Back when I was a boy growing up in a small coastal town in the Pacific Northwest, my sense that everything around me was inexhaustible was not simply the result of youthful naïvety, it was acquired from and reinforced by all those around me. The salmon in the river were beyond number. The forests stretched for as far as I could see from the highest hill in the town. Everything upon which I, my parents, and everyone we knew relied seemed truly inexhaustible.
When I was a boy, every Sunday evening after the dinner dishes had been washed and the kitchen tidied up, my parents and I would sit down in front of our wood cabinet console encased (first for our family) color television set and watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Hosted by the eminently calm Marlin […]
When it comes to people from history about whom I never tire of reading, Theodore Roosevelt is right up at the top of my list. Whether it be his self-development from a sickly boy into the famously robust man he became, his fascinating and unconventional political life, or his many and varied outdoor adventures, T.R. was a boundless source of interesting material for authors. Which is why my interest was immediately piqued by word of a new book from University of Chicago Press by Michael R. Canfield titled Theodore Roosevelt in the Field.
As one who lives in an area where the Nutria (Coypu) is the most commonly seen semi-aquatic mammal, the mere sighting of a Beaver is enough to bring on a feeling of accomplishment. It’s as if Mother Nature herself is smiling upon all of one’s natural history studies and granting a well-deserved reward.