A Classic Old Town Canadienne Canoe

A Classic Old Town with Dale

YESTERDAY WAS A SPECIAL DAY. Long but special. A 16 hour round trip to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, where lives a very nice man named Dale. Dale has had, since 1985, a classic Old Town Canadienne canoe, with the original, gorgeous mahogany decks and gunwales. He bought it from the legendary designer and original builder, Ralph Frese, “Mr. Canoe,” at his equally

When The Mercury Topped 80

Paddle - Mercury topped 80

ON A MAY DAY AT THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES when the mercury topped 80, the Old Canoe, the vintage canvas boat cushion, and the early 1900’s canoe paddle called. And so off to the Church moat we went. In a world of strife and change and uncertainty, a canoe is an ancient and peaceful thing. On this day it

Spring Is Hesitant. Slow. Undecided.

Spring is hesitant

HERE AT THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES BY THE MISSISSIPPI, Spring is hesitant. Slow. Undecided. One day it is here and the next day, maybe not. Snowflakes and raindrops alternate with sunbeams, but the temperatures remain consistently cold. Mostly. Our woodland frogs were singing two weeks ago but are now silent, and we are not sure if they are really

A Wild Path, The Follow-Up Book Is Nearing Completion

HI GANG; MANY OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH MY MEMOIR, “DEEP WOODS, WILD WATERS.” I’m excited to say that work on the follow-up book, “A Wild Path,” is nearing completion.Should finish this spring. Again, it will be a collection of essays anchored by my experiences in, and feelings for, the natural world. With special attention paid to the Canoe Country.

Remote Distance Programs For Audiences

Remote distance program

TO ALL MY TEACHER/EDUCATOR FRIENDS: In the past few weeks I have begun doing remote-distance programs for audiences of both kids and adults–including four today. It has all gone very well and I’ve actually grown to like it. Folks seem to really enjoy seeing and hearing an author in his natural habitat– my office with the log walls, the books

One Of My Favorite Poets is Edith Rylander

THIS IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH. Being a poet is a tough gig in this country. No surefire path to riches and fame. Although to any poet worth his/her salt, those do not seem to be very important priorities. Not as important, at least, as seeing the world, and hearing it and feeling it. And telling the truth. One of my

The Publication In China

Publication in China - Chinese Friends photo

I AM EXCITED TO SAY THAT THIS WEEK MARKS THE PUBLICATION in China of the first of our several Douglas Wood/King-in Publishing projects. In these photos are some of my wonderful Chinese friends who are making this possible, photos from my China tour of 2019. The publisher, Mr. Ao. His right-hand Assistant Lucia, Assistant/ Tour Manager Yunjia Hai, and Marketing

It Is A Good Time Of Year

A good time of year

AT THE CHURCH O’ THE PINES, a little balsam fir, bathed in morning sunlight, every needle glistening, greets the day. It is a good time of year. All the forest is coming back to life. Hepatica and wild ginger and bloodroot are beginning to rise out of the warming soil. Ruby-crowned kinglets are back and singing their favorite song. As

The Doorway to Another World by John Muir

the doorway to another world - Church o the pines house

JOHN MUIR SAID THAT THE SPACE BETWEEN ANY TWO PINES is the doorway to another world. So I decided to walk between two pines here at the Church O’ The Pines and see what would happen. Out of the cabin I went and down the trail and found some grand old pines just waiting for someone to walk between them.

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

Wild Geese drawing by dougas wood

IT’S NATIONAL POETRY MONTH. Here is one of the finest poems ever written. In my opinion. It’’s a perfect poem for this day, these days. Of course like all good poems, it’s perfect for any day. The poem, by Mary Oliver, is entitled ‘Wild Geese.’