. We shove off rough covers, abrading … Continue reading

Posted in Mexico, The Occasional Poem

Fix It

Update: On Monday, June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court declined to hear any of the qualified immunity cases pending before the court. On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, MinnPost published a version of this blog post in “Community Voices”:  Fix It The federal … Continue reading

Posted in Qualified Immunity

Jacinto Corral Miranda, QEPD

Jacinto is gone. He was here one day and then he was not. This is my tribute to a man I scarcely knew. I hope I can explain what it means to me that he is gone without sounding patronizing … Continue reading

Posted in Mexico | 1 Comment

The Curse of Google Maps

My Daddy was a mapmaker for Magnolia Petroleum Company in Texas back in the 1940s and 50s when cartographers plotted the locations of oil and gas wells on linen or paper maps by hand. He had wonderful penmanship and he … Continue reading

Posted in West Saari Road | 1 Comment