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The Pine Island Paradox

by Kathleen Dean Moore

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Loved this book. I would say that every oil executive who has anything to do with the Gulf oil disaster should be required to read and memorize this book. I have to believe that we, humans, are 'seamlessly connected to the natural world.' and 'our individual well-being can't be disconnected from the systems that sustain us.' And, 'we ought to act in ways that preserve the web of human-biotic relationships we cherish and depend on... our moral responsibility to care for the land [ocean] grows from our love for the land [ocean] and from the intricate life-giving relationships between people and their places. ... we have to take moral responsibility for the well-being of the air, the water, the land.' ( )
  lnlamb | May 31, 2010 |
Some deep conversations of the natural world. ( )
  ldallara | Jan 11, 2009 |
My favorite way to spend an evening is to settle down in one of the big, overstuffed chairs at the local coffee shop with a latte and a book of essays. I'm pretty sure essays, and nature essays in particular, are my favorite form of expression. I love to know what someone else is thinking, and how they came to think it. And I love to compare notes with my own experiences in nature. This is the third book of essays I've read by Kathleen Dean Moore, and maybe the best of the lot. She is a philosophy professor and about my age, with children my children's ages, and I am always thinking to myself when I am reading her, “Here is a person I'd like to go hiking with.” I haven't spent a great deal of time in the Pacific Northwest that she writes about, but my oldest son just moved to Seattle, so I plan to visit soon. Meantime, I have to be careful talking this to the coffee shop. Several of her essays had me teary-eyed, and one, about her father, left me weeping out loud. Left-over grief from his passing last October, no doubt, but it felt wonderful to share that experience with someone who understood the way it feels. ( )
  co_coyote | Mar 23, 2008 |
By a philosophy prof and nature writer. Essays on stitching together the rent-asunder, mostly set in Alaska and Oregon. (She owns property on the Mary's River. She never described where it was, but I'm betting that it's between Blodget and Wren.) ( )
  alic | Jan 9, 2007 |
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A talented storyteller and sage philosopher, the author of Riverwalking shares personal stories about the separation of humankind from nature, challenging Western notions that such a divide is possible, even sacred. In this warm, stimulating brew of personal stories, acclaimed author Kathleen Dean Moore uses the metaphor of an island to challenge the cynicism inherent in the Western worldview. A gifted storyteller with a sly sense of humor, Moore explores three separations brought to us by Enlightenment philosophers: separation of human from nature, of things near and far away, and of the sacred from the mundane. Challenging each, such as Descartes' idea that humans have a discrete consciousness and can alter creation while remaining unaltered themselves, she reveals why such divisions don't tally with the values expressed daily in the way people live. Moore disguises her philosophical explorations in stories: about vacationing on a tiny island in Alaska, visiting her father in the hospital, watching grouse perform their mating dance in the desert. Throughout, she shows that, when properly observed, the world is full of opportunities to find hidden connections.… (more)

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