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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Trinity University Press; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595340742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595340740
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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By John Anderson on April 15, 2011
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So confession first, I have a short chapter in this, but that aside Tom Fleischner of Prescott College has put together a remarkable collection of authors covering a broad spectrum of interests and foci, ranging from guitar great Richard Thompson to conservation biologists like Ed Grumbine and has got them to discuss their personal relationships with the science and practice of Natural History in a sequence of short, pithy essays. The result is an intellectual feast that should provoke, inspire, amuse any reader with a yen for the out-of-doors. A lot of the fun of the book is the sheer range of authors and styles, all converging on a love of gaining a greater understanding of wild things and wild places through active observation and engagement. An excellent read for the budding naturalist!
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This is both a broad and a personal look at the relationships people form by paying attention to the natural world. I like these essays because they reflect a wide range of perspectives about natural history, from the spiritual to the scientific to the artistic, and they capture the people as much as the topic. In addition, the essays are exceptionally well written, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, always honest and reflective, and they all seem to end just at the right point - that is each one leaves you wanting more. This is a must read for anyone wondering if their own practice really is natural history - it probably is - and for anyone who wants to the dig into the diverse personal roots of natural history, as told by naturalists of many stripes.
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This is one of those wonderful compact anthologies one can easily carry around, read in one sitting or browse as time allows, and dog-ear for future visits over the years. The writers include a few most folks have heard of (rewilder Dave Foreman, rock music giant Richard Thompson), a poet who never fails to bring one pause (Jane Hirshfield), one of the world's most distinguished marine ecologists (Paul Dayton), a lyrical sensory ecopsychologist (Laura Sewall), and a panolply of others, none of whose essays are clunkers. All of the writers are teachers in some sense or another, their topics ranging from conservation biology (Tom Fleischner) to writing (Sarah Rabkin), and their desire to explore with an open mind permeates this fine book. I've read the whole thing twice and found new gems to ponder each time.
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A necessary and uplifting read. This is an outstanding collection of essays from a variety of thoughtful people (academics, poets, writers, activists and Zen practitioners) all of whom write about the necessity and deep pleasure of mindful attention to the natural world. Such a perspective, practiced daily and throughout life, becomes the basic framework of our relationship with all creation.

Particularly good essays by Anderson, who deftly recalls Thoreau’s essay “Sauntering”, Pyle, who passionately aspires to lesser ignorance about natural history, and Trombulak, an unabashed animist who communes with nature as a fellow citizen of the natural world. There isn’t a bad piece in the entire collection. Kudos to Fleischner! We need more of this type of writing, more of this type of thinking, and the ethic that naturally flows from such perspectives. A staggering lack of mindful attention in the predominant culture has pushed the natural world to the brink of dysfunction, mass extinction, and the loss of the collective soul that is creation.

At a time when the news of the world is mostly dismal, the contributors to this book provide an energetic perspective, one that raises hope that humans can actually act as if the concept of Homo sapiens is accurate. The beauty of it is that it’s out there waiting for us to make contact, pay attention and get in touch. The world is full of persons, only some of whom are humans; life is always lived in relationships with others. Living natural history is a path toward a more positive future for all of us.

Kyle Gardner, author, Medicine Rock Reflections and Momentary Threshold
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An environmental studies professor at Prescott College in Arizona, Tom Fleischner's local roots stretch back to summers spent working in North Cascades National Park and the founding of North Cascades Institute. Defining natural history as "a practice of intentional, focused attentiveness and receptivity to the more-than-human world," his vision of a zen-like study of the natural world is fleshed out in this volume with essay and poetry contributions from Jane Hirshfield, Robert Michael Pyle, Kathleen Dean Moore, Robert Aiken, Scott Russell Sanders and others.
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