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July 15, 2016
Long 91-Mile Trail - IMG_0051

My husband Nat and I are back from our 91-mile adventure on the Long Trail!

We met some incredibly strong, funny, thoughtful, adventurous people. And trekked for two days with our dear friend and mountain companion Skip. Thanks, Candlelight and Velveeta, Trailspice, Becky and Levi, the...

June 2, 2016
A slim biography of masterful storytelling - Wilson and Edith Wilson, Armistice Day 1922

A 125-page biography in the Penguin Lives series blends storytelling and journalism in a clear, fast-paced overview of a complicated man, Woodrow Wilson. The novelist Louis Auchincloss synthesized many thousands of pages of reading and understanding. A writer who studies and uses the lessons in...

May 22, 2016
Nature and the Ghosts of Thinkers - image

I just came back from Stone Pond, where Annie and I worked with my husband, Nat, getting my inlaws' family cottage ready for Writing from Nature, my second annual workshop. I heard a new story from a neighbor. It's about the giant red mansion next to the house where we'll be. The...

May 1, 2016
Observing without a notebook or cell phone - image

Resist the temptation to write or photograph as you walk through the fields or woods or desert or bog. When we stop and consider the right word while looking at the broken bird's egg, we lose part of our reaction. The same disconnect apparently happens during photographing. One second you...

March 3, 2016
Why I started a writing workshop, and what happened when I did - Stone Pond waterfront

I have been a writer for 35 years. Much of what I've achieved so far, I've figured out by myself. But some of what I figured out, I would have loved if someone had told me early. Mainly: Trust yourself.

Also: Those doubters...

February 25, 2016
Squatter farmers of long ago - Sand plains

In the 18th century, squatter farmers in central Connecticut tried to grow crops on sand plains. They failed, because the soil resembles the desert, and they abandoned the land. Particular plants and trees thrive on sand plains, or sand barrens, just as very particular plants adapt to deserts....

Writing from Nature Workshop coming June 17
Fog, night, fear, and writing ideas - Clouds, cold, looking toward Franconia Ridge from

Have you ever thought that being scared and uncomfortable in nature might jolt you toward new ideas? 

People sometimes ask me why I go into the mountains by myself. I do it so that I will bang into the edge of comfort, free up my brain for new ideas to go pouring in. I've had...

January 7, 2016

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January 7, 2016
contact information: Bethany Taylor, essays@watermanfund.org
MANAGING WILDNESS: THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM AND WILDERNESS
Waterman Fund 2016 Alpine Essay Contest

Guy and Laura Waterman...

January 6, 2016
"Writers from the natural world" - scaled.IMG_0079

The tag on our dining room table at last June's writing workshop called us "Writers from the Natural World." The actual name of my workshop is Writing from Nature. I loved the minor adjustment in our table sign. Every meal, I'd say something like, "Watch out—here...

December 18, 2015
My favorite bits on what the holidays should really mean - Christmas Day in Deep River

"A man began enumerating all the things that had bothered him about his family at their last Christmas reunion: His brother had been overly critical of his wife, his father had watched television during most of the family conversations, his mother's cheerfulness had verged on hysteria,...

December 2, 2015
Book is in to the publisher - Photo_ravine_RWL-132

Hi everybody,

I've come up for air. I was working very hard the last several months, not only editing Connecticut Woodlands magazine for CFPA and Appalachia journal for the AMC, but finishing my book about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, Libertarians on the Prairie.

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September 27, 2015
Sunday afternoon thoughts - IMG_2840

Here in southern California—er, I mean rainless Deep River, Connecticut—my husband and I visited for a few hours this afternoon with my sister Annie. She and her daughter, Shannon, were on their way back to New Jersey after a weekend spent relaxing in Rhode Island with our sister-in-...

September 15, 2015
Retreat over, have emerged - Madison and Adams clouds

I retreated to Randolph, New Hamphire. For two weeks. I wrote and edited chapters of my next book, Libertarians on the Prairie. I revised and printed out. I revised again and printed out again. I looked at Mount Madison and Mount Adams, visible from my writing table. At around day...

August 21, 2015
Back from the Mountains - 11889642_10153590332619433_1052328457657306392_n

Early this week, my husband Nat, daughters Elizabeth and Annie, and Elizabeth's boyfriend, Greg, hiked up to Mount Garfield in the White Mountains and stayed at Garfield Ridge Campsite. Sixteen mountains in the United States are named after the president who was assassinated one year into...

July 16, 2015
Laura Ingalls Wilder devotees follow details - IMG_0020

I am at a conference of Laura Ingalls Wilder enthusiasts. It's called Laurapalooza. This name injects a lighter air to reality. Roughly 160 followers of the humble inspiration oin the Little House books research every lead they find leading toward what actually happened to the Ingalls family...

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