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And Yet

And Yet

I moved back to the college town of Claremont ten years ago to care for my aging parents; the moister climate of the Santa Cruz mountain redwood forests, my adult home, is far more pleasurable to me, and I hope to return there eventually, but there is much to love...

Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness

April Tierney is the author of two full length collections of poetry, Singing to the Bones (2018) and Origin Stories (2020), and is the cofounder of Fire Feeders, a collaborative press and women's writing collective along the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains....

Purpose

Purpose

Peter Pierson’s writing has been featured in Zen Peacemakers’ Journal, Minnesota Monthly, 5enses, Voices for the Land (Minnesota State Historical Society Press), among other publications. His radio essay work with KAXE/KBXE-Northern Community Radio was recognized with...

Loving Nature in the Time of COVID

Loving Nature in the Time of COVID

ROSEANN HANSON is a naturalist and explorer who has been keeping nature journals for more than 35 years. She studied journalism and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, and has worked in the American Southwest, Mexico, and East Africa as a...

Refuge

Refuge

I am Cathy Rose and I live in St Paul Minnesota. And one place I love to walk is the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge weekly. This is where the inspiration for this piece came from.   Photo credit: Catherine Rose I slept well last night. I am always grateful...

Attunement

Attunement

I live in Bloomington, Indiana, an area with many trees and rolling hills, dominated by karst topography. I am a professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University with particular interests in environmental ethics, and science and religion. I am also an amateur...

Dragonflies

Dragonflies

Peter Pierson’s writing has been featured in Zen Peacemakers’ Journal, Minnesota Monthly, 5enses, Voices for the Land (Minnesota State Historical Society Press), among other publications. His radio essay work with KAXE/KBXE-Northern Community Radio was recognized with...

My East River

My East River

Deirdre Dempsey-Rush worked as an editor and lexicographer in book publishing for many years before becoming a copywriter. She is now associate creative director at an ad agency on Madison Avenue. She has lived in New York City, on the island of Manhattan, since the...

Requiem for a Glacier

Requiem for a Glacier

Richard J. Nevle is a teacher and environmental scientist with roots on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. He serves as the Deputy Director of the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University, and received the university’s highest teaching honor in 2018. Nevle has...

A Collection of Cells, Infused with Love

A Collection of Cells, Infused with Love

Janet Ross has been practicing social distancing since 1977 at her rural retreat in Utah’s redrock country. Lifelong westerner and aspiring author of two books, Janet Ross tells stories about the land and people of the West. Ross is writing Quilting Life and Landscape...

Hopes for Our Post-Pandemic World

Hopes for Our Post-Pandemic World

I am recently retired from community mental health nursing and an aspiring amateur naturalist, and a co-founder of Prescott Peacebuilders. My husband and I have been living in Prescott AZ the last twenty years. Having had children, I can't subscribe to the...

Boxed In

Boxed In

Deirdre Dempsey-Rush worked as an editor and lexicographer in book publishing for many years before becoming a copywriter. She is now associate creative director at an ad agency on Madison Avenue. She has lived in New York City, on the island of Manhattan, since the...

Back to the Garden

Back to the Garden

Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., is Teaching Professor and Co-Director of Environmental Studies at Georgetown University. He is the author of books including Peace Ecology (2015), and publishes widely on themes including social and environmental justice, nonviolence,...

A Mountain on My Mind

A Mountain on My Mind

A native of eastern Oregon, Carol has lived in Prescott for 35 years. She leads a life of leisure, having retired several years ago from managing the Yavapai College Art Gallery and teaching occasional classes in the college's art department. The joy of exploring the...

Florida COVID 19 Morning Random Thoughts of Nature

Florida COVID 19 Morning Random Thoughts of Nature

Michael Jenkins lives in Midtown of Tallahassee, Florida in the Tallahassee Red Hills Ecoregion. He is a field ecologist and focuses work on targeted habitat management around rare species, mapping, and grant administration for rare species conservation in Florida....

The Joy of Walking the Down Low Trail

The Joy of Walking the Down Low Trail

Deirdre Mendoza is a Los Angeles-based journalist, screenwriter, and fiction writer. Her non-fiction has been published in Ms. Magazine, Miami New Times, and the Los Angeles Times. Her short story collection, Real Lives of Married People will be published by Eightfold...

Gift of the Commonplace

Gift of the Commonplace

Martha Bray lives with her husband John Day and an old hound named Daisy on the outskirts of Sedro-Woolley in Skagit County Washington. She had the great privilege of working for Skagit Land Trust for twenty years protecting local land for wildlife and open space. She...

Living Better: Some Possibilities

Living Better: Some Possibilities

John lives with his partner Judith and their two dogs, Chloe and Mollie, at Upper Sturt in South Australia. He is 74 years of age, has 2 children and 5 grandchildren. Central to John's life is the daily challenge of harmonizing a love and care of the natural world...

Is a Tree Really Dead?

Is a Tree Really Dead?

Dan has called upstate New York home for most of his life. While his tree climbing days are behind him, he is always looking for ways to enjoy himself outdoors. Photo Credit: Dan Lewis I have been a tree climber since a young age. One of my favorite pastimes as a kid...

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