Sic Vita: Such is life
GROW OLD AND DIE YOUNG.
A new kind of book, full of new ideas and entertaining story.
Bollingen Prize winning writer Fred Chappell says, "Here is memoir, meditation, poetry, photo/art gallery, nature notebook, scientific ponderance, and exhortation for the protection of the wild. It is handsome to look at, fun to repage through, a joy to display . . . a collector's item. Fuiture folks will come looking."
The pages weave science and personal experience into a profound revelation of our place and meaning in the natural world. As one reader says, "It is "a book to come back to again and again, for a conversation with life itself."
It's a new book, a new form of memoir, an honest, sometimes humorous look at our passage through life and our place in the natural world, but never despair, doom, or gloom.
Only when we can fall in love with the world that does not love us back, the world that will ultimately consume us, only then do we fully realize our most positive human power. You know the deep-rooted adage that two people fall in love and become as one. Each individual mirrors the passion of the other. We feel the truth of this oneness when we lose a loved one and we feel a piece of us is gone. So, how can we say we love nature when nature shows no love for us, does not acknowledge either our cruelty or our kindness?
The answer is a paradox. We are one of millions of forms life takes. We are made of the same molecules and atoms as lifeless mountains, clouds, and oceans, stars and comets. Yet we are uniquely different because we are conscious, because we can remember the past and imagine the future, and because we can love.
We want to preserve what we love. Grow Old And Die Young is that necessary love story. Through the story of a man who has traveled much of the world and seen its achievements and tragedies, this story connects the soggy, muddy, salty, marshy, mosquito clouded, and subtly beautiful world of coastal wetlands to every human heart.
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