Kathleen Dean Moore
Contributor residences (city, state or country if outside the US or Canada): Eugene, OR
Kathleen Dean Moore is best known as the author of award-winning books about cultural and spiritual connections to wet, wild placesThe Pine Island Paradox (2004), which opens on a sea-washed island in Alaska, Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World (1999), stories from the edge of the sea; and Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water (1995), written about Oregon rivers. Riverwalking won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award and was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award; Holdfast won the 2000 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. The Pine Island Paradox was chosen as a Top Ten Northwest Book of the Year by the Portland Oregonian. Her essays are widely published and anthologized, appearing in magazines such as Orion, Discover, Audubon, Wild Earth, Hope, and Field and Stream.
Moore is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University whom spends her time writing, reading, exploring the wild world around her with friends and family, and speaking to audiences of conservationists, ecologists, and others who love the land and the sea. Her audiences range from National Park Rangers and fisheries biologists to river activists, professional foresters, and young philosophers.
The Pine Island Paradox: Making Connections in a Disconnected Worldby Kathleen Dean Moore
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Can the love reserved for family and friends be extended to a place? In her latest book, acclaimed author Kathleen Dean Moore reflects on how deeply the environment is entrenched in the human spirit, despite the notion that nature and humans are somehow separate. Moore's essays, deeply felt and often funny, make connections in what can appear to be a disconnected world. Written in parable form, her stories of family and friends of wilderness excursions with her husband and children, camping trips with students, blowing up a dam, her daughter's arrest for protesting the war in Iraq affirm an impulse of caring that belies the abstract division of humans from nature, of the sacred from the mundane. Underlying these wonderfully engaging stories is the author’s belief in a new ecological ethic of care, one that expands the idea of community to include the environment, and embraces the land as family.
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I love reading all of Kathleen Dean Moore's books. I usually read them over again at least once a year. She is a master at describing the miraculous mysteries of this earth and challenges us to see them too.