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Beyond the Llano: Catching Up with Bonnie Hanson Cordell

Bonnie Hanson Cordell assisted Diane for two years with cataloging in the Sowell Collection as a student in the English and German programs at Texas Tech University, working on the collections of Gretel Ehrlich, David James Duncan, and Susan Brind … Continue reading

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Class Portrait – Current Readings in Natural History

For the past five years, I have worked with Prof. Kurt Caswell and the students in his Spring Semester class. I teach them how to conduct research in a special collections library, select boxes of manuscript material from the Sowell … Continue reading

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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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Among Giants: Interning at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

I am lucky enough to be one of the first Texas Tech University undergraduate students to present an essay at the Sowell Collection Conference.  Presenting at the conference entailed researching, editing multiple drafts, and practicing the essay over and over.  … 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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Nashville Chrome

Rick Bass will be a featured writer at our next Sowell Collection Conference (April 18-20, 2013), so in preparation for this visit, I’ve been reading more of his work. He’s such a prolific writer, I quickly fall behind and suddenly … Continue reading

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Pattiann Rogers’ “Animals and People: The Human Heart in Conflict with Itself”

Pattiann Rogers’ “Animals and People: The Human Heart in Conflict with Itself” “We need to know, we must know, that we come from such stock so continuously and tenaciously and religiously devoted to life…We want to give life at the … Continue reading

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