I kept a NYT newspaper clipping from several years ago, a short article by Dan Barry called “In the Middle of Nowhere, a Nation Finds Its Center,” and found it the other day in an old file. I vaguely remember cutting this out and stuffing it inside a notebook but couldn’t remember what it was about or why I wanted to keep it. Perhaps it encapsulated an unexpected but poignant idea that I wanted to remember. I reread it the other night, reading and waiting for something to hit me. Why had I kept this?

The article was about Butte…

Jana B. Eliason

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