The Mortal Coil

a world of uncountable beings dedicating their lives to growing something meaningful and beauty-filled,                                                                 Tarchin Hearn Something Beautiful for the World

How can you continue to celebrate nature even as you witness its destruction? How hypocritical. Where you need to be is on the front-line of protest.

This painful spring, the first with no dawn chorus, the only answer that comes to me is one clearer to my heart than my intellect.

In the face of forces greater than anything I can hope to defeat this simple life of work and devotion intertwined is all I can give. As Joanna Macy has said, “action on behalf
of life transforms.” May it be that my heartfelt gestures of rejoicing in our sustaining web of nature and writing with reverence are my offerings to a common good.

Fawn's Skeleton

Fawn’s Skeleton

About Peri McQuay

Peri Phillips McQuay is the author of Singing Meadow: The Adventure of Creating a Country Home, The View From Foley Mountain, a book of nature meditations on her experiences living for 30 years at the Foley Mountain Conservation Area and A Wing in the Door: Life With a Red-tailed Hawk is the story of her adventures with Merak, a human-imprinted hawk, who lived free but saw McQuay and her family as her special people. Also Peri has written numerous essays, articles, book reviews and a weekly column, published in the Kingston Whig-Standard Magazine. Her credits include Country Journal, Harrowsmith, Bird Watcher’s Digest, The Snowy Egret, Seasons, The Fiddlehead, Herizons and Brick.
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