I am an environmental attorney, nutritionphile, and erstwhile geologist living currently in Atlanta but plotting a move home to the hills of Harlan County, Kentucky.
Standing near the main campfire circle at Camp O’ Cumberlands when I was about five, I promised God that I would take care of this beautiful place and its critters. The camp founder, Mrs. Ball, had placed nature quotations painted in the green and gold Girl Scout colors on wooden signs around the camp with the intention that the quotations would inspire. Well, Mrs. Ball, you got me.
Since I couldn’t read at the time, I am certain that my mother, who was the camp swimming and water ballet instructor, read them to me. Significant was a quote that I now can’t find on “the internets” that described how many years and years it took a tree to grow, and how man could cut it down in just a few minutes, forever killing something that had had a life of its own. So, standing in front of that sign, I had my chat with God. I can’t say that I am particularly proud of my record so far. But it ain’t over till it’s over. And it ain’t over yet.
So that’s what it might be good for you to know about me.
And if you are a compatriot in wanting to protect and preserve the mountains, the water, the air, the planet, and our fellow earthlings, let’s get to work.