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The Unequal Hours: Moments of Being in the Natural World
by Linda Underhill (Goodreads Author)
After spending most of her life in the city, Linda Underhill moved to rural Allegany County, New York, in 1989 and observed a successful citizens' protest against a low-level nuclear waste dump near her home. Having always thought the environmental movement applied mainly to the wilderness, Underhill began writing to voice the essence of what her neighbors were trying to p ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by University of Georgia Press
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This small collection of essays is a gem. A meditation on moments of being in nature, Linda Underhill speaks with a lyrical grace that is so calming. She finds meaning in aspects of all four elements of nature — earth, air, fire and water — amidst the understated rural beauty of western New York, whose small towns and agricultural landscape have (thankfully) escaped tourism. We ponder the beauty of backyard butterflies and birdsong, walk the family's wooded lot, explore a nature preserve with ki ...more
A lovely little volume of observations of life in rural Allegany County, New York, brimming with flowing, lyrical verse. Smell the pines, visit the farmer's market, watch the seasons change and be transformed. Absolutely gorgeous, almost calming book.