"To see a world in a grain of sand..."
William Blake - Auguries of Innocence
Could you be captured by another world?
Robin Wall Kimmerer may capture you with her observations, insights and enthusiasm for the realm of mosses. She sees universal connections between these small lives and our larger world.
Dr. Kimmerer is a Plant Biologist, a mother of two daughters, a Potawatomi Native American (well grounded in her heritage), an Associate Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology- and an engaging writer. She views the world of mosses through all these facets of her life, and provides great reflections on how even small parts of our ecosystem bind us all into a whole. You'll learn about the sharply defined striations of life on cliffsides beside streams, how mosses influence the lives of Dr. Kimmerer's teenage daughters, and uncover the tiny wildlife communities that inhabit these ancient lifeforms. Dr. Kimmerer's understanding of the diversity and variety of these small plants informs her understanding of our planet, and our species' place within the network of life. And- how we live our daily lives and interact with one another. This book helped me see my yard and garden in a new way, and I now include mosses as a weclome and featured component.
This book won Dr. Kimmerer the John Burroughs Medal, awarded each year to a distinguished book of natural history.
This is a lovely book.... like the miniature forests that mosses create: lovely, dark, and deep.