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From endurance to hope

From endurance to hope

The last year and a half felt a little like an endurance race without the trail. Mentally I knew how to hold on and keep going, but physically, between the masks and atrial fibrillation—a common affliction of lifelong athletes (and a lot of other people) but which...

Beginning my visiting professor year at UConn

Beginning my visiting professor year at UConn

Teaching has risen to the top of my list. I am a visiting assistant professor in journalism at the University of Connecticut this year. I will be teaching environmental journalism, the history of journalism in America ("The Press in America"), and two newswriting labs...

Testing Poop is the Future

Testing Poop is the Future

Above, from the Yale study: The red line represents the rise and fall of the COVID-19 outbreaks as detected in New Haven sewage. The darker line, seven days later, represents a similar curve of the outbreak as tracked in human testing. A new study by Yale University...

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Welcome! I am a writer, editor, and workshop leader based in New England. I explore people’s relationship to their landscapes. I hope you will stay here a while and sign up for one of my Writing from Nature workshops.

My next book is a memoir of my evolution as a wilderness trekker, from following others to taking my daughters to going alone. It comes out next year from Appalachian Mountain Club Books.

I always wondered about my grandfather who decided to leave farming after his family had done it for 200 years. I am researching and writing a long piece and I hope a book about what would have happened if Grandpop had stayed. I have contributed a chapter in a book for Rutgers University Press (coming out soon) about New Jersey’s environmental past. The chapter explore struggles of small farmers in southern New Jersey at the dawn of the industrial age. 

I am the editor in chief of  Appalachia journal (submit button at the bottom of the page). 

I teach at the University of Connecticut. 

Libertarians on the Prairie, my book about the lives and collaboration of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, has established itself in scholarship of the mysterious and gripping “Little House” books. I talk about limited government and the Little House books in this episode of Sean Braswell’s podcast, “Flashback.” Libertarians on the Prairie is available in hardback and a paperback edition with a Foreword by Stephen Heuser.  Order one today.

 

Going back in time a bit: I appeared in Don Bernier’s 2005 film, “In a Nutshell,” about a brilliant, eccentric artist who found herself homeless in her 90s. A clip here.

 

 

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The next Writing From Nature workshop will be January 14 in Connecticut. 

Libertarians on the Prairie

Libertarians on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder, left, and her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, as they looked in the 1930s, when they worked on the "Little House" books Now available from your favorite outlet. Coming out in paperback in October 2017 Laura Ingalls Wilder, Rose Wilder Lane, and the...

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My Secret Ledge

My Secret Ledge

Photo of the ledge by Christopher Zajac for Estuary magazine. When I go there now, two or three times every week, I walk to the end of one road and trudge up a broken old woods road into the state forest. I step over ruts, where puddles linger long and narrow in dirt...

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