Borderlands

Borderlands

Aaron A Schultz. Narrative Nonfiction

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Borderlands

What we see as a specific moment, a switch flipped, really exists as a vast place filled with context, emotional and experiential. We boil our experience down to simple on/off, black/white, yes/no) because in these borderlands live monsters. Like any bad dream, we forget.

In an effort to shine a light on the monsters, I write confessions.

 

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How to Climb a Mountain
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Aaron specializes in black and white and landscape photography.

 

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Montana and New York City: Perspective, Form, and Volume

A mirroring of two diverse landscapes:
Frontier and City

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Studies in tone and depth

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How to Climb a Mountain
How to Climb a Mountain
How to Climb a Mountain: Walk with me a moment. Winter. Pre-dawn. Climbing a mountain, looming grey silhouette on pinpricked black. A bootpack. Left foot....
Read More
Nightmares and Preexisting Conditions
Nightmares and Preexisting Conditions
Breakdown Fifteen years ago, I had a nervous breakdown. Rooted in depression and anxiety, breakdowns shift one's perspective from bad dream to nightmare and wasn’t...
Read More
Not Enough Whiskey. Pyre for Dog.
Not Enough Whiskey. Pyre for Dog.
Not Enough Whiskey. Funeral Pyre.   July 4th, 2016. 4 AM two days ago, Winter, my dog, died. After coming home and passing out for...
Read More
Our Suffering Imagination
Our Suffering Imagination
Seneca, a roman philosopher, once wrote that "we suffer more often in imagination than in reality." I enjoy the rhetorical work of the word "imagination."...
Read More
The Injustice of American Healthcare
The Injustice of American Healthcare
Objects Are More Important Than People "Of all the form of inequity, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane," Martin Luther King said...
Read More
Repeal of the ACA Obamacare
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Many people are sharing their stories of how the repeal of the ACA (Affordable Care Act, otherwise know as "Obamacare") would impact them through the...
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Trail Report. Dawn Patrol. Teton Pass. Wyoming. The ritual starts the night before by packing your pack, which if you’ve had a good winter is packed already and just needs replenishment. Water. Powerbar. Apple. Chocolate. Layers. Headlamp. First aid kit. Lighter. Multi-tool. Eyewear. Avalanche kit: probe, shovel, beacon, inclinometer. Optional …

Trail Report-Being Prey I

Being Prey. Mile Twenty-Four. Lightening jukes and strikes far down the canyon, moving away, out over the valley. I hike through a light rain, blowback from the hot day. My legs and feet are numb and heavy. I am one mile from the Spanish Peaks trailhead—one mile from the truck, …