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CAST OUT OF EDEN Newsletters

This Eden Thing

John Muir was ever on the lookout for the primal garden. Yet when he thought he had found it, the reality was a lot more complicated. Read it here

Tribes Flip the Script

Closing out the Euro-American conquest of the West, expropriated tribal landscapes became Indigenous-free parks and monuments. Now tribes are turning the tables by using the national monument as a way to get back something of what was taken. Read it here.

Journal Trumps Memoir

To discover the truth of the moment, trust words written at the time, not later, when the writer may have a different agenda. Read it here.

The Screaming Children Grownups Don’t Want to Hear

With so many self-published books flooding the market, too many good titles languish unnoticed. Here's an example.

Forget Hiking. Saunter.

Borrowing a turn from Henry David Thoreau, John Muir championed moving over the landscape in a way that underscored its sacred quality. He had a point. Read it here.

The Gnarly Green Root of Today’s Antisemitism

The hate, fear, and loathing in the headlines spring in part from America's struggles dating back more than a century. History doesn't repeat, but it does rhyme. Read it here.

What John Muir Could Teach Kristi Noem About Bad Dogs

The poltically ambitious Noem chose to shoot her troubling pointer in a gravel pit, while Muir took a major life lesson from his challenging canine companion. Read it here.

Happy Publication Day!

As Cast out of Eden rolls off the press today, keep in mind that commonplace saying, "You can't tell a book by its cover." Like a lot of things we've been told, that's just plain wrong. Read it here

Something Muir and I Share: Big 10 Educations Endowed by Tribal Land

Take a guess: How did the acreage offered to land-grant universities under the Morrill Act become the federal government's to give away? Read it here.

Coming Attractions: John Muir’s Birthday and Earth Day

Every year it happens: only one spin of the earth separates John Muir's birthday on this coming Sunday, April 21, from Earth Day on Monday, April 22. The two dates aren't actually related, but then again they are, sort of. Read it here.