February 05, 2016 at 05:39AM on Facebook

Aldo Leopold once said that the price of an ecological education is living in a world of wounds. My mom Marcia Bonta’s year-long series of essays for the Long-term Ecological Reflections project at a central Pennsylvania natural area, Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, shows the truth of this saying: where others might just see pretty woods and meadows, Mom uncovers the deep wounds of past and ongoing environmental abuses, as well as signs of health and possibilities for recovery and rewilding. Throughout the series, she brings to bear not only years of research but also four and a half decades of daily walks around our own central PA property—a luxury few can afford in our highly mobile, distracted society.
Marcia Bonta Reflections — Creek Journals