Welcome, pilgrims and seekers! Poet David Romtvedt has selected our Words Along the Way excerpts from the memoirs of famed conservationist Margaret “Mardy” Murie (1902-2003). I met Mardy long ago and far away as a student in the Teton Science School’s summer High School Field Ecology Program, and was struck by her account of the division of labor between she and her biologist husband during their years of field work and advocacy. In a sentiment she’d repeat over the years as a touchstone for her life, she told our group of teens, “It was I who remembered the names of the people. And Olaus who remembered the names of the birds.” What a loving balance! To neither be lost in misanthropy nor anthropocentrism.
This issue serves as a “double” to close out volume 36. 2012 marks the fortieth year Pilgrimage magazine has been in existence, though it seems some of my predecessors took a year off, here and there. Only four bad years in forty...we should all be so stable! We’ll have a party or two throughout the year—I welcome your ideas for celebrations. This issue also enfolds work sent for the “Feeding” themed-issue, which never quite make it out of that imaginary realm. So: feast away, and consider the worth of story, spirit, witness, and place ... to you.
December 2011-January 2012