Thursday, April 30, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Beyond Your Doorstep by Hal Borland

I would like to vote for Beyond Your Doorstep by Hal Borland. The like on this web site has some of the pages from the book and I found them interesting. I am interested in learning more about the ordinary things we see about us and how he writes about them.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Marilee Recommends

Take a look at this site and book review. “Life List” might be a good one to read, especially after “Refuge” – they are somewhat related per subject matter. Marilee

Monday, April 20, 2009

Gathering Moss

In addition to REFUGE, I'm reading Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Thanks for the tip, Cheryl! I love the way the author, a botanist specializing in mosses (bryology), also honors her Potawatomi heritage. She says that "In indigenous ways of knowing... a thing cannot be understood unitil it is known by all four aspects of our being: mind, body, emotion, and spirit." As a bonus, sprinkled throughout are delicate botanical drawings by her father.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Hollows, Peepers & Highlanders

I am reading "Hollows, Peepers & Highlanders: An Appalachian Mountain Ecology" by George Constantz. I am barely into it and have already learned a ton of things. Thank you Ellen for suggesting it. I'm not sure it a book to generate discussion but it does have some WOW factors about local natural history.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Message from JOY

Have added Winkler's book to and ever- lengthening list which contributes to an on-going dilemma of whether to explore nature via hike/walks , read or dutifully attend ADL's (jargon for 'activities of daily living"). Much prefer one of the first two. Thanks for another good suggestion. j

Monday, April 13, 2009

Future book suggestions

Here are three suggestions from the last meeting that I would like to suggest again. They have the advantage of being available as used books and they are small in size and most importantly look interesting. You will need to copy and paste the links.

Beyond Your Doorstep by Hal Borland

Below is a link to excepts:,M1

Scratching the Woodcock – Nature on an Amish Farm by David Kline

Below is a link to excepts:,M1

Idle Weeds – The life of an Ohio Sandstone Ridge by David Rains Wallace
I could not find excerpts from this one but it is available at