Bonelight: Ruin and Grace in the New Southwest

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When Upstate New Yorker Mary Sojourner reluctantly agreed to visit the Grand Canyon of Arizona nearly two decades ago, she little suspected that she was about to lose her heart to the daunting, gut-wrenching beauty of the Southwest, or that she would shortly find there a home, a passion for the land, and a cause in protecting it. Since then, she has become acclaimed as an environmental writer and respected as a grassroots activist protesting the heedless development of the Southwest's increasingly precious and ...
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When Upstate New Yorker Mary Sojourner reluctantly agreed to visit the Grand Canyon of Arizona nearly two decades ago, she little suspected that she was about to lose her heart to the daunting, gut-wrenching beauty of the Southwest, or that she would shortly find there a home, a passion for the land, and a cause in protecting it. Since then, she has become acclaimed as an environmental writer and respected as a grassroots activist protesting the heedless development of the Southwest's increasingly precious and embattled open spaces. The essays collected in bonelight reflect Sojourner's southwestern journey from greenhorn to old-timer, from tourist to committed defender of the land and the human communities that share it. She writes of exploring the deserts, forests, canyons, mountains, and river rapids of the Southwest, and of her passionate love for this austere and ravishing landscape; of family, friends, and lovers, a woman's wary passage into middle age, the discovery of peace and balance in the execution of mundane chores and in the close observation of natural surroundings; of the ways that development is destroying the Southwest's fragile beauty, and of the greed and spiritual emptiness that motivate much of this development. There is humor here, and adventure, and the intense intimacy of a writer who dares to confront the world around her with bold candor and a lover's tender gaze. Mary Sojourner's Southwest is a world that, through these graceful and engaging essays, we can all share -- and fall in love with.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
First Meeting 3
Opening 5
Connection 6
Greenhorn 8
Hunting 13
Spirit Level 14
Belly 18
Watershed 29
Reclamation 32
She Changes Everything She Touches 34
Blood Moon 36
Stone Eggs 38
Shattered 41
White Piano 43
Lupine 45
Listen 47
Going Through 49
Ragged 53
Ceremonies 55
You Could Say I'm Your Neighbor 58
Beautiful Weed 61
Bonelight 64
Real-Estate Porn 67
Running Out 70
Compromise: Ghost Dance of the New West? 72
Don't Tell 75
Portal Canyon 77
On the Street - 2000 80
Super Downtown 83
Big Ditch 86
Fire Ants 91
Flip 93
On and On 97
Coming Home 100
Buckskin 102
Wild Rose 109
Desert Tortoise, Meet the Annihilator 114
Chasing Sevens 117
Bitch Bitch Bitch 120
Grace 131
Guadalupe Project 133
November, 1997, Dear Jason 134
Mile Markers 137
Rank Stranger 140
Wild Heart 142
Monsoon 144
Controlled Burn 146
Stretch 147
Closing 149
Outliving the Enemy 155
Outliving the Enemy - Again 157
The Black Work 163
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