The other day, I learned what an oxbow is. It is when a river changes course and leaves behind a crescent-shaped body of water. The Omaha area has one of these in Carter Lake. The town of Carter Lake, Iowa sits inside the crescent, which is the border separating it from Nebraska, with the Missouri River separating it from the rest of Iowa. If you’re driving to the Omaha airport from downtown Omaha, you’ll pass through Carter Lake, putting you in Iowa for no more than a couple minutes before reentering Nebraska.
Oxbows exist all along the major river channels in the United States. I learned of these watching a TrueSouth episode about Lake Village, Arkansas, which sits on Lake Chico, which used to be part of the Mississippi River. Author Boyce Upholt is currently working on a book about the Changes the Mississippi has endured, something to look forward to if you’re into topography like I am. These changes along these rivers change how people live along them. The changes in topography are subtle over a lifetime, but can be drastic across generations.
I have an automation that triggers when my alarm goes off, which turns on the lights in my office and fires up KEXP on my HomePod Mini. I’m currently hearing a jazz cover of Afrika Bambataa’s “Planet Rock” by Jason Moran. It shows just how interwoven jazz and hip-hop are. 🎶
“How you journal is much less important than why you are doing it: To get something off your chest. To have quiet time with your thoughts. To clarify those thoughts. To separate the harmful from the insightful.”
Just picked up a Fisher Space Pen refill for my Mark Two. Works as advertised. As an added bonus, the Space Pen refills won’t smudge on Field Notes' Expedition Edition note books, which have a different paper type.