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Synopsis: A collection of 88 humorous short essays on life, living, and nature, by newspaperman David T. Hays, who leads an uncommon life in wild country just west of Yellowstone National Park.

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AN UNCOMMON LIFE "Mine is a very fine life, blessed by the absence of anguish or tragedy and filled with the comfort of knowing my own boundaries. I have a small newspaper that is enormously enjoyable to run and, I am told, fun to read. I write this on a porch I have known for years though it now sits on land new to me and it, a gentle bench looking over a quiet swale groved in young aspen. My companions are an old black cat-with me since I came to these mountains-and a bestiary of other species, compatible in their calmness. This is a secure place. The door is rarely closed and no one is caged, or obligated, or here because they cannot be somewhere else."

IN AN UNCOMMON PLACE "I home on a good half-acre. at the end of an old road that sneaks off through the trees like an evening deer, off of an even older quiet road, near but not on the river, the Henrys Fork, the splendid main artery of the old volcano. One first spring, years ago, I heard a brief choir of frogs in the swale below the one-room cabin and, in a fit of the cutes, named the place Lesser Frogpond. It was a suitable and proper name for the home of one who has my habits and vocation, and my old tom cat, P'o, was well-pleased enough with the quiet and the fur-only neighbors, so we nested up in front of the small stove that first winter and have never found reason to leave since. It is home."

WITH UNCOMMON INTENSITY "Passion is a huge word meant only for the large places: it means both great suffering and great desire. The mountains will hold such a word, perhaps especially in winter. Stars against the cheek, the wind always coldly near. Fire and ice; a place where the heart needs to warm itself against another needing heart."

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