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In an effort to make sense of the deaths of several loved ones, Kathleen Dean Moore turned to the comfort of the wild, making a series of excursions to ancient forests, wild rivers, remote deserts, and windswept islands to learn what the natural world could teach her about sorrow and gladness. Those experiences are now a collection of personal essays Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature. And the collection is the main topic of this program. Moore also reads several passages from the book.
Kathleen Dean Moore is an essayist, philosophy professor, activist, parent, and author or editor of more than ten books, including Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. The books have won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, and the Oregon Book Award. Wild Comfort tells of the wild Earth's power to move us from sorrow to courage and hope.
Moore has written about nature and culture for magazines such as Audubon, Discover, The Sun, the New York Times Magazine, and Orion, where she serves on the board of directors.
Moore is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and University Writer Laureate at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where she teaches environmental thought and ethics. She is the author of several critical thinking textbooks and a study of the ethics of forgiveness. She is co-editor of three new anthologies: Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge, In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens, and How It Is: The Native American Philosophy of V.F. Cordova.
At OSU, Moore is the founding director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.
Moore lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with her husband, a biologist.
Visit Kathleen Dean Moore's Web site.
Read a review of Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature at OregonLive.com.
You'll find Wild Comfort and other books by Kathleen Dean Moore at Fact & Fiction in Missoula, or at your local independent bookseller.
The Write Question is produced by Chérie Newman.
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Executive producer, Michael Marsolek.
Special thanks to Lisa Simon, David Moore, Barbara Theroux, and Kim Anderson.
This program is supported in part by Humanities Montana, enriching intellectual, cultural, and civic life for all Montanans. And by the Montana Cultural Trust.
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