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Finding a Clear Path

By: Jim Minick(Author)

West Virginia University Press

Paperback | Mar 2006 | #237490 | ISBN: 0937058971
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Finding a Clear Path intertwines literature, agriculture, and ecology as author Jim Minick takes the reader on many journeys, allowing you to float on a pond, fly with a titmouse, gather ginseng, and grow the lowly potato. The reader visits monarch butterflies and morel mushrooms, encountering beavers, black snakes, and bloodroot along the way. Using his background as a blueberry farmer, gardener and naturalist, Minick explores the Appalachian region and also introduces information that can be appreciated from a scientific point of view, explaining, for example, the ears of an owl, or the problems with the typical Christmas tree. Reading this collection of essays invites you to search for ways to better understand and appreciate this marvelous world, opening paths for journeys of your own.

http://www.nhbs.com/product/94424"In Finding a Clear Path, Jim Minick maps the trails, real and metaphorical, that twine through the ancient Appalachian hills and through the hearts of those who love them, gracefully uniting the land, the wildlife, and its people."
– Scott Weidensaul, author Mountains of the Heart

"In Finding a Clear Path, Jim Minick walks woods, gardens, and fields with a poet's eye; his seeing is sharp, his knowledge deep, his sentences tough and lean. And he is as practical as a farmer's almanac, too, offering not only observations and reflections, but advice on country matters of all kinds. Minick knows that on this lovely, flawed planet of ours, much is well."
– Richard Hague, author of Ripenings and Milltown Natural

"Jim Minick is blessed with brevity. Each of his one to three page essays meditates on one small thing, yet manages to enhance our understanding of the whole wide world. Readers be warned: seeing the macrocosm in a microcosm is a dangerous subversion of the normal egocentric human perspective, and may cause changes in attitude."
– Chris Bolgiano, author The Appalachian Forest and Living in the Appalachian Forest

" [...] Finding a Clear Path is a beautifully wrought example of nature writing and environmental advocacy at its most appealing."
– John C. Inscoe, Journal of Appalachian Studies


Contents

    Walking
        Finding a Clear Path
        Creases
        Walking in the World of Language
    Naming it All
        Naming What You Love
        Seasons' Dance
        The River of Spring
        Small, Bright Glows of Spring
        Drive
        Cruel April
        Longevity
        Snake Stories
    Floating
        Springs, Strong and Sweet
        To Pond
        The Return of the Beaver
        Sea Turtles
    Flying
        Nests
        Birding by Car
        Vanishing Birds
        Monarchs: Flying Poetry
        Mirrored Intruder
        Terrifying Beauty
        Counting Birds at Christmas
        Homes for the Holidays
    Gathering
        Miacle Morels
        Have Fungi, But Ne Careful
        The Bridge of Antlers
        Growing Ginseng
        A "Woods Garden" Full of Cohosh
        Wineberries—Wild, Red Jewels
        In Praise of Pawpaws
    Growing
        Food Security, or Do You Know Where That Egg Came From?
        Grow a Patch of Your Own
        Some Kind of Habit
        How to Get the Good Bugs In
        Summertime, Winter Work
        Gray Buffalo
        Beans, Bovines, and Beetles
        Groundhogs
        Health, Hunger, and Hunting
        Footprints, or We All Have Big Feet
        For the Love of Chicken
        The Holy, Lowly Spud
        Claiming Ground
        Corn Mazes
        Cussed Yellow Jackets
        Shocked
        We Create the World We Eat: The Benefits of Organic Food
        Beyond Organic
        Star Linked
        Not Ready for Roundup's Results
        Zone
        The Trouble With "Waste"
    Working Among Trees
        Sunlight on Willow
        Hitting the Mark
        Masonry Stoves
        Praise for One Tough Tree
        The Slow Work of Healing
        Green Lumber, Green Profits: Sustainable Forestry in Appalachia
        A Rision Tide Floats All Logs
        A Different Fire: The Southern Pine Beetle
        Bullish Invasives
        Eastern Hemlocks Fade from our Forests
        Beyond Bare-Ground: Organic Christmas Trees in the South
        Bowls for Christmas
        Handmade
    Following Myself Home
        Night Walking
        Following Myself Home
    Appendix


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Biography

Jim Minick lives, writes and farms in southwest Virginia, while also teaching writing and literature at Radford University. His poems and essays have appeared in many books and periodicals including Orion, Shenandoah, YES!, Natural Home, Encyclopedia of Appalachia, Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Heritage, and Wind. Since 1996, Minick has written a regular column for The Roanoke Times New River Current as well as other articles that have appeared in major newspapers throughout the south.

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