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Mark Dewey

Mark Dewey teaches at the Potomac School and lives in the woods with his wife. He is the founder of the Shenandoah Press, a venture in reader-supported public journalism serving people who live within twenty miles of the Shenandoah River. “Crush the Snakes and Shoot the Buffalo” is his first published essay.

Crush the Snakes and Shoot the Buffalo

My father likes to tell the story of visiting the long-abandoned homestead near Rainy Butte, North Dakota, with his sister. They wanted to keep some of the land their family had farmed for generations, so before the estate sale they…