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Spring bursts out

We climbed two mountains in the Pliny Range of New Hampshire today. On the ridge, spring's arrival was creeping upward toward winter's exit. Low on the ridge, wildflowers reached away from the path. The red trillium is the most beautiful and amazing of them all. It...

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Raining in Arizona

Hello everybody. Yesterday I graduated from Arizona State University with my master's degree in history. The program gave me so much. View my final Capstone portfolio here. Here I sit in Phoenix, looking out on a steady rain falling on the cacti. Soon I return to my...

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Shoulder Season

I waved away gnats, an instinct I haven't practiced since last October. I stepped over dried mud and looked at the sticks that would offer forth raspberries in a few months. Cataclysm has visited my life with the death of my mother last week from an unexpected, major...

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Fear of Rattlesnakes

Biologist Tom Tyning scrambles up a ledge in Massachusetts, looking for rattlesnakes he will study in his lab and then return to the wild. The snakes are rare because poachers steal them and sell them illegally. (Photo by Christine Woodside) From Appalachia...

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News

 Chris Woodside is a writer and editor who writes about the history of ordinary Americans and the environment.

Her next book will be about New Jersey tenant farmers. Chris is the editor of Appalachia journal, America’s longest-running mountaineering and adventure journal. Interested in submitting to the journal? See the SUBMIT button at the bottom of this page.

She earned her master’s degree in history on May 6, 2019 from Arizona State University.

Libertarians on the Prairie, her book about the lives and collaboration of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, is available in hardback and a paperback edition with a Foreword by Stephen Heuser.  Order one today.

Flashback: Chris appears throughout Don Bernier’s 2005 film, “In a Nutshell,” about a brilliant, eccentric artist who found herself homeless in her 90s. A clip here.

Listen to Chris tell a story at Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s wildlife story slam about running into a mama bear and her cubs.

 

 

Chris Woodside was born in Philadelphia into a large family at the tail end of the baby boom, grew up Princeton, New Jersey, studied American civilization at the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked as a journalist for a long time. Chris edits the mountaineering and conservation journal Appalachia.  Read about her Appalachian Trail thru hike here.

 

 

Writing Workshops

Chris often teaches at writing workshops around New England. Watch this space for news of upcoming events.

New Wilderness Voices

Collected Essays from the Waterman Fund Contest Christine Woodside, editor; Amy Seidl, foreword A literary celebration of the Northeast’s wild places Guy and Laura Waterman spent a lifetime reflecting on and writing about the mountains of the Northeast. The Waterman...

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Fear of Rattlesnakes

Biologist Tom Tyning scrambles up a ledge in Massachusetts, looking for rattlesnakes he will study in his lab and then return to the wild. The snakes are rare because poachers steal them and sell them illegally. (Photo by Christine Woodside) From Appalachia...

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Encounter with a hare

Lepus americanus. Photo by Walter Siegmund. Past midnight I awakened and crept behind the mountain shelter, over dry leaves behind the back wall. Wind rustled from the open ridge of Vermont’s Mount Tom toward the spruces. I wore my improvised headlamp, a flashlight on...

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