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The Way of Natural History Paperback – May 1, 2011
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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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This is an excellent collection of well-written essays that shows a wide set of possibilities for practicing natural history in our moment. Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by DR.J
These writings have brought me such solace. I read many books and periodicals about the environment and most often feel painfully overwhelmed by the condition of Earth. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by katneils
I'm enjoying these essays which provide diverse perspectives with a focus on integrating and strengthening natural history into personal world views. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Liam