Dear Earth; A Love Letter from Spring Hollow

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It was to be just a weekend retreat, the cabin Radine Trees Nehring and her husband, John, built with their own hands on the land they bought in the Arkansas Ozarks. All they wanted was a once-a-week refuge from the stress and trials of life in the big city one hundred miles away. But the air, the forest, and the wildlife in the place they named Spring Hollow had a haunting magic they could never quite leave behind when they drove away every Sunday evening. The more they learned about the secrets of nature in ...
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It was to be just a weekend retreat, the cabin Radine Trees Nehring and her husband, John, built with their own hands on the land they bought in the Arkansas Ozarks. All they wanted was a once-a-week refuge from the stress and trials of life in the big city one hundred miles away. But the air, the forest, and the wildlife in the place they named Spring Hollow had a haunting magic they could never quite leave behind when they drove away every Sunday evening. The more they learned about the secrets of nature in their country hideaway, the more reluctant they became to part from it. At last they realized that their hearts were always in Spring Hollow, and that was where they belonged too. They gave up their secure jobs to devote themselves full-time to tending and preserving the beautiful but fast-receding natural world they had come to cherish. Dear Earth: A Love Letter from Spring Hollow is Radine Nehring's warm and moving story of coming home to the whole earth. It is a window on her special world in the heart of America, a gentle guidebook for everyone, everywhere, who has ever sought moments of wonder and closeness with the natural world - whether in the city or in the country.

Dear Earth is Nehring's warm and moving story of coming home to the earth and learning to live with and preserve nature. It is a window on her special world in the heart of the Ozarks, a gentle guidebook for everyone who seeks moments of truth and closeness to the natural world--whether in the city or in the country.

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Patricia Hassler
Thoreau thought it was fine to build castles in the air as long as we put foundations under them. Radine Nehring has done exactly that. She presently holds court on a granite thinking bench as self-appointed queen of Spring Hollow. In 1978, she and husband John realized their weekends in the Arkansas Ozarks were more real than their "real" lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. So, the two lifelong dreamers purchased 12 acres in a dogwood-filled hollow and began a decade of double lives. They cleared a space, put up a cabin, installed a wood stove, dug a well, and became gentle landholders. Each weekend, they drove two hours to escape to a private Eden. There, like a veritable Adam and Eve of the Ozarks, they sought to understand why they love the land. There they learned the irony of spending weekdays busy as squirrels and weekends watching squirrels busier than they. In 1988, the Nehrings moved permanently to Spring Hollow where now John builds furniture while Radine builds books. This one is written in a clear, warm voice by a writer and environmentalist who unabashedly loves her husband, her land, and her granite" bench. Read it and dream.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963662026
  • Publisher: St Kitts Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

A desire to share the wonders of her world with others led Radine Trees Nehring to turn to writing after she moved to Spring Hollow in the Arkansas Ozarks. Her award-winning articles have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, many regional magazines and newspapers, and environmental publications.

An experienced reporter, she is heard in four states on her own weekly news program, broadcast from KWMQ Radio in Southwest City, Missouri. Her love for and interest in the environment has made her a popular public speaker throughout the Midwest.

Radine Nehring was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she lived until she and her husband discovered the Ozarks and were touched by the magic of the land. In 1988 they made Spring Hollow their permanent home.
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