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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're looking, touching, listening, and thinking of what that brings up. The next you're halting the reaction and thinking about the photo. Take it slowly. Be in the now for one hour. Go back after the hour and write then. You will remember what you saw. You will remember, too, your thoughts...

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 are not the true voices. Go and see what you see in these woods, and be open to what ideas flow out of you then.

I feel the time is here to share what I learned the hard way with others who want to awaken their ideas. Writing from Nature is a workshop about doing, not about...

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. But the farmers' attempts to grow crops interfered with the sand plains. Seed bans of the failed plants reside in some of the remaining sand plains. And beause of this, the sand plains look different than they would have without that.

The human imprint showed up early. For thousands of...

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