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Books: Horizon, Desert Cabal, and Flight Behavior

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One of the things I love most about starting the long process of working in a new book (long for me anyway--I'm a ridiculously slow writer) is that it's a license to read widely. Since my new memoir, Bless the Birds, went off to my agent for her read, I've been clearing off my desk to make literal and also metaphorical space for the next project. And reading. 

Navigating in the Fog

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Sometimes life is like the drive I took recently on my way home from Santa Fe to Cody. It's 775 miles from place to place, and no, I don't make the whole drive in one day. I left Santa Fe on one of those glorious late fall days in the high desert of northern New Mexico, with warm sun melting the night's frost off the silvered leaves of the rabbitbrush and big sagebrush, and the piñon pine and juniper needles crisp against blue sky. 

A Personal Response to Global Climate Change

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In late July, I set out for western Washington to celebrate Dad's 90th birthday with my family. It was a gorgeous day when Red and I pulled out of Cody: sunny, blue skies, and the temperature in the mid-seventies, unusually cool. As we headed north and west across Montana, the temperature soared into the high 90s, and forest-fire smoke hazed the views.

Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories of Global Warming

American's relationship with our rich natural heritage has inspired many great writers, from Henry David Thoreau to Rachel Carson and E. O. Wilson. Their work has enhanced our appreciation of the world around us and galvanized support to preserve it for future generations. Now, with the threat of climate change, Thoreau's Legacy brings together established writers and fresh voices to inspire us anew with personal stories and reflections on global warming. 

From my essay, "Where Are the Butterflies?":

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