Items by Melissa Hart

A bird’s song adds wonder to the world
A bird’s song adds wonder to the world
If a song defines a place, what does it mean to lose it?
Why we should reconsider the starling
Why we should reconsider the starling
An author explores the unlikely relationship between a musical genius and avian pariah.
Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, revisited
Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, revisited
A new book examines six decades of transformation in Monterey, California.
Insights from a climate oasis
Insights from a climate oasis
Author Kathleen Alcalá on learning to become an activist.
How my adopted daughter made peace with the outdoors
How my adopted daughter made peace with the outdoors
If our daughter couldn’t tolerate nature, how would we integrate her into our world?
The mysteries of the everyday
The mysteries of the everyday
A writer and her family court the unknown.
Encouraging more ‘nerds of color’
Encouraging more ‘nerds of color’
A conversation with L.A. writer Jervey Tervalon.
Cracks in the urban-chic facade
Cracks in the urban-chic facade
Review of 'The Residue Years' by Mitchell S. Jackson
Exploring the intersection of animal and human
Exploring the intersection of animal and human
A review of Survival Skills by Jean Ryan.
A survivor, searching for soul
A survivor, searching for soul
A review of The Old Man’s Love Story by Rudolfo Anaya
Desert solitude, desert community
Desert solitude, desert community
A book review of Brother and the Dancer by Keenan Norris
Investigating an epic war of populations
Investigating an epic war of populations
In "The Searchers," Glenn Frankel examines the myth of the kidnapping of Cynthia Ann Parker by Comanche Indians.
A fresh take on an old crime: A review of The Case of D.B. Cooper's Parachute
A fresh take on an old crime: A review of The Case of D.B. Cooper's Parachute
Novelist William L. Sullivan re-opens the case of Dan Cooper, the parachuting plane hijacker
A tribute to solitude and community: A review of Tributary
A tribute to solitude and community: A review of Tributary
Colorado resident Barbara K. Richardson crafts a novel about a pioneer girl finding her own salvation in Mormon Utah.
Generosity of voice and heart: A review of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Generosity of voice and heart: A review of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild describes her arduous trek along the Pacific Crest Trail as she seeks to recover from life-changing grief.
Meditations on craft: A review of What I Learned at Bug Camp
Meditations on craft: A review of What I Learned at Bug Camp
Sarah Juniper Rabkin's new essay collection is the intriguing, wide-ranging What I Learned at Bug Camp: Essays on Finding a Home in the World.
Princess for a Day
Princess for a Day
An Oregon nonprofit allows young girls from troubled homes to become a Princess for a Day.
Of rivers, boats and baseball umpires
Of rivers, boats and baseball umpires
The essays in Robin Cody's Another Way the River Has range all over the map but somehow lead back to the river.
The kindness of hunters
The kindness of hunters
After a lifetime of despising and fearing guns, a woman is blindsided by the everyday kindness shown by two hunters.
Confronting life's essentials
Confronting life's essentials
Two recent memoirs -- Siesta Lane by Amy Minato and Lift by Rebecca K. O'Connor -- raise questions about the meaning of home, for both humans and falcons.
The bizarre intersection of humanity and nature
The bizarre intersection of humanity and nature
The short stories in Laura Chester’s Rancho Weirdo revolve around the unexpected interactions of middle-class people with nature.
The vitality of language
The vitality of language
A mother introduces her newly adopted child to the birds at a raptor rehabilitation center and teaches her their names.
Of flotsam and jetsam
Of flotsam and jetsam
In Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Island Debris, naturalist Bonnie Henderson traces the origins of the strange things she finds on the Oregon seashore.
John Daniel: A good animal, too
John Daniel: A good animal, too
The unlikely path to becoming an environmental writer, memoirist and poet.
Let it mellow
Let it mellow
Melissa Hart remembers her eccentric, independent great-grandmother, who taught her about reuse and recycling long before it was fashionable.
The owl and I
Melissa Hart’s relationship with an owl transforms her life
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