September 30, 2015

The following article was written by Christopher Boyce while he was serving a 68-year sentence at Oak Park Heights prison. It was published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on April 9, 1989.

Written by Christopher Boyce

I am often asked how I can face 68 years of imprison...

May 29, 2015

The following article first appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune in the 1990s, during which time Christopher Boyce was an inmate of the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Oak Park Heights. The original article appeared under the headline “Parole brings freedom but...

April 5, 2014

Written by Christopher Boyce

Like my long-dead ancestors beyond living memory, I enjoy an innate fear of lions. I love the terror they invoke in me. I suppose it is in my genes. The sight of mountain lions out in the wild lands causes my pulse to spike. Still, I treasur...

August 20, 2013

We’ve all been told the cheetah is the fastest animal in the world, right? In truth, these cats have nothing on the Peregrine falcon, which is capable of reaching speeds of almost 250 miles per hour during its high-speed dive for prey, which is called a “stoop.”

This vi...

July 2, 2013

Written by Christopher Boyce

I sat in the wheelhouse of the Rose M, my salmon troller, studying nautical charts of the Washington State coast. We were tied up at dock in Port Angeles, preparing for sea. In the morning, I would steam out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca w...

May 7, 2013

Written by Christopher Boyce

It was a formidable cliff. Even standing there in the deathless indestructibility of my 18 years, it was a very formidable cliff. It scared me. Standing at its foot gazing upwards, I felt my pulse quicken. I was no climber. Still, this would...

April 30, 2013

Written by Christopher Boyce

I had not spoken for days and had spent the entire night listening to my sink drip. When you have not felt sunlight on your skin for years, you can almost forget what it was like.

To live in a regime of imposed inner stillness will oftentimes...

April 23, 2013

Written by Christopher Boyce

I had never seen a living man covered in so much blood. At first glance, I thought it was Joachim’s own blood, but I was wrong. I realized this as he began to wash himself. He was covered in the blood of his enemies and he felt good about it...

April 9, 2013

Written by Christopher Boyce

You have to keep your eyes on the dog in the sage desert. My English Setter means more to me than most humans, but she becomes reckless when faraway hints of grouse scent come floating down the wind. For the sake of the dog, I have to stay f...

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