John Muir said, “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” So is the case for each walk-inspired essay from Katherine Hauswirth. Each reflection hands you talismans that you can turn over thoughtfully in your palm. Hauswirth’s meditative reveries reflect on the deep connections between what we experience outdoors and our day-to-day existence as humans, peppered with thought-provoking facts as well as treasured words from other lovers of the natural world.
Katherine Hauswirth’s nature writing arises largely from long walks in Connecticut. Her work focuses on connection and contemplation inspired by the natural world. She has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, The Day, Orion online, Whole Life Times, Connecticut Woodlands, Shoreline Times, Seasons, and The Wayfarer. Her blog, First Person Naturalist, is a reflection on experiencing and learning about nature. Katherine’s writing has been awarded with artist residencies at Trail Wood (Connecticut Audubon’s Edwin Way Teale memorial sanctuary) and Acadia National Park in Maine. A native New Yorker, she moved to the Connecticut River Valley 20 years ago. She is increasingly enamored of her adopted hometown, Deep River, where she lives with her husband and son.