Sundial of the Seasons: A Selection of Outdoor Editorials from The New York Times (Hardcover)
Be sure to read Hal Borland's other bestselling classics--Hal Borland's Twelve Moons of the Year (hardcover, ISBN 978-1-63561-901-0); paperback, ISBN 978-1-63561-900-3) and Book of Days (hardcover, ISBN 978-1-63561-760-3; paperback, ISBN 978-1-63561-759-7), published by Echo Point Books.
Living in a world circumscribed by up-to-the-minute news and electronic tools we barely master before they are out-of-date, we attempt to shield ourselves from environmental events which threaten to overturn our constructed reality. Naturally, in such fast-paced and topsy-turvy surroundings we watch the sky and earth for signs of regularity; looking to the changing seasons for hope and rejuvenation, and seeking out the voices of those who speak of constancy in the changes of the natural world.
Hal Borland was such a voice. Every week, beginning in 1941, in the editorial pages of The New York Times he would speak of living on the land--this natural world we all try to understand. In this collection of 365 of his essays, arranged daily within the twelve months, he writes with a familiarity of the ways of the country that is at once humble and resiliently knowledgeable.
In Sundial of the Seasons you will find page-long ruminations on such topics as "Fog" ("a unique blend of mood and weather"), "The Bumblebee" ("Bumblebees tolerate man, up to a point"), "Dandelions" ("Neither flood nor drouth seems to discourage it"), and "Fishing" ("The fish caught are only a lesser part of the catch"), all in celebration of the everyday events of life in the country.
Begin each day with the gentle wit and wisdom of the person who, for nearly four decades, wrote his "outdoor editorials" in an engaging and inimitable fashion eagerly read by thousands.