Paddle Whispers

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U of Minnesota Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Nature - 192 pages
"The sun climbs over the pines. Over the spruces. Over Saganaga, Kabetogama, Nistowiak, Namew, Athabaska. And ten thousand other places with no names. The North Woods calls. The river pulls, the paddle whispers. I listen. And gradually...gradually the mist burns away."And so begins a journey - not only an exploration of rapids, lakes, and forests, but also an inner journey of discovery. Through poetic text and drawings, woven gracefully with quotes by John Muir, Walking Buffalo, Sigurd F. Olson, Henry David Thoreau, and others, Douglas Wood traces a journey by paddle and canoe that renews the spirit.

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Collection of thoughts, sometimes a few paragraphs and sometimes a few lines, accompanied by line drawings by the author and connected by the words "The paddle whispers, the canoe glides..." Read full review


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Page 124 - Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth...
Page 152 - The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too. So he kept his youth close to its softening influence...
Page 152 - The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead. A snuffed-out candle.
Page 28 - I thought I was in danger. My fears, Those small ones That I thought so big, For all the vital things I had to get and to reach. And yet, there is only One great thing, The only thing: To live to see in huts and on journeys The great day that dawns, And the light that fills the world.
Page 18 - I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.
Page 162 - The wonder of the world, the beauty and the power, the shapes of things, their colors, lights, and shades; these I saw. Look ye also while life lasts.
Page 152 - If you understand ... things are just as they are; if you do not understand ... things are just MAN 4.
Page 104 - Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

About the author (2005)

Douglas Wood is the author of the environmental fable, Old Turtle, winner of several national awards. Musician, artist, performer, poet, and wilderness guide, he has produced nine albums of environmentally focused Earth Songs and created the meditation series Wilderness Daydreams. Douglas and his wife, Kathy, live with their two sons near the Mississippi River in Sartell, Minnesota.

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