I’m not very good at checking proofs – not of things I wrote – because I let the words on the page take me back to the ideas and the places and the species about which I was writing. Surely all writers are like that?
So, I’ve been thinking about Wyalusing WI, Cincinnati OH, Henderson KY, Ithaca NY, Petoskey MI and a host of other places.
I’ve been thinking of old trees, beechmast, free-ranging pigs (or hogs), snow cover and the American chestnut.
I’ve thought of axes, and guns, and nets, and bows and arrows.
I’ve thought of Arlie Schorger, John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, Aldo Leopold and John Muir.
And, perhaps surprisingly (as you have not read what I have written), I’ve been reminded of standing by a grave in Ohio, a speech from President Obama, a racist conversation, biofuels and bison.
Publication date 10 July 2014.