This collection of essays with strong environmental themes begins with seashells & ends with kumquats & crowbars. Subjects include the author's organic garden, North Atlantic & Gulf Coast beaches, Glen Canyon, Mt. Mitchell, Yellowstone's wolves & a composting toilet with "a smell more or less trenchant in direct correlation to recent ambient air temperature." In "Ancestral voices," Bothwell writes: "We are so much composed of what we have been, so much the result of history & genes, it is difficult to pick out the threads that make the cloth from which we're cut. The powerful emotion that swept me on that wilderness beach was a moment of discovery: the naming of names, the singing of my mother & my more distant ancestors, the chords of life that tie us, one to another, in an ancient dance. 'Moon shell, sand dollar, angel wing' -- I hear the voices of the ages & I understand. The tapestry is seamless; I am in & of the Earth." Reviewer J. Grasworth wrote in Asheville's Mountain Xpress (4/19/00) "Like a Zen master firing bull's eye after bull's eye, Bothwell bequeaths his readers a marvelous, primordial, 'Ah!''' Wholesale only to independent booksellers.Bothwell, Cecil is the author of 'Gorillas in the Myth A Duck Soup Reader' with ISBN 9780970012500 and ISBN 0970012500.