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.
“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 and I, lost in the woods on Cross Mountain in western Virginia. Part of the 1970’s “Going Back to the […]
“To Love a Place: Cross Mountain” is an essay that appeared in Uncommon Wealth, published by The Nature Conservancy, 1999. “I have learned to watch for the occasional day on Cross Mountain when nature shows her most murderous face. It happens only every few years. The last flare of autumn in fallen leaves is first extinguished by sodden winter. Then temperature and moisture may conspire with evil intent. The dark hump of mountain through my western window turns deathly pale […]
“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 all sides. Lori saw a black one playing at the foot of Little North Mountain not far from here, but she is […]
“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 can get, giving the topic of tree death from air […]