Monday, March 30, 2009

Terry Tempest Williams' REFUGE

In REFUGE: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, Terry Tempest Williams witnesses the diminishment of the migratory bird refuge at Great Salt Lake, walks with a loved one through illness and grief, and explores the meaning of her family history. A dominant theme of the book is accepting loss and embracing change as part of nature.
The author is celebrated for her unique style and ability to evoke a deep emotional response in the reader. In 2006, Ms. Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. Terry Tempest Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah.

Report on March Meeting

The March 29 meeting had a good turnout of six people with three new members attending. We enjoyed a lively discussion about Rachel Carson as an environmentalist and as an author. Members shared some readings of favorite passages. Members had read from different works, including Always Rachel (a collection of letters to and from Dorothy Freeman), Under the Sea-Wind, The Edge of the Sea, A Sense of Wonder, The Lost Woods (an anthology of Carson writings), and The Sea Around Us. We reviewed an ever-growing list of candidates for future reads, but settled on Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams for April's book. One member is investigating the purchase of a nature writers' anthology to assist us in the book selection process. Many excellent suggestions have been put forth! We are still determining what process to use for selecting books. As the season warms, we hope to schedule some meetings outdoors. The next meeting is set for Sunday April 26, 3:00 PM, Snyder Hall, Shepherd University.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009, 7:00 PM at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. Free and open to the public. A SENSE OF WONDER
This film depicts scientist and author Rachel Carson in the last year of her life as she battles cancer and the chemical industry. The film is making a nationwide 100-city tour this month to celebrate National Women’s History Month. Carson’s bestseller Silent Spring, which she started writing in 1958 at the age of 50, was highly influential in the banning of the chemical DDT and the creation of EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the passage of the Clean Water Act.
Written by and starring film and television actress Kaiulani Lee, A Sense of Wonder offers a historically accurate and powerfully moving portrayal of this amazing woman. (
For more information about the film and a sneak preview:

Saturday, March 7, 2009



The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is asking local poets to submit poems that will be displayed as part of its annual Wildflower Festival, which will be held this year on Saturday, April 18
The festival will be held at the Society's Yankauer Nature Preserve north of Shepherdstown.
Its events will include a Poetry Walk, which will feature poems that focus on spring themes posted all along the preserve's Kingfisher trail.
Those who wish to submit poems are encouraged to do so by email by sending them to Poems may also be dropped off at the Four Seasons Bookstore in Shepherdstown or submitted by regular mail to Poetry Walk, c/o PVAS, PO Box 578, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.
The deadline for submissions is April 10.
For more information contact PVAS at 304-676-3397 or
PVAS is a member of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Combined Federal Campaign

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009


If you are reading any of Rachel Carson's books, comment here. Note which of her works you are commenting on.


If you are reading Always, Rachel, add your comments here.

Film on Carson in the works to show at NCTC!

I have been speaking with PVAS and NCTC about scheduling a free showing of the film. More info coming soon. Trillium

New feature: Member Links

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