Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature

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Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature

Wild Comfort The Solace of Nature In an effort to make sense of the deaths in quick succession of several loved ones Kathleen Dean Moore turned to the comfort of the wild making a series of solitary excursions into ancient forests

  • Title: Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature
  • Author: Kathleen Dean Moore
  • ISBN: 9781590307717
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Paperback
  • In an effort to make sense of the deaths in quick succession of several loved ones, Kathleen Dean Moore turned to the comfort of the wild, making a series of solitary excursions into ancient forests, wild rivers, remote deserts, and windswept islands to learn what the environment could teach her in her time of pain This book is the record of her experiences It s a stunniIn an effort to make sense of the deaths in quick succession of several loved ones, Kathleen Dean Moore turned to the comfort of the wild, making a series of solitary excursions into ancient forests, wild rivers, remote deserts, and windswept islands to learn what the environment could teach her in her time of pain This book is the record of her experiences It s a stunning collection of carefully observed accounts of her life tracking otters on the beach, cooking breakfast in the desert, canoeing in a snow squall, wading among migrating salmon in the dark but it is also a profound meditation on the healing power of nature.

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    1. Melki on said:

      Moore's first essay about snakes really grabbed me and raised my expectations, but the rest of the book was a long, rocky climb to see a view that wasn't worth the effort. These observations on nature were strangely lifeless and there was a weird, unpleasant tale about a child clutching a dead bird until its head popped off that was somehow supposed to be inspiring.The best lines in the book came from someone other than the author - Rachel Carson, Camus, Sartre, Chet Raymo, and this lovely senti [...]

    2. Susan Tweit on said:

      I have to confess up front: I was afraid to read this book. Not because I don't know and love Moore's thinking and writing; I do. Her essay "Testimony of the Marsh," from her book Holdfast is one of my favorites ever. I teach it in my creative writing workshops as an example of how to use lyrical nature writing to reveal truths at the heart of life. So I picked up Wild Comfort in delighted anticipation, until I read in the "Introduction," "I had set out to write a different book. I had begun to [...]

    3. Julie Christine on said:

      The Earth offers gift after gift—life and the living of it, light and the return of it, the growing things, the roaring things, fire and nightmares, falling water and the wisdom of friends, forgiveness. My god, the gift of forgiveness, time and the scouring tides. How does one accepts gifts as great as these and hold them in the mind?Seeking to make sense out of a series of personal tragedies, professor of philosophy, writer, and social activist Kathleen Dean Moore turned away from the social [...]

    4. Brian on said:

      An uneven and contradictory meander through confused philosophy written by a Depressive academic.

    5. Rochelle on said:

      Damn amazing proseis is a stunning book. Not just for the grieving, but for the living who love Nature and its many solaces, lovers who know how to just spend time together, for that is, ultimately, her message to everyone who peruses these pages--be a lover of Nature and what it can teach us about our place in the beauty. Do read her intro first--it is the opening premise and an important one. Really a beautiful find.

    6. Janell P on said:

      Beautifully written book. Every time I had to put the book down to come back to reality, I was disappointed. I'm going to check out the author's other writings to see if they measure up.

    7. Hunter James on said:

      Humans still have rudimentary sensing organs tucked into their brains, Jacobson’s organ. But they are withered and useless, the remains of the vomeronasal system that still sends messages from the snake’s tongue to its brain - withered and useless, like two rudimentary leg bones tucked under a boa’s skin, left over from the time when its ancestors scuttled like lizards. Now humans can no more sense the full meaning of the air than snakes can walk. If I were to sit in damp grass in the dark [...]

    8. Kristina on said:

      Excellent series of essays about the solace to be found in nature. Great read for springtime. Passages I liked:"I don't know what despair is, if it's something or nothing, a kind of filling up or an emptying out. I don't know what sorrow does to the world, what it adds or takes away. What I think I do know now is that sorrow is part of the Earth's great cycles""This is something that needs explaining, how light emerges from darkness, how comfort wells up from sorrow. The Earth holds every possib [...]

    9. Emily Crow on said:

      This book consists of a series of essays about the author's musings on her experiences in nature. As she explains in the introduction, she had recently lost several people who were close to her, and so the tone of the book tends to be rather melancholy and bittersweet. Overall, I enjoyed the book but I didn't love it.What I liked:The writing is very dense, poetic and lyrical.What I didn't like:The writing is very dense, poetic and lyrical.To be honest, this is not my favorite writing style. I pr [...]

    10. Susie on said:

      I know/know of Kathleen Dean Moore (she was on the board of an organization I worked for) and she is a lovely person and writer. Her gentle yet fierce spirit just exudes from this book, which I started eagerly and initially could not put down. I yearned, though, for change in the speaker, a narrative arc, such as you might find in a memoir or novel or even a book of linked essays: the writer's growth from gladness to sorrow. We learn on the book jacket, no spoiler, that she has written Wild Comf [...]

    11. Elly Sands on said:

      There is nothing like nature to soothe the soul and if you can't get out into it the way this author does then it sure helps to read her essays. I remember most her kayaking alone on a lake when it was snowing. I could feel the flakes melt into the water. Just the visual of that relaxes me and makes me happy. Her writing is lovely, her thoughts profound and more than once I stopped and reread many inspiring paragraphs. I stumbled over this book in the nature section in a local bookstore. I'm gla [...]

    12. Phair on said:

      Wonderful book! I will be buying a personal copy so I can hi-lite all the passages I want to remember rather than transcribing so much of the book into my reading journal. Love the authors views on nature, loss, happiness, spirituality, philosophy.

    13. LINDA on said:

      This book spoke to the way that I look at nature around me. I felt a connection to the authors zeal for nature, she paints for all of my senses with the simple arrangement of her words on the page.

    14. Beth on said:

      A series of absolutely gorgeous musings and meditations on what it means to be human in the natural world.

    15. Jamie on said:

      It's a meditation, a spiritual reflection. If that's your thing, I think you'll like it. If I owned a hard copy, I'd shelf it next to Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, if I owned a hard copy of that.

    16. Nancy Lewis on said:

      To be worthy of the astonishing world, a sense of wonder will be a way of life, in every place and time, no matter how familiar: to listen in the dark of every night, to praise the mystery of every returning day, to be astonished again and again, to be grateful with an intensity that cannot be distinguished from joy.

    17. Doranne Long on said:

      Each of Kathleen Dean Moore's books is profoundly moving! She captures the beauty and awesomeness of nature, which is all around us, and wraps it up with our own humanness.

    18. Amy on said:

      Beautiful writing. Some lovely insights into living and life, death and love and being human.

    19. Stephanie on said:

      If you have ever experienced really profound grief, you may have found yourself looking for answers. Answers that would be comforting. And even as the grief starts to slowly fade, the questions remain – what is life all about and what is the meaning of death? How will I face mortality when it comes? We are after all, by biology, selfish creatures. It is with some of these feelings and questions that Kathleen Dean Moore approached or at least how she tied together this series of essays about th [...]

    20. Jeff on said:

      Two weeks ago, when on the Au Sable River, I began reading this book. I’d kept it for just such an occasion and read about two-thirds of it while on the river. It’s the perfect book to read next to flowing water. This is my second book I’ve read by Moore. The first was Riverwalking, which were essays all centered around walks along the banks of rivers. Her voice is calming and you can hear the rippling of the water and the singing of the birds a [...]

    21. Hannah Jane on said:

      Perhaps the best essay in Wild Comfort is the piece that launches the collection, The Solace of Snakes. It’s possible that it’s my favorite essay because of her cunning implementation of snake tins (sheets of metal) to give snakes a proper home in a cleared field. Kathleen Dean Moore further explains her recordings each day as she carefully lifts the snake tins and examines the life beneath: “A large vole. . . dropping blind babies from her teats like ripe plums,” garter snakes, rubber b [...]

    22. Jen on said:

      I usually don't enjoy books that attempt to be about finding comfort in nature for some reason-- I liken the feeling to the dread when that well-meaning but somewhat pushy friend INSISTS that what you need right now is a hug, when they know you're not a hugger. That forced embrace is what most writers trying to paint the "nature heals us all" picture do for me. But Kathleen Dean Moore is different. Here is a beautifully written and humble book that truly captures the feeling of grieving, and see [...]

    23. Judy on said:

      Kathleen Moore writes beautifully! Each chapter has many quotable observations such as this: "The advancing edge of waves gathered moonlight and pushed it toward land. The line of light wavered there, shaking in the wind, then slid out to sea. And so it was, up and down the beach, a rim of light riding in on the swash and slipping back into the night. I was happy then, standing in the surge with lines of moonlight catching on my rubber boots. This is something that needs explaining, how light em [...]

    24. Kenzie on said:

      There were several essays that really struck me with beautiful writing and thinking--the essay about snakes in springtime was so beautiful. One favorite passage:"For how smart we think we are, how facile with words, we don't have a word for this feeling, the feeling of being blessed by belonging. If the universe is an unfolding bud, then I am a part of its creative surge, along with the flowing of water and the growing of pines. I can find a kind of camaraderie in this universe, once I recover f [...]

    25. Laura on said:

      This was a beautifully written, poetic collection of nature essays. The author is a philosophy professor, and I loved the philosophical rumblings of many of the essays. I am interested in finding more of her writings & now planning a trip to Mt. St. Helens. Reading was a bit slow for my - the essays are beautiful and thought-provoking, so I wanted to savor and mull over them. Recommended.The book is described as being a collection that grew from the author's grief a several people she knew p [...]

    26. Dorothy on said:

      Irritating. Depressing. Pretentious. The author thinks she's being "meaningful" and "poetic", but her writing and her attitude are both crap. I could barely make myself read beyond the first chapter, but got to page 40 and skimmed the rest. Unsettling, leaves you in a bad mood. BLECH! Also: who loves nature and also burns her trash on the beach for the ocean to wash away?! Crazy lady, I do not understand you.(This month we had two books for book club, and I wish I had read this one first! Then I [...]

    27. Gregory Smiley on said:

      I discovered Kathleen Dean Moore via her piece in the December 2012 issue of The Sun (thesunmagazine/issues/444/). I first read Riverwalking after reading the Sun piece, but it was Wild Comfort that really hooked me.I can recall only 1 other book in the past 30 years that has brought tears to my eyes and Wild Comfort is one of them (the other being The Book Thief by Markus Zusak). This is the power of Kathleen's words. The power to bring tears to a grown man's eyes while eating a burrito in a re [...]

    28. Jane H on said:

      "Do not be surprised that the return of the light lifts your spirits. Do not be surprised that warmth on your back calms you and makes you glad. Feel your spirits lift as the sun rises higher in the sky: this is part of you, this snaky gladness, part of who you have been for a million years. Find the warm places; do not expect them to come to you. When you find them, stay there and be still. Be still and watchful. In this quiet, taste the air. Lick up the taste of it. Listen. Listen with the ful [...]

    29. Wendy Feltham on said:

      Wild Comfort is a lovely book, a collection of essays about being in nature while grieving for friends who died. Kathleen Dean Moore writes really well, especially her descriptions of places and moods, the light and dark, the juxtaposition of life and grief. She draws you into her world of close examination of the natural world, species by species, camping trip after boat journey, while being a thoughtful philosopher and wife. In a way this was too much to read as a book. It would have worked be [...]

    30. Stacey on said:

      This was a beautiful book! I loved it, and could hardly put it down. I did not find it sad at all, it was a wonderful journey that this woman went on accepting the sorrow that sometimes comes into our life. This is something to experience, and move with, and then let it wash over and through you. Its beautiful stories of how nature held her as she was sad and healed her so that she could remember the beauty in each person that she lost (and not dwell on the sadness of losing them, but celebrate [...]

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