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“Nature writing at its most lyrical.”—Shambhala Sun
“Moore recounts with descriptive poignancy how moonlight rides the waves toward shore; how a rubber boa relaxes and comes alive in the warmth of the human hand; how it can feel to sit in the sun, savoring the air with a sense that is not quite smell, not quite taste, but something in between. [Wild Comfort] is an invitation to us to experience our own belonging.”—Yes! magazine
“Introspectives looking for nature writing in the vein of Rachel Carson or Annie Dillard will appreciate Wild Comfort, not only for its sensual imagery, but also for its informative and encouraging tone. Moore’s impeccable attention to detail and vivid descriptions invoking all five senses are constant.”—ForeWord Reviews
“With attention to the smallest details of the natural world, this very personal book unites our emotional world with the world that surrounds us.”—Sierra Club’s blog The Green Life
"This slender collection of essays moves as powerfully and inevitably as a tide. Wild Comfort may be rooted in grief, in loss, in darkness, but Moore 's words carry us inexorably toward light and hope."— Story Circle Book Reviews
“Wild Comfort is a richly poetic book, tipsy with life, and Moore a wonderful guide to the wilderness and our own wildness. It’s a book brimming with wonder, sorrow, happiness, and the intricate designs of nature that can surprise and sustain us all.”—Diane Ackerman, author of The Zookeeper’s Wife
“Kathleen Dean Moore is a writer whose senses, heart, generosity, and intellect open in every direction. This book, filled with knowledge of the natural and human worlds, is a superb naturalist’s handbook. It is also a praise book: an illuminated manuscript whose life overspills its own borders. In its grounded wisdoms, humility, curiosity, and in the kaleidoscope beauty of its descriptions, Wild Comfort reminds how to see, how to sing; how to welcome, with equal gravity and grace, whatever asks entrance into our lives. It is destined to become a classic.”—Jane Hirshfield
“What nature gives, it takes away. Kathleen Dean Moore feels the ache of this truth in her bones. And yet in spite of grieving over the death of friends, the extinction of species, and the tattering of Earth's web, she finds comfort in natural and human creations, in symphonies and snakes, in science and stars, in the beauty constantly upwelling from the mystery we call life. This book itself is such a consoling creation, a cause for gratitude and joy.”—Scott Russell Sanders, author of A Private History of Awe
“Moore’s descriptions are powerfully visceral. Readers will find that the world seems larger, wilder, and yet safer than they had thought—more beautiful and more like home.”—Book Page
“This collection of essays, reveries, and meditations interweaves keen observations of the natural world with descriptions of wilderness travel, conversations, stories, and philosophical musings. It is easy to imagine Moore lying next to Plato, intensely focused and observant, pointing out the natural world’s soothing and transformative miracles. She excels at it.”—The Oregonian
“ Moore turns over rocks and describes what she finds—even if, like a seething mass of snakes, it lacks traditional beauty. This makes her experiences with nature extremely readable.”—The Southwest Portland Post
"Good writers, like good friends, are equal parts familiarity and surprise, giving us, upon each encounter, both the pleasure of routine and the promise of something new. Such a writer is Kathleen Dean Moore. Moore has a nice way of shaking us awake by turning convention on its ear.”—The Advocate
About the Author
- Publisher : Trumpeter (March 9, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1590307712
- ISBN-13 : 978-1590307717
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.57 x 8.45 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #218,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moore's insight into the details of the natural world she inhabits and explores, enhanced by her ability to describe and express it in words, truly astound. It's like she renders me a video camera, observing everything she sees, including a zoom lens and time lapse photography to watch nature unfold in my imagination. I can see the multicolored feather she picks out of the windrow on the beach to preserve in her pocket for the dark days of winter.
Moore's powers of observation become deep meditations inside the natural world, augmented by her ability to transfer that meditation to corollaries deep within human nature in a profoundly illuminating way - yes, full of light!
This book brings to mind Rumi's poem, "I Have Such a Teacher":
Last night my teacher taught me the lesson poverty, having nothing and wanting nothing.
I am naked
standing inside a mine of rubies,
clothed in red silk.
I absorb the shining,
and now I see the ocean,
billions of simultaneous
motions moving in me.
A circle of lovely, quiet people
becomes a ring on my finger.
Then the wind and thunder
of rain on the way.
I have such a teacher.
I find consolation, inspiration, and my (only) "spirituality" in nature and am an avid outdoorsperson. This was just up my ally when I needed to unwind from all the tasks related to putting a loved one to "rest" and consoling others. I can recommend it for anyone who loves nature, who is recovering from a loss, or for a gift to someone who has lost a loved one. That's just about everyone.
But this author has gorgeous poetic writing; the real adventure of time spent observing nature; a soothing voice of speculation on the state of things. So I fell in love with Moore's experiences in nature, even the violent ones. I saved reading this book until bedtime when her calming voice put me in a frame of mind receptive to reflection and relaxation.
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I read this book because it was a choice made by our women's book club. All of us loved it, although some did find it difficult at the beginning. Definitely recommended reading!