✳︎axoplasm is Paul Souders

A selfie of Paul Souders taken in front of a small waterfall while backpacking

I am the principal and sole employee of SCRUBJAY. I live in Portland, Oregon with my family. My pronouns are he/him/his. I wish I could ride my bike over this hill every single day. In my youth I practiced archaeology and wrote terrible short fiction. I have collected a few of my favorite essays. I am @axoplasm most places on the Internet. “Axoplasm” is a real word.

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On this day twenty years ago

I have never bothered to record my memories of that day until today. Time has worn the memories smooth like river pebbles. They no longer cohere. I should have written this down, then.  cont’d



The cars get bigger and fancier and faster and safer but they stay exactly the same  cont’d


Farm roads

I grew up on a gravel road, and that’s still my favorite kind of road, and my favorite kind of landscape  cont’d