A Sanctuary of Trees

A Sanctuary of Trees

Beechnuts, Birdsongs, Baseball Bats, and Benedictions

Book - 2012
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"As author Gene Logsdon puts it, 'We are all tree huggers.' But not just for sentimental or even environmental reasons. Humans have always depended on trees for our food, shelter, livelihood, and safety. In many ways, despite the Grimm's fairy-tale version of the dark, menacing forest, most people still hold a deep cultural love of woodland settings, and feel right at home in the woods. In this latest book, A Sanctuary of Trees, Logsdon offers a loving tribute to the woods, tracing the roots of his own home groves in Ohio back to the Native Americans and revealing his own history and experiences living in many locations, each of which was different, yet inextricably linked with trees and the natural world. Whether as an adolescent studying at a seminary or as a journalist living just outside Philadelphia's city limits, Gene has always lived and worked close to the woods, and his curiosity and keen sense of observation have taught him valuable lessons about a wide variety of trees: their distinct characteristics and the multiple benefits and uses they have. In addition to imparting many fascinating practical details of woods wisdom, A Sanctuary of Trees is infused with a philosophy and descriptive lyricism that is born from the author's passionate and lifelong relationship with nature:There is a point at which the tree shudders before it begins its descent. Then slowly it tips, picks up speed, often with a kind of wailing death cry from rending wood fibers, and hits the ground with a whump that literally shakes the earth underfoot. The air, in the aftermath, seems to shimmy and shiver, as if saturated with static electricity. Then follows an eerie silence, the absolute end to a very long life. Fitting squarely into the long and proud tradition of American nature writing, A Sanctuary of Trees also reflects Gene Logsdon's unique personality and perspective, which have marked him over the course of his two dozen previous books as the authentic voice of rural life and traditions" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., 2012.
ISBN: 9781603584012
Characteristics: vi, 237 p. : ill. (mostly col.) ; 23 cm.

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universalPuppy Sep 16, 2012

The architect and manager of the forests is the sun, not humans... (pg 94)

universalPuppy Sep 16, 2012

We try to make nature grow at the artificial rate that money grows, which leads to one fiscal crisis after another, not to mention food of questionable nutrition. (pg 178)

universalPuppy Sep 16, 2012

... a safe, secure economy is one that functions best when humans and nature join hands in individual effort that cannot be mass-produced. Mass production means mass manipulation too. (pg 178)

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universalPuppy Nov 05, 2012

I loved this book! It is equal parts memoir, American history, how-to and fun facts about trees. Very soothing to read after a stressful day at work - it's almost as good as a walk in the woods!

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