How odd it is to celebrate Earth Day so quietly. Usually there are local events where I see friends. In fact this year--pre-pandemic--I was organizing an event at The Gmeiner Art & Cultural Center here in Wellsboro where, along with other highlights (like Melina Moyers' wonderful nature oil paintings) I would read an excerpt from my book. But even though we can't do all the things we usually do on Earth Day, it's still worth thinking about how the homes we are quarantined in are part of one large home in which we all abide.
So if you're looking for a story to briefly take you out of your home and into the public lands of Idaho and Wyoming, here is approximately a ten minute excerpt from my book, When Everything Beyond the Walls Is Wild. It was in the low thirties, but the back porch seemed the right place to record it.
I can hardly wait to hike with friends again. But mountain lions are roaming the roads in Colorado, and I'm sure Pennsylvania critters are enjoying this peace and quiet our quarantine has gifted them.
I write, read, recreate, and raise kids in rural Pennsylvania. I teach part-time in Outdoor Recreation Leadership, Creative Writing, and Women's Studies at Mansfield University.