Colorado, USA: A Gift of Snow

August 23rd, 2013

Independence Writing ContestUnited States

There’s a field off of a growing road in a growing town in central Colorado. For most of the year, that field sits between an underfunded public school and a fire station, within earshot of a busy highway. For most of the year, that field is dirt and dry-brush. A hiding place for snakes and … Continued

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