- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Credo House Publishers; 1st edition (May 15, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935391402
- ISBN-13: 978-1935391401
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,032,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All Nature Sings: A Spiritual Journey of Place Hardcover – May 15, 2010
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I grew up among other transplanted Dutch folks in South Denver, with churches, Christian schools and businesses in a small radius. For seventeen years, Denver was my home; the mountains, standing close and tall on the west were my first love. We took short forays into the mountains as Dad's now busy OB practice allowed but in 1953, our family, now numbering seven, found an unimproved old clapboard house in the ghost town of Marble, Colorado, which was home for a month each summer.
Dad loved his alma mater, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and his chosen profession of medicine. He was determined that his five children should attend Calvin and go into some branch of medicine. We all complied on the first count, but only three on the second. Only one sibling came back to Colorado to live. I met and married a man from Michigan; our enduring link with Colorado was and is through the mountain cabin located in the Crystal River Valley.
Looking back over my career, it has three distinct pieces. My chosen profession was teaching, which I did mainly with very young children, disabled by visual impairment in a preschool and home-visiting program in Lansing, Michigan. When we made a decision to move to Cleveland I eagerly continued my studies at Case Western Reserve University, eventually doing a dissertation on Ethics and Low-birthweight Infants. A new program with the aim of reducing low-birthweight and infant mortality among Cleveland's poor, hired me as director. We piloted a program using indigenous community workers as heath-aids to get women into pre-natal care. As the program expanded I continued to write grants for support and citywide coverage.
From there I began First Draft Consulting, helping other non-profit groups apply for funds for projects to combat problems such as teen-pregnancy, youth violence, lack of medical care for the underserved. One project touched me like none other: writing with incarcerated women in Ohio's women's prisons.
Working from my home and on my own clock, allowed time to learn to do other kinds of writing. Continuing education classes and many years at the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop encouraged my writing efforts and took away my fear of empty retirement years. I love the workshop setting and have gone on to lead them with older adults, East African development workers, women in treatment for addiction, writer's groups and church groups.
Now I live with my husband Fritz on an acreage in Western Michigan within a 20-mile radius of our three children, their spouses and eight grandchildren. Our passion is to preserve the tall-grass prairie, encourage native wildflowers and record creation's bounty with his photographs and my writing. Teaching continues to nourish me, especially with mature adults who are eager to write the stories of their long and colorful lives.
Top Customer Reviews
But settle into a cozy chair, and read a chapter or two of this lovely book. It is both exploration and reminiscence, written by someone deeply rooted in the land on which she and her husband live.
It is part spiritual memoir, part conservationist's diary, with a dash of poetry, a splash of environmental resource, gently blended together into a shimmering whole.
Rottman invites us to savor a year at her homestead month by month. Explaining her decision to start her book in November, she writes:
"So why does someone like me decide to begin a nature journal just when plants die back and most living creatures hibernate or go south? Or to write of blooms long gone? Simply because every day of the year I see or remember something remarkable as I walk the driveway or the trail through the woods or along the mowed path around the perimeter of our land. During the growing season I gather mental notes to hang in my storehouse, waiting for inspection. Winter's short days are a perfect time to dredge my reserves for sightings of glory."
Rottman's writing engages all the senses - as well as the soul. Whether it is the bleak, sloppy days of an upper-midwest March or the "prairie pinnacle" of July, each chapter blends description of nature with a sampling of Rottman's rich past and present life, along with bits of informative nature resource information, and beautiful photos.Read more ›
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For part of September and October of 2010 I took the opportunity to attend a memoir class that Carol Rottman was teaching in Muskegon, Michigan at the Maranatha Christian Writer's... Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by keptfree
This is a heavenly exposé of the connection between nature and humanity awakening all who've ever hoped to experience first hand the prairie of the Great Lakes Basin, the... Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by John P Riger