Essays in Anthologies

It’s always gratifying to be asked to contribute to an anthology, because it means somebody thinks I’m a writer with something to say. Sometimes you really can fool all the editors all the time.

2020
Featured: Better with Age Creativity, Diversity & Surprise

Greatful Dead-heading: A Gardener’s Revelation

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”Grateful Dead-heading: A Gardener’s Revelation,” an essay in Better with Age: Creativity, Discovery, and Surprise, published in 2020.

“Pinch. Snip. Snap. Severed, spent flowers drop into the compost bucket like guillotined heads into a basket. I pretend they’re my bad habits, bad temper, bad hair. If only it were so easy.”

“In the dusk of my life, I go out on my deck of a […]

2019
Featured: Mountains piled upon mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Anthropocene

Pillars of Carbon: National Forests and the Great Appalachian Carbon Commons

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“Pillars of Carbon: National Forests and the Great Appalachian Carbon Commons” is an essay that appeared in Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: Appalachian Nature Writing in the Antropocene (pp 175-185), Ed by Jessica Cory. West Virginia University Press, 2019.

“Dashes of red paint on occasional trees were easy to miss, and we did. We crossed the border unwittingly, my young husband […]

1999
Featured: Uncommon Wealth: Essays on Virginia's Wild Places

To Love a Place: Cross Mountain

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“To Love a Place: Cross Mountain” is an essay that appeared in Uncommon […]

1999
Featured: Shadow Cat: Encountering the American Mountain Lion

On Not Encountering an Eastern Panther

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“On Not Encountering an Eastern Panther” is an essay that appeared in Shadow Cat: Encountering the American Mountain Lion, Edited by Susan Ewing and Elizabeth Grossman, Sasquatch Books, 1999

“Sometimes it seems that I am the only person I know who hasn’t seen a panther in the mountains of western Virginia, where I live. Reports come in from […]

1998
Featured: An Appalachian Tragedy: Air Pollution and Tree Death

Communities in Crisis

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“Communities in Crisis” is an essay that appeared in An Appalachian Tragedy: Air Pollution and Tree Death in the Eastern Forests of North America, Ed by Harvard Ayers, Jenny Hager, and Charles E. Litter with photographs by Jenny Hager. Sierra Club Books, 1998.

The assignment to write a biogeochemical essay that would entice people to read it was a tough one.  Yet the thought of the widespread distribution that a Sierra Club book […]