Category Archives: Environment

To See the True Beauty in Nature is to be Thankful

The manner in which John Muir describes his surroundings made me realize how little I paid attention to mine. He saw wonder and life in the places I would have seen monotony. Muir saw an opportunity to be thankful for … Continue reading

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Susan Brind Morrow’s Journals and Notebooks: Reading and Discovery

Susan Brind Morrow will visit Texas Tech University as a featured speaker for our fourth annual Sowell Collection Conference to be held April 16-18, 2015.  In preparation for her visit and for talking to undergraduate students about Morrow’s books, I … Continue reading

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The Brothers K by David James Duncan

I was intimidated by David James Duncan’s novel The Brothers K.  It sat on my bookshelves for years, always on the “I’m going to read it someday” list.  My copy is a thick paperback, almost 1 ½ inches wide, and … Continue reading

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Rick Bass: the challenges and inspirations from the Yaak Valley

The Yaak Valley is a stretch of forest in Northwest Montana. The area surrounding the Yaak Valley is under constant threat from logging companies that want to harvest the timber for economic gain. Logging destroys environments and alters ecosystems. Rick … Continue reading

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An Experience at Tule Canyon: Max Crawford and the Comanche

The Llano Estacado is a sea of grass that ebbs and flows for hundreds of miles across the Texas Panhandle.  The Comanche were the lords of the Texas plains and controlled the area from the late 18th to the latter … Continue reading

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Preliminaries

The preliminary schedule for this month’s Conference on the Sowell Collection is now live. Click the link to find out more about our distinguished guest writers, scholars, and students, what they’ll be presenting, and when it’s all going to take … Continue reading

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Masters of Nature Writing, Then and Now

During the mid 1980s Penguin Books developed a Nature Classics series and employed Edward Hoagland to select, edit, and solicit contributions for books and introductory materials. Up to the task, he immediately sent inquiries to friends, colleagues, and various specialists … Continue reading

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