Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water
"All along the McKenzie River Trail, there must be things we do not see, because they have no names. If we knew a word for the dark spaces between pebbles on the river bottom, if we had a name for the nests of dried grass deposited by floods high in riverside trees, if there were a word apiece for the smell of pines in the sunshine and in the shadows, we would walk a different trail."...more
- Kathleen D
Kathleen Moore takes the reader with her to 20 different rivers, creeks and streams. Each river is the title for an essay. Most of the essays follow the pattern of personal narrative interspersed with philosophical, geological, piscatorial, ethical, etc. discussions. The segues from narrative to informational usually work quite well. Most of her essays end with a “teaching moment,” or “moral,” although typically not so blatant as to be noticed as such.
As a philosopher (she’s chair of the philoso...more
Poignant, spiritual and often lyrical observations of the natural world. This short book is a fast read as it is split up into 20 named sections with even shorter sections making those up. Ruminations on the natural world, home, family, security, and even some of the eternal questions.
Reading this book made me wish I could have been a parent like her and her husband and have given my children such an exposure to the natural world, or that I ...more
I loved this book, and read it very slowly to savor it. Each essay is a glittering jewel, poignant reflections on nature, her family, love, aging, loss and the art of poking around. I'm keeping it to read over again, and again.