Some of you will remember how gobsmacked I was by Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass. When I learned that she had written an earlier book, I ordered Gathering Moss from one of our local independent bookstores, first read it in December, and just finished delving into it for the second time. Gathering Moss is as … Continue reading Gathering Moss
I love to come across books that make me stop me in my tracks, make my jaw drop, and make me realize they have something profound to say. Braiding Sweetgrass is such a book. Originally published in 2013, it was republished in 2020 in a beautiful hardcover version by Milkweed Editions, an independent publisher. I … Continue reading Braiding Sweetgrass
It is only thanks to Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day, which awaits me each morning in my e-mail inbox, that I know that I am an ailurophile (from the Greek ailuros for cat, and -phile for lover). To read the entire online dictionary entry, or to sign up to receive a free daily word in … Continue reading To My Fellow Ailurophiles
So little divides utter joy from abject sadness. Like many Colorado bird lovers, I made a September pilgrimage to a Denver suburb, where a perspicacious birder had discovered an uncommon avian species. As the rare bird reports poured into my Email inbox for four successive days, I tried to suppress the little voice in my … Continue reading Birding Highs And Lows
One of the most striking paintings I have ever laid eyes upon graces a wall at Denver International Airport, where my husband and I revisited it recently, before our flight to Germany. Its title seems perfect at first. Picturesque sceneries, vibrant colors, adorable animals, and beaming faces bespeak the peace and goodwill between different beings … Continue reading In Harmony With Nature ?