Howdy, November friends! This is one of my favorite months: my birthday, my anniversary, fall leaves leading to winter whisps, and time to rest and rejuvenate with family. I have a new piece published here, and it’s all about the incredibly special bond I have with my sister. She got to join me on a … More November update! New post published on THE EDDY.
Hi folks! Welcome to a wonderful, wet September here in the Pacific Northwest. Since finishing my MS degree this summer, I have enjoyed a renewed vigor for writing and storytelling. I was fortunate to write a piece about my journey to and through graduate school for Grand Canyon Youth (GCY)’s blog, THE RIPPLE EFFECT. GCY … More September update! New piece posted on THE RIPPLE EFFECT
I successfully defended my master’s degree on May 28, 2020. I am proud to now have a MS in Watershed Sciences – Geomorphology and Earth Surface Processes from Utah State University, Magna Cum Laude. That’s a jumble of words: just remember I study river sand 🙂 I used a fantastic GIS tool called a StoryMap … More Master of Science, Madeline Friend!
I have no use for metaphors anymore. I no longer cloak my words. My life is not a river. My trials are not a rapid, not some menial rubber to be pulled off rock. My life is tactile; my life is my own. My trials have names. My trials have court documents. My trials have … More No more metaphors.
This is the second in a collaborative three-part series called “River Windows” with Jasmine Wilhelm. You can read part one of the triptych, called “Tools,” here. Necessities He takes me to the desert where the sky is bright and clean and while he holds me he whispers of alpine snow and winter green. Once more … More “Necessities”
One component of my graduate program in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University is to present at our annual graduate student symposium. The goal of this symposium is to present our research questions and preliminary work and solicit feedback from our interdisciplinary department. If you happen to be in Logan, Utah on April … More State of the sediment: symposium season
This update was originally disseminated on the Glen Canyon Institute mailing list. Lake Powell traps all fine sediment that once moved through Glen Canyon and into Marble and Grand Canyons. Sediment transported into Lake Powell by the Colorado River near Hite, by the San Juan River downstream from Mexican Hat, and by other tributaries now forms deltas … More Research update!
I drive away again from the place I’ve always called home but this time I’m driving to somewhere instead of just from. Winter came late this year and maybe it’s okay to let seasons match souls. There’s a flat road expanse beneath the beeline of in between. I think I’ve realized there’s no perfect button, … More From Home
While on the Main Salmon River this summer, I found myself on a yellow raft with two guide gals and a guest, talking and reminiscing about art and community and creating. From that conversation stemmed a series of collaborative poems and art. I crafted words and my dear friend Jazzy developed the phenomenal illustrations. You … More Tools
This fall, I began an MS in Watershed Sciences at Utah State University, working with Jack Schmidt to study fine sediment remobilization in Lake Powell under potential future reservoir conditions. I am in graduate school to learn and apply quantitative approaches, and to couple these techniques with my established background as an outdoor professional, creative, … More Evaluating the long-term future of fine sediment in Lake Powell