Walking through the Seasons: Observations and Reflections

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In Marilyn Webb Neagley's award-winning book, Walking through the Seasons, this native Vermonter observes the changing seasons, landscape, and wildlife with a naturalist's keen eye and reverent spirit. In this four-season collection of short and contemplative vignettes Neagley takes careful note when the red-winged blackbirds return, wildflowers bloom, and snapping turtles lay their eggs. Walking through the Seasons was a gold medal winner in best regional nonfiction awarded by the Independent Publisher Book ...
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Overview

In Marilyn Webb Neagley's award-winning book, Walking through the Seasons, this native Vermonter observes the changing seasons, landscape, and wildlife with a naturalist's keen eye and reverent spirit. In this four-season collection of short and contemplative vignettes Neagley takes careful note when the red-winged blackbirds return, wildflowers bloom, and snapping turtles lay their eggs. Walking through the Seasons was a gold medal winner in best regional nonfiction awarded by the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2009 for excellence in independent publishing.
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What People Are Saying

Gale Lawrence
"Marilyn Webb Neagley has the eye of an artist, the voice of a poet, and the heart of a naturalist. In this collection of her short seasonal meditations, she offers us a calendar of the natural year. Her observations are full of wonderful details, such as when the crows come back, when different wildflowers bloom, what monarchs are doing from when they arrive to when they leave, even when snapping turtles lay their eggs and gray squirrels mate - all of which alert us to what we should be looking for when. Marilyn's sensory prose is a pleasure to read and reread as the seasons come and go."
Gale Lawrence
"Marilyn Webb Neagley has the eye of an artist, the voice of a poet, and the heart of a naturalist. In this collection of her short seasonal meditations, she offers us a calendar of the natural year. Her observations are full of wonderful details, such as when the crows come back, when different wildflowers bloom, what monarchs are doing from when they arrive to when they leave, even when snapping turtles lay their eggs and gray squirrels mate - all of which alert us to what we should be looking for when. Marilyn's sensory prose is a pleasure to read and reread as the seasons come and go."
Gale Lawrence, author of The Beginning Naturalist and A Field Guide to the Familiar
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615214122
  • Publisher: Wind Ridge Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

MARILYN WEBB NEAGLEY, a Vermonter, grew up in Ascutney and now resides in Shelburne with her husband, Mark. She has two daughters, Anna and Heidi, and a son, Sam. Her nature columns and annual "thanksgiving" essays were published in the Shelburne News from 2003 through 2007. Another essay appeared in the journal 05401, in 2005.

Marilyn has always been a keen observer of nature, the beauty of wildflowers, the gentle progress of the seasons and the importance of the natural world to our individual sense of place. As one of the developers of Shelburne Farms (Shelburne, Vermont) as an environmental education center, and as one of the non-profit's first presidents, she was an energetic advocate for preserving the agricultural and natural resources of the farm and using them to teach and demonstrate stewardship. In that role she envisioned and oversaw the creation of an elementary school science curriculum, Project Seasons, and had the opportunity to initiate a public walking trail system.

Currently, she coordinates the Talk About Wellness Initiative (www.talkaboutwellness.org) which works to "broaden education to include spirit" and enjoys walking, writing and painting as reflective practices.

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Table of Contents

SPRING
MARCH
Month of Water
Maple Syrup and Mud Season
The Sight and Sound of Crows
Red-wings Return
APRIL
Waiting for Spring
Shelburne Pond
Progression of Spring
The Magnificent Osprey
MAY
A Frenzy of New Life
In My Own Backyard
Learning from Canada Geese
Flowering Plants and Little Bees
SUMMER
JUNE
Arrival of Summer
The Plant World
McCabe Brook Beavers
Relentless Rain
JULY
Month of Grasses
Roadside Flowers
Bird Song
Newly Mown Hay
AUGUST
Metamorphosis
Celebrating the Harvest
Common Milkweed
Vocal Coyotes
FALL
SEPTEMBER
Harvest Moon
Scattering Seeds
Staghorn Sumac
Goldenrod
OCTOBER
Month of Leaves
Dead Creek
LaPlatte River
Bats
NOVEMBER
Dark Days and Stellar Nights
Natural Compost
Dramatic Sky
Sensing Autumn
WINTER
DECEMBER
Winter Solstice Approaches
Snowflakes
Chickadees and Others
Evergreens and Mosses
JANUARY
Seeking Color
Gray Squirrels
A Visiting Opossum
The Striped Skunk
FEBRUARY
Cabin Fever
Eagles and Ice
Mourning Doves
Circle of Life
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