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  I'm working on: -- a project for my master's degree from Arizona State University about farming in southern New Jersey in a place most people didn't know exists. -- a story about plastic pieces in food, water, and marine animals. -- an investigation into...

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Wet, wet, wet

Wet, wet, wet

  Saturday afternoon my husband and I walked by the town landing in Deep River, Connecticut. High tide had encountered more rain. Two rowboats normally overturned and chained to driftwood on a small beach now bobbed like lost flotsam. Sloshy waves lapped at a...

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Birds on the Flint River

Birds on the Flint River

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before. ROBERT WILSON LYND, The Blue Lion and Other Essays Here in Flint, Michigan, where the public water supply's lead levels created a...

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SUN Award Day, yay for tutoring writers

SUN Award Day, yay for tutoring writers

Tutoring. It's a part of my world right now as I finish my master's degree in history. I tutor graduate students at Arizona State University in writing. I enter an online world for 10 hours a week, helping social workers and nurse practitioners and criminal justice...

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Rock path

Rock path

The path emerges. Rock by rock, I laid this path many years ago, using field stone, hunks of an old backyard fireplace, slate pieces rejected by a builder, and even broken pieces of concrete I found at the property line underneath vines. The path lacked a central...

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News

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

Chris is working on books about her wilderness travels and New Jersey tenant farmers. She edits Appalachia journal (submit button at the bottom of the page). She also edits environment stories for The Conversation US.

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

Libertarians on the Prairie, Chris’s 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. A new book called Reconsidering Laura Ingalls Wilder released in June 2019 mentions Chris’s work many times. Libertarians on the Prairie 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.

No Limits But the Sky

No Limits But the Sky

Cover The Best Mountaineering Stories from Appalachia Journal 2014, Appalachian Mountain Club Books This anthology collects the most riveting, real-life adventure stories from America's oldest mountaineering and conservation journal, Appalachia. Each of these essays,...

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Helen Binney Kitchel

Helen Binney Kitchel

Helen Binney Kitchel in a 1970s newspaper clipping Connecticut Woodlands magazine, Summer 2015 Champion of nature A few years ago, Greenwich local history librarian Carl White called Helen Binney Kitchel “the Rachel Carson of Greenwich, Connecticut.” The two women...

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Doctors and Computers

Doctors and Computers

Dr. Kristen Zarfos with a patient. ctmirror.org, December 5, 2014 Not the best examining-room combo By Christine Woodside and Dr. Kristen Zarfos   Researchers conducting dozens of studies in recent years have asked patients how they feel when their doctors stare...

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