By Catherine Reid

Quietly strong essays, weaving keenly saw insights into the mysteries of nature with these of kinfolk and community

"It's now not easy," Catherine Reid writes, "to love somebody and a spot in equivalent measure." Love she does, in spite of the fact that, as defined in those intimate, lyric essays in regards to the land and other people round her. With the interior point of view of a local daughter mixed together with her outsider prestige as a lesbian, Reid explores such paradoxes as those who come up from harnessing wild rivers or legalizing same-sex marriage. Her fascination with traditional phenomena--whether chook hibernation, the coming of fishers in suburbia, or the explosion of amphibious existence within the rainy weeks of spring--is captured in writing that will pay as a lot awareness to the sounds of a sentence as to the rhythms of the landscapes she wanders. eventually, even if, Reid unearths herself having to select from her lover and her domestic position. Solace comes from partners as diversified as a praying mantis, an otter, and her hundred-year-old grandmother, whereas resilience indicates up within the tales of streams convalescing from poisonous spills and in groups weathering floods and city conferences. In essays either sensuous and provocative, Reid faces the wonder and demanding situations of our altering global head-on.

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The nettle is another tall green herb hard to mistake, particularly as many who do not already recognize its food potentialities are all too well aware of the stinging hairs that ordinarily make this additional tea substitute something to be avoided. Because of the nettles’ irritating proclivities, the hands should be protected when nettles are gathered, preferably when they first appear in the spring. Leather gloves and a knife make the task easy. You can get along all right, too, by using two sticks as tongs.

Beech O ur single native beech is one of four recognized species and is a big, handsome tree with vivid green leaves that turn coppery in the autumn. Its distinctively smooth, light gray, tight, often mottled bark invites carved initials and arrowed hearts. Wildlife vie with man for its important nut crop which, as Indians and early settlers well knew, is one of the most flavorful products of our northern woodlands. Beechnuts are so small and delicious that a large proportion of them are enjoyed raw, but they are good cooked, too.

Good in salads when young, chickweed makes a particularly wholesome and nutritious potherb. Tenderer than most wild greens, it can be enjoyed either raw or cooked very slightly. Common Chickweed Cranberry T Cranberry 44 HOW TO STAY ALIVE IN THE WOODS he firm red cranberry, which grows on thin vines that creep over innumerable acres of marsh and moist woodland, is a familiar sight on fruit counters, particularly around the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The cranberry’s only drawback as an emergency food is its unpalatable bitterness.

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