Essays, Stories & Roots 

TUTORIAL ESSAYS

Our ability to live wisely and gently in this fragile part of the he U.S. depends on innovative scientific research and ongoing environmental education of the people of the region.These essays are meant to address certain educational needs and to help to secure its future. These essays were originally written for high-school students to use as source material for term papers, and that seems to have happened. I hope they are interesting as well as educational.

TRAVEL ESSAYS

"Travel" as a generic heading is perhaps a stretch in the cases of several of these short essays, but, like the Four Forners Mysteries, they all have place-oriented themes of one sort or another. They are presented here more-or-less chronologically, and it will be seen that there is a bit of repetition in a couple of cases. In others, I have updated references.


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STORIES

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Lair is a short-short story appropriate for Halloween. I wrote it one winter after the winners of the Boulder Daily Camera's Haloween short-story contest appeared, thinking I would enter it the following year. But they didn't hold the contest again. Go figure.

Lair
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All Over the Place is a short novella for children in two parts. Both involve those mysterious childhood experiences that adults have forgotten and can no longer be part of. Part I: Pocket Full of Al suggests that not all common insects are as they seem, and Part II: Trollin' the Woods (which, for full disclosure, includes -- gasp -- some flatulence) involves help from an unexpected source.

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When the Wind Stopped, another short-short story written while house-bound just after Thanksgiving one year, provides a glimpse into how depressing late-autumn wind-storms along Colorado's Front Range can be.
When the Wind Stopped
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ROOTS

Appreciation of nature is a family tradition that extends back generations for me. One concrete example of this is about 75 years old, a series of essays by my maternal grandfather that he wrote for his magazine Nature Notes in the late 1930s and early '40s. Shortages of materials associated with World War II put an end to Nature Notes' short run, but the sentiments expressed in these editorial columns he called Through the Cabin Window foreshadow much of what has since become mainstream environmental thought. I spent many hours walking in the woods with Grandfather, and no doubt much of what he advocates in these columns rubbed off and has influenced my career.

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The generation responsible for defeating the Axis Powers in Wold War II and for subsequently creating the prosperous America in which we Baby Boomers grew up is ageing into history. It's therefore ever more relevant to preserve their experiences for the future. This is important not only for those individuals whose extraordinary experiences garnered fame, but also for the many others whose combined efforts, more quiet, more ordinary efforts, made such success possible.


One example, that of a U.S. Army Infantryman during the last year of the war, a first-person chronicle of a small part of the Battle of Luzon during the re-taking of the Philippines, is what I call "One Man's War" (another PDF).


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