The Great Conservation Divide

BOOK REVIEW

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LCW Member Dave Foreman
The Great Conservation Divide
Conservation vs Resourcism on America’s Public Lands
2014, Ravens Eye Press
Paperback, 318 pages
In a perfect world, people would find common ground and work together – but in our imperfect world that happens only too rarely. Dave Foreman’s book, The Great Conservation Divide, is a history of many differences of opinion, direction and goals among conservationists. The only agreement seems to lie, briefly, in the need for conservation. A recounting of past conflicts, wins and losses, the breadth and depth of the movement told here are not only an interesting read but can be useful to those striving today to continue this work. Foreman’s “Quick, Quirky Word Hoard” is just one of the ways Foreman raises awareness. It also serves to focus the reader on meaning within his text, on views that would, I think, be missed if he hadn’t given such specific definitions, many of which change focus for the reader and promotes understanding and comprehension of his subject matter. It will add some new words to your vocabulary. So read The Great Conservation Divide for the history, the list of accomplishments and compromises, losses and gains; read it to learn about those who worked to preserve and conserve, to pass laws and to create movements. Read it to understand better what the natural world is and to see more clearly what has happened, is happening and might happen. Read it to decide what you want to do and what you can try to make a difference.
–Judy Volc

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Seasons of Contemplation

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BOOK REVIEW
ILCW Member L.M. Browning
Seasons of Contemplation
A Book of Midnight Meditations
2015, Homebound Publications
Paperback, 94 pages

In Seasons of Contemplation, Browning offers the reader humble yet impacting meditations on the topics of religion, connection, mindfulness, ecology, the spiritual journey, and the perils of modern culture. The ruminations gathered within these pages provide simple insights that help bring sense to the chaos and hustle of our daily life.  Direct and unpretentious, Browning once again reminds us that “Becoming aware of the dearness in what might otherwise be regarded as mundane is the ultimate form of insight.”
“L.M. Browning had me at the opening rumination to Seasons of Contemplation where she acknowledges the tiredness many of this generation feel, ‘not of the body but of the spirit.’ Like a Dark Night of the Soul for the digital age, Browning’s midnight meditations don’t sugarcoat life’s dilemmas. Instead, with refreshing honesty and vulnerability, Browning encourages us to ‘wade into the silence and listen.’ Sage advice, delivered gracefully yet boldly, characterizes this beautiful book, which will speak clearly to anyone who ever awakens in the night to wrestle with the unknowable.”
—Kate Sheehan Roach, Editor, Contemplative Journal