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Entries filed under 'John Muir'

    Thankful for a Tradition of Family "Outdoorsiness"

    fileOn my desk sits a large, framed, black-and-white photo that always inspires me. It's clearly from a bygone era. In fact, I know exactly who the sprawling group under the sequoias is and when it was taken, thanks to the carefully hand-printed inscription in the corner: Sierra Club, Yosemite, July 10, 1921. Right smack in the middle are 2 smiling faces: my maternal grandmother and grandfather, in their courting days. I see in their smiles, especially in my grandmother's, a clear enjoyment of the ...

    Posted by Ann B on November 28, 2011 3:12 PM & Tagged Guatemala, John Muir, Sierra Club, Thanksgiving, Tikal, camping, grandmother and national parks | permalink | Comments

    A Classic Book from Muir Gets a 21st Century Makeover

    fileWould John Muir tweet? The question comes to mind on John Muir Day, an annual tribute that honors Muir's legacy as a conservationist and as a soul-stirring writer. His expressive odes to the natural world helped usher the notion of wilderness preservation into mainstream American thinking in the early 20th century and led Muir (1838-1914) to be esteemed as the father of the National Park Service, established 2 years after his death. Pragmatically speaking, many of Muir's most widely circulated ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on April 21, 2011 2:20 PM & Tagged John Muir, John Muir Day, Yosemite and national parks | permalink | Comments

    Documentary on John Muir Debuts on Monday

    fileAppointment television for the outdoor-minded: On Monday (April 18) PBS airs John Muir in the New World, a 90-minute documentary on the life of the Scottish-born naturalist whose eloquence has framed the foundation of wilderness preservation efforts in America for more than a century. The documentary, part of the PBS American Masters series, is scheduled to debut at 9pm (ET) Monday. Intertwined with commentary from numerous interviewees, dramatizations show Muir at different stages of his ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on April 14, 2011 1:28 PM & Tagged Hiking, John Muir, conservation and naturalist | permalink | Comments

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