A. M. Palmer

A. M. Palmer

A retired urban park ranger, artist, and nonfiction writer, A. M. Palmer creates fresh content for a variety of readers.
Jun
20
An Unknown Atmosphere: Regarding Silver Lake, Oregon

An Unknown Atmosphere: Regarding Silver Lake, Oregon

Disturbing items dangled from a forest tree, otherwise splendid in its location: dolls, the skeletons of long-departed dogs, clothing, desiccated
7 min read
Jun
09
Entering Idaho: A View on American Studies

Entering Idaho: A View on American Studies

I spent a few days exploring Provo, Utah and proceeded to Idaho through the beauty of early June, graced by
12 min read
Jun
04
Regarding the Fields at Rest: A Traveler's Reflections

Regarding the Fields at Rest: A Traveler's Reflections

As spring unfolds, local farmers prepare their fields with care, each movement of earth and machine choreographed to embrace the
5 min read
May
23
Tessa: An Update on my Dog's Condition

Tessa: An Update on my Dog's Condition

As many of you know, my dogs and I were attacked by a pit bull last week, an animal of
3 min read
May
05
Upcoming Projects

Upcoming Projects

I am currently gathering material for my third book, which will examine aspects of midcentury American life, the decline of
May
05
The Botanical Building of Balboa Park: Reflections

The Botanical Building of Balboa Park: Reflections

On Thursdays, the building would remain closed to the throngs of visitors who, on other days of the week, would
5 min read
Apr
18
On the Writing Life

On the Writing Life

I recently had a wonderful conversation with Patrick Greenwood, discussing my book and our outlook on the craft of writing.
1 min read
Apr
07
April Snow in Utah

April Snow in Utah

First, there were the many banners, undulating from windows high above as black sedans, the proud vehicles of state, drove
3 min read
Mar
17
The Sound of Grace: Erik Satie and Gymnopédie No. 1

The Sound of Grace: Erik Satie and Gymnopédie No. 1

Perhaps you feel as I do about Gymnopédie No. 1, regarding it as a melody of the mind possessed of
3 min read
Feb
28
To Capture Perception: On the Experience of Immersive Studies

To Capture Perception: On the Experience of Immersive Studies

Teach your writing students to feel the visceral aspects of life, to trace their subjects with powerful word images, and
4 min read