Home Mountains: Reflections from a Western Middle Age

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After a youth spent in the East in quiet rebellion and discontent, the author writes about the middle-age surprise of finding herself at home in the intermountain region of southeastern Idaho. Indeed, she finds joy in coming to terms with various "homes" - with life choices, with family, with philosophical concepts, with quirks in her own personality, and with the need to keep adapting to life's continuing changes." "Interwoven in this collection of personal essays is a deep feeling and love for her adopted home ...
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After a youth spent in the East in quiet rebellion and discontent, the author writes about the middle-age surprise of finding herself at home in the intermountain region of southeastern Idaho. Indeed, she finds joy in coming to terms with various "homes" - with life choices, with family, with philosophical concepts, with quirks in her own personality, and with the need to keep adapting to life's continuing changes." "Interwoven in this collection of personal essays is a deep feeling and love for her adopted home - the Intermountain West. It has touched Swetnam with its beautiful, wild expanses and its sometimes eccentric human occupants. Swetnam's recognition of her own increasing foundation and maturity counters the assumption that youth must represent the apex of life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780874221893
  • Publisher: Washington State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Northwest Voices Essays Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    Real woman; great stories

    Although Dr. Susan Swetnam is an award winning professor, public servant, researcher, humanitarian, athlete, baker, and knitter, along with being a well published author, it is clear, after reading Home Mountains, she is most importantly a real woman. The collection of charming personal essays, recounts life experiences which can be read for simple entertainment, as a good read, or can be interpreted for a deeper, more individual meaning. It's easy to visualize the characters in Swetnam's stories, from the 'heavy-set, tightly-permanented woman' taking entries at the County Fair, to the Beauty horse with 'her short cocoa legs and stocky golden brown body extended in an exaggerated waking cat pull, black mane tossed out of her eyes.' Swetnam's appreciation of her home mountains, located in the Caribou National Forest, will entice the reader to look again at their own home 'mountains' and find deeper awareness of their physical surroundings. The lessons learned from Swetnam's life parallel meanings readers can identify with. Such as facing the fears that came from her childhood, including the fear of fire, and worse, the fear of living the mundane life of her parents. Along with using the fear of losing the love of her life, in order to keep her eyes open and alert to the life she has with him. In addition, the reader will rejoice with Swetnam as she transforms her humble, vulnerable, and often humorous experiences into insightful examples, learning, among other things, the importance of ordinary time and casual relationships, and leting go, and the pleasures of being alone and how it feels to be loved. The essays can be read individually in small doses to be thought about, or straight through with out being overwhelming. The articles stand alone, but blend together nicely. Take an afternoon and get lost in Swetnam's life, laugh at her characters, envision her mountains, and try not to fall in love with her husband.

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